As I am planning for 2014 with God, family and business/creativity in mind I am finding out that I do NOT have enough time to do ALL that I want to do. 2013 was a great year, but it was filled with many holes, little direction and most of it was on a whim.
2013 was a sad year for this blog and really for my personal life in general. I found it hard to balance home life with my creative work life. I also realize that I never went into the year with a solid list, plan or time to pray about the year. As I learn from this past year I want to go into 2014 with a different attitude. I want to start projects and finish them. I plan on having a solid confidence in God who inspires my work. 2014 will be a year of concentrated family time, a time where we really get to experience each other with life's curve balls.
I know that my list is unrealistic to accomplish on my own, so I plan on praying about all the things I want for 2014 and what's left will be done by the grace of God. I plan to commit it to Him! I plan on standing on a platform and letting people know I didn't really do anything, I was just a tool.
Tin & I got to go on a walk yesterday so that he could try out his new scooter he got for Christmas. I got to explore a little myself and find beauty in my neighborhood as I have a hard time finding something I like about it. Things look different behind a lens as my eyes open up to the things God has called beautiful even in a ugly neighborhood.
In my picture you will find a coffee cup or a tea cup. Those aren't there just as a prop, you will really find me ALWAYS walking around with one of the other or it will be sitting next to be getting cold until it's filled again. I also have unfinished projects laying around next to me, open notebooks and pile of books. Where I am, there they are!
My little dude also discovered Superman. It recent and so very cute to me!
This Christmas we drive over to Boise Idaho to spend it with my dad and step family.
The drive itself is one of my favorites. We got to pass many beautiful farms, farm houses, country scenes and beautiful rolling hills. I love this drive in all seasons as long as it's not raining. When we drove back home we went through frozen fog, which was breathtaking. I had the urge to stop at every single exit and take pictures, but we were on a schedule.
While in Idaho we got to go up to Bogus Basin and inner tube for a few hours. To my surprise my three yr old was less scared going down the massive hill them I was! I thought that he wouldn't like it, but really loved it.
The time spent with family was wonderful, fun and a great way to get to know each other. It will be fun to spend more family time with them in the future. Tin loved meeting and playing with his cousins. I've always wanted that for him and it makes me happy that now he now has two step-cousins that are close in age.
We got blessed and spoiled this year with presents and nice presents at that. I received a Fujifilm x100 camera that's both a viewfinder and digital camera. This whole post was shot with my new camera. I also got a Retina II film camera. I plan on getting it serviced on the 2nd and then I will start a 365 film project called 'Thankfulness'.
I have many things on my mind for 2014, but I want to make sure this year is prayed for and not just take it as it comes. I want my ideas to be God ideas. I want my creativity to come from Him and be given back to Him. I can't go where He wants me to go without Him, nor do I want to. I am excited for the things He has been showing me and can't wait to share it.
I love the holiday's, I love that they are here. This year I'm actually taking the time to make things special so that Tin will have great memories. Like getting a cute blue owl mug so that he can drink hot chocolate in it. Decorating for Christmas, but with natures touch as that is a beautiful gift from God. Playing games on the floor and eating stovetop popcorn.
I want the holidays to be about love, family, life and the most importantly about Jesus. I watching Tin make the connection between Christmas and Christ and the true meaning of it all, as a 3 yr old he does very well with it. Now to get the snow to fall down so we can enjoy a true winter!