A long, long time ago, when I had a “real job”, I had to set goals each year for my career. As every good technique in the corporate world must have a good and catchy acronym, we were encouraged to make each of our goals “SMART” – Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time-Phased. So at the end of the year, it would be very clear whether or not I had met my goal – no wishy-washy, broad or all-encompassing dreams were allowed in the annual goal list.
Thank goodness I don’t have to do that anymore.
For this year, I don’t have any goals or resolutions. All I have are some wishy-washy, broad, and all-encompassing dreams for 2011. It makes me happy!
One of my hopes for this year is that I will get better at photography. For me, this doesn’t really look like taking photos that will win any contests. For me, just remembering to bring my camera to Thanksgiving dinner would be a big step in the right direction.
So I want to try something new on this blog. I want to take and share a photo with you all each week. I’m not making any promises that they will be good, or that I won’t get lazy one week and post an unedited snapshot of my feet or my coffeemaker, or that I won’t get mushy every week and post fifty-two photos of Finn making cute faces. I can’t even promise that I won’t mess up and forget for a month, or get tired and quit. No promises – just a hope that this will be an enjoyable new ritual that I can look forward to and have fun with each week.
Week one’s photo is not super-exciting, but it’s a decent start. Our front door is new to us – we had it installed over the summer because our old door was damaged by a couple of punk vandals with some bricks. I painted the new door blue to match the hydrangeas that were blooming that week, and out of the many improvements we’ve made to this house since we bought it, this is my second favorite (right after the new shower head…. ahhhh).
We took down all of our super-Christmassy decorations last weekend, but since I don’t have any generic “winter” decorations for our house, I usually leave the Christmas wreath on the door at least until March, when I can put up the Easter wreath. Personally, I think a door without a wreath just looks a little uninviting.
So here you go… a photo of my front door. Happy Friday, and Happy New Year!