Thursday, December 18, 2014

What Have You Accomplished This Year?



December makes me feel like I haven't done enough each year. I keep an extra close eye on my calendar because the days seem to be scattering faster and faster as the month rolls along. As I lose my December,  I start looking ahead to January, making plans and goals for the upcoming year: "In January I will...I'd better start doing..."

I find that the things I've actually done this year, those well earned and wonderful things that move us forward in life, that are the foundation we are building our next years on get diminished into things that simply were. I don't honor them like I should: my goals and projects kept me company throughout the last year and helped propel me forward into where I am now, ready to take on a new set of goals.

I don't feel like I've done a lot but the reality is different when I calculate it. We moved across the country again. I re-settled into a new home. I made friends here and re-joined an old circle of friends I had dearly missed. I finished up a school year in one of the most difficult classrooms of my career. I took the horse I rode in Colorado from a walk to a trot to a canter, and took thousands of beautiful photographs of my life. I had a birthday, had an anniversary, went to Canada twice, and started work on a large project as well as lining up some traveling for 2015. I don't think I figured much out this year - this was a year of questions, not answers - but I do know that I got somewhere. My heart is at peace.

So, what have you accomplished this year?  That's my question to you as we walk forward into the next year together. I beg you to honor and not diminish the things that you have done this year as the foundation for all that you hope for and plan for next year. Let me know what you are proud of. Flip through your blog archives, journal entries, or sketchbooks and remember the things you've forgotten you've done.





Yes, I broke my rule of not portraying Detroit as a ruined city but when you find yourself here with a bunch of friends you just have to seize the photo opportunity. Sorry, Detroit. 

Hat: Carhartt
Shirt: From a clothes swap with friends
Pants: Madewell
Shoes: j. crew


  1. Wow, I think there is a lot of beauty in the brokenness of that theater. It is always hard to feel accomplished at the end of the year, but you are so right-when you look back on it, you realize how much you really did do!

    1. Detroit is full of once grand places that have since fallen to ruin - it's really an interesting phenomenon with a lot of social reasons for that. I try hard not to focus too hard on it because it seems like it's the only press Detroit gets but sometimes you wind up in spaces like this...and you just can't help it! You have to take a few pictures!

  2. I think it sounds like you've accomplished a lot this year. You should be proud!

    1. Thank you! I tend to be pretty hard on myself so it's important that I am able to stop and really look at the paths I've chosen that have gotten me to where I am...