Good grief, it's a new year! Just in time, as 2013 was less than kind to me and just about every one I know.
So where do I go from here? (photography stuff at the end, I promise)
I am going to set some goals (instead of resolutions, those sound so trite) for the upcoming year. Some will be fairly easily accomplished, I am sure. Others will take a bit of effort and help from others.
What do I want to do right away? Move some money around so that I can benefit from any interest it accrues. This will also allow me to do away with the one large debt I have now. I also need to be gainfully employed by my next birthday. At this point, I'm not looking for a plum job (more on that later) just something that will cover the essentials for the near term.
Medium range goal: divest myself of a large volume of the crap I have accumulated in the past thirty odd years. Seeing much of it through the lens of time, I just don't need it. I doubt that I ever did, actually. The genesis of this has been the task of being an estate trustee/executor. Having a lot of stuff will require someone to assess it and figure out what to do with it after you're gone. More stuff obviously equals a lengthier and more difficult task. It has been a real trial at times, so my goal will be not to drop a task like that on anyone else.
For the second half of the year, I want to ensure that a family member is living in the ancestral homestead. It is far too much house for me, but I would feel uncomfortable selling it off. So as long as one of us is here taking care of things, I will feel better about my year end goal.
What's the year end goal? I want to reinvent myself and go back to school. Which as of right now, will involve relocating for about a year and a half.
It took a while, but I have learned that I like creating things in the kitchen. So formal education along those lines is the next logical step. And . . . it looks like I have discovered a school with an appealing program that doesn't cost a fortune. So it's in Southwestern Oregon. Right on the coast. That will be so difficult.
Oh yes, the photography part. Along the way and especially after a relocation, I have promised myself to shoot a lot more. Of nearly anything, but specifically people (with the Janis Endeavor) and starry sky landscapes.
Some of that may require an equipment purchase here and there, but for the most part I am set on gear. I do think there may be a Fujifilm X100s in the future because of its versatility, especially in regard to flash sync.
Siochán leat, S.E.G.
I miss you, Pop!