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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley

The Spot

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You know the saying, “X marks the Spot.” Well, does it? I just happened to be strolling down Tiber Alley in Ellicott City the other day when I came upon this mark on the asphalt. Or should I say marks? You can see the shadow of a faint start to another X. I’m guessing someone changed course and decided on a different spot.

X marks what spot for you?
Photo by Mike Hartley

To me, it’s OK to change your point. Be it a starting one, midpoint or finish line. Sometimes when you are experiencing the journey you learn and sometimes change your focus point.

I thought I was starting something 6 years ago when I started blogging. Only in the last year have I put down a pace of posting that I originally intended (daily).

I hoped to have fresh photo content every day. I still haven’t reached that goal but I’m doing better each year. Lots of things have taken place between my starting point and now. Life happens every day and no matter your intentions, it gets complicated. I struggle with wanting to do what I would like versus staying with a tried and true income/job. It’s made more difficult by having the least investment emotionally in the people I work with now. Most of my old friends have retired. It’s much different than it used to be even though its the same company that I’ve been coming into more than the last 2 decades.

So I try to keep a balance. I do my professional job well and try to squeeze into the remainder of the week as much as I can. I’ve started to look at that remaining time very closely. I’m starting to edit out some huge time killers. TV is a big one. I’m getting to the point where I don’t feel like I have to sit in front of that box. For instance, right now the ballgame is on and I’m just listening to it and writing this as I type. If something comes up with my team I might run around the corner and catch a replay, but I’m getting some work done and having some relax time at the same time. Well, let me get back to editing a few more shots.

Random Thoughts fo the Day

  • The most popular words on daytime tv seem to be either “if you or a family member” and “The law offices of XY&Z”
  • My family might think I like cutting grass and yard work. I do like the exercise but I do it for the view when I’m done each week.
  • A happy man I am. Well, most days.
  • The D7100 and a zoom lens is a heavy combination. I’m going to have to stay in shape or start using a tripod more.

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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