The End (kinda)

by eatpraytri on January 20, 2014

In the past few months I have seen numerous bloggers hanging up their hats. Not totally sure if its a more widespread trend or just in the narrow circle of the blog world that I have sort of kind of followed over the past few years.

Its been just over two years since I began this little space on the internet and I have grown to love it so much that it feels like it will always be a part of me. The experience I come away with is extensive. My knowledge of how to use my computer, web applications and picture manipulation (among many other things) is far greater than it was two years ago. I have made many, many friends….more than I really ever thought I would in an online forum.  And I have figured out quite a few things about myself in the process.

I have discovered while I love schedules and structure, I am not the greatest at sticking to it. As an introvert, this type of communication suits me and energizes me. I like telling stories (I kind of already knew that, but this solidified it.) I worry too much about what other people think. I am capable of doing more than I originally thought I would. I have enjoyed connecting with people who I didn’t even know were connecting with my online mutterings.

Quite the experience indeed.

But the time has come for me to sort of, kind of say goodbye.

Sort of, kind of means I will still be around, just in some different mediums.

Since moving to Ridgecrest, quitting my full time job, adjusting to life in the small town in the middle of nowhere and refocusing my attention on photography, eatpraytri has suffered. Well, I guess a better way to say it, is that it has suffered from its original vision. This is why my advice to any and all new bloggers would be to not pigeonhole yourself with your blog name. Make it some sort of fun and broad variation of your own name that way when what you want to talk about changes, it won’t really matter. Its still you.

Cinnamon Like the Spice is that place for me. Its me. No matter what happens or how my life changes. All new content will be going on over there. I have already started a day in the life (through pictures) series over there which is more just for me to document my daily life so that at some point I can look back. That is the most awesome part of blogging for me. Reading through old posts and remembering. Remembering the stories that led to the posts, remembering what it took to put the posts together etc…I enjoy that. Remembering life helps me to enjoy life, if that makes any sense.

I plan on continuing the CinnaList and Snap to it over there as well. I’m not sure exactly how much original content I will be putting up but I am sure some will come from time to time. I will probably talk a lot about photography, life and my faith. I don’t really plan on advertising it all that much either. I just kind of want it to be my space and if others enjoy it as well that is just the frosting on the cupcake. I would love any and all of you who enjoy reading my inconsistent musings to join me over there as well.

In a way I am sad my time here is ending but on the other hand I am so completely ridiculously excited for 2014. I don’t even know how to explain it, but I feel like its going to be a special year for me and our family, but I don’t really know why.

Lastly I just want to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who has read and commented on my posts over the past two years. Thank you for your thoughts, your support, your prayers, your friendship. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read things that I wrote down. That means more to me than I can ever explain.

See you soon.

~Cinnamon

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CinnaList {2014}

by eatpraytri on January 2, 2014

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Here is a list of what I hope to accomplish in the year 2014

General Life:

Read 30 Books

Going to try to give myself a little break this year and go less than 52. One a week was do-able but at times I felt really pressured to read just to get a book finished when I probably should have been doing other things. So this year I think 30 will be  a good balance.

Make and blog 1 new recipe per month

Once a week was way overkill once I got a job, one a month I should be able to handle?

Complete Mere Christianity blog review

I really, really, REALLY want to do this. I don’t even really know what it will look like, but I just keep coming back to it and I want to focus and get going on it!

Crochet 50 hats and sell at Santas Art Shop next holiday season

Crochet for me is a great stress reliever. I can do it and watch TV or listen to a sermon and still feel like I am being productive, yet its easy to put down and not think about for a couple of days. I enjoy putting different colors and patterns together, but I don’t necessarily enjoy making lots of new and different things, I like to stick with a few of my favorites.

Complete 5 Pinterest projects

I like this one so I want to stick with it!

Photography Business

Reach 250 likes on FB page

Work with 20 new clients

Double income

Learn Photoshop (what I need to know, not in its entirety!)

Photography Fun

complete “day in the life” project for one month

Self-portrait project

Continue Snap-to-it for the year

Teaching:

Teach something! (become an online instructor, teach photography or a bible study)

Places to go: 

San Diego Zoo

Santa Monica

Drive to Seattle for visit

And thats it!! I’m not including any fitness goals this year because honestly I’m just burned out. I’m going to focus on walking and swimming throughout the year but I’ve had a specific goal every year for like the past five years and I really think I just need a break to get refreshed.

What is one of your goals for the new year?!?! 

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Snap to it: {the dreaded} DOF

January 1, 2014

****Cliche statement alert**** How can it possibly be 2014 already? I mean honestly where does the time go?  Ok now that that is out of the way…. Happy New Year Photo People!! To start of the New Year right we are gonna be talking about a subject that had me stumped for a long long […]

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Snap to it {submissions} Focus

December 31, 2013

I love the submissions this month because most of my participants said they got a lot out of this challenge and learned something new. Ann told me that she saw a big improvement in her focus this month and Joanna said she never even really used AF points, she just manually focused. So I am […]

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CinnaList {2013} Wrap-Up

December 30, 2013

Welp…this year didn’t end up exactly like I thought it would. Surprise, surprise right? I have been conflicted about my CinnaList this year for a couple of reasons. When I initially made it, my intention was a list of things I wanted to get done before I left Ridgecrest. At that time my timeframe was […]

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Three word testimony

December 28, 2013

As a part of a small group leadership class that Paul and I are in, we did an exercise the other day in which we had to describe our testimony in three words. The three words would signify 1) our lives before Christ 2) what drew us to Him and then 3) our lives after […]

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Creativity

December 26, 2013

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas with family, friends and loved ones! This was the first Christmas Paul and I have spent, just the two of us and it was so nice just to chill all day without really a care in the world. I wouldn’t want to spend EVERY Christmas without […]

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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2013

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 Merry Christmas to you! From the pups: From us Using remote shutter FROM MY PHONE (how cool is […]

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Happy Christmas Eve Eve (and snap to it due date!)

December 23, 2013

Yep, its the night before the night before Christmas and I am here to remind you (actually tell you since I don’t think I ever did in my post on the first of the month) that Snap to It submissions are due: This Saturday!!!  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with! Also maybe […]

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Uncomfortable

December 19, 2013

What makes you uncomfortable? There are quite a few things that make me uncomfortable, some of which I have discussed here before, but I thought of a new thing that is kind of obscure, and could be classified as more annoying than anything, but for me, it does make me very uncomfortable. I really feel […]

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