Ah, can you believe it is the second day of 2018? Yep, me either! This past year has been one helluva year! Like so many, there were highs and lows, but the Highs… oh man, they were intense! I officially started a business that grew from a hobby and now I get to call it my profession! Mind blowing!
I survived another year of raising twins… whew, that in itself is a major accomplishment event though it did come with a fair amount of challenges! I got to stand next to my best friend while she said ‘I do’ and also got a trip with my husband, sans kids out of that too! We celebrated 8 years of wedded bliss (mostly blissful ha) and we even took our very first solo family vacation!
I officially said adios to the corporate world and photographed over 90 clients to make my business goals a reality! I ended 2017 with more success than I could’ve asked for and for that, I’m beyond thankful to those who have supported me and lifted me up along the way!
With all those highs, there were definitely a few lows… I’m not one to harp on negatives but this is a post about reflection and I know that those moments were necessary experiences to get me to where I am today… I lost a child and lived out a nightmare for a mere 5 minutes while at the state fair, it was literally my lowest low of the year which brought me to write one of my most emotional posts ever because I know I’m not the only one who has had that experience (read more here).
I struggled to find balance as a business woman, working woman, mother, wife and homemaker, I failed and realized I had to change and I would have to let go of some things and so for the health of myself and my family, I walked away from a job during a very busy time and left some people incredibly disappointed with me. Because of this, I started to find the value in disappointment and learned that, it is okay! Not that I plan to continuously disappoint people, but I know now that sometimes it’s necessary.
If I could sum up 2017 in one word, it would be GROWTH! I grew a lot this past year. I grew relationships, children, a business, a dog, a home, a few houseplants, and I even grew some herbs to cook with! Exponential growth! Which leads me to my word of 2018…
In 2018, I want to slow down a little… I’m here in this life, living it, and sometimes it just passes right along… I’m forgetting to soak it in or I’m putting it off until tomorrow but those things that I’m putting off aren’t things that can be relived. I have this need to feel busy, I think I get that from my mama, which is good because I’m productive but I end up over-scheduled and over worked which results in stress… I want to bask in the sunshine while my kids run wild and take the time to cook a decent meal for my husband. I want to find peace in folding laundry and not wish for things I don’t have. I want to live with less and live off of less so I can let go of the feeling of constantly needing more. I want to slow down… get off the crazy train with all the people running the rat race to nowhere to buy the things they don’t need to gripe about how stressed they are because they can’t slow down.
Now don’t get me wrong… I still intend to hustle but I’ve learned that there’s a time and a place. So this year, my word is SLOW.
So, if you’re still reading this… here’s a few resolutions I plan to put into action during the 365 days that make up 2018…
– drink more water
– move more
– utilize my ‘Y’ membership to it’s fullest
– complete 12 consecutive weeks of BBG workouts
– Complete a year long photography project… or two or three
– raise my voice less
– shoot an entire roll of film at least once a month
– stay home more
– write more
– do something nice for myself once a month (self care)
– put down my phone while I’m eating
– complete the undone projects… Hello Studio!
– read one book a month
– do a better job at staying in touch
– leave San Diego at least once a month (there’s so much to see)
– rebrand my website and business
– try out a 10X10 minimalist wardrobe
– downsize my closet and invest in staples
– buy with intention
Okay, I think that’s everything on my 2018 bucket list, for now! I may add a few things in here as the year goes on but this is my starting point! I just know this is going to be a good year! I hope you all have a wonderful wonderful start to the new year and thank you for hanging with me on this crazy journey of mine =)