Turns out I began writing a post a while back, saved it and then never came back to it. So, I’m coming back to it! It’s as follows:
As 2016 comes to a close, I took the last couple of weeks and reflected on what happened this year, how it changed me for better or worse and then adopt the challenge platform for next year, rather than a bunch of resolutions.
A big one, and most decidedly my most proud moment, was meeting my first child, Hadley Grace, in June. The love and joy that I feel every time I look in her eyes simply cannot be put into words. Or, if it can, I simply do not possess the elevated language need to adequately convey those emotions. Another thing great this year was celebrating my first wedding anniversary. I have enjoy collecting memories with my wife, Jessica, thus far and am really looking forward to the ones we make as a trio moving forward.
Something else that really affected me significantly more than I had anticipated was celebrating my daughter’s first Christmas. It was an amazing feeling sharing those moments with my family and my wife’s family (all my family). However, not to get too down, what affected me was celebrating this Christmas without my dad. My dad has been gone for four years now and I’ve done plenty of accepting and living and moving forward, but what really caused pause was that he would have loved sharing in these experiences too much, the love that he would have felt and poured over Hadley, and my niece Claire, would have been so great that, combined with ours, no other love would be able to fit in that room. So, I am just going to continue to be the best dad I can be, because I learned from the best.
Moving on to 2017, I have rediscovered my love of photography. I first dipped my toe into motion pictures years ago with a strong base in film photography. After a career in film and video for so many years now, the last part of 2016 reignited my desire to create fine art photography.
So I have decided that I am going to challenge myself in 2017 to do four things, change my habits to live a more healthy lifestyle; especially with our new daughter and the time she needs, continue to build and grow our marriage; assemble a book of photography; and finish this book that I have been writing for the last three years.
I am going to be looking at my life and really figuring out how I can change and change the things around me that are creating chaos and negativity in my life, which are hindering the successful completion of my challenge.