2016 was definitely the year of heartache for me but also full of growth, travel, and self acceptance. I spent a majority of the first few months wallowing and having self doubts about everything in my life. Life can drain you but you have to get up and create momentum or else you're just stuck in a self-loathing state of mind. So that's what I did. I took a good look at myself and found what made me the happiest... camping, writing, traveling and taking photos of my life. Little by little I began the first steps to my business and even though I am no where near ready to take the plunge to full time, I think I've grown a lot and became a more confident in myself through this entire process. I can't express how proud I am of the strength it took to survive 2016. I traveled alone, I camped, I grew to appreciate my state more than I ever have, I went to several art shows when I felt overwhelmed, I took my mom to a lantern festival and got lost on the way back to our hotel, I attended my first workshop full of TALENT, I hiked up Ft. Davis Mountains, I flew for the first time, I finally traveled to the East Coast, I visited my 6th national Park, I shot my first engagement, same sex family, and home sessions, and most importantly I gained an amazing group people who do nothing but support me and push me to do better.
Of course there's always going to be days where everything seems grey... I learned in 2016 that not everyone is going to root for you but do it anyways. I have had a few clients in which we did not see eye to eye and with that I now know what to look for in my ideal clients and I'm thankful for the learning experience. I learned so much in one year and in 2017 I hope you all are ready for more growth because I know I am.
Enjoy some of my favorite memories of 2016!