Resolutions! Sort of.

January 6, 2012 , , Carina Thornton
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I normally avoid New Year resolutions. Anytime I tried one out I always ended up feeling pressured and then the control freak in me decides “I’m in control and I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to!” So instead I try to use the start of a New Year to quietly do a few new things without letting my brain know it’s a resolution. Heehee

Hopefully I won’t jinx myself now by putting them in black and white!

1. Continue buying organic foods. I’ve been fairly diligent about what I’ve been feeding my body these last few months but not entirely strict. When I get “strict” that’s when I tend to feel smothered and deprived and most likely to fail in my new venture. This time I made a gradual change and let the feeling of being healthier continue to lead me in the right direction. I’m also experimenting with a vegan diet or at least being more conscious of where my food is coming from.

2. This is a tough one. I need to bite the bullet and have my back surgery. Without it, everything else will be impossible. After months of being poked, prodded, electrocuted and imaged, I was actually relieved to hear that there was a light at the end of the tunnel but the more I think about it, the more it freaks me out just a bit. I need to have 2 lumbar vertebrae fused together because of a deteriorated disc. The idea of possibly being out of daily pain, getting feeling back in my right leg and foot and maybe even be able to sneeze without crying is something I hadn’t considered in a long time. It’s no fun when pain just becomes part of who you are. At the same time I hate the idea that my body will be modified. It won’t be the way it was designed. Does that make sense? It’s like putting a hand where your foot is supposed to be – it might work but it’s not right. Maybe I’m over-thinking because the fact is, it isn’t right now. The disc is missing with or without surgery. *sigh*

3. Gee, I’m not sure what comes next since everything is so dependent on #2! I will continue to do work for Lab Rescue LRCP and the Animal Welfare League of Frederick County. Working with animals that need forever homes is so rewarding. This year I’m hoping to work a little with studio lighting and backdrops so that my rescue photos don’t have the distractions of the surrounding adoption event. Beautiful backdrops will be a new option for my private clients as well!

4. Spend more time outdoors. I find that my introverted self loves being a homebody but once I get outside, I love the fresh air! I’ve been doing some walking through Claude Moore Park and it is a nice little break from the speed of life.

5. Collaborate more with colleagues and local businesses. We’re all in this together.

6. Visit Seattle. There are a bazillion people over there that I want to see again (or meet!) in 2012.

Let’s start there for now 🙂

What do you hope this year brings to you?

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