2015 was a year full of some amazing things and a couple of difficult things but overall, it was great. It started off rough when I started a special diet that was very intensive (and still is for another year) in order to heal a digestive disorder caused by the intense and prolonged stress I experienced after the bombing. It wasn’t easy and still can be frustrating to feel sick and to have limitations and all of the work that goes into it. I feel high maintenance when it comes to making plans with people or traveling which is only possible if I have a kitchen, can bring food along and can buy food I need at the location. However, this experience, like what I went through the year before, has also been beautiful. I have learned so much about health, food, the body and have been challenged again to practice patience, self love and focusing on things that truly matter. You don’t realize how important something is in your life until it’s missing. Last Thanksgiving and Christmas, I couldn’t eat. I had maybe 5 things I could eat and I just was around everyone eating all day. These holidays, I was able to make some real food and even desserts that I could eat. They weren’t the same as what everyone else had, but it was awesome. It’s the little things. It’s still a challenge at times, but I know a year from now, I’ll be the healthiest I can be and will be better. There are so many people dealing with much worse, I remind myself of that even when this is difficult and frustrating and I get myself back on track.
I had the best summer in years, enjoying time with friends and family and going on small vacations followed by spending 3.5 weeks in Italy. I’ve wanted this trip for years and it proved to be everything I ever wanted it to be. I had amazing experiences, spent time with new and old friends, spent a lot of time alone hiking and just reconnecting with ME, did some photo shoots with a stunning backdrop and even learned a little more about myself.
After two years of my business taking a hit due to my having to take a bunch of time off, business was awesome this year. I had a great time with clients I’ve been photographing for years and met many new clients. I am so blessed to do what I love and have the most amazing clients I could ask for. I still have some more building to do but I look forward to new adventures in creating memories for people.
I’ve met some greatly inspiring people as well as some new important people that have come into my life and made it even better.
For the last 2.5 years, I have truly been pushed discovered who I am and what I want. This last year has been a transition to this new person, the happiest, most at peace, and most aware I've ever been. I want experiences with those I care about, to do some good in the world whenever I can, and to spread love to those around me.
I am looking forward to what 2016 brings. I feel stronger and happier than ever and even if there are difficult moments that come up, that is life. Life is short, it is precious and I will continue to make the most of it with myself and with all of the people in my life.
I wish everyone love every day. I hope 2016 brings more hope and peace to my marathon family and all of those people who are suffering from terrorism, illness, loss, and anything else that is difficult. Healing takes time, but there is so much to learn and so much happiness on the other side. I can vouch for that.
To all of my family and friends, I thank you for all you bring to my life every day and all you’ve done to support me along the way. I look forward to making more memories.