Hey everyone! We only are a few short hours away from finishing another year! Can you believe it?
This year has literally been a whirlwind. I cannot remember another year where the months just flew off the calendar. There were so many times where I thought of days or events that I thought were just a weeks ago and in reality were months ago. But the reason why it was fast was because it was the busiest year I have ever had, both personally and for my business.
I did 29 weddings this year as well as countless portrait sessions, maternity sessions, newborns session, and everything in between. I’m not trying to brag when I tell you all this, but at the same time I am. I’m not trying to be boastful, I am just proud of my accomplishments. Almost 5 years ago when I quit my regular job and decided to throw myself 100% into this thing called photography. I had minor skills and lots of hopes and dreams. When I first started there were many moments where I thought to myself, “What the heck are you doing. You are crazy.” and honestly, I’d be lying if I still didn’t think the same thing from time to time. But God has blessed me so much over the past 5 years and this year has been the absolute best year so far. I accomplished so many of the things I have wanted and dreamed of.
1. I got to finally leave US shores and go to another country for the 1st time in my life. Not only that, but I got to go to a different country AND shoot a wedding there. Something that I put out there at the end of 2012 as something to accomplish by 2015 that became a reality just a few months later. Holy. Moly.
2. Shot the most weddings I’ve ever shot in one year. As I was meeting with couples in the early months of this year I never imagined it would grow to 29. I remember looking at the stack of contracts and thinking “What have I got myself into.” But by the time of my last wedding of the year in November, I looked back and realized, I didn’t just do it, but I did it well. I had the most compliments from my clients than I’ve ever had in past years. And on top of that, I worked with some of the sweetest and kindest clients I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. I could not be more happy to be a part of all of their special days. It was truly an honor.
3. I got my own office. Not only, that, but my dream office. That is a HUGE accomplishment for me. I had imagined of having a space to meet clients and work from since I 1st started shooting in 2007. Never did I imagine I would find a space that would fit all my needs, be in a prime location, and incorporate all my design ideas. I still walk into my office and just stand there in awe. This is no longer a dream, but a reality. I still cannot believe it, I feel so blessed that words really don’t do it justice. I am just in awe of what God has provided me with.
Like I said, I am not try to brag whatsoever. I am just in awe of what God has provided me with this year. I asked him to guide me in the direction he wanted me to go and he took me for the wildest ride ever (He will do that when you trust him). He will take you and provide you with so much more than you could have ever hoped for. Maybe this year did suck for you. Maybe it was your worst year ever. But you know what, you are here. You are here with us. You made it through another 365 days on this swirling blue planet in space. Your heart is still beating, your lungs are still taking in breath, and you have people who love you and care about you. We are about to start a whole another 365 days and we don’t know what’s going to be in store. But that’s one of the cool things about it. We don’t know. 2014 could your best year ever! Plan that trip you’ve always wanted to take, plan those goals that you’ve dreamed of, plan to be extraordinary, plan it to be your best. Don’t be discouraged if everything doesn’t go as you planned (it rarely does), but at least you put those ideas out there and who knows, maybe they could become a reality this next year.
I want to wish you you all the happiest of New Years. Here’s to another year of blessings beyond our hopes and dreams.