New Year, New Directions

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
~Albert Einstein

This quote sums up that last few years for me.

I’ve been living on auto-pilot and finding excuses not to change aspects of my life that I know need to be changed. I’ve let the unimportant take over and squeeze out many things, including joy, that I want to be important in my life. I’m not one to make New Year’s Resolutions just because I know they won’t last past the first week of the year and I don’t want to spend the year feeling guilty about not accomplishing those resolutions.

This year, however, I want to focus on changing the things that I can and re-prioritizing my commitments to make room for the things I really want to do, such as writing and taking online courses to learn new things. This will mean that I have to let go of good things to focus on better things and cleaning the clutter out of my house as well as my schedule. These changes will make both physical and mental space for me to grow and change in new ways.

I’m hopeful for the new opportunities and new directions this year can bring to me both personally and professionally. It is my prayer that I see the doors the Lord has opened for me and that I will walk boldly through those doors.

18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (Isa 43:18-19 NIV)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Opportunity

Sometimes I find photo opportunities in the strangest of places. Everyday places and items give me chances to be creative with the camera. I especially love my little point-n-shoot digital camera. I bought it five years ago and the one thing I really love about digital is that I can take all the pictures I want and just delete the pictures I don’t like. I haven’t needed to get film developed and put pictures into albums in years. I probably still have tons of pictures I haven’t put into albums after all these years.

Anyways, onto my picks for this week’s photo challenge.

The chaos that is my office desk.

This is probably one of the first pictures I took with a digital camera. I have lots of odds and ends on my desk. It’s a wonder I get anything done amongst all that chaos.

Kitchen Sink

 Yep, these dishes were sitting in the sink that way. I found it interesting and “snap” went the camera.

Easter Colors

Last time I colored Easter eggs with the kids, I loved the way the colors came out on this paper towel. This towel was just the place where I was resting the egg holder, but it looked like a pretty painting to me.