As is tradition, I am sitting down a few days before Christmas to write an end of year post, while finishing up the last of my editing so I can get all these lovely pictures out to my clients to share with their families over the holidays.
2016 has, quite frankly, rocked my socks. It's certainly been my most successful year in business, which began in February when I was named on Clickin' Moms "Top 100 Photographers to Watch in 2016" list, followed closely by my acceptance as a CMPro. The friends that I have made all over the world has come as a result of this exposure and for that I am truly grateful. You all know who you are!
I have met some truly wonderful clients in 2016, and have seen so many past clients return for their albums to be updated. This was by far my busiest year, photographing and working with over 50 new families, an overseas trip to Malaysia for a session, a few brands and diving into the world of teaching via my mentoring program where I have met so many promising and inspiring photographers.
On a personal note, my family of two became a blended family of five when my bearded love and I settled in a beautiful home in Eltham North. We adopted three hens who are just the funniest little things. It's certainly been one of the most challenging and beautiful times in my life and I look forward to spending my life with these humans who make me so happy and fulfilled. Archie will be four next year and is as bright and intense as ever.
It would be remiss of me to leave out the part where 2016 has been one of the hardest of my life, too, despite my wins. You see, anxiety is a beast, and it's one that has not yet been tamed in me, although I work so, so hard each day to function along side it. Anxiety sometimes feels so dangerous and terrifying, and no amount of rational thinking can stop it from YELLING that something is terribly, terribly wrong. It's persuasion powers are all consuming in the midst of a panic attack. Dizziness, shortness of breath, the urge to run, the horrid negative self-talk.
Functioning as a human on a daily basis can be difficult, let along running a business that comes with it's own demands. So as I say goodbye to 2016, I look at it as a massive win, the somehow it didn't all fall apart when so often I believed it would. The people in my life who hold me up when I can't do it myself are just so incredible and I'm grateful. If this is something you, too, struggle with, know that you aren't alone, and there is so much help out there and available to you.
2017 is set to be an even bigger year and I feel so ready.
At the end of February I am traveling to sunny Santa Barbara in the US for Yeah Field Trip which I was fortunate enough to be granted a scholarship to by the ever wonderful and dreamy Yan Palmer (my absolute guru).
March sees my inaugural Life: Unmade Workshop kick off in Mount Martha with eight awesome women who sold out every seat in a week. I mean, whaaaaat?! Thank you.
And who knows - more travel? Speaking gigs? More workshops? More chickens? Bring it.
Happy Holidays you beautiful people.