I had to check the calendar to discover today was the second day of the new year already. My mind does a double calculation every day where I try to be simultaneously aware of what day it is in Thailand and what day it is in the U.S. The effect feels a bit like I’m living in two different worlds. It makes me wonder if I should just let go more and live not only in the present but in this space more thoroughly.
I’ve been seeing a lot of blog posts doing a recap of 2010, favorite posts and favorite photos. I’m a little late to jump on the wagon, but I’ll do it anyway. It’s good to look back and take a deep breath over all that happened in the last year. (Plus it turns out it works for this week’s You Capture challenge. Win-win.) Surviving 2010 was a bit like training in karate where the fighter must practice delicate and powerful moves on the tips of bamboo poles jutting from water far below, every move requiring precision, timing, and intense concentration. Every move could mean a perilous fall. And sometimes I did fall.
But when I look back at my photo history of 2010, I remember the times I landed.
2010 was the year I really developed my style in food photography.
It was the year I dared to dream of something big.
It started with a reading challenge, that lead to a book, that lead to an idea…that lead to a major life change.
Meanwhile, I pushed myself further than I thought I could dare go, in new ways I hadn’t previously imagined.
Sometimes I lost focus, sometimes I lost my way. Sometimes I broke.
But it was a wild ride.
And along the way, there was love. So much love.
These are my ten favorites, and one to grow on.
Happy New Year. I hope 2011 brings many blessings to you and yours!
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P.S. It looks like I might have spoken too soon about the puppies. The mama dog apparently was more frightened than relieved by the new food source and scuttled her babies off somewhere else. I can’t find them. It surprises me because she always had this beleaguered expression suggesting the burden of children was too much for her because all she could bring to feed them was pilfered trash (including a diaper…bleah.) So I’ve lost the puppies and am left with a huge pile of love just waiting for a fur baby to find its way into. Maybe I can add that to my list of aspirations for 2011.
UPDATE: Click here for the latest development in the puppy situation. I promise cuteness is involved.