what am i proud of

I've taken some time lately to write out and think about what inspires me. What defines me. What I am proud of in myself, and what things I want to change. I believe there is huge value in setting goals and writing things down. I think there is huge value in dreaming big and always keeping those dreams in the forefront of your mind. I think there is huge value in always looking further, thinking bigger and jumping higher.Throughout the past couple years, I am very proud of what I have accomplished. But I will admit, I can't remember the last time I wrote down my goals and my dreams, or looked back at what they were last year or the year before. I think there is huge power in the act of writing them down, re-reading and re-visiting. Did I accomplish last year's goals? Were they good? Should I have re-visited and re-vamped? Where did they go… I decided to start by just perusing some of my favourite spots online for inspiration. Over I went to Oh Joy, and she sent me to this Ted Talk video. Ladies, it's worth a watch. Lizzie's question in the video that stood out was, 'what defines you?'. When she said it, I automatically felt uncomfortable. I wasn't sure. And I didn't like that. I didn't like that I didn't really know what it was that made me, 'me'. When the video was done, I wrote a note to myself that I would answer that question. Oh Joy also wrote about Goal Setting, and as I read through her post, I made another note to write my own goals down. Starting at the top. The big life-goals that almost seem silly to write. Then the medium-crazy goals that maybe sound sort-of achievable, and then with the short term goals that even though they sound easy, are still challenging and so, very valuable. I also decided to look back on 2012 and 2013 and write about the things that I was proud of throughout those years, as well as the things that I want to change as I move forward.

I am going to share with you some of these things. Some things I will be keeping in the pages of my journal and in the ears of my husband, as I think we all deserve some privacy when it comes certain things. But hopefully this little taste will shed some light on where my little life will be headed and hopefully inspire you to do the same in taking time to reflect on what you've accomplished and what the future will hold.

What defines me? This was my whole answer, straight up. I didn't edit this. This is simply what came out.

My open heart. I am a listener. My passion for loving what I do. My family. My love for my husband. My new love for my unborn babe. I am a bit of a loner, and I like it that way. My passion for travel and discovery of new places/things. My love of all things sweet. My obsession with beauty and finding it in the strangest of places.

What am I proud of from last year? I am so proud of each wedding that I was able to photograph. I am proud of the positive energy I was able to keep on our journey to becoming pregnant and starting our family. I am proud that we managed to sneak in our trip to California, even though we really didn't have the time. I am proud of how I decorated our house in Penticton. I'm no interior designer, but I think it turned out pretty darn cute! I am proud of my new website and the way it portrays my business and my person.

What I wished I did a little bit better… Blog - I love to write and I feel I could have shared more outside of actual photography shoots and weddings. Always would love to travel more Photograph more of my every day - enjoy photography for me Boudoir/Maternity sessions - I've realized that I have a passion for photographing women, focusing on the simpleness of who we are and the beauty that we all have within us. Focus and stream my business - I want to focus my business on the things that I feel are my strengths, which are relationships, love and beauty (weddings, maternity and boudoir).


As I said, this is just a taste of what I have been working on and what I will continue to work on. Thinking back on that video, it makes me realize how we need to be thankful for the blessings we have been given in life and focus on the good. I will be the first to admit, it is easy to get wrapped up in what I don't have, or who I wish I was more like. Jealousy is an ugly thing that can blanket and camouflage all the amazing things that we can accomplish in life. Here is to 2014 being full of focusing on the good. Focusing on the positive things that define who I am.

xoIMG_1280A little sneak of our Santa Barbara trip with my huge, gooey, amazing caramel apple.