I promised myself, and many of you, that I would blog regularly this year, and as much as my heavy eyes want to lure me to dreamland right now, I am determined to keep that promise to you and to myself. As I opened the laptop just now, I found a bit of confetti on my keyboard, the paper remains of our family New Years Eve party last night, complete with an aluminum ball and hand-cut confetti. What a sweet surprise and a little gift of sorts… kind of like a love note or a wedding favor found in a coat pocket from last year.
And so it has begun! We have been blessed with a new day in a new year and the celebration of a new start. I love New Year’s Day for the fire of hope that it brings and for the possibilities that lie ahead. I try so hard not to look much farther than the day in front of me, because when I do it leads to the next day, the next week, the next month, and my mind is already envisioning the new year ending as quickly as it arrived.
I decided the best way to kick off this year was to start a collecting jar. It’s not a new idea by any means; one that I found on Pinterest actually, but none-the-less I like it a lot. It’s a place to collect the sweet reminders of the moments we hope not to forget as the days fly by. A movie ticket (check!), a bit of confetti (check!), a fortune that grabbed my heart from the Chinese dinner that filled in for a home cooked meal. Or, maybe it’s just a thought that came and I didn’t want to see it get lost in the shuffle of the everyday. As I pass through this year, I will keep my eyes wide open and collect these tangible remains of the day to remind me how full my life is. How each one of them represents a moment of emotion inside of my soul.
It is my hope, my resolution, that this blog become a Ball Jar of my work. The blessings I experience, the beauty I observe, the emotions that I capture through my photography or the things that I create. Come join me as I fill this year with adventures.