2010 Reflections and One Word 2011

Last year, I was inspired to pick one word to be my guiding light in 2010. A word to keep me grounded, a mantra to get through the tough times, and a path to reach some lofty goals. That word?


And now as I sit here SOARing 30,000 feet in the sky aboard a plane back home from the hustle and bustle of the holidays I can’t help but be overwhelmed with emotion and a sense of peace.  My loving husband/Calmer next to me and our 3 month old daughter nestled in his arms. Right now, this is my happiness.  And I am leaving 2010 so thankful, so inspired, so humbled, and so proud I might explode.

It’s amazing what can happen in a year. What can change. What can thrive. What can grow.

On a personal level we’ve been through some crazy times once gain this year but have come our on top. The continued recovery from the loss of our first baby Bella Rose, celebrating a new pregnancy and birth of our daughter Brielle Rose, selling our first house, buying our family home, my Calmer losing his job only 2 days after closing on said home, finding a job 4 months later. It wears me out just thinking about it all again.

And then, there is this business. The growth it’s gone through this year leaves me speechless.   In 2009 I was leaving with the word HOPE. HOPE that starting a business was right and that it would thrive.  HOPE that this wasn’t just some hobby and that I had found something more.  HOPE that there was a reason for Bella’s passing and that she was guiding me down the right path. HOPE that 2010 would be my year to SOAR.  And I think I’ve done just that.  I have found my groove, developed a brand, made connections in the community, and I am leaving this year confident and excited about what 2011 is going to bring. I have met some incredible photographers and worked with some amazing clients this year. AMAZING clients. Thank you for trusting me, letting me explore, experiment, try new things. Your compliments  and referrals light up my days and keep me moving forward. Just as I did last year I want to share just a few of my favorite images from this year’s sessions.

I can’t wait to see what 2011 has to bring. And after lots of thought I’ve chosen my One Word to guide me through this coming year. 2011, it’s time for me to:


As excited as I am, I am also frightened by the potential coming my way this year. After seeing what this year did for my business the thoughts of what might be coming my way in the coming year are limitless.  I am at a crossroads and I hope you’ll come along with me for the journey.

Now, I want to hear your One Word for 2011. Leave a comment below and tell me. Let’s all enter 2011 inspired and motivated by what lies ahead!

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