Today I’m officially observing New Year’s Day! Every year, I normally spend New Year’s Day sleeping in (check), having a nice long quiet time of journaling and praying (check), work out a budget for the new year (um, pass, I don’t feel like it), going through my calendar for the last year (check), and reminiscing about all that’s happened (check). It’s been a challenging year for sure, especially the last few months of the year when life got doubly stressful, but as I look back I have a much better perspective and am able to truly thank God for this year!
Here’s a little peek at my 2011 in no particular order…
Shot 14 fabulous weddings from January through December in Boston, on the Cape, and in Connecticut
Took voice lessons for the first time
Renovated my home office
Fell in love with my new neph-dog, Buckeye
Brought on CoCo as a paid office assistant
FINALLY bough an iPhone!!!!
Lead a LIFEgroup of fabulous women for a few months
Got published in The Knot Boston, twice!
Said goodbye to too many dear friends as they moved away
Joyfully welcomed back a few friends as they returned home
Shot 12 Engagement Sessions in Boston, on the Cape, and in New York
Donated over $4800 to various non-profits as part of our GIVE program!! So cool!
Sang lots of karaoke (sometimes while shooting weddings ;)
Helped organize and pull off the 2nd Inspire Photo Conference, and began planning the 3rd (it’s going to be sweet, you photogs should come!)
Shot 10 Family Portrait Sessions in Boston, Indianapolis & Chicago
Holiday Portrait Party!
sang on the Worship Team at GENESIS on a lot of Sunday mornings
Shot 5 Corporate photo sessions
Bought a new iMac to add to my collection
Discovered the Colin Firth version of Pride & Prejudice and held a British mini-series marathon that caused some random British accents to pop into conversations for a month or so
Travelled to Dallas for my cousin’s wedding, a photo conference, and a visit with a friend – whirlwind weekend for sure!
Watched Butler lose the NCAA Finals for the 2nd year in a row. wah wah :(
Scratched the surface of understanding the word GRACE and what God’s love is really like
Spent a long weekend at Loon Mountain with some of my favorite photog ladies
Lots of visits from Mom & Dad (aka Mimi & Papa)
8 friends got married, 3 more got engaged, and 6 had babies, adopt or get pregnant!
Spent as much time at the beach as I possibly could
2 weeks in Indianapolis, and the annual Guenin Family Vacation
Cried over the end of the Harry Potter series
Said goodbye as too many friends moved away, rejoiced as a couple of friends returned home
Watched my sister’s kids get far too big
Hunkered down for Hurricane Irene
Threw some fun parties
Cookie Face Race!
Dexter. Psych. Pushing Daisies. Mad Men. My So Called Life. The joy of Hulu & Netflix…
Turned 34. yep.
Finished reading through the entire Bible for the second time (it only took me 5 1/2 years…)
Did NOT have anyone move into or out of my house!! A first for the last many years – so thankful for my awesome roommate!
Laughed a lot, cried a lot, went to the chiropractor a lot, ate too much pizza, drank too much Coke, sat at my computer a lot a lot a lot…
All in all, that’s a pretty great year! I have more to be thankful for than I remembered yesterday – so that’s pretty awesome :)
Here’s to a great 2012!!