2016 In Review

 

Wow, I can’t believe 2016 is over. Every year, the days get shorter and years seem to fly by. My best friend asked me on New Year’s Eve what I was grateful for, it didn’t take me long to respond with a list of my many experiences and blessings from 2016. Below, I’ve listed things I am most grateful for and things I would like to accomplish in 2017. I highly recommend this exercise. It’s a fun way to get reacquainted with your goals and reflect on the wonderful memories of 2016.

Things I am grateful for in 2016

  1.  Family and Friends. I would not be where I am today without the love and support of my family and friends. I am so grateful to have these amazing people in my life.
  2. Life on the Lightside. This year, I joined Life on the Lightside, a Yoga Nidra series that focusses on deep meditation. Yoga Nidra means "yogic sleep"; a state of conscious, deeply relaxing and highly restorative deep sleep. This relaxed state allows us to surrender the body to supreme stillness, insight, and healing as we break through layers of fear, programming and limiting beliefs that might otherwise block connection to our true and higher essence (Life on the Lightside). I truly believe in the power of meditation, and it’s rewarding benefits. Yoga Nidra gave me the strength to achieve my Sankalpa* and shed the familiar in my life. By changing my current circumstances with past relationships and past employment, I opened up space for things that align with who I am and what I want in my life. Now, I have stronger friendships, a true best friend (Logan), and started my own business.
  3. Jamie Hyatt Photography. I am very grateful for this person and business. From mentorship to employment, to teaching me some fundamental start-up basics, I couldn’t be more thankful to have had the chance to work alongside Jamie Hyatt.
  4. Travel. 'Oh, the places you will go'. I am very fortunate to have visited far away places and some closer to home places like: Boston, Florida, Germany, Tanzania, Ottawa, and the rocky mountains.
  5. Health. Good health for family, friends, my puppy and myself.
  6.  Experience. Working at McKinley Burkart, Jamie Hyatt Photography and working with some amazing clients. Thank you. 
  7. Mom + Dad. They always have my back, and are my number 1 support!

 

Things I want to accomplish in 2017

  1. Travel. Travel more, see more, document more, and gain clarity.
  2. Business Hustle.  Work smarter and get more traction with my business.
  3. Connection. Connect with more people, network more, and create stronger friendships.
  4. Home. Make a new home in a new place. 
  5. Discipline. Create a routine and stick to it. Become disciplined with work, eating well, sleep and exercise.
  6. Blog more. Create more content, and allow myself to express my creativity. Breaking the creative block.
  7. YouTube. Document my travels, using video as a platform.
  8. Read + Write More. Read more often, read books that help me grow. Write daily, morning pages, and on my blog.
  9. Patience. Practice patience and avoid instant gratification. Success is not instant, success is a journey and a climb.
  10. Comparison. Quit comparing myself to others, and "run my own race" - Oprah. 

I’ve uploaded a­­­­­­­ gallery of my photography highlights of the year. From photographing weddings, birthday parties, work events and experiences, I’ve been pretty lucky to exercise my photography skills and grow as a photographer. Cheers to 2016! Here’s to new adventures, achieving goals, being bold, good health, more love, and happiness.

Happy New Year!

 

* Sankalpa: A Sankalpa is a resolve, (or resolution if you will,) or deepest desire. The idea of repeating a Sankalpa is to create the life we are meant to embrace and enjoy. The purpose is to transform one ‘s life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. When made on a mind that is calm and relaxed, the Sankalpa is impressed on the subconscious. We then plant the seed of our Sankalpa at the deep level of our soul, knowing that when the time is right, in the divine timing, this is what we will be experiencing in our lives. (Source)

My Sankalpa = Freedom