Around here – fall edition

So, it’s been a while since my last around here summary. Fall has gone by fast, and I’ve been;

  • Focusing on developing my Lightroom skills. I’ve watched so many tutorial videos on youtube and gone back and worked on some of my old images to improve the post processing. It’s been great fun, and one of the things I have seen is that my “old” images wasn’t half bad, but my post processing was.
  • Joining KelbyOne.com to develop both my photography and post processing skills even further. I have been on the fence about joining for about a year or so, but now that I’ve finally joined I kind of regret not doing it earlier. You definitely should check it out!
  • Spending a lot of time with my family. My son is growing so fast and constantly learning new things, so it’s really fun to watch him going from a little baby to a toddler in light speed this last year. He now speaks tree-word sentences, and climbs, runs and explores all the time. We’ve also been lucky enough to have both my mum and her husband and my dad visiting this fall, and it’s so rewarding to see the great connection my son has with his grandparents. Looking forward to visiting them for Christmas!
  • Working a lot and spending a lot of time at work sitting in meetings and in front of my desk at work. This has not been the best for my back injury, and I’ve been having a lot of problems with pain, falling over, dizziness and nausea after the summer. It kind of feels like I’ve taken a few steps backwards, and I have come to the conclusion that I need to take a good look at how I’m living and what I can do to get progress instead of going backwards. It might be time to take some drastic actions, but I’m not sure what to do just yet. I just know I can’t keep heading down the trail I’ve been going on this fall.
  • Skiing for the first time this season! Last weekend my head was in a bad place due to not feeling to good after the situation described in the last bullet point. The wife and I had decided to go skiing to do something fun just the two of us, and even though I felt like shit in the car on our way to the resort, it was a great decision for my “sanity”. We had a lot of fun, and it felt amazing to be in my right element again even if it was just for a couple of hours. I don’t know how to describe how much it means to me to be able to ski still. Even though I’m not skiing well and I can’t go for many laps in one session, it feels amazing to just be out there. I’m still at the point where standing on top of the slopes can bring a tear to my eye because I miss being able to ski all day so much, but I don’t feel sad standing there anymore. I feel so so happy that I’m able to be there at all. I don’t take it for granted, and try to soak it all in while it lasts.

And that’s my final message for you today; don’t take what you love for granted. Not for a second. Don’t think that you can do it later. You might not be able to. Things can change so fast. Be present and really experience what you’re doing with all your senses. I promise you will forever be thankful for that presence if you one day find that you have to rely on your memories to know how it truly feels doing what you love.

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A new playground opened in the city centre.
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We went on a short hike with friends.
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October coloured the city pink.

 

 

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We saw the Christmas lights being lit.
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I spent a Sunday photographing dusk to dawn.
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I revisited old images like this one from Fausadalen.

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