Welp...it's gone. 2011 came in like wild fire and left before I could give it a proper goodbye.
Consider this my way of waving goodbye to another great year.
Last March, I started my photography business. Just 9 short months ago. I was wide eyed and bushy tailed. I wrote a bit here about my gratitude to you; my reader, family, clients and thus, friends. You've allowed me to pursue a passion. Pushed me to improve. Because of you, I can share, write and be encouraged. Hopefully, by doing so, I am giving you the same gift.
Which brings me to this: my 2012 resolutions.
NOT BE SO "OCD". Complete DIY Projects.
TAKE A BREATH
& ENJOY THE MOMENTS.
SERVE BETTER. give more.
FINISH READING THE ENTIRE BIBLE.
Volunteer. Write More. Conquer Fears.
RUN A MARATHON. don't settle.
appreciate the small things.
TAKE A CHANCE. take a few chances.
TRY NEW HIKES. DO A PHOTO SERIES.
LOVE BETTER.travel to Africa.
reduce sugar intake. REACH OUT.
host a holiday meal.
Learn to say "no." follow through.
I think that "Conquer Fears" will sum up my entire year of 2012. We all have them, so let's be honest about them. For me, this is both personal and professional.
Personally, I can be consumed by fear of our future; where, what, when, how. How much will I really see my husband when he beings residency? How difficult will it be when and if we move? Where will be find the time to do x, y, and z?
Professionally, I can worry about how my notebook of ideas will come to fruition. I can think, "this just seems so far fetched, or will I really get to that point..." I could be so fearful of a difficult photo shoot or trying a new idea that I don't do it. I stop pursuing a dream because fear has gripped me- making me no good to anyone.
I think this happens more than we know. Even in the very little things in life, say, running your first mile.
What if I can't do it? What if I fail? What will they think of me?
Aren't those really the questions can consume us?
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind"
2 Timothy 1:7
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
The reality is, fear exists. And I have a choice, we have a choice. This year, I want to be so very intentional about choosing to conquer them. I don't want to live my life wondering what I could have done differently, whose life may have been changed, if I only stepped outside of my comfort zone.
Here's to 2012!!