It's hard to believe 2016 is already here! I always like to take a moment at the start of New Year to reflect on the past and contemplate the future. Here are my thoughts on 2015 and my hopes for 2016...
1. It was a year of growing pains. At times it felt like I was riding on the roof of a runaway train, thinking that if I could only get some perspective I would find a way into the safety of one of the train cars below, all the while knowing that my best bet was just to stay put and hold on for dear life.
2. It was the first year I truly felt like an adult: My thoughts about my job, have turned to thoughts about a career; I traded in my beat-up, run-down, falling-apart, well-loved, but slightly disgusting hand-me-down 1999 Honda Odyssey minivan for a shiny, reliable, and thoroughly-practical Prius V; and when I look in the mirror I see the face of a grown up who appears to be figuring things out, rather than the face of a recent college grad without a clue.
3. I found a new appreciation for my friends and family. Family and friends are what make this crazy life worth it. Without the friendships, and the amazing people I get to call my family, I would be lost. Even though most of my friends and family live at least a full day's drive away, I couldn't ask for better people to confide in, trust, and love.
4. Without meaning to sound like a cliche, I found myself multiple times this year having the same two thoughts: 1. Life is so beautiful. 2. I am so blessed.
I have fewer thoughts and more hopes for 2016 here they are:
1. I hope that this year will allow for more opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature.
2. I hope that I will continue to grow as a photographer. Even within the last year, I have noticed my craft has improved and become more refined. I want to strive to be the best I can so that I can provide the best work to all of my clients.
3. This is less a hope and more a realization of what I need for myself. I need to carve out the time to take care of myself, both mentally and physically.
What are some of your thoughts on 2015 and hopes for 2016? Feel free to share in the comments below.