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A milestone remembered

Huh. According to Timehop (an app I have a love/hate relationship with, because… man… memories can be wonderful or brutal) five years ago, I did my first paid photo gig. I’ve certainly come a long way since then! And I still have a long way to go.

I strive not to live life with regrets, but to instead look at mistakes as lessons learned. But I could certainly say I do regret not giving my photography more attention over the last five years. I would be so much further along if I had. But, to look at it as a lesson, I won’t drag my feet another five years.

That being said, I’ve spent much of the last week deep in thought on ways to advance my goals as a photographer without compromising other passions, such as this blog and other business interests. In the weeks to come, I do plan to make some changes, and I absolutely can’t wait to see this happen and to share it with all of you.

In the mean time, my Project 365 for 2017 is well underway! And as if it were a sign to keep moving forward, the Nashvillest is back up and running. This blog featured some of my photos well before I considered photography as anything more than a hobby. Their support really helped give me confidence… so go give them some love as well.

Year ends, year begins

According to my Timehop today, this is the day of the year I do my end of year wrap up and/or my look ahead to the future. Who am I to break tradition? Time to write this current edition!

2016… well… I think most people would say it was a horrible year. I mean, just the sheer number of celebrity deaths this year was enough to make one rock back on their heels a bit. (Seriously… Glenn Frey?? Merle Haggard!? Carrie Fisher!?? Damn you 2016!)

But ultimately, to me, 2016 was marred by politics. And sadly, it continues to this day.

I don’t mean who won or who lost the Presidency, because ultimately when it comes right down to it… we all lost.

We all lost a lot of friendships. We all lost a lot of respect for people we may have once called dear friends.  I know I’ve started to distance myself from some people due to the sheer hate and intolerance I’ve seen from people… on both sides of the political spectrum.  And for me, THAT is what I will remember about 2016.

My husband and I had a good year in general. Made it out to Oregon to visit family there. My nephew graduated high school. My husband had a steady driving gig. I had my interest in photography re-awakened. We both had family members pull through serious illness.

On the down side of it all, we had a huge set-back on our bar-opening dreams, and we did put it on the back burner hard most of the year while we tried to pay down debts incurred in 2015 with those plans. Oh and I developed bursitis in my hip and it has been an adventure in learning to deal with that.

All in all, though, there was more good than bad for me personally this year.  I choose to focus on that fact.

2017… its perhaps cheesy to say, “I want to be better,” but its a good summary of goals. More photography gigs. Do a better job managing finances and paying down debts.  Grow my local A&M Club. Keep supporting my husband’s job. Take on some personal health goals. Jump back into the dream of opening a bar with both feet. Put a new deck on our house.

You can start fresh any day, any time. Year ending, year beginning is just an easy starting point for everyone, and its one I am embracing. Here’s to a great 2017!