I Am Thankful

I am thankful that at 18 & 19 my very young, wonderfully determined parents decided to stick together when news came that a new little bundle was about to arrive.  I am thankful that they put their dreams on hold for a short while to show me a wonderful childhood.  One filled with uninterrupted family meals that included shared days and laughter, endless hours of board games and movies, long drives for just an ice cream cone and conversation and a strong sense of independence.

I am thankful for September 22; the sparkling rock and proposal that accompanied it.  I am more thankful for the incredible man who got on his knee in front of me and asked me to be his wife.  A man who continues to love and support me through all the craziness life has thrown our way.  A man who not only pampers me on a regular basis, but who stands as my best friend, confidant, lover and supporter each and every day.  I love him dearly.

I am thankful for his family, though I’ve always considered them mine.  I am thankful they were so accepting of the new girl all those years ago, welcoming me as if I was already a part of their family.  For allowing me to fill the role of Aunt to two incredibly funny, creative, smart, talented and loving children.  You guys are wonderful parents and I know because I have two.  Thank you for the last 9 years and I am so very excited to celebrate with you as we make this all official!

I am thankful for my best friend.  For without her I have no idea where I would be.  She’s my sounding board; my voice of reason; the slap I sometimes need as well as the hug; the shoulder that got me through so many family hurdles and illnesses and the incredibly fun-loving woman who has saved my sanity on more then one occasion.  She’s an awesome mom to an equaling awesome little man to whom I have been blessed with the title of Aunt.  I love his chubby armed hugs and the endless kisses he always blows my way.

I am thankful for my health.  For without it, everything else is irrelevant.

I am thankful for the group of medical professionals that I was so lucky to have encountered last year.  It’s because of their expertise and close observation I get to continue on with turning my dreams into a reality.  I couldn’t possibly find a way that would encompass the depth of gratitude I have for each one of them.  Hats off to the medical professionals who live and breathe what they do to save lives every day; there is no job like yours – thank you!

I am thankful for my clients.  For without you, I wouldn’t be here living my dream.  You have all been so incredibly wonderful.  You make my job a dream come true.  Without you, I wouldn’t be here telling you that to mark an incredibly hard anniversary, this year I’ve decided to instead take the leap.  To make this dream my reality; to shine a little light on an otherwise dark day.  Effective October 22, 2014, I will be making the transition from part time photographer (is there really such a thing?) to full time.  Building my business will be my main focus.  I will be using Winter 2015 to revamp, grow and learn.  I will still be a business student as I wish to be the best at what I do, but my main focus will now shift to you – my clients.  I will be working to service you to the very best of my ability.  In order for me to do this I have lined up months of solid learning from incredibly gifted photographers.  It will be a season filled with new things as I prepare for my peak period starting Spring 2015.

What does this mean for you?  It means I will be available to you more.  It means I will have more session times available.  It means I will be focusing on those things that will make my business grow, which will be to offer you more.  There are a lot of new and exciting things coming.  A lot of projects in the works for the upcoming year.

I do hope you’ll continue to follow along as I let this dream unfold.  And remember – it’s because of people like you, that people like me get to wake up in the morning and smile because they have to go to work.

I am thankful.


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