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Hello 2012


Happy 2012!

The new year is finally here and it’s time to make things happen. This is the first time in a long while that I have felt renewed and refreshed and ready for the new year. I don’t know what it is about this time, but I can already feel that 2012 is going to be different.

To kick off 2012 in a big way, I’ll be blogging every day in January. I recently completed 40 days straight of writing on and have recommitted to their 30 Day Challenge. In tandem with that challenge, I decided I want to make it happen on the blog, too. It may just be a few photos, an inspirational quote, or even just the thoughts of the day, but I commit myself to write. Each day.

I want to look back at 2012 and tangibly see that I accomplished something.

And for January, it’s blogging. Usually, I’m motivated, stoked and totally gung-ho on a new project. I’ll usually last for at least a week. But by two weeks in, I feel myself start to peter out. I start to lose steam. And then, as soon as a day is skipped, I allow myself to quit. I let myself throw in the proverbial towel.

But this year is going to be different. I don’t want to overcommit myself to things I know that I will allow myself to fail at. I want to accomplish great things in 2012. And I’m going to start with blogging. I’ve been fairly good at blogging about three times a week for the last year. However, I feel like my blog has lost some soul. Like it has lost a part of me. And I think it’s because I’ve been afraid to be 100% me on my blog. Sometimes I’ll write a sentence and then think about how someone might take it. Would they disagree? Would they be offended? So instead of allowing myself a 100% authentic post, I dialed it down a notch. To be safe. To be comfortable.

Well, in 2012, I don’t want to be safe. I don’t want to be comfortable. I don’t want to be complacent.

And I want to be myself. Whether or not people like me. Whether or not anyone reads what I write. Because in the end, I’ll have the opportunity to look back at where I was at the beginning of 2012 and reflect on where I have been and where I am going. And if I am 100% honest with myself, not editing myself for the masses, I will have accomplished my goal. I want to be myself. I want to be honest. I want to start over in documenting my adventure as a photographer and get real. I don’t want to pretend or act as if. I just want to be able to remember the authentic journey that I took. The ups. The downs. The ins and outs. The accomplishments along with the failures. If there’s one thing that I want to do for myself, it’s be real. Keep. It. Real.

This is not to say that I’ll be sharing every gory detail of my life. Because that right there? That would be so boring. But I do want to be honest with myself and with my writing. I want to record the events of my life so that I can see how far I have come. Because who I am today, is not the same person that I was yesterday.

I want to make things happen.

Let’s do this! What do you want to make happen in 2012?

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