My Year in Review

British Columbia

There are only a few hours left in 2016 so I decided to pour a glass of champagne & reflect on things. The freshly fallen snow made for a picturesque view of the lake this evening. I have officially been living in the Okanagan for a year now  & I still never get tired of the view. For the first time ever in my life, I feel like I am home. I was born in the east & it seems that I have been traveling further and further west ever since. I had only ever been to Kelowna for a few short hours when I realized that there is something beautiful & special here. Not in my wildest dreams would I have guessed that within a year I would be completely changing paths & making the jump to live in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. As much as I try not to over-use the word “blessed” it is something I feel every day & I have so much gratitude to have a career that has helped in making my dreams come true.

I know 2016 has gotten a lot of flack this year, but I can only come from a place of joy as I reflect on the last 12 months. I love being able to go through the images on my phone & recap all the adventures I was lucky enough to experience. I thought it would be fun to give a little recap in order to give a snapshot of my year.

  1. Weddings from coast to coast in Canada, Jamaica, USA, Cuba & Mexico.
  2. Driving through every single province in one summer.
  3. Graduating from Wedding & Event Planning.
  4. Seeing the entire US West Coast & going to Disneyland.
  5. Building & launching a new website myself.
  6. Watching my sister graduate university
  7. Being a part of my family photos for the first time in 10 years
  8. Getting a new furbaby – Mango the kitten
  9. Entering into a new season of business & working on adding cinematography to better serve my clients.

Above all, I learned this year that I am exactly where I am supposed to be. Through travel & gypsy life I learned the importance of setting roots. Spending a summer with my beautiful sister made me realize how vital it is to keep your family close & no matter how busy life gets, to still take a moment to reach out and let them know they are loved. Getting portraits with my grandmother reminded to make sure I spend some time on the “other” side of the lens, because my life is worthy of being documented.

 

 

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