Ringing in 2018!

It's not too hard to believe it's 2018.  At least for me.

I am happy to leave 2017 behind.  It was a year full of accomplishments, goals, expectations, along with sickness, disappointment and failures.  Last year brought me to my humble knees along with lifting me up and giving me great highs.

One of my favorite highlights from last year was a trip to Rome, Italy I took with my husband, brother and brother-in-law.  I had great expectations of writing and sharing my entire trip on my blog, but life got in the way and I didn't get the opportunity to share.  But let me just say, it's was a trip I will never forget in the best way possible.

And somethings I could have lived without would be coming down with Shingles.  Ugh!  It was not pleasant, and it was brought on my stress.  I do not want a repeat of that.  And I could have lived without my 5 year old son breaking his arm two weeks before Christmas and sitting in an ER for 7 hours.  Then having to have surgery to fix it three days after Christmas.  He's still in a cast and will be until mid-January.  I'm just thankful it's finally fixed properly.

As for 2018, I have goals swirling around in my head I need to write down on paper.  Photography goals, business goals, and personal goals.  I find I keep myself a lot more accountable if I write them down in a place where I'll see them throughout the year.  They will go into my 2018 Planner that also has my monthly calendar.

I'm looking forward to the New Year.  I want to make positive changes not only in my life but my family's life.  I'm determined to be more positive and optimistic.  I tend to be a pessimistic, glass half-empty type of person.

Here's to a new year.  More blogging, writing, and sharing myself with you instead of just my client's photos.

I'm Published!!

I've been sitting on this news for awhile going back and forth on whether to say anything or not.  After a bit of convincing from family and friends, I decided to share.

I was contact last November to take photos for Box Pro Magazine's January/February 2017 issue.  I ended up shooting the cover and a 9 page spread.  I'm so humbled and excited they chose me to photograph it for them.

Box Pro Magazine is a national industry magazine for CrossFit owners.  Carey Kepler and Jeremy Thiel are siblings who own CrossFit Central in Austin.  I had a lot of fun working with them and photographing their Burnet Rd location and classes.

Box Pro Magazine was nice enough to send me a hard copy of the final publication.  It was a great experience!

Taekwondo Belt Testing

Happy Friday!  We made it through another week!

Jackson had his Taekwondo belt testing Tuesday night.  He tested and earned his green belt.  He is now officially an intermediate student. (gasp!)  He was definitely exhausted afterward and slept really well.

I'm crazy proud of him.  He earned it all by himself.  I sat on the Black Belt Board, but I refused to grade him.  I made another instructor do it (thanks Candice!).  Apparently, 'I'm too hard and critical of him' or so I've been told.  I expect the best from my kids, no questions asked.  If they can't do it correctly, they need more practice.  Of course, I have to sit back and remind myself he's only 6!  And seeing as I have my black belt, I see things from a completely different perspective.

Long story short, he passed!  He even did an extra round of sparring to help out another student.

I hope everyone has an awesome weekend!  Happy Easter!

International Women's Day

It's International Women's Day!

Strong women surround us everyday.  And I don't just mean physically.  Women are strong in every sense of the word.

The dictionary has the following definition of strong.

  1. Having, showing, or able to exert great bodily or muscular power
  2. Mentally powerful or vigorous
  3. Especially able, competent, and powerful in a specific field or respect
  4. Of great moral power, firmness or courage
  5. Powerful in influence, authority, resources, or means of prevailing or succeeding
  6. Aggressive, willful

I'm sure everyone single person can think of a woman who fits one or more of these definitions.  I'd like to think I fit into more than one category.  Cause I'll own that I'm willful (or as I like to say strong-willed).

Women have broken glass ceilings and come a long way from where we were even 100 years ago.  We have voting rights.  We can hold down full time executive jobs.  We are smart and intelligent.  We raise families and birth children everyday.  We are awesome!

Let's celebrate International Women's Day with a positive message to all the women and girls out there.  Be you.  Own you.  Trust in yourself and continue breaking those glass ceilings.  The sky's the limit.

As Maya Angelou once said, "I got my own back."