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Different. Completely different.

Life is not a race - but indeed a journey. Be Honest. Work Hard. Be Choosy. Say "thank you", and "great job" to someone each day. Go to church, take time for prayer. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh. Let your handshake mean more than pen and paper. Love your life and what you've been given, it is not accidental ~ search for your purpose and do it as best you can. Dreaming does matter. It allows you to become that which you inspire to be. Laugh often. Appreciate the little things in life and enjoy them Some of the best things really are free. Do not worry, less wrinkles are more becoming. Forgive, it frees the soul. Take time for yourself ~ Plan for longevity. Recognize the special people you've been blessed to know. Live for today, enjoy the moment.  - Bonnie Mohr

That beautiful quote is my favorite of all time.  It gives you enough hope to push forward, but a large dose of reality.

2011 has been one I would quickly want to forget.  One that I can easily bury my head and wish it away.  Having said that, it is also one that has shown me that faith and prayer is real.  It is one that grounded me.  Between almost losing my husband to watching my Mom fight a battle she is doomed to lose, it has pushed me to dig further than I ever wanted to go. 

It has changed me.  For the good and for the bad.

I am more compassionate, but less patient. 
I demand honesty, but accept flaws. 
I am scared more, and fearless less.

There were lessons I learned both personally and with my photography business I never imagined to learn.  Do you know what though?  I realized that I am incredibly lucky.  My family has been put through some extremely difficult tests this year.  It showed me who my true family is, who my true friends are, and that clients can quickly become really good friends.

The next three weeks I plan on taking off to take care of some personal stuff, spending time with my boys, revamp my website, pricing, business plans AND writing thank you notes.  I will be posting so many sessions that I never shared over the past few months. 

I want to take this time to say Happy Holidays to you all.  Thank you so very much for sticking by me, for booking sessions with me and for supporting my journey.  2012 will be different.  Completely different.  And that feels good.
(one of my favorite personal images captured in 2011 - my heart and their golf bags.. ) :)

Reader Comments (2)

Beautiful. When 3 weeks is over, you'll be refreshed : ). I can't wait to see all the new things you come up with for 2012 and I'm proud that my baby (and family) will be part of the many sessions you will have in 2012! Can't wait to see you again.

Thu, December 15 | Unregistered CommenterSam

I hope the next few weeks find you refreshed and renewed. Enjoy your boys, all of them, love and cuddle, laugh and smile. I will look for your posts in my Reader. Have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Fri, December 16 | Unregistered CommenterTara R.

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