In closing…

A part of me feels like 2015 flew by, and part of me feels like it dragged on forever. It has come time for me to reflect upon the years accomplishments, as I do every year at this time (although this time without the whiteboard because I gave it away!).

Things to be proud of in 2015:

  • Strength training. While I admit I have lacked in that department for the past 1.5 months, I am picking it up again very soon. It’s a great feeling to gradually build up your strength. I could not believe what my body was capable of until I started doing it.
  • Participating in MyCanadaFilm. A documentarian put a call out for video submissions that reflect traditional lifestyles of Canadians all across our great nation. The resulting video for my town has a great amount of my footage! 🙂
  • Relationships. This is kind of an odd one to include in the list, but I feel like it’s important. I’ve tried, failed and learned in a couple of different personal relationships this year. I’ve made new friends and subsequently removed some from my life. “People inspire you, or they drain you – pick them wisely.” – Hans F Hansen.
  • Photography. Some of my pictures were featured in a gallery showing at the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre with the Tamarack Camera Club.
  • Photography 2.0. Some of my pictures were also featured in a slideshow in partnership with the great pianist Sarah Hagen. Here’s the slideshow.
  • Celebrated 5 years blogging. From Travelling Infinity to Color of Outdoors – it has been a thought-provoking journey.
  • Poetry. I took an online course over 6-weeks called “How Writers Write Poetry.” It was an extreme privilege to participate in this free course that introduced me to many terrific writers, and gave me some excellent insight into how I write and how I can write better.
  • Workshops. Participated in photography workshops run by my former instructor, Jeff Ducharme. It was great to see Jeff again and re-learn some old photo techniques and reapply them!
  • Bouncing. Weird title, right? For a time (July to October) I stepped wildly outside of my comfort zone and was a bouncer at one of the local bars. I didn’t entirely ‘hang up my shirt.’ It’s still in my closet and I’ll bring it out again on the occasional Friday night 🙂
  • New Tattoo!

In closing… here’s to 2016 being our best year yet. Enjoy these northern lights photos that I took tonight!

Love always,

M.

Thankful.

If I were to sit here and list everything that I was thankful for in my life it would take me a really long time. Perhaps that’s it though, people don’t take the time to appreciate things. I’ll start an un-justified list, meaning I’ll just say simply what it is and not explain it.

Mom and Dad.
My best friends.
Having a roof over my head.
My health.
Clean air.
Food.
The night sky.
Sound mind.
The internet.

Haha. There’s obviously so much more to this list, I didn’t want to go into specifics or get too materialistic. But I am thankful for all of those things, and I’m thankful for them every single day & not just the second Monday in October.

In other news, I spent my weekend filming the Trapline Marathon for work. What a rush that was! I was so impressed by all the runners, especially two in particular. There was an 8 yo running with who I can only assume to be his dad, he ran the 10k and killed it! And then there was Michal Kapral, the ‘joggler’. He holds the Guinness World Record title for fastest marathon while juggling three balls. That was a sight to see!

My morning on Sunday started at 6 a.m. and lasted until about 2. And then from 6 to 9 at night. After that was all over, I felt I really needed to wind down so my friend Doug and I took a drive to the dock and C-Side and guess what I got? Obviously some night photos. Here they are.

M.