Happy 2017! 2016 has been an interesting journey and I can't be any happier to start the New Year off fresh. I don't usually do resolutions but December really inspired me push forward in a big way and stay consistent.
He truly saved the best for last in 2016. I felt refreshed and a lot lighter during December. So I thought I'd give a recap on my December and why it was so mushy and inspiring.
In December I was finally able to get my Sony A6000 that I was dreaming about for over a year. I previously owned a Sony A5000 but it offered me little options. No viewfinder or port to attach a speedlite. ISO wasn't too great either and so events & low light settings were out of the question.
I feel like within the past few years I've made things work with the 'bare necessities' . Things would break on me, I would end up with lots of noise in my photos, my auto focus would decide not to focus :/ or at times I wasn't giving enough direction for the subject.
I remember racking my brain trying to figure out how to get to where I wanna be in regards to technique and style. I just truly enjoyed photography as a hobby in general and the hurdles showed me that my passion outweighed the (as Elizabeth Gilbert likes to call it) 'sh*t sandwich'.
So disappointments and setbacks really worked in my favor when I finally was able to receive the tools I felt I finally needed. The pretty equipment was just an added bonus to all I had learned throughout the year.
Throughout the last few years my Mother and I were not really on great terms. We both were going through a transition in our lives and our relationship was deteriorated in the process. Lots of ups and downs but I think as time goes on through this transition, we are getting to know ourselves, and so we are also getting to know each other all over again. But I can honestly say this Christmas was the best I've ever had with her. Dinners, long talks, and laughter about my Grandmother has mended my heart in places I never knew were broken.
I am rich in love. My wealth is in the family around me, the friends who have listened and sat with me during tough times, who have prayed with me when I was down about life's circumstances and who have led me to the cross every time I felt it all came down to me and my efforts or lack thereof.
I am surrounded by really great people and for that I am grateful. I'm trying to make an effort to open up and enjoy them while I have them in my life.
My New Years Eve was probably the best I've had in years. I got to do a photo session with one hilarious, loving and kind family. They were super funny and just plain ol' down-to-earth. My NYE didn't end up being work at all. Nothing but laughs for me during that gorgeous afternoon =)
Later on I went to a church service, worshiped and reflected on 2016 with some like-minded individuals. I couldn't help but feel emotional. Wrote down some things God has done in 2016 and what I am striving and praying for in 2017.
The last place I ever thought I would end up, I most certainly ended up. Downtown is usually a mad house and I avoid it at all cost but a friend and I found the most convenient (and might I add FREE?) parking spot nearby. We walked down by the water, talked about some of our dreams and goals for 2017 and yelled the countdown with the crowd of people around us. Shortly after the fireworks started, we said a toast and I sat there emotional for a moment. 2016 has been tough not only for me but I look at it as being tough for us as a nation. So much division, anger, confusion and disappointment for many. I cried for the broken hearts who don't know how to depend on their heavenly Father to carry the burden and I prayed in 2017 for strength and wisdom. but for love to be at the center of everything that I do.
Thank you for sticking around this long for the recap of my December 2016. Not to sound cliche but in 2017 I pray to be more 'present' with the people around me. More eye-contact and intention when I speak to people. To give myself & others much Grace. I pray you're able to do the same. =)