Looking Back at 2019

golden-leaves-192019 has been a mixed year for me.  There were some positive as well as negative things.   Let’s look at the positive first.

One of my goals for 2019 was to continue to work on my novel.  And that’s exactly what I did.  I was able to continue to edit and fix up my manuscript.  I think it’s a lot better than previous versions.

I also set a goal for content creation, particularly photography and online writing.  This year I began to use semi-automatic settings and autofocus on my camera.  This has greatly increase my photographing speed, which is essential for bird photography.  This year I successfully uploaded 33 photos, surpassing my goal of 30.  I wrote 7 online articles, meeting my goal of 5 to 10.  I’m quite happy with my creative productivity this year.

I also completed 2 online Web Design courses in 2019.  I have 3 more to go.  I’m slowly getting there.

The negative side of 2019 was my health.  I got a cold for the first time in two years.  I had pain in my eyes in the Spring, which the doctor thought was allergies.  Then in the summer I got tendonitis in my left shoulder.  This has become chronic.  I still have pain when doing activities such as lifting groceries, or any pushing or pulling with my left arm and I definitely cannot work out with heavy weights.  I hope my shoulder pain will clear up in 2020.

Overall, 2019 was a year of ups and downs.  My downs were not so bad.  I’m still thankful for having not-so-bad health.  As for the ups, I was productive this year in photography, writing and learning.  Let’s hope 2020 will be a better year!

Happy 2020!

Last Leaves


Remaining leaves on a bush.  This photo was taken on December 3, 2019 in Springer Park.



A female Cardinal perched on branch.  This photo was taken on November 3, 2019 in Springer Park.