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Wow, the holidays really flew by this year. It’s already time to start putting the decorations away this coming weekend. Everything looks so baron in January after New Year passes. Trees have shed, lights, and displays stored away. The grass is dormant, and the dog days of winter descend upon us.

And while there are a few special days to celebrate, I just find it difficult to wrap my arms around the 31 days.

As the bottle below says “Warmest Wishes” for your January.

The bottle was a gift from my brother-in-law and his wife. Photo by Mike Hartley

In some ways, I’m very glad about the start I’ve gotten in 2023. I’ve incorporated better personal care, I’m spending more time learning my crafts. I’m being more productive. But today I’m slowed. 2 long nights of work, little sleep, and some pain creeping back into the picture. In the scheme of things, minor obstacles are to be overcome.

So let’s get to it.

Sometimes a lot of hard work and preparation that goes on behind the scenes shows in the final result. Right now it feels like I’m in that behind-the-scenes part of the operation. A lot of the time that is where a lot of the enjoyment comes from. Discovering how to use a new tool. Getting lighting just right. Being in the right spot at the right time.

So this is going to be a major learning and practice year. And it feels good already. It seems to trigger even more creative ideas as I go. I’ve started to discover how to work more effectively also. When I hit a stopping point on something I just move on to another project or task instead of getting worn down or frustrated. By stepping away I’ve learned that the issue I had when I stopped now has a solution or wasn’t the real problem I perceived.

Time to get back to setting up a few product shots.

Just playing with some effects. Illustration by M.H.

Being engaged in your passions is a good recipe for happiness.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • We learned an important lesson today. Don’t send gift cards through the US Mail.
  • Life is a bicycle, you got to keep peddling.
  • House dysfunction from Day 1. Could this be Karma visiting Kevin? Is there a 3 strike rule for failing to get the votes?
  • Another example of the tail wagging the dog on display.
  • Do you ever feel like you can’t catch your breath?
  • If you work, Dilbert cartoons make a lot of sense.

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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