Oh 2019, what a wonderful, wonderful year you were.
Last year I took the opportunity to farewell 2018 with a gratitude post, and as 2019 draws to a close I thought I’d do the same again, 1. because #holidaybrain and I’m completely stuck for new ideas (tell me I’m not alone!), and 2. because what could be better than looking back and being grateful for all of the good things in life (and even some of the not so good ones)?
This whole gratitude leading to joy thing can be a tricky one, especially during those really, really hard times (of which 2019 had its fair share). But the more I practice it, the more it comes naturally, and it’s something I hope to take into the next decade with me too.
So, without further ado, here are some of the things – big and small – I’m grateful for in 2019.
…indoor plants. Yes, again. Still. Always! I honestly find growing plants incredibly therapeutic and so rewarding. It’s a reminder I’m actually successful at something I once failed at time and time again. Watching those new leaves unfurl is simply the BEST.
…returning to Byron Bay, this time with my family in tow, for both work and play. This year Byron pulled out all the stops and gave us the most divine weather. I want to return again and again and again (and again!). Those house-made almond milk lattes got me good.
…being mentored by two of THE WORLD’S best; Lauren Phillips (of Love Her Wild), and Janine Harris (White Salt). They were both so kind and generous and their wisdom was totally invaluable to my lil business. I absorbed every inch of knowledge I could and know that I, and my business, are better for it.
…being photographed by three of my favourite photographers (omg). And getting to photograph two of them (more omg). Hands down among the scariest things I’ve done. Working alongside my idols as a peer, not just a #fangirl, was equal parts terrifying and exhilarating. I’d admired these women for so long that meeting them in the flesh (let alone photographing and being photographed by them!) seemed like nothing more than a day dream, a distant impossibility. I conquered self doubts, showed up with courage and embraced my vulnerability to fulfil some lifelong photog dreams.
…each and every family who I have met and photographed this year, none of this would be possible without you. Your support means the world to me, and I was so delighted that this year was a year of returning clients – many, many gorgeous families I’d photographed once, even twice, before (including one family meeting me all the way up Byron Bay…what could be better!?!) Thank you, thank you, thank you.
…making some amazing connections in this often lonely little world of family photography. I no longer feel I’m on my own in this business, but walking side by side with incredible women who support each other through the highs and lows of not only this industry, but life too. You know who you are and I love ya to bits!
…being listed as a finalist of Clickin Moms The Voice photo contest. I almost didn’t enter this year, but I’m so glad I did. My image was chosen from a pool of almost 40,000 entries and shortlisted among just 210 finalists, all published in the Nov/Dec issue of Click Magazine. What a thrill. I had decided that getting published/winning competitions/being featured was no longer a success measure for me, but oh it really did feel good!
…the current vegan movement – it’s made my switch to being a vego way easier than it would have been a year ago. The fact that there is a plant based section in the supermarkets is making my life so much easier! Also thankful to the inspiring people I’ve met this year who have showed me just how easy (and impactful to the environment!) it really is.
…living in this bloody brilliant country. Yes, certainly there are things that need to change, but there’s so much to be thankful for too. This year in particular I am grateful for the medical system, amazing hospitals, and the many selfless doctors and nurses that give up so much to support those in need. Our brush with these resources was far too close to home than we would have liked this year, and hopefully something we don’t ever have to experience again, but it was so truly humbling to witness and experience the care and compassion of these extraordinary individuals and our amazing healthcare system. Good health is something we can really take for granted, and I’m so grateful to’ve had the opportunity to really learn and lean in to what’s important, without having to let go of anyone dear to me. So so lucky.
…of course, I can’t forget every single like, comment, DM, post share, and story view on my socials! Whether on Instagram or Facebook, it’s just completely mind blowing to me (still!) that anyone would want to keep up with what I’m doing. Especially every time you pop over here and read one of my blogs. It all helps, believe me! My inner self still does a little happy dance every single time, so thank you.
…my support network. My tribe. My army. To my friends and family, especially Matt, Cruz and Milly, you just keep showing up and I want you to know that I see it and appreciate it every single time. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU.
…and lastly, I’m grateful for another amazing year ahead that I am just so damn excited for! The highs and lows I will go through, the lessons I will learn, the people I will meet and the families I will photograph. Bring. It. ON!
Happy New Year lovelies, may it be your best yet.