I'm having a bit of a slow start to the year as far as organization is concerned, but I'm getting there. Each year I like to have a goal or two, as well as a little mantra to keep in mind through each passing month. I'm still working on the wording, but essentially this year it's "don't sweat the small stuff". So often I let the tiny things really get to me. I can easily deem it a bad day before 10am. I want to let go of all those little things, and instead focus more on the big picture. This will be difficult for me, but hopefully it becomes more natural throughout the year.
So that's the mantra, now the goal. I want to really focus on my photography this year. I have loved looking back on my top nine pictures from the year (based off instagram likes), and seeing the growth. Now technically Conor took the top 2, but all that tells me is that people love seeing pictures of me, particularly me in a bikini... frolicking! Please sense my sarcasm here (I promise I'm not narcissistic!). I did the camera settings, Conor simply pushed click. Okay maybe he does more than that; he really is learning his way around my camera too! And I love that he is willing & capable to take pictures of me & the boys. I don't want to be missing from their documented childhood memories!
I was surprised to see that my darker/moodier photos were among the favorites, because often I think light & bright is the way to go. I want to challenge myself in this new year. Refine my skills, develop my style more. But the one big goal is to finally learn my editing software! I have Photoshop Elements, but I do not use it at all. I want to take that next step. And once I'm there I will switch to shooting in RAW. The only thing holding me back really is time. I'm never on my computer until the boys are in bed, but I want to dedicate some time to it. Photography has brought me so much joy and a sense of accomplishment. It's something I can do for just me! A way to challenge myself. I think youtube tutorials need to become my new best friend. Here's to hoping I can stay awake late enough to get some editing done each night!