THREW Mikes EyEz

Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley


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My friends and I have been reflecting back on this past year and some, including myself, have a long list of goals for next year. The list of reflections touches on work, vacations, new homes and remodeling, retirement planning, health both in a pandemic, and the regular trials we face with our various afflictions, exercise and recreation activities, and of course family and children.

Reflection is wise. Photo by Mike Hartley

I’m starting a few transition years and some changes in focus are being made. The work I aspire to do will take a primary position in my professional life. I also hope to make great strides in my personal life this year with family and friends with increased interaction, events, and activities. It’s going to be a tough year to pull both off but I’m very hopeful and optimistic.

A focus on health and losing that 10-15lbs I don’t need. But at the same time, I have a much-increased interest in cooking. Well, that means I’m going to have to exercise to balance those two out. Another great duel on the agenda. Did I really say exercise?

I also have lofty goals here and I’m starting out with the WP Bloganuary challenge in January that gives daily writing challenges but really focuses on just writing each day that month. My hope is to use that as a tool to get a little more discipline in my schedule to accomplish daily posting. And therefore get more serious about my blogging future.

The photo and video side of my plans are long and still in progress but I hope to show you throughout the year what they are. And of course, I’m going to really begin to learn the art of woodworking and keeping all my digits intact.

But what’s the rush, we still have 6 days left this year and I intend on making good use of them. And that means I’m going to be thrashing away at the keyboard and shooting fresh material. A lot can be done and accomplished in short amounts of time. You hear about classic songs being written in a matter of minutes or a few hours. Well, maybe one of those images or stories or poems is ahead of me.

Playing with a few logos, what for I don’t know but might be good to have to start branding a bit more.

attempt 1
attempt 2

Well, I do have a lot more important things to do today besides playing with Canva and logo designs.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Because we didn’t eat it all there are probably a few turkey sandwiches in my near future. But also some tasty morcels left for consumption.
  • It feels really good to have your grown children include you in their regular life often.
  • I’m happy to take an image of a family member or friend that they deeply cherished and never get an iconic image that many would recognize. But it would be nice to accomplish both.
  • Finally, a year that buying scratchoffs as stocking stuffers paid off.

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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