So a truth about myself that I need to acknowledge and set free… I suck at challenges. So instead of trying to do a 366 project (reminding myself that there is only so much one person can do in a day), I think I will shift my focus a bit to a weekly challenge.

I think that this weekly photo challenge sounds more my speed.  A new year, a new speed, a new outlook.



A new breath, a new year

Coming to the close of 2015 I feel drained, overworked and stretched too thin. I don’t enjoy these states but I understand that growth requires sacrifice, frustration, perseverance, hard work, hard work and more hard work and a smidgen of just plain letting go.

Feeling drained and stretched must be a good thing- a thing for which gratitude is owed. I have work enough to do and am blessed to have this work. I have done my share of complaining. It’s a coping technique but it drains the gratitude account.

We have focused on gratitude this year. I have tried to capture the moments and experiences that demand thankfulness but most often go unnoticed and point them out to my children. In my exuberance to awaken their sense of gratitude, I probably have neglected my own abundance. We will continue to embrace the concept of gratitude into this new year (and hopefully on forever).

A whole new world has opened to me and challenged my perceptions and abilities and completely sucked me in. I have also let go of (or let slide) things that have been important to me. 2016 will, of necessity, have to be a year of learning and establishing balance. Ah, Balancea most illusive concept to me.