New Year- New Blog

Goodness…2011 was a whirlwind year. Starting a business has gotten me out of my comfort zone in a million different ways, but I am excited about 2012 and what it will hold…my first wedding, my 1 year anniversary as a business, and my first overseas trip with the Mark II. So many fun things! So to start the year off, I thought I would introduce a new blog! {To visit the old blog click here.}

I have learned a TON in the past six months, and that “I wish I would have done that differently” feeling is the driving force in making positive business and creative changes this year.
Source: Pinterest
Source: Pinterest
For those that know me well, you may remember that I choose a theme for each year. I started doing this in 2008 and it has proven to be much more productive than making resolutions that I never keep. It shapes what books I read, trips I take, how I treat my relationships, and decisions I make.
2008 was the year of adventure.
I took a vacation out west driving from San Francisco to Seattle. Part of it was with a friend, but the last half of the trip I was completely solo. I learned to make friends with people in the hostels where I stayed, how to make travel arrangements by myself, and how to eat at a restaurant alone. I also packed up and moved away from my hometown. I was going to Nashville, to live in a house I had never seen, in a city in which I had only been in for a night previous to moving there.
2009 was the year of self discipline.
Definitely not as fun as the year of adventure, but most necessary. I got back in to working out (possibly a little too much), read some books that were not the most exciting but were mentally challenging, and refined some of my eating {ahem, chocolate addiction} habits.
2010 was the year of love!
When I started out the year, I wanted to focus on loving others more intentionally {particularly a certain dreamy boyfriend}. I learned a lot just by reading this book. Little did I know that the year would later hold an engagement and me getting married to my best friend. I finished out 2010 in my first few months of marriage humbly realizing that I actually had no clue how to truly unselfishly love another person and it was going to take multiple “years of love” to figure out how to do it better. I see a repeat theme coming up.
2011 was the year of no fear.
I have no idea why I was born such a scaredy-cat. I am 27 years old and I still am afraid to be home alone. Probably the biggest hurdle of last year was quitting my old job. I talked about it for 5 months before I actually did it. My parents told me I was making a mistake. Heck, it was completely, utterly insane and irrational….especially given the state of the economy. But I knew that it had to be done. I was tired of having a job that I only sort of liked- instead of one that I loved– simply because I was too afraid to make the jump. So I quit. And I started a photography business that I love. And here I am.
2012. Drum roll please……this year is the year of TRUST.
Here is what I hope that will look like:
– I am going to commit to trust others more. My husband. My family. My friend. And even you blog reader. This is probably one of my most personal posts, because I am going to trust that sharing more about my life will help you want to share yours with me.
– I want to build an environment of trust with my clients from day one. When you are comfortable with me, and you trust the vision I have for your shoot, the photos turn out incredibly better. You are more relaxed, and we don’t wind up with any “awkward/tilt your head to one side/middle school picture” images. Trust me.:)
– I am reading this book, which is already blowing my mind and making me cry. Which relates to the last thing…
– I am going to trust that God is in control of the big and little, so I can stop worrying about it.
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If you are also of the “I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions” affinity, try picking a theme! Who knows? You might end up following your dreams.:)
Happy Wednesday!
January 4, 2012 - 8:12 pm

Mary Clark - Love the new blog, Aly! And love this post too. Praying that you will be beyond successful in your “year of trust”!

January 4, 2012 - 11:55 pm

G-man - You’ve come a long way, woman. But the journey has hardly begun. Enjoy the view from the top of life.

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