I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Mine was lovely…and as much as I enjoyed it I am glad it’s all behind me. The emotional ups and downs, cooking, shopping, wrapping, etc. are finished for another year. As I wander around my now quiet house, I can’t help thinking ahead to the coming year. What will it bring? Am I up to the challenge of another year of blogging? Can I keep up?
I have no answers to those questions. What I do know is this…If I don’t give it my best shot and try, I will regret it. Regret is an awful thing. It eats away at who you are and your self-confidence in making decisions. Trying and failing is easier to accept than never trying at all. There were a few times this past year when I actually doubted my sanity. Was I crazy to try to keep up with a job, family, home, second job and a blog? Maybe I was. Maybe I still am. But I would rather accept defeat after my best effort than quit before I’m sure.
So…on to my resolutions. First, I want to do a better job at consistent posting on my blog. I need to plan ahead but more importantly I need to THINK ahead. Last week I cooked and cooked. Several family favorites that would have made great blog posts. I didn’t take one stinkin’ picture. Perfect example of NOT thinking ahead.
Second, I really want to take and publish better photos. I need to take a photography class of some sort. I am going to invest in Photoshop and the Flora Bella Collection (soon I hope.)
Third, I plan to take my Etsy shop to the next level. Better selection, better descriptions and better photos.
I’ve saved the hardest resolution for last. I need to start walking again. About 2 1/2 years ago I began walking almost every day. The walking along with counting calories resulted in a weight loss of 40 lbs. That’s 3 sizes. My feet stopped hurting, my blood pressure went down and my acid-reflux went away. I had forgotten what it felt like to feel good. I have a lot of excuses reasons why I stopped…none of which are very good. Anyway, it’s something I need to do for my health. I know we hear it all the time but we need to take care of ourselves. We owe at least that much to the people we love.
OK…enough lecturing. Now for my top project of 2011. It has to be my kitchen. Even though it wasn’t a dramatic transformation, I am proud of the way it turned out. The single most important update was changing out all the fixtures. Hinges, drawer handles, lighting and faucet.
These pics of my kitchen were taken with my old camera. I can see improvement from when these were taken compared to what I’m taking now. I owe it all to my new camera and better editing skills. I actually gave my husband and kids a framed picture of our little dog for Christmas. Photographed by yours truly. A year ago, that would have been impossible. What a difference a year makes.