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No Resolutions Just One Word

No resolutions this year. Most of mine barely make it to February before I think “eh. maybe next year”. Some of my friends and I were discussing our resolutions for 2021 when one of my friends mentioned that she doesn’t focus on resolutions. She prefers to chose one single word and practice it everyday. Her word for 2020 had been KIND. She said this year had tested the word and there were days that she didn’t live up to the definition. But overall she was able to turn some situations around and have a positive outcome.

That got me thinking about my past resolutions: lose weight, eat healthy, exercise more, be a better person. Pretty normal resolutions, but not any that express a true sense of self reflection and a true desire to make positive changes. These were so open ended. I mean, seriously, “be a better person” is not a clear resolution. How was I ever going to be successful without a concise definition? I had set myself up for failure and accepting of the “eh, maybe next year” attitude. Not anymore. It is time for true change.

After giving this a lot of thought and reflection, I have picked my word for 2021: Gratitude (the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness).

I am choosing to show gratitude by being thankful for what I have and for what I have experienced. Show more gratitude by lifting others up – applaud their successes and help when times are difficult. Be part of a world where there is more kindness than hatred, more caring than disinterest and where we think more about others and less about ourselves. I’m going to put my words into action and really practice my word – Gratitude – everyday. I have always told my children that actions speak louder than words. Now it is time to show them what this really means.

Yes, it is daunting. I don’t know if I will be able to show gratitude and appreciation everyday. But I do know I’m going to try, probably fall a time or two, and keep trying until GRATITUDE is a part of who I am.

To start this, I have mentally looked over the past year and found those things that I appreciate and that I am grateful to have experienced. Looking back, I have been fortunate enough to have had a pretty good year in my personal life. I got married in June, have a job that I enjoy, my family and I have stayed healthy (one person in my family did have COVID, but we were blessed that it was not a severe case) and I get to continue to grow in my photography hobby. Sure things have been different, but I feel blessed even in these unpredictable times. My hobby – photography – has been a good escape and I do enjoy sharing the photos and a story or two. I am very grateful and appreciative of the time when I get out and take photographs. It has been a wonderful way to see the beauty in nature. I’ve also been blessed with new friendships as we share photos and discuss the various subjects. I’ve been able to meet a variety of people while out on walks. It has been different with masks, and being socially distanced, but still we’ve been able to connect. So there’s my look back at the year.

I also took the opportunity to look at my photos and pick out a few of my favorites. These are photos from my walks and a few from my yard. I hope you like these too!

Thank you for joining me as I’ve become a bigger bird nerd, learned more about insects than I ever imagined, discovered nature’s beauty even in the weeds and learned more about photography every time I took a photo.

May you find your word, to help you through whatever 2021 has in store for all of us.

I hope you have a very happy New Year!

Thank you for stopping by my blog!

All photos are originals by Kim Lawless.

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New Year/ New Beginnings


There is a hint of a rainbow in this picture.  I hope you can see it!  When I got home on this particular day, I raced into my house, grabbed my camera and ran back outside.  I knew the rainbow wouldn’t last long and I just had to try and capture it.

The rainbow, of course, had moved, so I could no longer take the picture from my driveway.  I went into the street and began to take numerous pictures.  I did have to get out of the street a couple of times, so my neighbors could drive by and get to their homes.  They always waved politely as they drove past me.  No doubt, I was part of the meal-time stories again that night.

After the rainbow had moved on, I went back inside and took care of the evening chores before I sat down to really look at the pictures I had just taken.  This was the best of the bunch.  I’m sure there will be other opportunities for rainbows in the future, but for now, I kinda like this picture.  🙂

What does this rainbow picture have to do with a new year and new beginnings?  For me it is a symbol of letting go of the darkness and embracing the beauty of  new beginnings.  It’s a chance to try new things.  Learn from new experiences and take in the positive energy.

I have experienced some wonderful things in 2018!  My blogging and photography have been a great creative outlet!  I have learned so much – not only about photography and the joy of sharing my work – but about our blogging community.  Where else can you learn so much about other cultures, countries and people?  I look forward to 2019 as I continue learning and growing within this community!

I wish for you, your own rainbow, your own symbol of new beginnings.

I hope you have a Happy and safe New Year!