With over 150 session this past year, 30 or so weddings, I can officially say I am really excited to see 2016 come. It honestly was the hardest year of my life with quitting my job and having to put all of my energy towards making this work, but as I stand here today I'm so grateful that I did.
I think there are a lot of times where people hide how difficult it really is to own and run a successful company. You have to really prioritize your life and you have to make a lot of sacrifices and most importantly you really are killing yourself in many ways emotionally, physically, and mentally. Now I don't want this to be a downer post cause I'm so grateful for the past year but I want to be realistic with what I just went through.
I look back in the whole reason I quit my job is because I taught my first workshop and it went really well and I decided I could really do this. It makes me laugh because now they keep the workshop that's basically what I'm encouraging these women or people to do. To find the passion and driving themselves and just let that lead them and carry them.
So as I head into 2016 there a few things I really want to remember. First is that I love my clients, without them I would not be able to do what I've done for the past year. Second, to remember although there were hard there was so many rewarding moments that it really hid and pushed away all of the bad moments. Third remember why I do this which is to help others to create memories and also to help other photographers to feel more confident and successful in their own skin. I think what I will leave in 2016 is all of the bad moments and bad memory so that I can start fresh. I think it's so important do you always start with a clean slate so that you can continue to progress and be better than you were before.
The last thing I will leave you with is a big huge thank you. I love my life, I love my job, I love teaching, and most importantly I love creating all the relationships I have done this past year! How grateful I am for this wonderful life and here is to a kick ass year of killing myself and making every second worth it! :)