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Finishing strong

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I was thinking about penning something in regards to closing out the year strong. Of course I want to continue my daily post. I’d like to get out this week and do some photography. Now that the workbench and workroom have been half way purged I wanted to get going on a few etching and carving projects.

Colors of the season.
Photo by Mike Hartley

But why does the end of the year tug on me like that to finish strong. I really should be trying to finish strong each day. I guess it’s that calendar thing. Hanging a new one. Putting a new desk calendar out. Yeah I’m old school. I still like physical calendars. I like funny ones. I like car ones. A small desk one from my insurance company. Speaking of which my new one hasn’t show up so maybe I should explore the competition this year.

But back to finishing strong. I want to do it for a few reasons. I want to go into the new year feeling like I’m on the right path at least mentally. I want to go into it with momentum, and build on that start to do even more. I want to be able to give myself future options so I have to work harder at what I’d like to do.


That near full moon was a bright one to start this evening. I guess I should get some sleep because I should go out early and finish up shopping. Maybe a sunrise start to the day.

Near full moon rise this evening looking out my back yard.
Photo by Mike Hartley


Random Thoughts of the Day

You can tell when a tree is decorated with thought.

You can sometimes tell a families history by their tree ornaments.

You can tell the importance of the tree by its placement.

You can’t always measure the love by the physical gifts under the tree.

You need to water your tree so it doesn’t dry and catch on fire.

You need to remember how much your pet enjoyed laying behind the tree where it felt like it had its own cave.

You’re a lucky person if you have ornaments from your parents tree if they are no longer around.

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.

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