This time last year I didn’t take the time to fully reflect on the year we’d just left. As I started planning for 2018, I knew I wanted to approach this year differently. I looked back on my work from last year and took intentional time to journal, reflect, visualize and truly understand my goals for 2018. Here are a few things I learned, along with some of my favorite client moments from 2017.
3 things I learned when I looked back on 2017:
1. The Hustle Will Never Make You Feel the Way You Want to Feel
I really dislike the word hustle. It’s become one of those cringe-worthy words for me because our culture puts so much emphasis on being busy. Many of us put our worth in our work and forget that rest is productive too. Downtime allows you to come from a place of rest instead of coming from a place of anxiety. Only then can you do your best and most inspired work. Busy isn’t a badge of honor, and choosing core goals that focus on how you want to feel everyday is a much better way to approach productivity, business, and life in general.
2. Trust that where you are is where you need to be
My word of the year for 2018 is TRUST. I have it as a screen saver on my phone to remind myself to trust everyday. It came to me one morning earlier in January. Since then it’s been manifesting itself in all kinds of ways. I’m learning to trust myself, trust my instincts, trust the path, trust the process, and trust others. I started a journaling practice this year, and it’s helped me feel more gratitude, set an intention every day and learn to trust.
3. Find excitement in the unknown
This is the most difficult lesson I learned over the past year. And to be honest, I struggle with it regularly — scratch that — daily. Sometimes our purpose shifts or our life circumstances change, and that’s okay. It sounds cheesy, but there’s truth in the expression, “life’s a journey, not a destination.” Learning to enjoy the present is a gift, because the reality is that the unknown can be scary. We’ll never fully arrive at our destination. There will always be another goal to reach or another bucket list item to check off. So why not just sit back and enjoy it?
If I had the privilege of working with you last year, thank you. I’m truly grateful to know you and am honored you trusted me to document your family, your wedding day, or your business. I’ve grown as a person and as a photographer over the past year as a direct result of our time together.
Thank you to all who supported me, whether you liked or commented on a post, sent me a message, joined me for coffee, or encouraged me along the way. I’m filled with gratitude for all of you and couldn’t have done it without you.
Here’s a collection of some of my favorite glimpses from last year! I hope you enjoy!