Looking Forward, Looking Back

A frozen fountain near home.

The new year is traditionally a time to look forward and to look back. I don’t personally find the New Year a magical time to follow this process. I think change & reflection can happen at any point in your life, and in fact should happen often! But since it is on my mind and since many find this the season for reflection, I thought I would go ahead and share my thoughts.

Last year I posted a list of my scrapping goals for the year. I accomplished every one of them (well, except #5 really, but that is a tall order). They were little goals. Goals to push myself and my boundaries. They were goals to try something new and different. And I did that. No real big consequence came of them, but that is not the point really. The point is to try, to reach and to grow. And I did that too.

I’m a person who believe that learning is critical. If you aren’t learning, then you might as well be dead! Of course, this year is no different! I have things I want to work on.

  1. I’d love to improve my photography. I’m largely still in point and shoot land. I’ve been experimenting with the manual settings on my camera and feeling confused by it all. I consider myself a person who learns new things quickly, but this one is taking me a long time here.
  2. More videos! When I am looking for info out there in blog land I am drawn to the videos. I’m very much a visual person and the still photos & text, while informative, don’t do it all for me. And if that is what I am seeking, I’m sure others out there are too. I’d love to be a contributor to that pool of info and not just a consumer!
  3. Live in the moment more. I scrapbook because I have such a horrible memory. It seems to me that as soon as something happens, I’ve forgotten the details. But I wonder how important it is to remember those things for later. I wonder how important it is to really exist in the now. This seems to be the opposite of what scrappers try to accomplish but I think there should be a little bit of balance on that one!

So that is what is on my mind as I start this New Year. And since my 3, almost-4, year old is begging me to come upstairs now, I think I’ll go live in the moment.

Happy New Years to all of you!

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