Picture the Holidays Catch-Up Tres

OK, so here are a few more from Picture the Holidays. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them! šŸ™‚

Day Fifteen::Got Gifts?
‘Twould make a lovely gift card, I think. šŸ™‚

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Day Twenty::All Wrapped Up
Jeremy surprised me with lots of little presents wrapped up in cute little boxes (with grammatical errors)!

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Day Twenty-Two::You’re Getting Sleepy

Day Twenty-Three::Life is Sweet

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Day Twenty-Four::Enchantment

Day Twenty-Five::This Magic Moment
Despite not talking about what we want for Christmas and having barely any time to buy presents for each other, Jeremy surprised me after work with many little presents under the tree that were completely unexpected and so sweet. šŸ™‚ (He’s the best!)

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Day Twenty-Six::The Day After
Today was a bit more relaxing, but still a little bit of prepping as well as some blogging (obviously).

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Now I’ve just got three more images to catch up on and think of as well as the rest of the month! Onward to the wonderful new year! šŸ˜€

Making a List

And checking it twice…

The other day I took some time out at a coffee shop between classes to really think about some goals for 2012. There have been a few things weighing on my mind recently, specifically in relation to next year, and things that I really want to accomplish in general. Over the past couple of years, there has been an interest in picking out one word to really focus on throughout your new year, and lately I’ve been wanting to be more courageous. Fear often keeps me from moving forward, specifically fear of judgment and criticism, but this coming year, I would like to overcome that, or at least “do it afraid” in the words of Joyce Meyer, and to really accomplish things that I have been a little bit afraid to actually try. I will sit and dream about the future, but I haven’t been too motivated to actually sit down, er move(?), and make them happen. Sometimes it’s lack of inspiration, sometimes it’s the fact that I think I’ve become a bit more “Taiwanese” since moving here, but most of the time, it’s because I’m just not sure exactly where to begin, so I don’t even start…

However, during that time at the coffee shop, I wrote down the big goals, some with easily measurable criteria, others that I need to still work on their “S.M.A.R.T.-ness” (this week, while I am not overwhelmed again), and really taking the time to think about what my priorities are/should be.

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PtH Day Nineteen::Making a List

For starters, the first thing I wrote down, now that I’m at a much steadier job, is to save more money for some of the goals I really want to achieve in the next year and beyond. After that, I added traveling to at least three new places, in or out of Taiwan; I know one of these places will be occurring towards the end of January, so yea! This was then followed by some more business-related goals, including getting a blog that truly suits me and setting up an online shop officially for my fine art photography by the end of February. By the end of January, I plan on finishing up my FYE course assignments and officially catching up on all of my Picture the Holidays prompts as well as my Picture Inspiration prompts from this past year. I have assigned January as my official “catch-up” month.

February is for starting and working on business related things, which includes finishing up some other coursework as well as setting up a little niche online. Following that, March and April are for officially starting photo sessions with people, so if you interested, please email/message me! šŸ˜€ Then, May and onward will be to continue from there with things that I need/want to accomplish.

Earlier in this post IĀ  mentioned that I’ve started to feel as though I’ve become a bit more “Taiwanese” over this past year, and I mean this in relation to my work ethic and motives; in other words, work is number one: sleep when you’re dead. I’ve decided to cut back on hours next year (outside of my offical job), and to officially give myself a day of rest. I haven’t spent nearly as much time as I want/need to with loved ones, such as Jeremy, God, or other close friends, and instead I’ve constantly been thinking about work and what I “need to do next.” Granted, I’ve been this way for quite a while – as in before Taiwan – but I feel that it’s only increased over this past year with the average six-day work week, the few holidays granted, and the idea that work should come before fun surrounding me in my work environment.

There are a few other goals, such as journaling every day, reading the Bible and praying/listening every day, monthly personal photography projects, and blogging at least three times per week, and while these may seem like quite a few goals for the new year, I believe they are all attainable with the time that I do have during each day, and this week will continue to be spent working out the details.

What are some of your New Year’s resolutions and how do you plan on measuring and achieving them? I’m curious, so let me know in the comments! šŸ™‚

Picture the Holidays Catch-Up Dos

I hope you had a lovely, relaxing holiday! I know that this is the first week all December that I’ve had a second to breathe. So, I thought I would share somemore images from my PtH prompts. Despite having many other prompts I’m working at catching up on, I took on this little assignment because I really wanted to enjoy the holidays – especially while living in a country that does not have many who celebrate this blessed season. I must say, that while I’ve almost caught up (about five more images to find/create), this has been one of the busiest months of 2011. The time has flown by, and I am not sure how I did as much as I did. I took some time the other day to write out some [attainable] 2012 goals for myself, and I am looking forward to making them happen next year, (but more on that in the next post). For right now, while I have this last little week of Dec. here with few tasks, I’ll be working on finishing the last few tasks for this year before I head into those new goals/tasks for the awesome year of 2012!

So, to start with, Day Fourteen::Sincerely Yours
(13 and 15 are still in the process – I’m trying not to be so anal about going in exact order all of the time, like I have been for most of my life – haha)

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Day Sixteen::The Season of Lights

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Day Seventeen::Warm Glow

Day Eighteen::Recharge

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More to come! Thanks for stoppin’ by!


Merry Christmas Catch-up

Sorry, no condiments here, but merry Christmas; happy holidays! I hope that you are able to find at least a little bit of time with your loved ones, but hopefully more! šŸ™‚

I thought since it’s been a while, to spread some holiday love, I would share some of my images from my Picture the Holidays that I’m so behind on… Haha

Day Five::The View From Here


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Day Six::Every Little Thing


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Day Seven::Express Yourself
(I was feeling Christmas-y, so I busted out the red polish for the day.

Day Eight::Reflecting on the Season

Day Nine::It’s A Sign
Create your moment…

Day Ten::Twinkle, Twinkle

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I am still searching for Day Eleven… Haha

Day Twelve::A Whole Lot of Happy

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I will be back with more, but for right now I think that is quite sufficient. šŸ˜‰ On to continue the celebration! šŸ˜€
Merry Christmas again!


Picture the Holidays::You Hold the Key

I had trouble deciding which one I liked best for today’s post. See, I was inspired by everyone’s lovely bokeh steam they’ve been creating throughout the group, so I thought I would also create some as well. Hence, the first photo of my tea, which grounds me every day.

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And then came my second image, which I also really love because it actually has my hands “holding the key” to what helps me relax and enjoy a little bit of peace.

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What keeps you grounded and peaceful during this hectic season?