Happy New Year! Before I bring in 2011 I wanted to take a look back at the wonderful crazy year that was my 2010. I started 2010 thinking it would be a relaxing year of settling into married life and my new life in New England. Coming off of 2009, which consisted of a long distance relationship, an engagement, a wedding, moving, and starting my own photography/design business, I thought things couldn't possibly get much crazier. Well...I was kind of on track. I did settle into New England and I adore married life, but the year was anything but chill. It has been a year filled with amazing new opportunities, new and old friendships, travel and adventure. It has been wild and I have racked up the frequent flyer miles, but I have loved every minute of it. (Well, I might have been okay with a little less time in the air, but oh well.)
Here is a list, in no particular order, of what made my 2010 so wonderful.
My 2010 was packed with some amazing opportunities. From fashion shoots to construction photography, wedding invitation designs to the cover of the Orvis Dog Book. They have been across the board, but that is me. Looking back at some of them gets me totally amped for 2011, with opportunities already in the mix, including a real website (finally), working with the newest hottest online magazine High Gloss and getting my own little studio space...bring on 2011!
I jumped into my life in Boston head first and have not regretted a moment. I have met amazing new, creative, entrepreneurial woman I am proud to call my friends. I have reconnected with old high school friends who now live in Boston, and I have loved getting to know this amazing historic city. Sometimes it takes a big change and unfamiliar ground to get you out of your comfort zone and challenge you. Boston has done this for me.
I am a traveler and explorer at heart. Yes, traveling for work can get old and tiring and sometimes I feel it is all I can do to get home, do my laundry and pack up again, but deep down I thrive on that energy. I love seeing new places and learning new things, but I also love visiting my favorite places over and over again (Can one every really get enough of Sea Island????) I am especially lucky that I married a fellow adventurer. He makes the best travel buddy and everything is just more fun with him. Our 2010 travels consisted of visiting friends and family on the coast of Maine, mountains of Colorado, vineyards of Napa Valley, row houses of Washington, DC and the lush forests and coasts of North and South Carolina to name a few. We also had some amazing getaways including SCUBA diving in the Netherland Antilles. Travel fuels my creative soul and makes me feel more connected with the world. I love it and feel so lucky to get to see the world.
What can I saw about the world of blogging that many of you don't already know. It can be an amazing, amazing world. I started my blog as a way to get myself working more...just getting out there, shooting photographs using a blog as a way to give me some accountability and to keep me working. (Even if my mom and husband were the only ones checking in.) What I didn't expect were the relationships, and opportunities the world of blogs have brought me. I have met some of the most talented, inspiring people from all over the world. I have never been a part of a more supportive, creative community where everyone wants everyone to succeed. It is really quite special and I am thankful for it everyday.
Of all the wonderful things in my life this year, my wonderful husband and marriage are at the top. In fact I don't think any other the above wonderful things would have been possible without him. His love and support have encouraged me to do things I might never have had the courage. My constant cheerleader and partner, he is amazing.
A very happy New Year to everyone. I cannot wait for 2011!