Time To Reflect

After what seems like an eternity of being away from Lady Serpentine, I'm happy to announce that I'm back!  These past few weeks have been a much needed time for me to reflect on life-the things I want to do as well as the things that I don't.  I took a step back from everything (I didn't even touch my camera this whole time) and just let myself have time to do nothing but think about things.  I feel like I was letting myself sink into a funk, but I'm beginning to feel much better :)

One thing that I came out of this "funk" with, is the want and need to DO more.  Over the past few years, I think I've let living get away from me.  There have been too many instances where I've thought about doing something, only to tell myself that I'll "start tomorrow" but I never actually do it.  I was flipping through my photo archives recently and came across some photo from when I used to be a beekeeper.

I used to work a job that allowed me to read...a LOT.  I was constantly checking out books from the library, and I remember checking out Beekeeping For Dummies and immediately deciding that I was going to take up beekeeping as a hobby.  I got online and ordered my bees as soon as I had the money, and was so excited when my buzzing package arrived in the mail.  The photos on the left side of the collage were from the day I installed them into their hive.  I was incredibly nervous, but I remembered everything I had studied about installing the bees, and I successfully got through it without any stings.  I ended up moving a couple of years later, and my beekeeping days came to an end.  Seeing those photos as I flipped through my archives made me consider the fact that I really miss it.  It's been such a long time since I spontaneously decided to take up a new hobby.  I miss that about myself too.

I've talked to my mom about setting up a couple of hives on her property since I can't have them where I live, and I can't wait to start beekeeping again.  It's going to be expensive to get back into since I no longer have any of my equipment.  I'm currently saving for a down payment on a new car, so I'll have to wait a bit before I pursue it, but I'm determined to get that part of my life back.

To keep myself accountable, I may start a new feature on hobbies I'd like to take up...sort of like a wishlist post of things I'll need to start and why I want to do it.  What do you think?