Photos and text copyright Romping and Rolling in the Rockies 2009-2017.

All photographs and text within this blog are copyrighted.

You may not copy or repost any photos or text without specific permission from the author of this blog. When in doubt, please ask.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A new beginning

I've never made New Years resolutions before but a few "unconventional" ones occurred to me as I pondered how fast the years are going by.  My New Years resolutions are simple to write in words - but won't be easy to carry out because each one addresses a weakness of mine.

Play with abandon. Don't take life too seriously. Shyla is teaching me this one - because she navigates the world most confidently when I don't take anything too seriously!

Notice the wisps of beauty, like a withering leaf bathed in a ray of sunlight. A day that might, at first glance, seem cold and barren might contain some nuggets of beauty if I look for them.

Make the most of every moment with those I love because no one knows how many moments we get. Try not to let too many days slip away without doing something memorable. Loving animals with short lifespans teaches us this lesson faster than anything else.

Do the things I love and keep trying to improve at each one, like my wildlife photography. The problem for me is that the list of things that I love to do is long... so I need to accept that I can't do everything everyday. After all, there are only 25 hours in a day :)

Take time to rest. For me, this is the hardest of them all. Dogs naturally excel at this one!
I wish you all a safe and happy new year! I thank you all for taking the time to read and comment on my blog over the past year. I am grateful for each and every one of you.


  1. i think we could learn a lot from our dogs. they, indeed, live in the moment. i hope you can accomplish most of your goals. happy new year!

  2. Wise resolutions indeed. Happy New Year to you and the runner, R and Shyla.

  3. We are already in 2014. Happy New Year my blogfriend! Wish you a great 2014 with joy and Health .
    Hugs Majsan//

  4. Beautiful resolutions. We wish you all the best for 2014. Hailey, Zaphod and their Lady

  5. We, dogs, can teach you how to live--but you've got to listen.

    Hope 2014 is a great year for all of you.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  6. We wish you a wonderful and Happy New Year!!!

  7. Wonderful reflections! And to have a long list of things you love or are passionate about is truly a blessing!

    Bad Dawg Murphy

  8. With those resolutions I am sure 2014 will be a wonderful year for you.

    wishing you all the best,
    Riley (and his family in NZ)

  9. Those are great words to live by! Happy New Year!

  10. Great post, great food for thought for all of us. And we had to laugh at Scotsmad comment - so very true:)

    All the very best wishes for a happy and healthy 2014. for you and your family.

  11. Thoughtful words, wishing you and yours many good days in 2014, time to take those wonderful wildlife photos, time to rest, regain good health, enjoy the times outdoors with R and Shyla, time to remember beloved K ,as we all do, and time with all your friends out here. New Year Greetings, Jean.

  12. It's so true, if we could all live and think like our dogs, we would be so much happier. Have a great New year, and let's make 2014 awesome!

  13. ✰¸¸Happy ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸✰¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪New¸¸✰¸¸ Year
    2014•*¨*•.¸¸✰¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Peace ♫♪ JOY ♫♪ and a ✰¸¸ Healthy Year ahead☆☆☆A♪♫•*¨*•

    Your vision of life shines through all your pictures and in your worlds. All the best and hold your head high ~~~ you've done good!


  14. Happy New Year to all of you our friends.
    Thank you for posting these words- because to tell you the truth we needed to read them-- and maybe ,,just maybe we can try to enjoy more moments like you strive to do.

  15. I'm a newbie follower, and I love reading your blog. My life couldn't be more opposite than yours: city life, city job, dogs walking in neighborhoods (a run through the park on the weekends and they do have a dog door to make things interesting for them).

    And yet. Your words make me pause and ponder.

    And overall, finding yet another complete, through-and-through dog lover makes me feel less alone in the world.

    Many thanks, again.

  16. Happy New Year from New Mexico! Thank you, as always, for your thoughtful and beautiful blog.

  17. a very happy new year to you!!

  18. I think your resolutions are fantastic and I hope that you can accomplish them! I agree, we need to seize every day and live it to its fullest. Here's wishing you, The Runner, R and Shyla a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014!

  19. What a wonderful list, KB...a good recollection of times past & also a clear view ahead.

    Peace to you this 2014 & always!

    Love to you & all~ Andrea

  20. I totally agree with living in the moment as do our dogs. Not easy for us but something we can work toward. I really like your resolutions! Since I haven't spent much time thinking of my own and I think yours are pretty wonderful....I sure hope you don't mind if I claim some for me to try working on. Time does fly SO fast. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and the beauty that surrounds you
    Barb Ernie Chica Lucas Rosie...& our 3 fosters Nala Chico and Tucker

  21. 25 hours in a day ~ Good one!

    Happy New Year to you and yours too. We look forward to another year of your wonderful posts.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  22. What beautiful resolutions. Resolutions for life. Happy 2014!

  23. That rest thing is difficult, I'm glad you included it on the list. Happy New year to all of you :-)

  24. many great photo opportunities
    You and your family a happy new year 2014
    regards Frank

  25. We wish the four of you a happy and healthy 2014!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  26. This comment has been removed by the author.

  27. This comment has been removed by the author.

  28. Happy New Year to you and yours! I can relate to having too many interests to keep up with. It's so hard to pick between them.

  29. Happy New Year and may your wise philosophy for 2014 guide you throughout the year.

  30. Those are words to live by.
    Love the coyote. But that last one of Shyla and R, in perfect symmetry, is breathtaking.

  31. What genuine resolutions. We should all aspire to achieve those goals. Not only in 2014, but everyday of every year.

  32. Wonderful resolutions! I think that last photo should be in a big frame, over your sofa! It is one of my favorites!

  33. I am really enjoying reading your well written articles. It looks like you spend a lot of effort and time on your blog. I have bookmarked it and I am looking forward to reading new articles. Judi Online


If you are a Blogger registered user, you can skip the step asking you to verify that you are not a spammer. For posts older than 5 days, I have comment moderation turned on.

Thanks for your comments!!!!!