It's that time of year again when our thoughts turn to how we fared last year and what we might do differently this year.
We went for a lovely walk around a local lake this morning and I took my camera to record a few shots for this post. I had been inspired by the blogs I've visited over Christmas, with lots of enthusiastic ideas for the New Year, but in particular Becky's post made me feel I needed to get my thoughts in order and make a commitment to New Year plans.
I was very surprised when I reviewed my pics to find that they illustrated exactly how I feel at the moment, so I thought I'd show you.
I took this first shot as I thought it was so lovely that even on a very cold day this family had come out to make sand castles with their children and it reminded me how precious my family are to me.
When I saw this pic I just felt sad to see this football, it looked lost and alone and it sort of made me feel that I've felt a bit like that this last year, working in isolation on the C&G, never really knowing if I'm making headway or travelling backwards.
This lone tree reminded me of my ever present need to do something different and stand out from the crowd, which again is an uncomfortable place to be, out of your comfort zone.
And lastly this tangle of trees made me think of the constant scrambled messages I send to myself, while I'm struggling to reach my goal, sometimes hating what I've been instructed to do and doing it with a very bad grace, but then surprising myself when something works, and I would never have thought to go down that route.
Last year when people were mentioning choosing a word to guide them throught the year, I couldn't think of one, but this year my word is 'Enjoyment' as I think it is the key to producing beautifull (saleable) work.
I hope I will have more time to blog this year, as I have missed being part of the community over the past few months, and I do appreciate the help and support of other bloggers which is so generously given.
I wish you all a very happy and productive 2009.