2018 was the year I really wanted to end on a high note, but that just wasn’t in the books. Let’s say that I’ve been hibernating until now. I sometimes jokingly identify as a bear because I’m a big and quite hairy fellow. To clarify, I’m referring to the actual animal and not the gay culture reference.
I’d like to be able to deny that the short days and darkness this time of year doesn’t affect me. But as it turns out, they really do. I tend to do quite well at work, but at home I don’t seem to get anything done. The dishes start to pile up and the clutter intensifies. It usually takes a few weeks to get myself out of this funk, but this winter has been particularly difficult.
I’ve also been suffering from a persistent sinusitis for over three months. This just may have something to do with my lack of energy. Now the days are getting longer, and we have even had a few sunny days. Things are literally looking brighter. The apartment looks decent again and I’ve even taken the camera out a couple of times.
2018, a year of changes
There were a lot of changes last year, both in my personal life and also in my work life. The changes have been mostly positive, but there were a few negative things as well.
On the positive side I’m finally a permanent employee after many years of fixed-term employment contracts. I’ve got a new (to me) car. And I’ll also count the switch from Canon to Fuji as a positive thing. I also took more photos in 2018 than the last four previous years combined. I hope that this trend continues in 2019, but it’s going to be a struggle. It’s March and I have pretty much nothing to show for the beginning of the year yet.
Blogging goes somewhere in the middle, because while I restarted the blog, I posted way too infrequently. I’ll try to ramp up the volume of posts here pretty soon. And this time also try to keep it up during the year. I must say that writing in English and also figuring out search engine optimizations hasn’t been easy. I don’t write as many forum posts anymore, which was great practice. And on top of that, I don’t really need to use English at work too often, and it shows.
Lastly on the negative side, our already small family suffered a loss as my grandfather passed away. I try to focus on the photography and positive things on the blog, but that’s not always possible. I’m sure that other negative things happened last year as well. But when put in perspective, the other things were negligible.
Getting rid of clutter and unnecessary things
I’ve had a draft in WordPress for about eight months now about “Cutting distractions”. This post will cover the subject of de-cluttering my life in more detail. I just need to stop procrastinating and finish it first…
The need for cutting the daily distractions was something I realized during 2018. I need to do something to my surroundings to be more efficient. This will able me to focus on my photography and also this blog. The process of de-cluttering and streamlining has begun, but it’s slow going.
During February and March I played the “minimalist game”, which in itself helped tremendously. The goal is to throw away, recycle, donate or sell things. Namely, things in your life that don’t really present any value or make you happy. Turns out I own a lot of stuff that falls into that category. On the first day of challenge you get rid of one thing, on the second day, two things etc. Finally, on the last day you get rid of 30 things. After 30 days you’ve gotten rid of 496 things, so it adds up and it adds up quickly.
I’m actually going to take a break for a few months and then repeat the challenge. I think I still have way more than 496 things that I can live without. So another round is in order before long.
After this I can maybe concentrate and finish the aforementioned draft into an actual post ;)