Well hi there. : )
I’ve been putting off this blog all day because, quite frankly, I’m so ridiculously excited about it that I haven’t been able to find the words to start. But these are the words, and they go like this:
That was then.
I’ve got to be honest for a minute. The past two years of crazy-long hours and late-night editing, fast-paced days and too-short of nights, missing my kids while yearning for crumbs of “me-time”… I nearly lost myself in it all. I learned some pretty intense lessons about life, about balance, about grace, and about what needs to come first when making big life plans.
Please don’t get me wrong… I truly LOVE my work as a photographer and have literally thanked God every day for it since I first started the business. But after sharing here, on the blog, that we were going to make some pretty hefty changes to our business structure, we quickly realized that (as my dad, a former Navy man, put it), “It takes a long time to turn a ship around.” My schedule was just as packed through the entire fall as it was prior to our summer announcement, and we only just wrapped up our final commitments of 2011 about two weeks ago.
And now, from where I’m standing, I can gratefully say that “that was then”.
And this, my dear readers, is now. : )
I’ve spent the past few weeks staring straight back into the face of where I’ve come from, trying to decide exactly where it is I want to be going. With a more reasonable amount of time on my hands, I’ve already tasted the joy that comes from spending quality time with my kids, laughing with friends, indulging in a craft or two… there will be good times ahead and I have every intention of sharing it all right here, with you.
I could go on and on, but I think you’ll see what I mean as these next few weeks progress. For now, just know that you can expect to see a bit deeper into my heart, watch as I go after some exciting new goals, read about life through the eyes of myself and my family, and discover (right along with me!) a bit more about who I am at the core. I was recently reminded that I’m more than simply a photographer. I had forgotten that.
So now, without further adieu, allow me to present to you my very own “Bucket List” for 2012. After much thought and meditation, these are the things that I am truly hoping to accomplish by December 31. In the right column of the blog, you’ll see a link to this list… I’ll be making notes on it as I go, as I accomplish or fail at each little task.
Will you come along with me?
PS... $25 Target gift card to anyone who leaves me a comment sharing an item from their 2012 bucket list. YAY!!! : )