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This passed week was really been an eye opening one. I can’t express enough how excited I am at all of the possibilities that this year has to offer. Much prayer and introspection has gotten me to this point. What I have learned alone in this first week of the year about myself and my business has been more than I feel that I learned last year! Powerful, right?! It’s not that I didn’t learn much last year, but, I think that because my focus has been renewed and because I am committed to growth in all areas of my life, good things can’t help but to happen!

I’ve been working my way though Dane Sander’s book ” Fast Track Photographer“, which has become very popular since it’s initial release. It takes you through the critical steps of helping you to understand why you do what you do as a photographer (or any professional career). I say that I’ve been working my way through the book because it has definitely been a journey since I began reading it last year. It has really challenged me to seriously and introspectively think about what I want within my business and my life and to say it out loud! How can I have a truly successful business if I can’t clearly define what it looks like or what I want? Easy, I can’t!

The book has some really great questions that I never really thought to ask myself before to help get the juices flowing. I stop at each section and take time to try to answer these questions as honestly as I possibly can. And let me tell you, it has taken longer than a few hours or a couple of days, but I’m ok with that! I am really learning a lot about myself and my eyes are being opened everyday to what God is doing in my life!

I am so grateful for what I’ve learned both about myself and photography during this journey! I am optimistically awaiting the end result!

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As I was making my daily rounds on the social media circuit, I came across this comical music video about Nikon vs. Canon. Priceless! If you’re a photographer, you know about the ongoing clash between photographers who shoot Canon & those who shoot Nikon. Apparently, various users of one of these brands feels that it is superior to the other (*cough*canon*cough*), but I won’t mention any names! Anywho…this viedo captures that! It’s all in fun!  So, this is for all you Nikon Shorties & Canon Ganstas! Enjoy!

Tonight for dinner I used a recipe that I’ve been wanting to make for a long time. It was “Roasted Salmon with Tomatoes & Shallots” and it was quite delicious! It had small champagne tomatoes that were very flavorful and tasty shallots along with garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Check out the photos!

The Recipe

The Ingredients

Shallots

Champagne Tomatoes

Tomatoes in the oven.

Adding the salmon after roasting the shallots & tomatoes.

The finished product (the tomatoes are under the salmon).

Wow, it’s been 5 days since the new year began! I can’t believe that another decade has passed by so quickly. This year, I don’t have any resolutions, per se, but I do have a pretty good idea of what I’d like to accomplish in this year and the type of person I want to become. There’s my list of 101 in 1,001 to start with.  I’m making pretty good progress and doing my best to stay positive that I will accomplish the whole list. I have been working on getting the items out of the way that have many pieces, like my book and movie lists. So far 1 book down, 31 to go and 4 movies down with 27 to go (I added an additional movie to the list).

My main goal for this year is to live in the moment and to enjoy where I am until I get to where I’m going. Like many people, I focus so much on the future and worrying about what I’m going to do that I don’t take enough time to enjoy the moments that I can’t get back. Don’t get me wrong, we should all definitely think about our future and even plan for it, but when it gets to the point that it consumes you, that’s when you know you’ve got a problem. We can’t change one thing about our future and all we have is today. It sounds cheesy, but it is so true. I don’t want to waste so much time living in the future that when the future comes I’m too busy looking back on all that I may have missed in the passed. I have decided to be more conscious and aware of my thoughts so that I can stay positive and be grateful for the many blessings that God has given to me. My endeavor is to take things slow and to not get ahead of myself or God and just let everything work out as it should.

While I’m waiting I will be planning for the future, so that I can be successful and learning all that I can. I’ll be laughing more (which should be interesting because I already laugh a lot) and building better relationships with my clients and love ones. I am so excited and filled with anticipation as I look forward to all that this year has to offer!

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