To say it’s been a year of change would be an understatement. This year also happens to be a year of firsts for a lot of things. Let’s make a list!
Things I did this year:
Shot 44 Weddings. Weddings took up about half of my year and all my weekends for six months. While lead shooting is certainly preferred, second shooting is fun since it lets me try new things, meet new people, and continue to evolve my craft.
Went to Europe for the first time. This past May, my parents rented an apartment and lived in Paris for the entire month. Of course, we had to go visit them so we did a 9-day trip to Europe where we spent the first half in Switzerland driving around Lucerne, Locarno, Zermatt, Savisse and Geneva) and then spent the second half in Paris (Paris Pt 1, Paris Pt 2).
Added Nebraska, Iowa, Oregon, and Washington to states I’ve been to. On our drive to Colorado, when we were moving all of our stuff, we had to pass through Iowa and Nebraska. In November, we went to my brother’s wedding in Portland. In that same trip, we visited one of my best friends who lives in Seattle.
Moved to Colorado. You can read all about the decision in this post. But, needless to say….in April I was telling people we weren’t moving and then only three months later we decided to. Time is funny.
Got a cat. I forget that we only got Max in January because it feels like he’s been a part of our little family for forever. We got him at the New Hampshire SPCA, and during the car ride home he broke out of his cardboard carrier and just stared out the window. It was terrifying and adorable.
Added a new member to my family. My brother got married, so I now have a sister-in-law. She’s awesome and I am happy to call her family. It’s weird to think about how we are growing up, and she is a new permanent fixture to the family until we die!
Took my first road trip with a friend (that isn’t Nick). Nick and I drove out at the end of August and then I drove out with all my stuff in early November. I chose to take a friend with me and we made a trip out of it! Our main points of interest along the way was Niagra Falls and Chicago. You learn a lot traveling with someone and I can report back that me and my friend who came out with me still remain friends.
My biggest take-away from this year:
It’s okay to not fully know what I am doing. Moving turned my world upside down in the best way possible. Less than a year ago I had given up on us moving and was confidently telling people that that no longer was happening. I felt foolish because I had talked it up and now wasn’t doing it. However, on the turn of a dime and a lot of long conversations, we pulled the trigger and did it. To be completely transparent, this move has also has brought on the natural self doubt and unknowing that comes with a big life choice. Did I make the right choice? Will I make friends? Will my business be successful? While these questions circulate in my head more than I’d like to admit, deep down I know that moving was the right decision and that we will figure it out. I can confidently say I have no idea where we’ll be in a year, but there’s some sort of excitement and liberation to that. I live more as a 30’s-something in my reclusive and low-key tendencies, but the unknown direction of my life reveals that I am indeed in my 20’s and I’ve come to terms with that.
Here’s some cuteness for your day and for getting through this post: