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From here to there


I could have named this site “from here to there.” For it always seems my time for photos is squeezed in between going from here to there. Same with my time to write. But I still appreciate each very much. As one fellow blogger I follow (Down the Road by Jim Grey) wrote a post called “Few people make real money following their passions, and you probably won’t be one of them.” About having a primary job and your passion which most likely won’t pay the bills. But I feel it still can be a very special thing to follow your passion.

Always on my way. Photo by Mike Hartley

Always on my way.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Yeah it can be lots of work. But I haven’t run into the point of asking myself why am I doing this. On the contrary I’m finding I want to do more, and I think I’m on the road to doing that. The more I read and view others blogs I realize I have a long way to go. But the journey I’m finding is the fun part.

I don’t worry about being embarrassed anymore. Well for the most part at least. I don’t think or worry about the limited tools I have, limiting my abilities. I fully appreciate the opportunity to create and learn at the same time. As I learn I come up with ideas and thoughts about future projects that I hope somehow might result in some sales but it’s not what drives me.

Because success is defined in many different ways. Hell success might just come after I pass which it does for a far number of people. Success is someone enjoying my work or making them think. Success is having something I feel positive about doing. Success is a comment. Success if making someone pause and smile. And one day success will be the difference between someone saying to me “That’s Nice” vs “Can I get that.”

So here’s to continued hard work and opportunities to do it each day and happiness along the journey.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

2 thoughts on “From here to there

  1. You sir have achieved SUCCESS status long ago. I once remember when you were a young man and had to make some serious personal choices. You were at a crossroad and you made the change of course leading to the success you enjoy today. You also have raised two wonderful children and put them through college. They have their own homes and are married. You have also been a faithful man to your wife and family. Then there is work, I think you are one of the hardest working men I know, your work ethic is unmatched. You achieved success long ago. Looking forward to the day you retire and when the grandbabies start coming along

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