Let it be…

In these early days of the new year, I’ve been pondering how I want to approach this fresh start, the 61st of my lifetime. In my youth I barely noticed the change from one year to the next and, thus, made nary a resolution. In fact, I think it’s been only the last 10 or 15 years that I’ve given more than a passing thought to the idea. And, during that time, my resolutions have been the most pedestrian—eat better, lose weight, exercise more—and, predictably, are ignored or forgotten almost as soon as they are made.

After a lot of thought, I’ve finally decided that what I want most for 2012 is for it to be a kinder, gentler year. This should, and I hope will, affect how I approach the combined elements of my life—relationships with family and friends, work responsibilities and household needs, and, finally, time available for my personal endeavors. The first two, of course, take precedence over the last, but it is this last element where I am most independent and thus have more control over what I do (or don’t do). I’ve decided that this year I’m giving myself permission to relax and enjoy more and, instead of taking on every opportunity I see, to focus primarily on activities that I expect will improve my creative capabilities.

High on my focus list for 2012 is photography, especially exploring subjects and techniques that I’ve shied away from before—action photography, people shots (yikes!), and indoor still photography are just some of the areas of interest to me at the start of 2012. I also want to expand my photo editing skills using both Lightroom and Photoshop. And, of course, I want to continue to combine those techniques for use on my blog and scrapbook layouts.

So, what’s different about this compared to 2011? Time will tell, of course, but I think it will come down to attitude and commitment—how I deal with want vs. need, competing demands, the next “big thing,” etc.—so I can indeed concentrate on what is important to me.

Texture Tuesday processing – added Kim Klassen’s Embrace texture with blend mode set to Color Burn at 60%.

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6 thoughts on “Let it be…

  1. Wanda – what a beautiful post. What can be more important than a decision to be gentler with yourself? And to make a commitment to focus on the things that are really meaningful and important to you. I look forward to seeing what comes of your creative journey – thus far, I have been amazed at your digital scrapbook pages and can’t wait to see where you take your skills in 2012. Your rose and textures are lovely – really like the way you added the text – such a subtle effect.

  2. Wanda, I’m looking forward to seeing where your kinder, gentler, creative journey takes you in 2012. Your vivid red rose is inspirational. So perfect, I can almost feel those velvet petals.

  3. Great post Wanda..you have managed to put into words how I feel about my life at the moment- I feel a need to be gentler with my life this year too.
    Alison xx

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