An unscheduled break

I certainly was not planning on taking a two-week break from blogging but I am certainly glad I polished off and scheduled the two posts I did in mid-December that published on the 21st and 31st.

I was also certainly not planning on neglecting my camera for the month of December either!  I am disappointed that I have not yet (as of writing this post) uploaded a single photo to Flickr in December after being on a roll since July.  I know I have a few photos I could have uploaded but unfortunately did not get any work done the last two weeks of December.  I do still have the day (December 31st) to get 50 photos worthy of publishing to my Flickr account.

I have a few hundred older photos to go through and see what can be uploaded to Flickr but I was not wanting to “pollute” my numbers.  For several years now I have been trying to decide what to do with my digital photography and finally this past year, decided to use my Flick account.  Some of the photos I took over seven years ago and with the photography goals I set this year, I was waiting until upgrading my account to publish those photos.

This afternoon/evening, I might work on uploading photos I took prior to July of 2012 and had not yet uploaded to my Flickr account.  This will mean firing up my partners old Mac Mini and attempting to get them onto an external drive.  I also need to go back and properly tag my photos and organize them better.  This was another restriction on the free Flickr account which restricts you to only being able to see the last 200 photos published to your account (and the other reason I had not uploaded the older photos yet).

In December, I was going to upgrade my Flickr account to Pro and was happy that when I logged in last night, I hadn’t.  There was a Flickr gift of essentially the Pro account free for three months.  The plus to not having upgraded yet, is that I get three months for free!  Sometimes it pays to procrastinate!

But sometimes it does not pay to procrastinate.  Because of this unscheduled two week break, I have not had a chance to work more on my 2013 Goals Manifestation.  I was wanting to flesh more of this out today but unfortunately, I am battling the inevitable sickness I always seem to catch when I go home for a visit.

2012 Accomplishments

I must admit that I created this list for myself more than anyone else.  Why?  Because I felt as though I did not get a lot accomplished this year.  I spent the first three and a half months of the year pacing around the house waiting for them to phone with a surgery date.

As we got into March, I was really getting antsy and decided to touch up my resume and look for a part-time job.  The downside was knowing I was at the top of the surgical wait list and questioned the point of looking when I knew I would have to quit almost as soon as I got a job.  Because of the length of time working and needing upwards of two months to recover from surgery, I knew medical leave from a new job would not be an option.

My 2012 in Review:

  • January
    • Reading / Researching
  • February
    • Registered with The Crystal Dragon College
    • Finished Five Touch for Health Proficiency Balancings for Level 1
  • March
    • Registered with Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy
    • Touch for Health Level 3
  • April
    • Surgery date booked
    • Passed Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy Exams x 10
    • Touch for Health Level 4
    • Touch for Health Practitioner
  • May
    • Brain Formatting Class
    • Surgery prep including lots of chores around the house/yard
    • Moved around rocks for 8 hours in 35C heat
    • Grew (mostly) Green Grass!
  • June
    • Long awaited surgery
    • Pain-free recovery (still have full bottle of T3’s)
    • Lots of reading, smiles and restricted movement
  • July
  • August
    • Started regularly using my dSLR
    • Took my son to the water park for the first time
    • Volunteer Coordinated Okanagan Pride
    • Landed first job in Health and Wellness Industry
    • Canned 46 jars of Peach Salsa
  • September
  • October
  • November
    • Re-launched work website using WordPress
    • Touch for Health Five Element Metaphors
    • Goal Completed:  Publish 50 Photos Per Month to Flickr over 3 months
    • Three contract websites and WordPress tutoring
    • Completed my very first tax return (I normally pay someone else)
  • December
    • Back to volunteering with the Okanagan Pride Society
    • WordPress tutoring
    • First time home for Christmas since moving here in 2008

On top of the above tasks I accomplished, there are a few more accomplishments through the calendar year that happened in 2012:

  • overcome the last of my anxiety and depression
  • healed quickly and painlessly from major surgery
  • doing things that social anxiety prevented me from doing
  • increased confidence in muscle testing and as a holistic practitioner
  • motivation and confidence with my work
  • continuing on my path with holistic health

Because I have never been one to make “New Years Resolutions” and noticing that 2013 is approaching quite quickly, I have already started working on my list of what I would like to manifest in 2013.  From the success I had in achieving almost all of the goals I set in the latter half of 2012, I will do the same for 2013 over the next few weeks.

Do you set New Years Resolutions?  Do they work for you?  Do you have a list of what you would like to accomplish in 2013?  Feel free to share in the comment section of this post!

2012 Winter Solstice

Anyone else having a hard time comprehending that we are just ten days from the end of 2012?

I am still reveling in having had one of my best Summers in over a decade and had just gotten into enjoying the Fall when the snow started falling.

Life seems to just be whizzing by as we creep towards the end of another calendar year.  I was starting to come across those “Top X list of 2012” two weeks ago and just like every year, I chuckle thinking it was way too early for those and then laugh at myself realizing that yes, it really is that time of year (again).

As we have crept closer to the Winter Solstice, I have noticed that it does not appear to be nearly as dark (or cold) as it normally is at this time of the year.  Days have gradually gotten darker, colder and the snow started making an appearance over a month ago now as Winter settles in.  All of which had me wanting to feel depressed because that is normally what happens at this time of the year.  But something different happened this year:  I smiled.

Today is the Winter Solstice which is the shortest day and longest night of the year which means that starting tomorrow, the days will start becoming longer again.  The Earth will start its journey to being closer to the Sun which means more sunlight and more warmth.  In a few months, the Earth will start to give birth to the foods, flowers and other vegetation that we enjoy when the time comes to harvest them.

Winter has always been one of the seasons I liked the least but that has started to change over the past couple of years.  This will be our fifth Winter in Kelowna and I finally bought myself a proper pair of Winter boots.  I am anticipating that this Winter will be much more enjoyable with warm feet!

Happy Winter Solstice!