Maryland Blogger: Debbie Reynolds Best Year Yet Challenge

Debbie Reynolds Best Year Yet Challenge

Debbie Reynolds Best Year Yet Challenge


ActiveRain Ambassador Debbie Reynolds is the sponsor of one of the January challenges for blogger members. "Pick 3 goals or things you are going to pursue this year that are important to you.  These can be in any areas of your life. Tell why you selected these and why these are important to you. Share your plan and the actions you are going to take to achieve success. How often are you going to review your progress?"

For the purposes of this blog I will focus on personal activities for the new year. Dolores and I are both avid readers and one of my goals is to continue to read a minimum of a book a week during 2018. Hopefully, this will be easy for me since I have now maintained this habit for several years. If you use the ActiveRain search field for 'Book Recommendation', you should be able to view many of my previous recommendations. If you are seeking a new positive activity for this year, I recommend more reading. We are fortunate to have an outstanding public library system in Montgomery County, Maryland and we are able to obtain most of our books from library. We also have a Kindle when we need to purchase online. I do maintain a list of the books I have read and we watch for the new books by our favorite authors.

A second goal for the year is to continue to make many day trips with an effort to make one every week when the weather is good. If you follow my blog, you already know about many of our favorite places to visit on a regular basis. We are annual members of Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, the Brandywine Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, PA, Winterthur in Wilmington, DE, The National Zoo in Washington, DC, Hillwood Estate & Museum in DC, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA. We also like to visit the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, MD and attend the events at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD. We have also spent many weeks in Colonial Williamsburg and nearby areas. We also enjoy visiting wineries and breweries and taking advantage of the wonderful selection of restaurants in the area. When we are in Norfolk, VA, the Chrysler Museum is one of our favorite destinations. Dolores wants to spend more time in Charlottesville, VA, the home of the University of Virginia where I attended undergraduate and law school.

Another goal is to continue my time consuming hobby of photography. I always include at least one photograph in my blog posts. My specialty niche is flower photography and we try to visit the places that will have the best flowers to photograph. I do not like to carry around a lot of equipment and use a Canon PowerShot G11 camera and edit my photographs with which is a free service. I post photographs in a number of Facebook groups and have a very large following in many other countries. If you enjoy my photographs, I hope you are following me on Facebook.

Have an outstanding 2018!



 Dahlia, National Capital Dahlia Society Show, Brookside Gardens,  Wheaton, Maryland USA IMG 2981 Canon PowerShot G11 Camera Photograph by Roy Kelley  Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Dahlia, National Capital Dahlia Society Show, Brookside Gardens,

Wheaton, Maryland USA IMG 2981
Canon PowerShot G11 Camera
Photograph by Roy Kelley 
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

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Comment balloon 11 commentsRoy Kelley • January 03 2018 07:05PM


Good afternoon Roy - you are off to a great start in 2018.  Thanks for sharing your goals with us.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 12 months ago

Those are 3 worthy goals and will provide you and Dolores with lots of enjoyment and things to share with the rest of us. Wishing a great year ahead, Roy.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 12 months ago

Three wonderful goals, Roy. If you want to read a book written by the husband of Active Rain member, Kat Palmiotti you'll probably enjoy it.

book, First Voyage, by Anthony Palmiotti

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) 12 months ago

Lottie Kendall 

Thank you very much for this book recommendation. 

Have an outstanding 2018!

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 12 months ago

Roy, thank you for sharing your goals. Good luck in achieving your goals in 2018

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 12 months ago

When I think of how you are living your life, Roy, I think of the fullness of it all.  There are the books, the photography, the flowers, good food, and community involvement.  It doesn't get much better than that!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 12 months ago

Hi Roy. Looks like we are going to have quite a few interesting contests to start off the new year.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 11 months ago

Roy Kelley  I am sure you will accomplish all your goals

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 11 months ago

Thank you very much for stopping by. Keep warm and have a great weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 11 months ago

Roy, Traveling to places you enjoy, reading that helps you travel in your mind's eye, and documentation of the things you enjoy along the way is a great way to spend 2018!  Wishing you and Dolores a great 2018!

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) 11 months ago
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