hello, motivation. where have you been?

January 13, 2012 |  Category:   life rambling

Oh, did I say we were having a mild winter so far? Because it turned so unbelievably cold today, it shocked us back into reality. Sun, then hail, then clouds, then sun, then flurries, then sun. What a strange day. Lucky 13.


It’s mid-January already. Mid January!! And I’m only now feeling like I’m waking up from some kind of post-holiday slumber. I entered the New Year lethargic, out of sorts and without any goals for the year. I’ve never been very good at making a list of goals for the new year (unlike my mother who never wavers on this!), at least not on paper, but then again, I am not one to make lists at all. Is it strange that I’ve never wanted or needed any sort of organization tool, calendar, or datebook? That I never write anything down? It’s all stays in my head and for the most part that’s worked…at least until I start becoming forgetful in my old age.
But today, I feel a little more alive. I started a design project for a dance company, and many more projects for work are being lined up. Schedules so far are vague and they could very well fall unfavorably (meaning all at once) or things can fall through again like they did in the Fall, and while it is admittedly giving me anxiety, it is making me feel something again. For the first time since our holiday rush ended and the hard month of December passed, I am feeling a glimmer and a sense that this will be a good year, whereas I have felt nothing before.
Maybe I am ready to mentally make note of some goals:
1. Buy less. I don’t spend gobs of money on stuff in general, but I can still do better on buying stuff we don’t really need.
2. Play with my new Polaroid camera (first test shot above).
3. Eat less meat and dairy. I’m not saying I’m going back to being a vegan, or even making the decision to eliminate meat and dairy from my diet completely, but I’m choosing to not eat it these days. It won’t be hard. I rarely crave cheese, and I almost downright dislike the taste of butter right now.
4. Make sure to set aside time to get those side projects done, which always gets pushed to the back when there is a lack of time…but when is there ever enough time?
Btw, today is lucky Friday the 13, which I always believe to be a lucky day. I booked a trip for Winter Break next month. We’re going to LA!

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  • Sarah January 13, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Yeah! I’m gonna make the happy assumption that LA is the city not the state. If the weather continues the way it has this week then you could enjoy your time at the beach. It was actually hot today! I’m excited to see how my coast looks through your camera lens 🙂
    This week I finally started feeling some happy 2012 motivation as well… feels nice doesn’t it?!

  • jodi January 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    love your test shot! looking forward to seeing more polas from you.

  • Jenna January 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    @Sarah, yes…california, yes!

  • Atsuko January 13, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Sun, ocean, and blue sky! You cannot go wrong with these. I assume that the girls are excited.

  • Audrie January 13, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    I gave myself some time off at Christmas because I was all burnt out with meeting deadlines, and I couldn’t get back into work mode till just a couple of days ago. Feels good to cross things off the list and feel productive again.

  • mau January 14, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Great test shot!

  • Theresa January 14, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Awesome, you guys will have a great time!

  • stuffedmice January 14, 2012 at 5:27 am

    it’s amazing that you’re getting so much done without any lists, i would be lost. to-do lists, notebooks, writing things down or putting reminders in my phone at least, they’re badly needed. my motivation is that bad. and i truly understand the post christmas / new year’s lethargy, mine has just passed. or rather was kicked out by running and meditation:)

  • Anna Emilia January 14, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Happy mid January all the way to you from very snowy Finland.

    LA, it sounds like something very sweet and warm. Happy dreaming in advance!

  • Jenn's rival ice cream maker recipes January 14, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Take some time to think and travel. Great LA trip.

  • Patricia January 14, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Many of the things you’re feeling I feel too, except I’m still waiting for Motivation to show up. Love the Polaroid shot, would love to see more…

  • Neel | Food Photography Blog January 14, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    New Polaroid? I am assuming that’s the digital camera that Polaroid launched? Z340? with Zink? Would you recommend it?

  • Nina January 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    yay LA! (I live there/here.) Is it odd that I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures of my city? I really love your photography. Tableau above included.

  • Jenna January 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    @Neel I bought a vintage slr 680 off of ebay

  • Lynne January 15, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Mild winter for us as well…..till last Thursday. A bit of ice, a bit of snow covering it, commutes that took triple the normal time….that will bring you back to the reality of winter very quickly! Glad you will be able to sneak away to someplace warm.

  • lori January 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    i just watched forks over knives last night, a compelling documentary describing what we already know about food (and a lot i didn’t know). friday the thirteenth was always lucky for me, my baby boy was born that day!
    have fun in la, we’ll be down next saturday for wedding dress shopping! if you get a chance to see the new getty it’s wonderful.

  • Lia January 15, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I think that to plan a vacation is in itself the beginning of the trip! LA, great choice!

  • Kate January 16, 2012 at 11:12 am

    SO excited to see more polaroid pics from you. I am also a tad jealous that you have one…I have been dying for one. I may have to look on ebay! Oh and yes Sarah is right…the weather in LA has been amazing recently!

  • elizabeth antonia January 16, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    i’m about to do three weeks with no meat/dairy/wheat. kill me now. actually, i’m kind of excited for it. and you are coming to los angeles! lucky us! i know you probably have it covered but if not email me for recs. xo elizabeth