This pass year was very, very good to me. Of course there were highs and lows, but life has both and the lows make us stronger. The year of 2015 provided me with many great opportunities as well as led me down paths that I never though existed. It’s said that when one door closes, another one opens. Well, sometimes, if you don’t see any doors you have to climb through a window. And I couldn’t be happier that I took chances and left my comfort zone this pass year.
During the spring and summer I did some traveling. There are so many places to go and so many things to see. I went to Vermont, California, Maine and Massachusetts. In many of these places I photographed concerts – including the Switchfoot Bro-Am in California. I spent a number of days at the beach, listening to the ocean. No matter what beach I’m standing on, the ocean is always welcoming. In previous posts I’ve written about my connection and love for the ocean and, if possible, our bond became even greater this pass summer.
While in California I went surfing. Talk about leaving my comfort zone. Even though I almost broke my leg, blew out my knee and cut myself pretty bad (I have the blackish, blueish, purple scar to prove it), I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. There are few feelings that compare to being wrapped up in the salty arms of the ocean.
When I was visiting Maine, a place I’ve been a few times before, I realized how I’m never letdown by it’s beauty. It’s not only during the day that the ocean here shines, but at night too. The sunsets are breathtaking. On this particular trip the sky burst into flames until the cool hues of night came to slowly put it out. In the early mornings I had the entire beach to myself. I walked along the shoreline in my bare feet, feeling the cool water racing up to touch them. Most mornings I slowly made my way to the jetty, walked out on it and simply sat there, looking out at the ocean and listening to it breath.
The summer gave me a lot of life changing experiences and I’m thankful for every moment, but it was what the fall offered me that was the most unexpected and wonderful of all.
As summer faded to fall, I found a job that was never even on my radar until a friend brought it to my attention. (I’ll have to thank her one day…for more then one reason.) I wasn’t even working there for two weeks when I saw him – a handsome man with gorgeous eyes and a lovely smile, but there’s so much more to him. And now he’s my special someone. He’s that special guy in my life and I’m thankful for each moment we get to spend together, never taking any of it for granted.
As if this wasn’t enough the fall finally handed me one more big thing, something I’ve been working toward for years. I can officially say that I’m a music photographer. I photograph at least two shows every month for a concert venue in my town. In the future, I hope to expand my reach and photograph for more venues and even, with a little more hard word, bands themselves.
I’ve heard it said that everyday is an adventure. And I’ve come to believe that it’s true. We never know what’s going to happen from one day to the next. So, big or small, the adventure is out there. And 2015 has given me some pretty amazing ones. I’m not just talking about the adventures that traveling has provided me either. I’m talking about all the little moment in-between. And I’m thankful for every single one of them.
I hope all of you had a fantastic 2015!
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