The year is almost at an end. What do people usually do at the end of the year? Yeah, I know! We usually drink and eat too much, sleep too little, kiss too many people and catch their cold, or worse. Besides that, we often take time to go back over the year that just passed. I don't want to sound old, but time seems to fly by faster the older you get.

At the end of each year, and probably more often, you should go back and look at the photos you took over that period. It's a good time to see where you stand and where you are heading. Select your favorites photos of the year and take some time to think on why you like them. You can also do that with your best photos. You might find that your best photos are not the ones you like the most. Photography involves emotion. Emotions for the people in the photograph, but also for the one who took it. 

You should also see trends and patterns. For example, in 2014, I did not take many photos in January and February and not much more in March. The winter flunk? Maybe. The cold? probably. Mostly, I think I am lazy. I'm waiting for the photographic opportunity instead of creating the occasion. I need to kick myself to shoot more in the winter of 2015. My Life's Journey's posts will help me with that. If I want to have something to write about and some pictures to show, I won't have any choice.

Late December is also the perfect time to set some goals for the year to come. What would you like to learn? What could you improve? Why don't you try something new, out of your comfort zone in 2015?

Here are some of my favorite photos from 2014. I chose to ignore my paid work and just go with personal stuff.

Are you happy with what you did in 2014? Do you have any goals for 2015?