My tongue is tied in knots and my heart swells thinking about all the events and people and moments and love and news that were packed into this year. Full. That's the word. Yes! Full! Oh so very full.
We started this year much like we started the last: unsure of where our feet would land, or if we'd land on our feet at all. But we sure as heck did. Transition and uncertainty do not look good on me, but I put trust in knowing that we were pointed in the right direction and that no matter what I at least had good company.
This was the year we put our roots down. Firmly. We bought a house in the heart of the valley. Our windows look up at the cliff we climb, our friends are our neighbours, and we are a stones throw from the river we paddle. Our grass feels good tucked between my toes.
We also wrapped our roots firmly around each other with a little decision. Right after sending his rock climbing project, Joel proposed on top of Old Baldy overlooking our new home and what else could I do but cry my eyes out, giggle a lot and say yes a thousand times. I now have an intimate understanding of the ins and outs of wedding planning and what being engaged looks like. For me it looks like a lot of spontaneous happy tears and a lot more dancing.
I immersed myself in the photography community and became friends with some of the most creative and colourful people I have ever met. People who encouraged, taught and inspired me. People who pushed me just that extra little bit harder to take the plunge into the full time photography world. A year or two before I expected to... I'm here, and truly, madly, and completely in love. It hasn't been without it's bumps, bruises or question marks. I'm still trying to navigate the balancing act of work, life and love. But I'll get there. Fortunately, Joel has started sharing his talent with me, so I get to combine work, life and love whenever he second shoots with me.
This year has been so incredibly lucky for meeting new people and furthering friendships through this job of mine. People who have made a profound difference on my life. Etched themselves onto my heart. Clients, photographers, vendors, guests, family; total strangers who instantely become lifelong friends. I am so overwhelmed with love for you. For trusting me. For welcoming me into your lives as part of the family. For being silly will me. For adventuring with me. For believing in me.
And yes... I'm definitely crying.
Thank you. I love you.
Here's to more growth, more friendships, more love, a great big outdoor wedding, a brand new nephew and all of the other little surprises 2016 has in store.