2016 has got to be one of the most historic years in our nation and our world’s history. It’s been a rough year for myself personally but it’s also been an incredible one. it’s been a year of failing and succeeding. A year of learning and growing. 2016 will go down, for me, as the year where I triumphed against all odds, and I am here stronger, smarter, braver and more content then I have ever been in my entire life. You have to be able to take the bad, if you’re willing to take the good that you are blessed with.
There has been so much damage done as well as healing. There has been so much positive things that have unfolded. In life we are given the chance to look at the cup half full or half empty. I tend to look at the world in a half full manner and allow myself to continue to have faith that everything happens for a reason and I never question why, not to Yahweh at least.
This was my first full year doing photography. That in itself is an insane thing to wrap my mind around. I am still standing here on my own two feet writing this post to some of you who are contemplating the idea of going full time. There is never a right time in life to do anything. Take a chance on yourself and you will be amazed at what life will give you.
To everyone who has made my first full year a success, all my brides & grooms, seniors, families & friends, I seriously cannot thank you all for the support you have blessed me with. It truly has been an honor to have photographed you all. From the bottom of my heart, truly, you are the reason why I do what I love to do and I can’t thank you all enough.
Of course, this was not an easy task to do without the help of the roots in my life. I honestly could not have done it without the help of one my best friends, my roommate. Who has always been there for me when I needed someone the most. For, I will forever be grateful, that in life I have been able to have met someone who has my back 100%. Thank you a million times over, I appreciate you more than you will ever know, even though you might think I am not. I am able to do what I love to do because of your initial support and influence to do so.
I have lost friends and I have gain so many amazing new ones. I have learn to let go and to trust again. I have been tested and I feel like I have passed. I have had a childhood best friend pass away and I have been blessed with new life coming into my family in 2017.
This year I have traveled more than I have ever traveled in my entire life combined haha. The incredible people I have met through this crazy passion I have, truly is a blessing. The places I have been and friendships i’ve built. I would not change this year at all because these things had to happen in order for me to take a step back, evaluate my life, learn and grow.
Remember friends, the journey where we walk and sometimes run towards for what want from life, it’s not for the weak of heart. It’s not always a road of happiness. It’s a road where you will be tested, where you will make mistakes, where you will fall, where you will bleed, where you think you are dead but have faith that he does not throw anything your way that he knows you cannot handle. You are stronger than you think. For me personally happiness is not my ultimate goal, it’s contentment. Don’t confuse something that’s suppose to be momentary for something that is long term. Think of happiness as a firecracker. You know that it’s a burst of light and sound but you also know that it’s not meant to linger forever. So use the same logic for happiness, know it’s a moment, welcome it with open arms but also allow it to leave as it wishes.
I want to leave you all with this; No matter what the experience, amazing or horrible, there is always, always a positive outcome to it. It’s up to you to find out what & where that blessing fits in your life.