I'm getting things a little out of order here. I need to finish my post about my goals and intentions for 2017 but in the meantime I have this. I didn't do my life through my lens series last year and I missed it. So I'm jumping back in this year.
I took the top photo about mid December. Our "new" 100+ year-old house has the original windows. Brr. Clara likes to say that Jack Frost has been here. She loves winter and snow and coats and continues to teach me about embracing what's given.
And then we left to spend Christmas on the beach. Aah. The kids always like to stand at the water's edge and pretend they are controlling the ocean. I love that. It's totally fun. And then a big one comes and they get wet and we are reminded that we aren't really in control of anything, especially not nature.
The kids are getting older and now we play soccer, frisbee, and way-complicated board games like Risk. In some ways I miss the old days but mostly I enjoy all the new things we get to do together. We connected in new ways this trip...which mostly means the kids learned a lot of inappropriate words/phrases on this trip and we now have lots of inside jokes.
Then we returned home to the same but somehow new scene. A new year. This will be my fourth year of creative habits. I'll paint. I'll draw. I'll read. I'll write. I'll take photographs. I'll connect with other creative people. Because of this project, I now begin each new year with excitement and anticipation. It for sure has forever changed my life.
Here's to getting back behind the camera this year––a real camera (not my phone) most of the time. Here's to learning more about photography and noticing the light & beauty that are right before my very eyes.