January 17, 2013

Reflection | What I learned in 2012

In 2012 my faith was tested more than ever. 
It was a bitter sweet year for me. I struggled, hitting some of my lowest lows, while enjoying some of the most rewarding moments of my life. I became Mrs.Carter, met and photographed some of my heros, while watching my son become a handsome little man. 
I accomplished some of my goals, while living out my dreams. I was able to step out of my comfort zone, learning that the things I once feared weren't scary at all. 
I'm so thankful for all the new friends I have made, and to have amazing mentors to lookup to. I've learned to surround myself with positive hard working men and women who inspired me to be a better artist, mother, and woman. 
Why am I saying all of this?
I have learned life really is what you make it. For so long I was negative. 
(Not intentionally.)
 I would plan for the worst and hope for the best. Try to always be "realistic", and not dream "too big". 
I've  since learned there is no such thing as dreaming too big.  

Last year I changed my way of thinking, and my life changed.
My faith grew, I was happier, I booked more clients, and even got more page views on my blog.
I went from having a total of 4,000 page views over the course of 2 years, 
to getting 16,000+ page views in just 5 months.
I started to take the photographs that I wanted to see, instead of creating the photos I thought would "get me hired". I began to photograph people I found interesting, and artists I respected.

I stepped outside of my comfort zone, while embracing fear as growth, and never letting it hold me back. 
(Feel the fear and do it anyways!)

I learned to be true to myself.  Realize my value and to demand the best. 
To put into the universe what I want to get back, to do something meaningful everyday, and to visualize the life I want.

Below is one of my favorite videos from Big Sean. 
I've watched it almost everyday since it was uploaded. 
Be inspired!
"Anything you think is real, and if it's not you can create it."-Big Sean

With all that said, I'd like to say thank you. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read this, and for viewing my art. I will continue to dream big, work hard, and have faith. 
I'm excited to see what this year has in store for me.

What did you learn in 2012? Leave a comment below.

Bookmark this page and keep checking back. I have tons of surprises in store for 2013!

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