2012: One Year, Ten Photos

In keeping with the WordPress Daily Post‘s weekly photo challenge, I present to you my 2012 in photos. Originally I wanted to do one for every month but, you see, my life is not exciting enough for that to make an interesting blog post. And since I tend to take photos in bursts at various unpredictable points around the year, it would also be unrealistic. But anyway, here the top ten highlights of my photographic wanderings this year:

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Sheep | Okay, so I technically took this picture on December 31, 2011. Close enough, right? And practically one of the first shots of the new year. This sheep belongs to one of our family friends — they have a beautiful home tucked away in the woods, and lots of animals. I really tried to capture this little guy’s facial expression here.

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Abu Dhabi | If you’ve been following this blog for a decent length of time, you’ll have seen these images — from my January trip to Abu Dhabi — already. (And if you want more, you can view all my photos here and here.) The first is a sunset above the desert, and the second is a image from the exterior of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The columns are decorated with gold leaf and precious stones from around the world, and border the entire structure. It is truly breathtaking, and the beauty — of both and mosque and the desert — is just overwhelming.

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Washington, DC | A capture from the White House lawn during the annual White House Garden Tour — it’s a fun experience for the public, although the gardens themselves are not too exciting. The view is spectacular, though, and you can see clear through the Jefferson Memorial if you zoom in enough. It was a bit overcast; sorry about the exposure.

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Morocco | These are just a few of many shots from my trip to Morocco this past summer, where I studied Arabic. It was a fantastic experience and by the end of it I barely felt like a tourist. (It’s especially rewarding when you can bargain in Arabic and avoid tourist pricing in the souks.) The first image is from the city of Meknes, the second is a beautiful riad in Fes, and the third is of Arabic writing on a souk wall — I thought the colors here were especially beautiful. Anyway, I’m planning on doing a big photo and culture post of my trip in the near future, so this is just a small sneak peek!

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Plant | Just a random shot of a plant in our dining room. Not sure why I took this in the first place, but I think it’s really simple and refreshing.

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Christmas Desserts | Just a sampling of all the baking I did for our Christmas dessert party. Clockwise, from upper right: lemon cherry tea cookies, candied orange peels, baklava, and a chocolate orange tart with toasted almonds. All very delicious — the baklava and chocolate tart were especially popular. Hopefully I’ll have some recipes up soon!

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The Puppy | Here’s your daily dose of cute. And proof that I have the cutest golden retriever in the world. He’s actually getting a bit old, but he still thinks he’s a puppy. Or a person — we haven’t really figured that one out.

These images, I think, adequately wrap up much of my 2012 in photography — of course there are many images I didn’t include, but I hope these photos paint a more varied picture. Here’s to a happy 2013 and a another year of photos.

Notes From A Year of Blogging

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Today marks the one-year blog-versary of Prada for Breakfast! It’s been a fun, albeit sporadic, year, with lapses in posting that I’m sure have driven away readers and bugged the few of you who have come here consistently. But I want to humbly thank everyone who has taken the time out of their day to look through my little blog for a few minutes — it’s really an honor, and every single comment I get, whether negative or positive, truly makes my day.

I would like to share some highlights from this year of blogging at Prada for Breakfast.

  • Getting featured on Freshly Pressed (WordPress.com’s daily selection of posts from WordPress blogs) for DIY: Bulletin Board Chic was such an honor! It was really a surreal experience for me.
  • I received a couple blog awards that I didn’t quite get the chance to post on, so I’ll list them here! First of all, thank you to Nina at Through Tinted Glass for the Versatile Blogger Award. And, second, thank you to Hannah at Mademoiselle Hannah for the Stylish Blogger Award! I’m honored — these awards really mean so much to me.
  • All the fantastic bloggers I’ve met during my time blogging at Prada for Breakfast — you guys are my biggest inspiration and are so supportive! (You know who you are.)
  • Expanding my horizons. Posting in the blogosphere really opens your mind to different creative ideas and opinions. I’ve experienced this looking through other fantastic blogs, but also writing for my own and getting responses. Even the negative comments are great to get — I’m one of those people that likes to get critical and honest feedback, as it will help me grow in the long run.
  • Baking more! As you probably know, I post primarily on Prada for Breakfast about fashion, art, and food. And writing here has also inspired me to try more recipes to share, so I’ve had plenty of goodies in the house the past year.
  • Writing a couple opinions posts. I’ve had lots of fun writing for this blog, but these posts were by far my favorites to work on. I don’t think they tend to be as popular because people don’t like to read super long posts (so if you’re still with me, good for you!), and there is, I think, a general expectation that fashion-oriented blogs will have brief posts and lots of photos. But for those who did read my two opinions posts, I really thank you for your time. Even if I don’t always fall on the popular side of a debate, it always feels great to get my thoughts out there. If you’re interested, you can check out both the posts: The September Issue and America’s Cupcake Obsession.

I don’t want to ramble on forever, so I’ll cut this post short now. But please leave me feedback on how I did this year! I know I wasn’t totally consistent with posting, that’s for sure — but what else could I work on? What were your favorite and least favorite posts? What would you like to see more of? Leave me a report card!

P.S. Doesn’t that cake look fantastic? Hopefully I’ll be able to try this one out soon…

My New Year’s Resolution: Post at Least Once a Week

For 2011, WordPress has launched the Post Every Day Challenge to encourage bloggers to become more active in the blogosphere. They’re also supplying bloggers with daily inspiration and blogging tips at the new blog for the challenge, The DailyPost. Posting once every day is, well, impossible for me, but they also launched the Post A Week challenge, so I’ll be signing up for that! I think it’s a great way to get on a posting schedule and also get bloggers more involved with the community. You should consider the challenge, even if you’re not on WordPress!

Here’s my pledge.

I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Signed,

Halie

What are your resolutions for 2011?

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