Welcome to my first monthly post! Exactly one month ago today was my first day as…well…as whatever you want to call me. I suppose there are many terms that could apply–career breaker, ex-teacher, life explorer, dream follower, writer, blogger, beginning photographer, traveler…unemployed person. I could continue (but I won’t!)
I’m not sure why, but back when I started this blog I determined that I’d also include a photo of me taken on each month-a-versary. Clearly I don’t look very different this month than I did last month, but here I am right now…
Perhaps it will actually be interesting to see how I physically change as the months go on, but for now, kind of boring I know. Sorry. I’m also hoping that some of these photos will end up having to be taken in more exciting locations than my office!
So, what did I do and what did I learn during my first month? Here are the highlights…and some of the lowlights, too. Because really, life can’t be all highlights, can it?
What I Did
- Gave up posting on this blog on a daily basis.
- Continued posting on this blog as often as I wanted to.
- Continued posting on my other blog as often as I wanted to.
- Bought a camera.
- Played with camera.
- Finished planning upcoming road trip.
- Had an old friend come to visit.
- Had a ‘staycation’ and visited Longwood Gardens.
- Freaked out about taking a year off.
- Freaked out about the idea of writing my book.
- Freaked out about our upcoming road trip.
- Spent time with my husband; watched movies.
What I Learned
- Giving myself an ‘assignment’ is the best way to guarantee that I don’t do that particular thing.
- When something is not a job, I like it more.
- I love my travel blog even though it isn’t ever going to ‘get’ me anything. Same with this blog. I just like to write and talk to people.
- I really love taking photographs.
- Sort of how to take photographs with a ‘real’ camera.
- I also really love messing with said photographs in any photo editing program I can get for free.
- Sort of how to mess with photographs in free editing programs.
- How to make my netbook work for my purposes, thus saving me over a thousand dollars. (But I still want a Macbook!)
- Some things–like visits with old friends–are not what you expect or remember. Sometimes the good old days need to stay old in order to remain good.
- Longwood Gardens is a great place to go to learn to take photos.
- I freak out way too easily about far too many things.
- Even with all of the freaking out, I am a much better wife when I’m not also a teacher.
Clearly, I’m not a master anything at this point. Additionally, I’ve not yet mastered the art of not freaking out. But it’s only been a month–right?
Next month promises lots of adventure–and, yes, opportunities to freak out–as we are about to head out on our road trip. Will this trip be a learning experience? Will it help me grow as a person? Will it contribute to the reclaiming of my old self? Will I end up on the side of the road in Nova Scotia, desperately in need of a Canadian divorce lawyer? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out!