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2017 Blog Resolutions

2017 Blog Resolutions

2017 Blog Resolutions

New Year’s Day was a beautiful start to 2017, and I took advantage of the sunny, mild weather and went for an invigorating run through the park.  The golden rays shone through the tree branches, warming the ground and my face.  The city was so quiet and still.  I took this time to think about my 2017 blog resolutions. 

I have to admit; I love making resolutions.  My list tends to be long, with everything from health and mental goals to spiritual, career and hobby resolutions.  Many of these I know I will fulfill, while others are a lot more ambitious.  Some people don’t like to make New Year’s resolutions for fear of failure, but I always see them as an ongoing life list and yearly “check in”. 

For my 2017 blog goals, I’m aiming high!  I love pushing myself and as soon as I’ve accomplished one goal, I want to challenge myself with another.  That’s what keeps life interesting, don’t you think? 

2017 Blog Resolutions

2017 Blog Resolutions

I look back on my 2016 best nine on Instagram and I feel proud when I see all the hard work I put into these posts, but I also see room for improvement. The one thing I struggle with is my style.  I feel as though I’m so concentrated on properly lighting my food that I don’t think about style, and treat each photograph as it’s own entity, instead of looking at my body of work as a whole.  So that will be on my list for sure!

Here are my 2017 Blog Resolutions!

  1. MAKE AWESOME CONTENT
  2. Work on developing food photography style.  Look for ways to incorporate theme of blog into my style.
  3. Improve site appearance.  May need to hire proper web designer to do final tweaks.
  4. Review SEO for all old posts
  5. Build subscribers and improve monthly newsletter
  6. Write more “Dinner and A Movie” posts to better connect blog themes
  7. Continue to learn about social media analytics & trends
  8. Improve frequency of social media postings and continue to organically build followers in each community
  9. I would love to do a series of recipes that are inspired by my Japanese and British heritage
  10. Create an e-book
  11. Through affiliates or publisher network, it would be nice just to break even 🙂
  12. Make a logo
  13. Do I really need to do a You Tube channel?  I’ll see how Snapchat goes first…
  14. Pitch ideas for columns and articles to local magazines and blogs
  15. MAKE AWESOME CONTENT

I love blogging because it encompasses all of my passions and interests.  I like feeling accountable to continually produce high quality posts and also keeping my creative juices flowing is important to me.  I love connecting with people and trying to understand this crazy evolving beast that is social media.  There is a sense of community that makes you feel special to be part of this talented, inspiring club.  At the end of the year, even if I don’t fulfill all my 2017 blog resolutions, I’ll always remember why I started blogging in the first place.  With that in mind, I will leave you with two quotes for the New Year:

“If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart” – Buddha

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.  With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts” – Eleanor Roosevelt.

What are you 2017 blog resolutions?  Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?  I love a good quote!

 

Grundy Provincial Park – Beaver Lake

Over the long weekend, we went camping in Grundy Provincial Park.  Located 80 km north of Parry Sound, Grundy is a a beautiful Ontario Park.  A hidden gem that we discovered a few years ago, and there were so many lakes and hiking trails left to explore I wanted to return this year for our annual camping adventure.

We decided to have base camp for five days, and off shoot on a canoe trip for two of them.  We dropped off our gear on Beaver Lake, then canoed across Pakeshkag Lake portaging 195 metres back into Beaver Lake, picking up our gear on the way to our site.  This wasn’t a big portage trip so we brought along luxuries like a cooler and chairs – the best of both worlds!

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

The first night my boyfriend and I went fishing and the lake was so calm and still.  We were the only ones out on the water and I relished the peace and quiet.  I even caught a fish!

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

As the sun set over the glassy waters, a curtain of ominous clouds rolled over us. I never tire of taking photos of clouds, they’re always shifting and evolving, and you’ll never shoot the same clouds twice.

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

I love playing around with light, saturation and contrast in post and exploring the many ways to process the same scene to emote a different feeling or emotion.

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

I think the photo above is my favourite from this set.  I like how the clouds frame the sunset in a slanted perspective, allowing just a sliver of golden light to highlight the canoe and my boyfriend in the foreground.

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

The ultimate Canadian experience: sitting in a canoe listening to the call of loons.  A perfect moment.

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Beaver Lake, Grundy Provincial Park

Marmora Mines

Over the Victoria long weekend, we decided to visit my boyfriend’s grandmother out in Marmora.  I’ve been there in the summer, fall and winter, but this was the first time I would see Marmora in the spring.

On the way, we stopped by Pitcher’s Place, a restaurant just north of Cobourg in Gores Landing that had received rave reviews for their brunch.  Pitcher’s Place did not disappoint and we were treated to an incredible, home-style, totally indulgent, utterly comforting breakfast.  I had the poached eggs on homemade toast, with a potato and squash hash (brilliant!), plus some charsiu (new word! It’s pork belly…) and a side of house braut (spiced pork sausage, oh my!) and house made pickled cauliflower, brussel sprouts and beets.  Everything was exceptional and the owner was also super friendly and helpful.  I wish they were in Toronto, I would go here every weekend!  Although…the good thing about brunch in Gores Landing is that you don’t have to wait an hour in line.

Pitcher's Place breakfast

Pitcher’s Place breakfast

The highlight of our day trip to Marmora was a visit to the Marmora Mine, an abandoned open pit iron mine just on the outskirts of town.  From the years 1955 to 1979 the mine supplied iron ore pellets to the steel mills of Buffalo, New York and the size of the mine is truly impressive.  Underground streams have since filled the enormous pit with water, turning it into a peaceful lake more than 656 feet deep and covering 85 acres across.

Marmora Mine

Marmora Mine

Marmora Mine

Marmora Mine

We spent over an hour walking along the edge of the mine and exploring down below.  A really cool site and exceptionally scenic on this gorgeous spring day!

Marmora Mine

Marmora Mine