2015 Resolutions | Okinawa Birth and Newborn Photographer

January always marks the month of resolutions. Every year millions of people make a list of resolutions. Things they want to improve upon in their lives. Whether its their health or their attitudes or their money. Most everyone has something they want to improve. Some write it down and don’t. Have you ever made a resolution and did really good the first month, only to find yourself making excuses the next month? I know I have done that several years and eventually stopped making resolutions. I stopped making them because I didn’t feel dedicated or motivated enough to even take the first steps. I always have new improvements I want to work in through out the year. Those usually go well and then drop off just like the beginning of the year. With that said, it doesn’t need to be a new year to make a resolution. You can make any resolution at any time during the year. If you make that resolution make it something that is attainable. Make it so it is a bit easier to accomplish. Then once you have kept up with that resolution for a while, make a new one, a harder one. If you make them though, REALLY try to accomplish them. Don’t just say you will do them, make an effort. Effort is better than nothing. Take a moment to grab a piece of paper and think of ONE really good, easy resolution. Once you have written it down, underneath it write 5 ways to help you achieve it. Write down things that will help you achieve it, people that will help you achieve it and WHY you want to achieve it. Type it up, make it pretty and plaster it around the most used spaces around your home. Have it there as a reminder of what you want to accomplish, who, and how and WHY. I truly believe this will help you with your resolutions and succeeding at them. So for the sake of the post I will make ONE resolution and will personally write it down. I resolute to be a better blogger!!!

A little about the photos below. This year we moved back to Okinawa, Japan. I want to take in every cultural event I can while I have the chance again. So on the 1st of January I attended the Japanese New Years temple or shrine visit. During this visit you can go to a temple or a shrine, we chose to go to this beautiful temple. I think I will try the shrine next year. When you get there you take a ladle and wash your left hand first and then your right and then you throw water on the large Buddha statue. You then enter the temple and pray to Buddha. The priests bang their drums and it really brings a peace over the temple. You can then go and purchase charms that bring you good luck, or good health or safety. There were so many I couldn’t figure them all out. You then proceed and get your fortune for the year. I have heard if its a bad one you tie it to the fence beside the temple, but everyone seemed to be tying theirs up so we tied ours. It was such an amazing experience. I highly recommend it to all who are in Japan on New Years Day.

Now if you were to be so kind and visit Solano County Family Photographer, Kristy, and take in her Resolution post! I am sure you will enjoy it. Follow the circle and come back here. Don’t forget to leave everyone a comment!!

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Kristi James
Newborn | Family | Couples | Boudoir photographer
Serving Bloomsburg, PA and surrounding areas.
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  • January 29, 2015 - 2:39 am

    Kristy - Wow. What a cool experience. I hope you soak up everything you can! That food looked amazing. I am looking forward to reading your blog this year.

  • January 29, 2015 - 3:17 am

    Marisa - Wow! What an amazing place to visit. That temple looks incredible. Best of luck with your time living over there. And good luck with blogging more. I need to do the same this year!

  • January 29, 2015 - 4:17 am

    Nicole Gulick - looks like a beautifully colorful day! looking forward to more shares of all the places you will be exploring!

  • January 29, 2015 - 4:49 am

    Lauren Nygard - That’s such an awesome tradition that you were able to take part in! I look forward to seeing your blog posts this year! đŸ™‚

  • January 29, 2015 - 8:58 am

    Alicia Countryman - Love all the colors! My younger brother just moved to Taiwan to teach at a private school, so between his pictures and yours, I definitely want to visit the Far East soon. Can’t wait to see more of your blogs this year!

  • January 31, 2015 - 11:14 am

    Kristi James - Oh its absolutely amazing and SO SO gorgeous!! We are going to try and visit Taiwan while we are close to it!!

  • January 31, 2015 - 11:15 am

    Kristi James - It really was neat! I will definitely be doing it again next year.

  • January 31, 2015 - 11:15 am

    Kristi James - Thank you. It was a beautiful morning.

  • January 31, 2015 - 11:16 am

    Kristi James - I can’t wait to show you all the Shrines. They are beautiful too. Thank you so much.

  • January 31, 2015 - 11:17 am

    Kristi James - It was SUCH a cool experience! I am trying to do everything I didn’t get to do last time I was here. SO many things!

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