It’s a great feeling to have accomplished my daily photo challenge throughout 2012! Thanks for following my creative journey. I’ve pulled together some of my favorite photo highlights below to share with you. What’s in store for 2013? Of course I’ll still be taking photos and I have much to learn, though I won’t be posting every day. Instead, I plan to focus on:
Music. Most of my creative energy will go toward my next piano music album, writing new music and arrangements, and updating a website that was last overhauled before Facebook even existed (10 years ago!). I also can’t remember what year I last played my saxophones (alto and soprano)–yikes!
Fitness, which drastically took a lifestyle hit in my move from Chicago to Minneapolis. I know it’s cliché to say that in January, but it’s true. Aside from half marathon training last spring, I had unintentionally quit the gym cold turkey after a 5-6 gym visit per week regimen for the latter three years I lived in Chicago. I started a new gym membership in October and have gone twice, because I honestly didn’t have much time or energy between an increased office workload and a new home and partly because I couldn’t find any of my iPods. My workload has re-balanced, my home improvements are near complete, and I’ve found all three iPods. I’m in good health, but my fitness can no longer be neglected.
Food. I love to cook homemade meals. I need to do more of that. I also need to buy more Tupperware to store meals that serve 5-6 people and freeze the extra. And it will probably be healthier to boot.
Reading. I’ve always been an avid reader. In 5th grade, we were required to do 32 book reports during the year. So I did 106. I still read a lot. But since grad school, my attention span has shifted to short magazine articles, online news, and social media status updates. I’m hungry for some novels.
Relaxation/Sleep. I finished MBA school more than five years ago, yet I still have the sleeping schedule of a grad student. Case in point: it’s 1:30am right now and I’m wide awake. Making do with less sleep is not a smart idea. This will take some weeks of adjustment to find my optimal hours of sleep. (Tips anyone?)
So that’s my resolution list for 2013. Without further ado, here are some of my favorite 2012 Photo Highlights:
Architecture and Cityscapes
- Whitney Bridge
- Dandelion Fountain
- Minnesota State Capitol
- Rainbow Light
- Lowry Avenue Bridge
- Flour Power
- Looking through the Pane
- Tree of Life
- Pride of Minnesota
- Open Up Your Eyes
- Notre Dame
- My Elmhurst Neighborhood
- O Chicago
- The Emerald City
- Sweet Home Minnesota
Most Visited Retailers
- Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Notre Dame)
- Basilica of St. Mary (Minneapolis)
- Baha’i House of Worship (Chicago)
- Church and Steeple (Wayzata, Minn.)
- Sacred Heart of Jesus
- Mary Queen of Peace
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