Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Wishes





Wishing each of you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

I am considering the upcoming new year with sweet anticipation and hopeful expectations. Perhaps I will choose a Word of the Year, or set resolutions . . . but I've been giving thought to one of Austin Kleon's blackout poems.

I think there will be a year when we'll say, Gosh, we were good enough this year. and then we can just sit here.

It isn't that I wish to be a slug and do nothing at all, nor that I have no room for improvement or growth, but I've read stacks of self-help books and articles over the years.

I've set goals and methods of accountability, established schedules, written in journals, and outlined elaborate Life Plans. And all of these activities are worthwhile.

But maybe it's time to simply accept the happiness that is right before me, within reach, just waiting for me to see it. Maybe I will begin 2015 with the joy of a child . . . hands clapping . . . simply because I am happy - and I know it.

21 comments:

  1. You are at the right place to sit back and just enjoy the fruits of your labors. Everyone is at different spots at different times. I feel like I have 46 years of learning and creativity to make up for which is what pushes me so hard. I know the time will come when I will take a rest year, when Mallory marries, when she has children, I want to have some of my own self-focused desires under my belt before those events happen otherwise I will always feel that I missed something. The best way for me to help Mallory follow her own dreams is to model that behavior.

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  2. I agree. We sometimes need a day, a month, or a year to just be and enjoy where we are. So many times we are pushing ourselves and not stopping to breath! Hope your new year is all you want it to be!

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  3. Well written as usual, photos are just awesome Donna. I too am thinking how I want 2015 to be, while I want to make change and it isn't for everyone. Looking to life with happiness is always positive and as a child with nothing more than taking one day at a time is very worthwhile indeed. Wishing you a very Happy Holiday and looking forward to continued chats either on your blog or e-mail.

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  4. Hi Donna, I am a new visitor to Pic Me Up and am enjoying your blog and your great photos. Sometimes we have to give ourselves permission to just be. Without goals. No lists. Isn't it nice just to say...I love where I'm at.

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  5. I love your series of pictures about Christmas time Donna, they're so heartwarming with a feeling of comfort and serenity. I love them all but I think I prefer the 3rd one with this gorgeous bunch of flowers and berries in the background in what seems to be a tin... so,pretty! but above all I love your red coffee maker...
    I totally agree with your words and thoughts (wouldn't be able to write so well!), setting all sorts of goals may be sometimes a source of anxieties and of pressure and simply taking life as it comes is for me the best choice for a life full of unexpected events and surprises...
    thank you for your warm wishes, enjoy a merry christmas and may 2015 be a most happy and serene year for you and family...
    this is the site where I found the directions to make the origami stars, enjoy making a few for your christmas tree!
    http://www.homemade-gifts-made-easy.com/5-pointed-origami-star.html

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  6. its just dawned on me today that Christmas is approaching much faster than I realized...your photos reflect the warmth and good spirits of the season...wishing all of that for you and your family...now and into the new year!

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  7. Well, you know how all my schedules and vows and resolutions and goals have fallen apart this year. So I say, in response to your post, Amen to all that!

    I have that same vintage-y bottle brush tree but no charming tarnished sugar bowl . . . and love that coffee pot. As everyone has remarked, your photos make Christmas less rushed, less commercial, and lovely using found, everyday objects.

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  8. Even if I am not drinking coffee anymore, your awesome photos make me craving for a cuppa - and I am sure it would taste even better in a cup as lovely as yours. I am so glad I've found your artful blog this year, and I am looking forward to seeing more beauty in 2015. Wishing you a very Happy Holiday Season with all the people dear to your heart.

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  9. Your blog made me smile. I can picture you clapping your hands - I am clapping mine too : ) I think I will give up on the word a year as well. I pick one, get all excited, and then do nothing with it. As always, your photos are striking. And I really like the new header too! A very merry Christmas and happy new year to you Donna!

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  10. I think you have it exactly right!! Growth is nice; happiness is better!!
    Beautiful shots, Donna!

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  11. Well said Donna ! I too am going to "go with the flow" and make the most of every minute, but in a calm restful way. Love your photos as always :) Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a joyous New Year xo

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  12. I am clapping my hands right now! Really. I am happy I read your blog today. :) Merry Christmas!

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  13. I LOVE this post...because you wrote just the thoughts that I've been thinking..oh my thanks for the validation of a life of my own for a year...no schedule and maybe even get to read a few books...for pleasure...
    Your work is beautiful...you know what you are doing and understand...simple...I, on the other hand need to do a bit more learning and I will, at my own pace...
    I wish you all the best honestly and I'll be watching you for inspiration..Happiest of New Years...and here to know that Life is good right now...enjoy...

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  14. This is just awesome Donna! I too am ready to accept the happiness of where I am, both in retirement life, and as a photo artist...for the year. As Cheryl said, thanks so much for the validation. Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas, and happiest of New Years!

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  15. Hmm...the word of the year...I have never embraced it...start out thinking that I will and then the follow up isn't there. This year is different. My word found me over the past 30 days and confirmed on this trip to Myanmar. More soon! Great post and thoughts!

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  16. Dear Donna, I just wanted to thank you for your email. I have tried to reply, but for some reason it bounces back at me. I'll try again tomorrow. Have a lovely weekend ahead. :)

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  17. I have to agree. There is nothing wrong with words or goals and yet there is something to be said for enjoying what each day brings. Oh, and the photos are simply breathtaking. They belong in a magazine. Can I be your agent? :)

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  18. Donna, lovely to meet you at Water Street Studio on Sunday! Thanks for stopping by the blog. Yours is gorgeous! Love these holiday pics and the Austin Kleon quote - great books. Hope to see you again soon!

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  19. oh Donna.... such beautiful photos.... and wise words.....

    you are such a blessing..... I am going into 2015 with anticipation and trust that it will unfold exactly as it should....
    so excited to see more of you in the Studio....

    happy holidays sweet friend..... xo

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  20. Merry Christmas! Donna, it's been no time since we've met...but I can guarantee...not one person would even use the world "slug" in a sentence with your name! I love your thoughts...and a similar one that I had was to begin canceling a number of my professional photography feeds. At some point I have to quit looking at other's work and just concentrate on my own. So I do so understand what you are saying! I started deleting a week or so ago and I'm looking forward to having more time for my favorite bloggers (like you!) and other inspirations that I have up my sleeve! Have a wonderful day!

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