2018, What a year!

How would you describe 2018? Did you get to accomplish things you said you were going to do the night before the 2018 year began? I had several goals I set myself. One of them was to take my hobby more seriously. At the beginning of 2018, I felt like I wasn’t spending time for myself. I have little two girls and it’s very hard to make any time for myself other than cleaning and running errands for the family. I love taking care of my family, but I just felt like I am not taking care of my family. And this is the reason why I decided to take my hobby more seriously and take time to develop my skills doing so. My hobby, taking photos with my instant camera, has been a blessing in 2018. And here is why.

1. I felt like I had time to do what I enjoy and love. I bought an affordable instant camera from Amazon and I started taking a lot of photos. There are many different instant camera rolls you can use with the one that I purchased. One of them is this Fuji Instax Instant Film Single Foil Packs. I spent $70 sometime in February 2018 and I am still using the pack. You can get bulk as I did and make most of using the instant camera. My wife tells me that I look healthier and I sound happier. haha I guess I was little bit grumpy over the years.

2. I get to have my own quiet time. This is my own sanctuary. I get to go to the park or walk on a trail and I spend time alone -reflecting and thinking about my life, family, and work. All those categories are very important and they make who I am but I realize that I am just simply me. I need to find myself. I don’t know if that makes any sense but you can’t really take care of anyone or anything unless you take care of yourself. I find that I am taking care of myself when I am using my instant camera.

3. My skills have grown over the years. In the beginning, I didn’t know what I was doing. I thought I was wasting my film rolls as I was just simply taking random stuff. It’s not cheap to just get these rolls and take 1000 photos each day. But I didn’t quit. I kept doing what I was doing and my skills improved drastically. I was able to play with the light exposures and I was able to see the object with different angles as I was taking photos. The instant camera that I was using (Fujifilm Mini 7) was a simple point and shoot instant camera but it looked like I was taking the photos with my digital camera (Canon EOS series).

Overall, the year has been really good. Family, work, friends, and church. I really believe that the quality of life improved drastically because I was taking care of myself. I am so thrilled to continue my hobby and improve my photography skills.

Can’t wait to share with you all. Happy New Year!