So long, farewell........Aaaaaaah 2012, let the reminiscing begin!
So, this really is the time of year people start to look back at their achievements and also forward to goals ahead.
Sometimes it is so easy to forget quite how far you have come. One of my big faults, is I am a very impatient person. I'm not bossy impatient, but I am the kind of person that when I have an idea, or want to go somewhere, I want it NOW! My fella often winds me up about his un ending list of DIY things to make. His list of *jobs to do* recently have included making me a knife throwers wheel, building me a studio in the back garden, restoring a 1950s belgium caravan..... and none of these things can come quickly enough for me! To be honest the list MASSIVELY goes on, and my poor man who works a busy full time job and second shoots with me is a bit of a hero when it comes to giving me time!
Anyway, I'm getting off the point, and that is how good it is to remind your self quite the distance you have come sometimes. It is not being boastful or brash to think about your achievements and feel quietly proud : )
Last December, I was really excited about the year ahead. I made myself a little list of things I would like to accomplish in the year, some I thought were reasonably easy to achieve (making something witht he giant jamjar of buttons I have had hanging around for an age) some not so easy (have a national magazine feature).
My number one goal for the year though was to be a little braver. Be a little stronger, push myself out of my comfort zone and see where it takes me to.
Hand on my heart I really feel I can truthfully say I have done this. I took on more bookings, traveled more miles (singing badly to the radio almost all of the way), met THE most amazing, wonderful people along the way, both industry professionals and fantastic couples. Also this year, we bought and renovated (well, very nearly finished renovating!!) the property next door to our own, which has been a mammouth undertaking. I'll post some picture here in the new year and you can see for yourself the blood sweat and tears it has taken!
A lot has happened this year, but man it has been one hell of a ride!
It has also been a quite a learning curve for me too, I have had to manage my time like a ninja, and putting my heart and soul into the business I love has taken its toll on my personal life. At times it has felt like I have missed so many good times with friends and family and I'm beginning to forget what our local pub actually looks like. All this can be fixed though, and my new tasks for the new year are a good mix of personal and professional goals!
Some things were easier to achieve this year that I was expecting. Barely before the new year was in last winter, I had a gorgeous feature in Perfect Wedding magazine. I have to confess when it landed on my door mat I did a happy dance in my slippers and pjs. Very rock and roll eh??! ; )
The year has been very kind to me magazine feature wise, and it barely felt like a month went by that I wasn't rooting through the magazine racks in WHSmiths, looking for my photos and buying waaaaaaaay too many copies (grandkids will wanna see no??) and filling up my little office space with stacks of glossy publications.
Here are just a small selection....
I also was fortunate enough to have lots of lovely blog features too
(photo by emmalucyphotography.co.uk)
But the true stars of my year HAVE to be my family. They are truly flipping awesome!!!!! I know that I need to do is call and they will be there, my sister and mum and dad are the best. No argument.