The beginnings of anything can be difficult.
It doesn’t matter if it’s going back to school, starting over in a career, moving to a new city, or even small events like writing a blog or breaking into a new exercise routine.
It feels new and different and that can get uncomfortable. Or even awkward.
It’s so hard to create new habits and let go of old ones. The old habits are ingrained into our brains and bodies.
One thing that I’m trying to maintain is getting outside once in awhile. Even in the wintertime. When it’s freezing and all I want to do is curl up on the couch at home. I end up staring at maps for long periods of time trying to find new places to explore.
I won’t be able to embark on my 50 states goal till Spring or Summertime but until then I can go back to exploring the areas closer and around me. I just recently visited Canada for the first time in over 10 years!
This new-ish found love for exploration has been a huge part of what’s made me enjoy photography again. I can picture myself in my younger junior high years where I would always have disposable cameras and my Sony point-and-shoot, my first digital camera, on hand.
I highly recommend to always find something new to learn or something to retry if you’ve long left it behind. You may be surprised at the results.
Which is why I’m working to keep posting to Instagram consistently and on a regular basis of my continuing explorations, outdoors or food or music-wise. There will be occasional posts on portfolio work as well.
To go along with that I’m also working on spending less time staring at my phone or browsing the internet just for fun (kind of contradictory to posting to Instagram daily though). It’s crazy how often I check my iPhone. I somehow manage to do it on an almost subconscious level.
It’s actually frightening.
So if you start to see less posts (or tweets/retweets or reblogs) from me on some social media platforms, just know that it’s me pumping the brakes on my internet time. I already know this is going to be way harder than I can imagine.
Anyone else feel the same like a zombie smartphone user sometimes?
Cheers to December and the beginning of the end of 2015,