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Catching Up


I take it you all noticed I didn’t finish my blog every day in November challenge.   I managed to hold on strong through Thanksgiving week, then entertaining company and nursing a nasty cold slowed me all the way down.

I’m inching my way back to feeling like myself with an annoying cough that still hasn’t quite left the building but I am thankful for being able to breath out of my nose without congestion. I keep telling you it is the little things.

…but please don’t ask me about the pile of laundry that always seems to accumulate when I’m out of commission.

As a result of being laid out and sick, Christmas has not happened around here. There are a few haphazard decorations here and there, the elves are moving every few days or so and I still have pumpkins on my porch.  Addison had her first round of Nutcracker performances this past weekend, she has two more shows on Saturday and Sunday, then I feel like I can breathe.

This time of year, like clockwork I start going over what went right in the year and where I missed the mark.

Sunday, after doing a photo shoot at Piedmont Park instead of rushing home, I thought I would take a walk, and some photos. As I walked the park on an unseasonably warm Sunday afternoon in December, I took in the beauty of the last bit of color holding on to the trees.  I spent some time thinking about the past year and where I’m headed in 2018. I’m proud to say I really improved in a lot of areas this year and slacked in others but as a whole I am proud of my progress and am ready to close out 2017 with no regrets and usher in 2018 with open arms to give and receive.

Much like leaves fall and start anew in the Spring that’s how I feel about the start of a new year, there is something invigorating about a fresh start. Then again I feel this away about Mondays and the first day of the month. While I know I can essentially start over at any time there is something to be said about the “official” mark of starting a new week, a new month, a new year.

While I was sitting and taking in the calm of the evening hoping to catch the buildings light up, I observed a couple having  engagement photos done and they let go yellow smoke for a photo effect. I watched as it wafted across the lake.

 

I’ve really been meaning to pick up my camera more for recreational purposes. That stroll in the park with my camera and my thoughts was just what I needed for a little clarity on a few things. That little self care moment was  welcomed and very much needed.

This post was all over the place, very indicative of how I feel these days. Haphazard and free would explain it best. I’m so glad I’m learning to roll with the punches and not sweat the small stuff.

How was your Thanksgiving? Are you deep in Christmas decor? Are you like me, counting down the days until Christmas break?

Be on the look out for a reader survey in the next few days. I really want to take inventory of what brings you here daily, the things you like, the things you don’t like, and what you want to see more or less of as I start planning my content for 2018.

As always, I’m so thankful for you stopping by here. Have a great week!

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