Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Being here, looking back

If you are like me, you are always wondering what it is you've been doing with all of your time. I always have the feeling that I've been busy, but apparently I lose track of what I've done rather easily.

And I feel that especially acutely right now, as 2011 has ended and I am heading into a new year. It's a good thing that my friend Terry posted a slideshow about her year in photos, because it reminded me of how much I enjoyed doing that last year.  Away I went to visit the Smilebox site for a reminder of how I did it, and then I spent a nice afternoon organizing my photos and remembering what it was I actually did in 2011.  

I had such a good time doing it (you can see the slide show below) that I wanted to urge you to go and give it a try.  Really.  If you keep a blog, you can scroll through your blog entries to remind yourself of what you were doing when.  If you use a digital camera and download pictures to your computer, you can probably filter your pictures by date so you can see a chronological progression of what you photographed. 

Mostly, though, I think the experiencing of looking back at the year as a whole and thinking about what you did, little things and big things, is a very uplifting one.  Maybe you didn't make many quilts (which is how I'm feeling about 2011) but I remembered I did some great traveling and soaked up a lot of inspiration. 

My current inner mantra involves just Enjoying the Moment.  But part of being in THIS moment can involve taking pleasure and satisfaction in the accomplishments of the past.  So really, go check that out.  And if you create one, let me know. I'd love to see it.


  1. I loved your slide show! I was reminded of how many of the same things we enjoy and one of the best---BEST!---things about 2011 was getting to meet you in person. I hope you have a wonderful year ahead.

  2. ah,, serendipity, I had been thinking about doing this on my gallery pages instead of just putting the pictures, much more interesting. I will try and have a go at it.