Everyone loves a fresh start. It’s shiny and fresh and glittery and appealing, and it’s an opportunity to start again. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the new.

But to walk the grit of adventure: that takes real courage.


The last three weeks of pregnancy? The final edit of a book? The last in a thesis or string of exams? That’s where great spirits distinguish themselves. It’s exciting to buy the home. It’s HARDCORE to renovate it. But the hardest thing: finishing it all off, the finer details, the polish. It’s just…not for the feint of heart.

I am determined to be one who finishes well. I’m bent on going beyond new-brooms-sweep-clean enthusiasm, beyond the novelty of a new adventure. But in both the smaller and greater context of this life, as time ticks over and I evaluate and take stock, I notice that I have often started really well on some things. I even broke the back of projects that were tough. But the number of things I’ve finished well pale in comparison to the number of things I started. And you know, I don’t want to stick the fork in ’til I’m done.


Everybody loves a fresh start, but somehow we don’t all cross the finish line. Yet the proverbial frog is not so much difficult to eat as it is awful to look at, or easy to forget.

There’s a beautiful sense of closure to the final tick on a long to do list. Full circle. Complete. Often when taking pictures of life, we’ll have a great scene, the characters are there, the emotion and the movement is strong…and then it trails off into nothing. A sudden, abrupt ending.

Here are some ideas when it comes to finishing the story you’re telling with your camera:

  • try a group photo with everyone waving goodbye
  • shoot the front door, arriving back with all your baggage…tired and exhausted as you may be
  • and the party-mess at the end of it all with the children asleep in their beds: remember that it’s also part of the story

As with life, don’t get tired early and pack it in. Take time to breathe, sure. Have a break. But always remember that a closing shot rounds your story off.

Nicole Haynes