Looking back on 2017, I realized that I didn’t set any goals for the year. I thought maybe that’s why I felt so much like I was just floundering about and not getting anywhere. So, I decided to set some goals and share them. These are simple, attainable, clear goals.
Create at least 1 training video
After attending Photoshop World in 2016, I have wanted to share my passion with others just starting out or anyone interested in my work and how I do things.
Go to the beach
We used to go to the beach every year. I have not been to the beach in years. It is time. The ocean needs me.
Set up my studio / office properly
My office has been a catch all space and it is difficult to work there. I need a clean space for taking photos, writing, working on heavily Photoshopped pieces. A cluttered space does not help me work.
Feel free to share your own goals in the comments! You can also share the link to your blog.
In 2017, I started a new travel blog called Tuesday Trekkin’. I take Tuesday off of work so my husband and I can spend some time together and travel around East Tennessee. So far, we’ve gone to Clinton, Norris, the Foothills Parkway, Burlington in East Knoxville, and Lenoir City.
It’s Tuesday! That means it’s time for trekkin’. Last week’s trek was to Lenoir City with a brief drive through downtown Loudon.
After being unable to trek for a couple of weeks, we finally got back on the road. We started out later than usual. We usually get on the road bright and early in the morning. But we had early afternoon appointments, so we had to wait until after that to leave.
Since we were leaving late, we thought we would go somewhere nearby. Lenoir City landed at the top of the list. After our previous attempts at finding a good place to eat, I was feeling a little doubtful that it would ever happen. Today was the day. I found Le Noir Restaurant and thought the menu looked interesting. It’s a Belgian Style Bistro with some southern, comfort dishes added in. They had several Belgian style beers on the shelf. We tried the Abbey Ale from the Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY. I had a chorizo burger. OMG! It was awesome! I don’t eat a lot of meat or bread, but this sounded great, so I went for it. Totally worth it! My trekkin’ partner had the Sausage with Red Cabbage and potatoes. It was pretty yummy, too! After eating, we walked around downtown a bit. It was cold as hell, so we weren’t interested in doing too much walking. We stopped in the Ugly Mug Coffee Shop for some hot beverages to warm us a bit. The museum in town was not open on Tuesday, so we couldn’t check it out. So, we decided to head back out. We drove through downtown Loudon. We will definitely head back to Loudon after the holidays.
One of the best meals we’ve had on a Tuesday Trek so far.
A warm interior with a little retro feel. The food was great and service perfect!
The sign is still visible from the C.W. Harvey Grocery store in downtown Lenoir City. The ghosts of yesteryear.
A lit barbershop pole in downtown Lenoir City, TN.
The long shadows at sunset and the Christmas bow give this that small town feel.
This sign is modern with a retro feel. It felt a little out of place since it’s so new compared to everything else downtown
Lenoir Rexall Drugs and Prescriptions. Sunset casts heavy shadows and gives this a soft look.
The drugstore on the corner. Every small town has one.
The firehouse in downtown Lenoir City was formerly the Lenoir City Utilities Board
The side entrance to the firehouse feels very retro and looks inviting in this early sunset photo
This sign with a backlit flag and a little sun flare on the car. It’s what Tuesday Trekkin’ is about.
It’s Christmas in small town America. The historic Loudon Courthouse is decorated and picturesque.