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I Don’t Put Stock in New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Eve: the night when I sit in front of the TV watching people I’ve never heard of and realize how out of touch I am with pop culture.

It is also the traditional time for people to take stock of their lives and make resolutions for the coming year.

I have never made a single resolution. It just doesn't make sense to me. Most seem to focus on things we all know we should be doing. And few people are able to follow through.

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So I don't bother. But I do believe in new beginnings. Since I became a mom, I have reinvented myself a number of times. After leaving my career to stay home with my daughter, I spent the first year of her life immersed in motherhood.

A seed was planted, and it has grown with incredible voracity.

Then I realized I needed to focus some energy on me. I rediscovered my passion for writing and jumped in headfirst. For the first time in my life, I had the opportunity to truly be a writer, and I have loved it. Blogging and freelancing put me back in touch with my creative self.

Then I picked up a camera and began to explore a different way to express myself and tell stories. I have always enjoyed taking photographs. And for years people have told me I have an eye for it. But I never had more than a casual interest before being selected by National Geographic editors for a special online story.

I was incredibly honored. Inspired. Then an email came explaining my photograph was being considered for a National Geographic book on photography. A seed was planted, and it has grown with incredible voracity.

"You have found your gift," people tell me when I share my work. Friends have asked me to photograph their children, even offering to pay me to do so. My husband has suggested I look into selling some of my images.

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Now, with my child in school full time, I plan to launch a lifestyle photography business in 2015—another new beginning inspired and enabled by my role as mom.

It’s going to be a great year!

Photograph by Elizabeth Flora Ross

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