A New Workshop and a New Life

Hello and welome to My View for Monday, January 9, 2012.

Happy New Year and Happy Full Moon!!! I hope your new year has started off wonderfully well.

Today, I am announcing an exciting new workshop for 2012. Cathy Aronson, master printer and photography guide in Grand Teton National Park, will be joining me in teaching a shoot and print workshop in the Grand Teton National Park in September of this year. Please see the details of this workshop here. I am very much looking forward to teaching with Cathy in September.

In addition, with mixed emotions, I am announcing my retirement from running and teaching photography workshops at the end of 2012. The four workshops that I have listed for this year are the last ones that I will run and teach. The only exception may be the Callaway Gardens workshop as macro and abstract photography are my favorite ways to shoot and Callaway Gardens is an easy drive from my home.

This decision comes after much thought this year as to what I want to do with the rest of my life. I have worked either part-time (during my school and college years) or full-time since I was 14 years old. I am now a part of the Medicare population. There are a number of things that I want to do with the time I have remaining on this earth while I am still healthy and able to enjoy these activities. I want to renovate my house and re-create my garden. I want to volunteer at my local humane society. The list goes on and on.

Many of my family members are aging and I want to spend more time with them. I also have close friends that I’ve not been able to spend much time with in the last many years. I want to see more of them. I want to develop new relationships, as well as renew old ones that were once a very important part of who I am. I want to spend more time with my younger family members before they are “grown and gone”. I want to travel more, see new places and, perhaps, drive across northern Canada once more.

The loss of several friends and family members in the last couple of years pointed out to me just how fleeting is the time in our lives. Most recently is the loss of my niece’s mother-in-law who died in an automobile accident this past Saturday. She did not survive a simple trip to a local mall.

One thing that I have learned in the second third of my life is to appreciate the people I love. They are so precious. Love is so precious. Tell those people that you love how much you love them at each opportunity you get. Let them know how much you appreciate them. Let them know how important they are to you. Make the time in your life to share yourself with them, to do the things you want to do together, to enjoy your time together. Don’t wait “until… ” . None of us knows when a simple trip to the mall could end it all. My goal for the last third of my life is to spend more time doing exactly these things.

I will continue my enjoyment of photography and, perhaps, concentrate on my fine art once again. I will, perhaps, post more often to My View. I would love to see you on one of this year’s workshops. If you know of someone who might like to join me on one of the workshops, please share this with them. If you are starting to teach workshops yourself and I can help you in any way, please let me know. I would love to ‘pay it back’ as a thank you to all of those who helped me in my photography career over the years.

Thank you so much for those of you who joined me on workshops in the past. I so very much appreciate your support of my photography instruction career. I have enjoyed every minute of our time together. I hope to continue to share our love of photography together and, perhaps, have time to go shooting together.

Have a wonderful 2012 and I hope to see you on one of my workshops.

Today’s image is one from my home state, Florida. It represents a new day for me.

The Morning Sun

The Morning Sun

Delray Beach, Florida, January, 2011
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 16-35mm L lens, ISO 3200,  f/5.6, 1/750 sec, hand held

Wishing you all many beautiful morning suns!!

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16 Responses to A New Workshop and a New Life

  1. Marti
    Congratulations on your decision for the next phase of your life. And many thanks for your thoughts about life. Words to live by.

  2. tonebytone says:

    Oh, Marti – what a hard decision this must have been. But now that you’ve made it, I’m sure you feel a great measure of relief! So congratulations for the new direction.

    It’s great to be retired. You can sleep as late as or get up as early as you want! No more rush hour traffic to contend with – yipeeeee! But with Medicare looming – well, nothing is smooth with that over-blown organization. I wish you luck with that one.

    I love Callaway Gardens, too. So, in addition to this coming April, I hope to see you there several more times in the future.

    And perhaps we can arrange to meet, just as a bunch of friends, at some nice place for shooting. There’s a South Carolina Botanical Garden – or some such name, that I pass on my way to Savannah, that I’d like to explore some day – don’t know anything about it. But it’s fairly close to Atlanta off I-95. And there are bound to be other places, too. Like Charleston? Myrtle Beach in the winter?

    Love the image you posted. A new day dawns – for all of us – every day – to either take full advantage of it – or whatever, lol. It’s up to us to make the most of our lives.


  3. ned says:

    Best of luck Marti! As you well know, attitude always wins the day and your is dead on!


  4. Francie says:

    Richest blessings to you as you step boldly into this new phase of your life. I so understand, and support your decision wholeheartedly, having recently made a life transforming decision myself. Since last August and for the foreseeable future I am in the midst of complicated reconstructive hand surgery which is improving the usage of both of my hands by over 50% – the better to hold my camera with!
    If I don’t make one of your workshops this year I do hope you teach the Callaway Gardens macro one in the future, I would love to attend. And I hope this means that we can connect next time you are in Tally Town!!

  5. martijeffers says:

    Thanks all. I am very much looking forward to this next phase of my life. And, I hope to be able to include all of you in it at one time or another. Perhaps we can all meet somewhere — or several somewheres — and just have a ball shooting together and being together.

  6. PeteTucker says:

    If you ever want to explore Montana for a few days, just give us a call. Rita and I will put you up at our place and I’ll be your tour guide. Best wishes for a joyful retirement.

  7. ebrickner says:

    I agree with you on all of the above. Good luck! I’m going to China next week with my 2 sons. If I don’t attend one of your workshops this year, then I wish you health and happiness.

    Ellen Brickner

  8. ronk says:

    Interesting picture, the sky redefining new perspective of the world, worth far more than 1,000 words, Marti. Don’t forget our wild mustangs and burros that roam in the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, a short hop from here.

  9. Peter Blahut says:

    Hi Marti,
    We met at a Craig Tanner ‘Inspiration Weekend Workshop’, March 2010 in Phoenix AZ. I wish you happiness and good health on your new journey. Let me know if you get ever get near Manitoba, Canada and maybe we can meet up and even do some shooting together.

  10. martijeffers says:

    Hi Peter — I remember you joining us at the Inspirational Weekend in Scottsdale in 2010. Thank you for your wishes!! Canada is one of my favorite places to be and I think I’ve been in every territory except for a couple of the Atlantic provinces and the Northwest Territories. I do most definitely plan to re-visit places in Canada and I’ll let you know when/if I get near Manitoba again.

  11. martijeffers says:

    Ron — Thanks for stopping by. I’ll not forget the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge!! And, you know I will not forget Montana, Peter Tucker. I would love to see you and Rita again! Ellen, have a wonderful time in China!

  12. ameagari says:

    I’m really sorry I may miss the chance to take one of your workshops but I am glad you’re opening a new chapter in your life. It’s an inspiring step, and the things you want to dedicate yourself to– family, loved ones, friends, animals in need– are all things that are well worth it. I hope someday I can make the same choice.

    Love, Cousin Ari

  13. martijeffers says:

    Hi Ari — Thank you for the kind words. Maybe we can find some time to spend together. Also, don’t give up on the workshop. I’ve had lots of requests to keep doing the Callaway Gardens workshop and, as I said earlier, may decide to continue with that one.

    Take good care and hug your Mom for me.

  14. aprilS says:

    Marti wrote: “Perhaps we can all meet somewhere — or several somewheres — and just have a ball shooting together and being together.”

    Now, wouldn’t that be different?! You could actually shoot along with everyone, play and hang out without worrying about organizing or preparing for the next thing on the agenda. :)

    Please keep Chicago on your dance card when you next visit family in the Midwest, or perhaps I can hop over to Michigan for the tulip festival if you’ll be there!

    How fortunate I feel to be able to work with you and your students at Callaway this spring. Hopefully, we’ll be able to inspire you to continue with that one workshop during your “retirement”. :)

    All my very best wishes for happiness and fulfillment in this next stage of your journey, and I’m looking forward to more beautiful images from your travels.

  15. Gordon says:

    Sounds like the start of another grand adventure.

    We’ll always have Vegas!

  16. martijeffers says:

    Yes, Gordon, we will always have Vegas!! :) Thanks so much for your help that year. I may get out your way later this year and would love to see you, Amanda and meet lovely Olivia.

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