In this month of excess…

don’t forget to check in with yourself…and get committed!

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If you deny yourself commitment, what can you do with your life?

Harvey Fierstein

December is my month for reflection; to think back on the year and to consider the next. It is also a month of excess and pressure that flies along at such a pace that if we aren’t careful, we can be left feeling depressed, out of sorts, and like we have missed something.

For me it is a time to set goals and to put those things into play before the end of the year so that when the first of January rolls around I already have a head start. Such has been the case with my first year of blogging.

My goal was to post a weekly post and on that first day as I sat down in front of my blank screen I began to wonder just what I had gotten myself into. Like most other things though if you commit to it, it has a way of finding its own path. For me, because I see my world in images first that seemed to be a natural starting point…the image. Once I had that in place, each week seemed to just write itself.

This has been the second of such challenges that I have set for myself and both times the rewards have been unexpected and far more than I had hoped for. The first of these challenges was to post an image every day with the requirement that the image had to be taken on that very day. I was introduced to this site that had its start in Scotland by a dear South African friend, an immensely talented photographer and painter whom I had met many years ago while spending time in Africa. I posted for two straight years and not only learned far more about the art of photography but I learned about myself and how I see the world around me.

A more in-depth look at some of my images took this further yet and now as I sit ready to hit the publish button on my 51st post, I feel a sense of confidence and even more importantly self that I earned by making a commitment to myself and my art.

So what are you waiting for? There’s no better time to get off of the sofa and follow a dream!

8 thoughts on “In this month of excess…”

  1. Magical! Just look at what you’ve achieved! And thanks for the reminder to slow down and think about what matters to us. xxx

  2. Congrats Sheryl! I have really enjoyed all your posts….you are an inspiration! I am about to complete a photo goal too, not nearly as ambitious, but it will allow me to move forward! Looking towards a new goal in 2016. Thanks!

  3. I don’t often comment but I always enjoy your blog, Sheryl. I appreciate your words as much as I do your photos or your photos as much as your words! This image is no exception. One question and it’s rhetorical of course…where did this year go? I feel like you just started this endeavor. Time certainly has a way of flying by, that’s for certain!

  4. Sheryl, I have really enjoyed your pictures and posts and looked forward to the next one each week. I especially liked the quotations you chose for each picture. They were thought provoking and inspiring. Best of luck with whatever comes next for you, but hope your blog will be part of it.

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