Sunday, January 1, 2012

picture the holidays: 30/now there's no looking back

Today's picture is my one and only iPhone shot.  I took it in the car after Christmas on my way back to Virginia without the intention of using it for this project, but I now feel that it fits.

Usually New Year's Eve is a bittersweet time, and this year is no different.  Even though tomorrow will probably be a day like any other, it's the significance of one year ending and a new one beginning.

2011 brought a few sad times - like the loss of my first grandparent last month - but mostly good times.  I got married to the love of my life this year, so 2011 will always hold a significance for us above other random years gone by.

In 2011 I also went through a transformation from looking for salaried careers in January, to working in a local shop through the summer, to working as a photo editor from home through the fall, to finally getting started in my own business.  Hopefully 2012 will bring me business and many great opportunities on that front, which is partially why I chose this picture showing my camera necklace for today's prompt.

The other reason is because of that locket.  My parents gave it to me for Christmas this year and inside are two pictures of my dog.  He's 15 and just celebrated is 16th Christmas this year.  He's obviously old and while healthy on the inside, is still showing signs of aging, like not being able to get up or walk on his own.  He is still a happy and loving dog, but looking forward, I do realize he can't live as long as we'd like him to.  The locket is so special to me already because no matter what happens, I can and will always carry him in my heart.

This picture shows to me that there are both good and bad things to anticipate in the coming year, but it's going to come no matter what, and I have to deal with it all the best that I can.  But I figure as long as I have my doggie in my heart and a camera in my hand, I'm off to a good start.

Happy new year!

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