Above: Waves at Cape Perpetua, Oregon Coast, December 2017.
And here I am, at the start of a new year, pounding away at the keyboard, fueled by coffee and music, after another two-month break in posting… so much for my 2017 goal of writing at least once a month.
As is usual, the change in calendars makes for a good opportunity to step back and take a measure of where I am and where I’m heading. I think most obvious is that a year ago I had no idea I’d be where I am today… While I was actively pursuing professional opportunities, this one, in this place, wasn’t even a blip on the radar. To be honest, a year ago I probably would have had to pull out a map to see where, exactly, Corvallis was in western Oregon. I knew in general terms where it was, but that was the extent of it. I also knew at some point I wanted this kind of job, but I thought that it’d be a decade or so before I got there. Professionally I made some great headway this year, and I’m excited to see what the coming year brings.
At the start of 2017, I was burnt out, fried, frazzled, and stressed out from an extremely trying year and a half. I really wanted to lower my stress levels, both at work and at home. In this regard I didn’t even come close to meeting my goals… if anything, I was more stressed out for most of the year. Lots of work travel, a major personal and professional move, and an incredibly busy summer pretty much blew up my plans to reduce my stress this year. I wasn’t able to to get any hiking trips in, and definitely didn’t do as much photography or writing as I wanted to. So personally I came up a bit short in my goals for the year, and while I’m not too happy about that, I’m heartened by the potential for 2018 to provide more opportunities for being less stressful.
Above: Sunset over the Pacific, Cape Perpetua, Oregon Coast, December 2017.
So where will 2018 take me? I’m not sure, but I know I want to make more time for family, photography, reading and writing, and fun than I did in 2017. I know I’ve got a lot of “work” ahead, as I’m still getting settled in to the new place and job, and it’s going to take some time before it starts to feel like home (I’m still a bit unsettled by not having snow on the ground around here as January starts). But I feel optimistic about things, generally speaking, and while I’m sure that I’ll be unsettled for a while, I’m thinking that good things are yet to come.
Happy New Year, and may your 2018 be all that you hope.
Until Next Time…