As the new year descends rapidly upon us, I thought I would reflect a bit on the past 365 days and all the fun we had together.
After fourteen years in the same resort, I still love my job. I love the team I work with, I enjoy most of the guests that visit, and I still look forward to going to work everyday. The problem is, I still yearn to live and work in Ireland. In 2017, I exhausted all avenues that would allow me to work in Ireland legally. Read the blog.
I even applied for a new paid sabbatical program at work, mentioning my desire to explore more of Ireland, but failed to win one of the ten awards. I hope they offer it again next year. Read the blog.
As far as traveling goes, Emily and I were able to make a long weekend trip to Vancouver, British Columbia to see Mumford and Sons open up for U2 at the BC Place Stadium. U2 was touring their 25th anniversary of The Joshua Tree album.
We spent five nights over on the Big Island of Hawai’i, while we only spent one day on O’ahu. We were also able to take a few overnight trips throughout the year to heavenly Hana to recharge and relax.
We crossed Volcanoes National Park off the list of national parks visited together.
We had visitors aplenty this year, which always makes us happy. From the east coast to the west coast, our spare bedroom was euphoric to have travellers from all over sharing our love and our home. East coast definitely won with the highest number of visitors.
This year I had the incredible sensory experience of taking pictures of lava entering the Pacific Ocean. New land was being formed less than one hundred feet from the boat we were in. It was an adventure I will never forget, and would like to do it again, should the opportunity arise. Read the blog.
A plethora of sunrises and sunsets were taken as I became more comfortable with my new Lee SW150 filter system. Buy Lee Filters.
I traded in some unused lenses and got a second Nikon d610 body. Buy Nikon D610 camera.
I had some photos of mine posted on a website without my knowledge or permission this year. I know this is something that seems to be happening with greater frequency as images are easier to acquire online, but it was the first time it had happened to me. Fortunately for me, it was a local non-profit, and I was able to speak with them and come to an agreement (I know most instances do not end as amicably).
I continued volunteering my time with the Maui camera club and redesigned their website. Take a quick look.
I placed in the Maui Fair Photo Salon. Read the blog.
I decided to delete, not just deactivate, my Facebook presence this past year. Although my blog’s exposure dropped drastically, I realized that Facebook is not my style, and I do not need that particular audience reading my blogs.
In place of Facebook, I really enjoyed working on my Instagram account: @holoholophoto. To me, Instagram is a fantastic source for inspiration when it comes to photography. I do not get caught up in the endless trolling, negativity, or pettiness that seems to breed and fester on other social media pages. With instagram, I look, I like, I move on. Sometimes I’ll follow, or look up the location where the picture was taken, or if I have a real emotional response, I may decide to leave a positive comment for the photographer.
I continued to use the Amazon associates program links in my blog posts. Thanks to people like you, I made $271.24, which is more than enough to pay for costs to host and maintain this blog.
So with a heartfelt thank you to all my readers, here’s to the new year!