I can’t believe that it is already March. As I grow older, the years seems to go by quick. It is crazy to think that we are almost a quarter of the way through 2019. This year, I am following a group of goals, set month by month. This is much easier to track and attain that lofty year long goals.
I am using a special planner this year. It is a monthly planner by a company called Orange Circle Studios. Each month it has a goals section, where you can write down goals, and track daily progress. I love mine, and it is has helped me measure my progress. It has kept me really honest, and I think it has helped inspire growth.
These were my February Goals,
Write One Page everyday
Publish on my blog twice a week.
Guided Journals each days.
Participate in social media for the blog.
self care each day.
So these were the goals. how did I do achieving them? It was mixed honestly. I did really well, but some unforeseen circumstances threw my plans off a bit. I got the flu on the 22nd, which really took the wind out of my sails. But that’s life, sometimes we have to make due with things. luckily I made great strides earlier in the month, so the hit wasn’t as bad.
In the blogging department, I did well. Luckily I posted right before the onset of the flu, So I kept that goal for the month. Eight posts were published, which was my goal. My biggest challenges were the guided journals. This honestly was my fault. The commitment wasn’t really there. I plan to recommit to this in March, and am hoping for better results. The other goals were reached as well. I wrote a page everyday. I also got back into social media marketing. I also worked on my self care as well.
February was a good month. I am happy to be making progress towards my goals. Hopefully I will make the same kind of progress in March. Do you have any goals you are currently working on? Do you set goals monthly, or yearly? Drop your thoughts in the comments! I would love to hear from you.
Along with writing I love photography. I love getting out there and taking pictures, yet like everything else it comes with challenges. My biggest challenge is my impatience. Often it can be a positive thing, pushing me forwards to reaching my goals. Yet there are other times it send me spiraling off faster than I should. My impatience causes me to cut corners, and it hurts me in the long run.
I love my Nikon D7100, but my biggest challenge had been slowing down to learn. I got it in November and have taken it out a few times. The pictures have been ok, but nothing close to the quality that I want. Every time I have gone out, I have found great scenes and photographed them. Yet when I view the pictures I have been disappointed .Setting would be too dark, or objects would be blurry. I realized that It was going to take more effort.
Photo By Colleen Ann
I wanted to believe I could simply land on my feet and learn. Yet in rushing the process I have not found success. It will take time to get better. I need to take the time to learn the system, to study to ensure I know the settings. I could use the auto settings, yet I got the big camera because I wanted a challenge.
I am a hands on learner. Most of the things that I have learned with photography happen while I’m out experimenting with my point and shoot. Yet DSLR are more complex, and you need to learn how to use it. The picture will not automatically be better with a DSLR. You have to study and learn the camera to become good.
Photo By Colleen Ann
Everyday I’m putting time aside to learn. I hated it at first, but I have learned to love it. I love discovering new settings, and slowly becoming more knowledgeable about it. Our days are slowly getting longer. Once we have longer nights I can go out after work and take more photo.
Its been a good life lesson. Sometimes I have to put aside my impatience, even though it may be difficult. cuddling away with the users manual, and looking terms up. Then I take my knowledge and get some hands on experience. Its all inside, taking pictures of nothing serious. I take pictures or vases or other things. I figure if I get good at photographing the vases, I will be that much better off when I eventually go to grand landscapes. I’m learning all that stuff I pushed off with the point and shoot. many people have big DSLR but they can’t take perfect pictures. I don’t want to be a casual photographer. I want to take my natural gift and use it to take incredible pictures.
Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to take a road trip out to Colorado. For years, I have been looking forward to going out west. It was an extraordinary trip, where I learned a lot about myself, and this country. I have been back for a few days now, and I’m still trying to process all of it. We traveled through 11 states over two weeks. I saw the temperate forests of my upbringing melt into the plains, before they came into the desert. I watched the sun glint off one of the Great Lakes, and gazed up at canyons as they rose above me.
Fruita Desert. Photo By Colleen Ann.
Many travelers only see their destinations. Much of the growing happens along that journey. In some ways in this county we have lost our wanderlust. We are focused on getting there quickly. Yet there is something to be said about a slow deliberate jaunt across the country. There is so much along the way. Some of my favorite moments of this trip were had in forgotten little corners of this country. Whether it was another persons kindness in a store, or a beautiful forgotten vista, there were many things that took my breath away.
Iowa Rolling By. Photo By Colleen Ann.
I experienced so much that one blog post could not possibly pay homage to it all. There are moments both big and small to be share, and I hope that you enjoy visiting them with me. America is a beautiful place. There were common things that seemed to stay with me regardless of where I was. If you keep your eyes open there is beauty everywhere. Being away from home pushes you out of your comfort zone. It forces you to step outside of your boundaries. There were many times when I pushed myself further than I thought I could ever go. I saw things that were hard to conceptualize.
I went on adventures, and pushed myself physically and mentally. There were ups and downs, but looking back I wouldn’t take back a single second. It gave me a deep appreciation of the size of this country. It showed me that there is so much out there. Yet It also gave me a deep appreciation for the East Coast, and the place that I call home.