I’m just going to be honest. My 2016 was positively ridiculous. Its the year I gave up on from-scratch meals and started having our groceries delivered. We consumed far to many chicken nuggets and my husband ran more errands (grabbing things I forgot) than he’s ever had to do in his entire life thus far. The Chick-fil-A curbside pickup app and I have become besties. (Amazon Prime, don’t get jealous. You had Super Bestie Forever status already.) I ran out of or forgot deodorant at awkward moments multiple times, and I won’t calculate how many times we ran out of toilet paper. My sweet husband experienced me at that moment called “the end of my rope” far more times than any human should have to endure, and our apartment looked like a war zone for 95.67% of the time. The laundry basket lid probably forgot how to shut all the way. I shot 7 weddings (four of which were in June!!) and a good number of portrait sessions in between working full time. I even had the audacity to think that I could pile on a second weekend job halfway through the year!
I also learned that I look like this when I tell people where to stand:
Through it all, I learned bunches of things about how much stuffs I still need to learn, had amazing experiences thanks to amazing clients, and my husband still declares his undying love for me on a daily basis, so in the end, I regret nothing! I still love what I do!
That said, this cold season is a great time to step back and think about what I want for next year. My sister is an incredibly wonderful human and a very talented gifter.
Among other things, she gave me these fun coasters for Christmas:
Searching for purpose in my life and business has led me to some conclusions about what I want 2017 to look like, but I was having a hard time putting lofty ideas into practical purpose until I saw these simple coasters. Its finally starting to come together, just in time for the new year. I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions (or keeping them), but goals are powerful, and this is the perfect time to make them.
Happy New Year! May you have a blessed 2017!