2013 started out already promising to be a better year and all in all I think it did not disappoint. Every year I set goals and make plans like most of you and we take the year by the horns. Sitting here I can not believe it is over, so much in such a short time. (and I blogged so little :( )
Lots of friends of mine got married this year and friends and family both welcomed new additions into this world, so happy I was able to be a part of it all. In July the man of my life and I celebrated our 1 year. For August we traveled to Toronto to witness an amazing wedding, met some wonderful people and made some treasured friendships, I finally got to go to Niagara Falls woot woot. In November we traveled to Costa Rica with 2 great friends, my wonderful cousin and her husband to relax and have some fun. The place holds many memories and attachments for me as it was my father's final place. It was there that Matt got down on one knee and proposed on the beach, I said Yes. This was then followed by floating lanterns in memory of my father. I am just so happy for these moments and to share them with such amazing people.
I set out on another personal health mission and went back to the tried tested and true clean eating. Although not physically overly successful, inside I was feeling great and very happy with the whole way of life. 2014 will be the year to really set it in stone and push. I have spent a few years accepting sadness and really not my cup of tea, I accept happiness and energy, life is so exciting and it is time to dance in the rain again.
For AJ Photography 2013 was also a great year, expanding and ever growing. Met some amazing new people, clients and friends. Worked on some projects that even surprised me, when I stepped back and took it all in. On a plane back from Toronto my thoughts run ramped wondering if Style Me Pretty would ever except my publication and preparing myself for another go at it. As we landed and I turned on my phone I squealed as the SMP confirmation came in, so many emotions and feelings flooded me, I was on cloud 9. Matt redid my office for me as a birthday gift and together we have made it a room I love, still a work in progress, but so happy to have a space that reflects AJ photography and me. For Christmas I received some incredible new additions to my equipment family and feel so blessed it will be wonderful to have them by my side as AJ photography embarks on this new year.
At the end of each year I think we all stop and reflect, what was good, what was bad, what we treasure and what needs to change. It is what creates drive for us the next year and shapes our seemingly new chance at it all. One thing I am going to truly remind myself of this year and years to come, is that it is not the end of the year that gives us that new chance. But rather each morning we wake up, each breath we take and each moment we live in. Life is not just writing on the wall it is a never ending story. Spending time critiquing it, trying to fix it and make it perfect makes no sense. Continue on it's far from over, there is so much left to be written and I wish to read on.
Don't spend each moment as a reflection of your past but rather reflect on the moments as you step into the future. Here's to the future and all it holds may it truly be your story!