Come and sit with me for a few minutes so that I can share with you the realities of my Life. Change again is once more upon me. Hopefully, with your assistance, the decisions I make will be easier.
First above all else, I embrace each and every one of you, thanking you from the bottom of my Heart for the cherished relationships that have developed through Petals. I did not foresee this happening. You have helped me to get through some very challenging years when I turned to Petals many times as my source for my sanity saver. Yes, true!
My Life as IS is huge and getting even more complex as time passes. The special cats we care for and Love, some of them are getting older which means their dis-ease symptoms are becoming more prevalent and increasing with intensity. This in turn means more TIME must be allotted for their care, the research we do, and their treatment plan to consistently give them a quality of Life as much as we possibly can. This does include taking each of our babies to our Veterinarian for complete assessments and blood work which will guide us as how to treat with Homeopathy.
I have several NEW chunks in my Life that require TIME. One of those chunks is I have been Blessed with more Life with my Mother and TIME is required to deepen our relationship.
Another NEW chunk is walking 7 miles which requires TIME. Between the walk and the round trip drive to Chestnut Ridge Park, inclusive of picture taking, it takes three to four hours total TIME from one day’s schedule. That is a huge change for me in of itself.
Speaking of pictures, my photography requires TIME and presently, the inspiration to both push beyond what I understand in regards to shooting, and to deepen my knowledge in the editing room has arrived. This takes TIME.
I am getting near the peak as I rock climb on some pretty massive mountains in my personal Life. That climbing takes TIME.
I am taking more ME TIME this 2016 which again takes TIME.
And now on to Petals.
Change must come. It has grown so huge that I have really been struggling to keep up with comments. I feel it only fair that I come to visit your blogs especially when you leave comments. I used to visit every single person’s blog that either liked or commented on a post, but that, my friends, is no longer possible for me to do. That being said, I wish no one to feel slighted if I do not come see you. I truly am only one person with so much to contend with!
So, I’ve been thinking of how best to keep presenting my work here at Petals and at the same TIME cut down on the hours it takes me to comment. Do not get me wrong. I treasure our conversations. You have no idea just how much and how many times your conversations with me lifted my spirits on some very tough and very heavy days, especially last year.
But, the TIME I have been putting into blogging I must cut back upon. How will I be able to keep publishing my work? This means so much to me and not only that, it is a way for me to improve my art just by what all of you say in the comments. Your encouragement means more to me that I can possibly put into words.
How do I keep publishing here at Petals? I came up with an idea that I want to tell you about and with this too, your feedback would be so appreciated.
I thought in order for me to stay connected with you, that I would publish one post per week, maybe two, with comments open and only on those days I would blog to come and visit you. The rest of the week I would still be answering comments (it takes me more then one day to answer all of your comments!) and at the same time, publish other posts with comments closed for your viewing pleasure. Only on the days I publish with my comments open will I officially be blogging.
This idea will be subject to change IF it does not work out.
I have to stay strong on this, because I have said before I have to make changes but I don’t stick with them. I just SO enjoy your company and really, and I mean really treasure your friendships. But, my Life holds so much more then my photography and blogging. I am not about to allow aspects of my Life to suffer while I make photography and blogging my main focus. It’s tempting to do so, though. Believe me.
I am committed to the Higher Source Who is ever guiding me. I am committed to myself. I am committed to my marriage. I am committed to my beloved cats. I am committed to those relationships outside of Word Press. And I am committed to Petals and the relationships through Petals.
Now that I have shared what is going on with my Life, you will understand the changes that will be coming forth at Petals.
And they must. Let’s work together so that these changes are made smoothly and effortlessly. And let’s make the most of the days that I do leave comments open with me blogging.
In closing, I Love you so much! You have enriched my Life beyond anything I could ever have imagined, and it is because of you that my photography has improved to the extent it has. I am so deeply grateful for your support, your encouragement, and your Love. I am so deeply grateful to all of you for accepting me for who I am. This Gift of Acceptance I have not had too often in my Life, and with it you have given me the confidence to keep empowering myself by learning to expand my horizons in the fascinating world of photography.
Thank you and may you all be Blessed for Blessing me!!!
Photography/ “Between A Hard Rock And …” 2016©AmyRose
*Comments are open yet today may be a very busy day for me. If I do not respond to your comment today, I will as soon as I can. Thank you!*