Welcome to 2016!

It’s the start of a new year, so you know what that means – the obligatory New Year’s post where you talk about all the wonderful things you plan to do this year. Resolutions, goals, bucket lists – whatever you choose to call them, it’s all the same. And while I don’t consider myself to be a trendy sort, I do enjoy taking stock of some things I want to explore in year ahead.

I decided to first reflect back on what I posted at the beginning of 2015, to see if any of that came true. You know what, I did pretty well. Sure, I wasn’t always as successful as I wanted to be (I’m still working on that whole relaxing thing), but I think I subconsciously took those ideas to heart throughout the year, and plan to continue on with them again this year.

So while I want to continue pursue the Organize, Relax, and Explore ideas from 2015, I also have a few specific things I want to do in 2016.

 

1. Plant a garden.

Back at the end of September we left our downtown PG townhouse and moved into a house with a yard. Partly so the dog could have a safe outdoor space to play, but also because I want to grow my own food. I have no idea how it will go, since I’ve never actually had my own vegetable garden, but I’m up for experimenting.

garden

2. Can some things.

I like eating seasonally and locally. But I also like enjoying the proverbial fruits of spring and summer during fall and winter. So this year I want to try my hand at canning some things. Could be jam, could be pickles, could be relish. It doesn’t really matter – I’m just going to do some preserving. We used to can all sorts of things when I was a kid – peaches, pears, cherries, tomatoes, beans, salmon. So I’m going to relive my youth, get myself some canning equipment, and preserve the season’s bounty – and if number 1 is successful, hopefully I’ll be preserving things I even grew myself!

 

3. Take a photography class.

I consider myself to be a fairly decent amateur photographer. But I know I could up my game. And the last time I was in a photography class was Photo 12 (which was many years ago – more than I’m willing to admit). I’d like to learn some techniques, how to better utilize all of the features on my camera, and what other lenses and equipment I should consider investing my money in.

camera

4. Go on an adventure.

Last year all of our travel was very local, and mostly to places we had been before. To be fair, we did get the dog, and that not only limited our ability to travel, but limited our funds for travelling. My boyfriend and I also spent a large part of our Christmas vacation binge-watching Departures on Netflix, so I’ve definitely got the travel bug! I’m really hoping we can plan a vacation where we have to take a plane, and preferably leave the country, and get to explore somewhere we’ve never been. Places like Iceland, New Zealand, Japan, and Germany all sound great. But so would San Francisco, New York, or even the Maritimes.

sky

5. Figure out my next career move.

I love my job – I really do. But I’m only under contract until Jan 2017, and who knows if that will get extended, or other opportunities here will materialize. So I want to take some time to really sit down and figure out where I want to be career wise in the next 1, 5, 10 years, and what steps I should consider to get there. Maybe I’ll go back to school. Maybe we’ll move. Maybe I’ll be come an entrepreneur. Or maybe we’ll just win the lottery and go on an adventure to all those places I list in number 4. I probably shouldn’t bank on that one though.

office still life

So there you have it – my 2016 goal/bucket list/list of stuff I want to do. Here’s hoping it will be a good year!

 

PS – I’ve also decided to do my own #365project photo challenge on Instagram. You should come check it out!

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2 Comments on “Welcome to 2016!”

  1. January 7, 2016 at 7:28 pm #

    That’s a pretty awesome list! If you need any help in the canning department, hit me up. I’ve been doing it for years and have mostly worked out the kinks. Looking forward to your #365photos! I started mine in August of last year and I think it’s improved my idea of what a photograph should be. Take care!

    • January 7, 2016 at 7:43 pm #

      Thanks for the offer! I have done a very small amount of canning years ago, and I’ve got a book, so I’m feeling fairly confident. But I will send you a note if it all goes awry!

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