Happy 2015!

Tree Bark Close UpUsually at the end of every year I make a list of resolutions for the year to come and evaluate the progress on my resolutions from the previous year. This year I’ve decided to do things a little differently. Quite a lot changed for me last year and many of the initial New Year’s resolutions I had were no longer relevant. So my evaluation didn’t show a lot of progress exactly, but it did show a lot of personal growth. This year I’m doing things slightly differently.

I’m still going to make resolutions for 2015, but my personal resolutions are far more generic and short term than usual. With how much has changed recently for me, and how much is likely to still change, it’s silly for me to try to predict where I’ll be three, six, or ten months from now. I also want to focus on specific goals for specific areas of my life. For this post, I’m focusing on goals I have that pertain to my love of nature and the way I incorporate (and plan to incorporate) that in my life for the upcoming year.Pink Starry Sky

My nature related resolutions for 2015:

1. Spend much more time enjoying the outdoors. With all that I went through last year, I didn’t go camping at all. In fact, I barely left my home. This year I’m definitely going camping, hopefully several times throughout the year. I’m also going on more walks at the local forest preserve. And my husband and I have planned some day or weekend trips to places relatively close by to enjoy various outdoor themed activities, lectures, and the like.

2. I’m in the process of enrolling at a new university. Due to some financial and personal reasons, I had to leave my former college. Shortly after, my cat of almost 14 years, Baby, died and this has caused me to reevaluate a lot about my life. I had been pursuing a degree in anthropology with the hopes of someday working as an archaeologist. I’m now going for a biology degree. My plan for the moment is to focus on school and get my degree, maybe eventually working for an NGO that emphasizes wildlife conservation. But for now, I’m simply going to focus on getting started at a new school in a new field and see where that takes me.

3. Post more on this blog. So far, I haven’t had the opportunity to do a lot of updates on this blog. I just got it up and running in November, shortly after I made the switch back to wildlife photography. With college, I don’t know how much time I’ll realistically have for detailed and informative posts, but I’d like to do something every few weeks at least. If I have the time for it, I’ll do more._MG_0025_6_7_tonemapped wo

For now, this is it. It isn’t much but it’s a good step in the right direction for me. These are all achievable goals and all of them are already in the works. Now it’s just a matter of sticking to it, something I’m more than capable of doing as I’ve already been doing it in other areas of my life.

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(c) Cyrene Krey

I wish you all a wonderful 2015 filled with happiness and fresh air!