2013, you were good to me.
I started the year our terrified that I might have taken the wrong path in life. That I'd made a huge mistake...that maybe I shouldn't have dropped everything else to pursue my dreams. Money issues, not making my family proud, not making Woody proud, fear of failure - everything kept me up at night. It's an awful feeling, not knowing how things are going to turn out. I honestly didn't know what to think, except that I had to try.
But 2013, you proved me wrong. And man, did I grow.
I was published 5 times. I shot over 30 weddings. I shot different events for the MS Society, and learned so much about the disease and why it's important we eradicate it. I spent most of my summer in the mountains. We traveled to Florida, Utah, Nevada, California, Illinois, and Texas. I got to go to Cuba after 10 years of not seeing my family. I went on my first ever road trip. I broke some gear, bought new gear, sold whatever gear I outgrew. My best friend asked me to marry him. I spent my first Christmas away from home with my new family. And I met so many amazing people, who I'm proud to call friends, and strengthened ties with old ones.
I feel so, so incredibly grateful.
Is there room for improvement?
Yes. Hell yes. Of course. Plenty of room. And I'm more then happy to make more room, and to soak in every little bit of knowledge until I think I know everything, and then learn some more.
I looked at my shutter counts, and it was at a little over 55,000 for the year. Below is just a tiny, tiny fraction of that. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Thanks again, 2013. 2014, you have some big shoes to fill.