2016 - A Year in Review

2016inreview

Wow.

Putting together this image was a little bittersweet.  There was so much more I wanted to do and so much more I could have done, but thankfully it'll keep until 2017.  Even still, I hope next year's roundup is just as hard.  There's a comfort in never fully accomplishing everything you want to do; maybe it has more to do with keeping things in your back pocket just in case you're hit with a block or just the knowledge that you're not quite done yet.  

Professionally, this year has been incredible and overwhelming at times.  May will probably go down as one of the most exciting months of my life and I will always be grateful to Anna and Sherri and everyone who looked at that picture and decided to like/love/share/comment on it.  I am forever indebted to amazing people I've been able to work with over this last year and there's a long long list but I need to especially thank Ashley, Payton, Deacon, and of course Farrah for always putting up with whatever I'm wanting to shoot.  You are all superstars and I love you to death.  Maxine, Tiffany, Andreja, Randi, Raina, Lauri, Katt, Matt and my favorite little diva Edyn - you all helped make this last year amazing and I'm so thankful for you all.

Personally, I can pinpoint the areas where things kind of went off the rails, whether it's prolonged periods of not posting anything, or pieces I can't stand to look at.  I'm happy there are more happy moments than sad ones, but having to reevaluate situations and saying goodbye to people I loved took its toll whether I had meant it to or not.  December was a hard month.  But things are definitely going in the right direction and more than anything, I look forward to all of the projects I've already got planned and the ones that will inevitably sneak up on me out of nowhere.

I'll end this by saying I love being able to do what I've done this year and although there's so much further to go, I'm excited that all of the learning and growing I'll do in 2017 will help me get to a place where I can do this all full time.  Please never forget that it's you that enables me to do what makes me happy and that I'm grateful beyond words.  Thank you.  It's not enough, but it's all I have.  

Wishing you nothing but love and happiness (and maybe a little blood) this holiday season.

Melissa xo