2013 started out already promising to be a better year and all in all I think it did not disappoint. Every year I set goals and make plans like most of you and we take the year by the horns. Sitting here I can not believe it is over, so much in such a short time. (and I blogged so little :( )
Lots of friends of mine got married this year and friends and family both welcomed new additions into this world, so happy I was able to be a part of it all. In July the man of my life and I celebrated our 1 year. For August we traveled to Toronto to witness an amazing wedding, met some wonderful people and made some treasured friendships, I finally got to go to Niagara Falls woot woot. In November we traveled to Costa Rica with 2 great friends, my wonderful cousin and her husband to relax and have some fun. The place holds many memories and attachments for me as it was my father's final place. It was there that Matt got down on one knee and proposed on the beach, I said Yes. This was then followed by floating lanterns in memory of my father. I am just so happy for these moments and to share them with such amazing people.
I set out on another personal health mission and went back to the tried tested and true clean eating. Although not physically overly successful, inside I was feeling great and very happy with the whole way of life. 2014 will be the year to really set it in stone and push. I have spent a few years accepting sadness and really not my cup of tea, I accept happiness and energy, life is so exciting and it is time to dance in the rain again.
For AJ Photography 2013 was also a great year, expanding and ever growing. Met some amazing new people, clients and friends. Worked on some projects that even surprised me, when I stepped back and took it all in. On a plane back from Toronto my thoughts run ramped wondering if Style Me Pretty would ever except my publication and preparing myself for another go at it. As we landed and I turned on my phone I squealed as the SMP confirmation came in, so many emotions and feelings flooded me, I was on cloud 9. Matt redid my office for me as a birthday gift and together we have made it a room I love, still a work in progress, but so happy to have a space that reflects AJ photography and me. For Christmas I received some incredible new additions to my equipment family and feel so blessed it will be wonderful to have them by my side as AJ photography embarks on this new year.
At the end of each year I think we all stop and reflect, what was good, what was bad, what we treasure and what needs to change. It is what creates drive for us the next year and shapes our seemingly new chance at it all. One thing I am going to truly remind myself of this year and years to come, is that it is not the end of the year that gives us that new chance. But rather each morning we wake up, each breath we take and each moment we live in. Life is not just writing on the wall it is a never ending story. Spending time critiquing it, trying to fix it and make it perfect makes no sense. Continue on it's far from over, there is so much left to be written and I wish to read on.
Don't spend each moment as a reflection of your past but rather reflect on the moments as you step into the future. Here's to the future and all it holds may it truly be your story!
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
2012 was a interesting year for me, a lot happened in a short amount of time that changed my life forever but the one thing I hadn't counted on was meeting Matthew; I was just going with the flow, taking nothing to heart, no real plan or direction but finding myself. I met Matthew at a ball tourney near Stony on July 13th 2012 and we quickly became inseparable never realizing where this new relationship was going to take us. Over the past year we have taught each other, shared new worlds and new ideas and even helped each other to grow and rethink. Together we rediscovered who we were and what we wanted. We shared our ups and downs, our laughs and tears. We have fought wills many of times, because that is what 2 stubborn know it all's do, but at the end of the day we are stronger for it all. Matt has supported me and encouraged me so much in my life and my business and I am so thankful for that every day. It has been a crazy fun year of rediscovering life and ourselves, but the coolest part, the part that get's us both is that each day we stare at each other and realize we have so much more to give, learn and are more in love then the day before.
Our One Year day
Car wash cause there is nothing that make that man smile more, followed by a trip to St. Albert's Farmers Market my favorite thing to do!
Yes we our Food Truck addicts
Some chillin with the dogs in the sun while they enjoy their new bones from the farmers market
Our Photo's done by Kristen Harder Photography
so amazing was a wonderful experience
A surprise dinner to the Melting Pot LOVED
Dressy and Classy to Chilled and Goofy in 5 min's flat
Keep Smiling AJ
Monday, September 16, 2013
I truly cherish the people I have in my life each one of them unique and important in a different way. The people we surround ourselves with say a lot about who we are and what we find important. For me it's the people who I can be true with, the ones that make me laugh, the ones I can count on and can count on me, the ones I don't have to explain to and the ones who make me a better person each and every day.
Each person I come in to contact with has something to show me and teach me. Each person I share a moment of life with touches me in some way.
These are just a few of my everyday hero's in my life
Who are your everyday hero's?
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
I always try to get to know my clients, find things that ring out their personality or that they may enjoy so that I can relate and personalize my sessions. One day I had a client turn to me and say now it's my turn to quiz you and we both started laughing. Hey I am an open book but here is a few of my favorite things.
Everything about it and all it's faces
Bare-feet so free
The smell, the color favorite season hands down
All day, any day
The sound the smell just unreal
The eyes have it all
If only I could have met her
Green so happy
Sun-glass obsession ok maybe scarves to
Red Hair Oh Ya!
High heels every women's secret weapon instant feel sexy
All the old guess adds love them one day I will do a whole series around this