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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley

Stay Challenged

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Just pick something to challenge yourself. Both physically and mentally if you can. At least I hope this philosophy will work in my senior years. I’d like to take on and experience a number of things in retirement.

In some ways, I’m looking forward to being more active and challenged in retirement than I’ve been in my professional career. Mainly because I’ll be in charge of direction and challenges to take on. So light that grill and take off.

These are grilling temperatures.
Photo by Mike Hartley

But retirement is a few years off so I got to get busy utilizing the time well now to prepare for it so I can hit the ground running. Like having a portfolio of work ready to go. I’m working steadily on that. About 6,400 images so far. Yeah I know, quality not quantity. But always remember, sometimes it only takes one more image to make a really good series of images.

I’ve promised myself to get out and shoot some this week. And I think I’ll start this evening. Also I think I’ll try to prepare a few special and smart dinners this week.

I did better this past year but far from where I should be in terms of eating right. So I’m going to try to do better again. Because I’d like to live for a long time. Well, let me rephrase that. A lot longer than I have already.

Eat right=live long=prosper.
Photo by Mike Hartley

So I’ve got a couple of pieces of fruit for my lunch tucked away for the beginning of the workweek. Maybe some nuts and I’ll try to stay out of the snack room this week. It just comes down to making smart decisions each day about eating. From what to how much. Its all a matter of choice. I even ate some spinach during dinner. I guess that was a correct choice.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Not a good weekend for the local sports teams here in Maryland.
  • Finding something you think you misplaced is a nice treat.
  • Some things take time and effort over a long period to finally start to look successful.
  • It’s a good thing to maintain long distance friendships. You never know when you might be living close together again.

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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