I think I’m still trying to process the idea that 2014 is rapidly fading away. In all honesty, I feel like I blinked sometime in February and when my eyes reopened here I am and it’s now December 31st. Where did it all go?

Seems like the more people that I talk to the more will agree that 2014 was pretty rough, we’re all looking forward to 2015 with hopes high that it’ll be a little easier. If you had asked me a few days ago I would have been the first to curse 2014 and call it a bad year. But today, I don’t think that’s really the case.

At the end of each year I do a little project, kind of a review. I get a sheet of paper and I write down all the good things that happened in the year; all the accomplished goals, surprise positives, etc. The positives side has no limit. Then I make another section of five failures, or lessons I want to take away. I keep the failures side to 5 or less because I want to limit how much time I spend thinking about the negatives. The next section is goals for 2015 as well as a section for Actions on how I plan to achieve those goals. Then a the very end I write a sentence stating where I think I’ll be by the end of the upcoming year.

I started doing this at the end of 2011 and I’ve kept it up every year since then. I’ve also held on to each sheet and I review them – all of them- whenever I write a new one. What I found this year astonished me. While I was ready to write off 2014 as a bad year I found that on paper, this year had so much more than I had given credit to. In 2014 alone I accomplished 7 of my goals from 2013, my business has seen amazing growth, and so has my person- I’ve grown so much in the last 12 months.

So if you ask me today what I thought of 2014, I’d say it was pretty freakin’ incredible after all is said and done.


Here’s a look back at a few of my best moments from 2014:

Noah’s high school portraits at Griffith Observatory…..senior photos griffith observatoryMcKenzie’s first portrait session….
baby portraits Orange, CA
Jackie and Leia enjoying a playday at the park….woman hugging her wheaten terrier
An AMAZING styled session with some of my fellow photographers at Shangri La Estate in Temecula…shangri la estate temecula ca styled wedding photography sessionshangri la estate temecula ca styled wedding photography session
Jen and Ninad’s epic Hindi/American Wedding at Alta Vista Country Club, Placentia, CABride and groom share an intimate moment
2014-11-07_0001  bride and groom exit down a row of guests with sparklers  Christopher’s 8th Grade Graduation photos…. 2014-07-18_0001
Karen and Dillon’s Bridal session in Newport Beach… 2014-08-23_0023
Apryl and James’ romantic wedding on the beach at Laguna Village, Laguna Beach, CA2014-08-23_0048
A late summer Shoot and Meet event with some of my photographer friends at Sunset Beach, CA2014-09-01_0012 2014-09-01_0019
The Torres Family portrait session… 2014-09-29_0006 2014-09-29_0011
Steven and Laila’s romantic anniversary session… fullerton love story portrait session
Mindy and Ryan’s mini session… 2014-10-16_0007
Annesa’s super cool maternity session after she won my Summer giveaway… Congrats on the precious new little one!! Old Town Orange Maternity Photos Old Town Orange Maternity Portraits_03
Kimi and Andrew’s AHMAYZING engagement sessions in Old Towne Orange….Romantic Engagement Photos_02 Romantic Engagement Photos_04
Shirl and Dave’s anniversary session in Seal Beach, CA….2014-11-16_0001
Talia’s high school portraits…

Crystal looking gorgeous at her portrait session…2014-11-10_0002 2014-11-16_0002
Assisting Gary Coelho and his team on several weddings throughout the year….2014-12-19_0002 2014-12-19_0009 2014-12-27_0001 2014-12-27_0002 2014-10-05_0009

I’d love to hear how your 2014 went! Share in the comments below!

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