Issue #6

This is the time of year when everyone lays out their resolutions for the coming year ahead. I always like reading other people's resolutions, but it dawned on me that I only really like it when their resolutions aligned with mine in some way. If what they wanted to accomplish was something I couldn't care less about, then I found reading their resolutions pretty tedious. Now, having said that, I'm going to subject you to my New Year's resolutions. You may not care what they are and, obviously, I won't hold that against you. But, you will know what they are and I hope that keeps me honest in terms of accomplishing them. 
  1. Read more books this year. I used to read books constantly. I'd easily go through a book a week, but after my youngest daughter was born and about the same time as I started carrying an iPhone, I quit reading books. I was still reading a lot, but I was spending most of my time reading on my phone, my iPad and on my computer. Consequently, I read very few books last year and I want to change that.
  2. I want to get in the habit of making at least one image everyday. Now that my main camera is a Ricoh GR, which easily fits into my pocket, I've decided that I'm going to try to attempt a 365 challenge. The challenge is pretty simple in theory, but making an image every day for a year is going to be a tough task.
  3. I also want to work on some photography projects this year. I've been hinting at this for awhile, but this year I'm going to make a concerted effort to develop and finish a photography project, something that I could self-publish as a photo book.
  4. Keep a list of the books I've read and the movies I've watched this year. Around this time next year maybe I can actually remember what I read and watched and which of them I actually liked. 
  5. This is an old standby that almost everyone chooses every year, but I want to get in better shape and lose some weight this year. I'll be 36 in August and I know I'm getting to that age where if I don't do it now, then I may never do it. 
  6. Explore the practice of meditation. I did this some last year, but didn't keep it up. Not sure why as I found it to be an excellent way to reduce stress and anxiety. 
  7. Write more. I'm writing this newsletter. I'm going to start writing more on my blog and I like to start keeping a journal. This is going to be a tough one. After the first 6 resolutions, I'm going to have to consciously make time for this one.
  8. Which brings me to my last resolution, which is to make more time to do the things I want to do in life. I waste a lot of time doing different things, but I'm pretty sure none of them are as bad as the time I waste on social media. I don't know if I'm going to cutback (I'm not sure I can. It feels like an addiction) or if I'm going to do away with them all together. What I do know is that social media is not good for me, and there are studies that seem to back that up.

Wish me luck this year and I wish you the same as well.

Thanks,
Travis

 
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