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.
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.