I never made it out of Wisconsin, but I saw some new places anyway
7137 miles driven in my Volkswagen Beetle, plus unidentified miles in the other four cars I drove
I saw Lake Michigan in at least three cities
thirteen cemeteries visited
my first traffic violation (oh hey, Milwaukee County parking ticket)
dessert for lunch at SAP at least once
I hung out with other people’s dogs and cats and small children
439 pieces of happy mail sent
1 new tattoo
first experienced the joy that is grocery shopping at Aldi
a second library card
103 books read (YA, true crime, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction), plus four and a half audiobooks and innumerable picture books
my cookbooks now live in my kitchen
I listened to every episode of the greatest podcast (My Favorite Murder) at least once
sunsets, sunrises, but never a mile swam
8557 photographs taken
so many hugs
dishes and laundry washed, pots of coffee brewed
phone calls, questions, and text messages answered
four new plants, three of which are still alive
my first check for photography work
and never enough sleep.
here’s to hoping that we all find what we’re looking for in 2019.
a photographer with the desire to hide behind the camera a little less and let the light shine through.