Throughout December everyone with a blog is posting their "year in review" posts. From the second that Thanksgiving is over it feels like that is all I see. Then, at the end of 2016, we also had many people talking about how terrible the year has been due to celebrity deaths and Donald Trump becoming President. I can't even tell you the amount of memes I have seen on Facebook illustrating a person being happy in the beginning of 2016 but then upset and angry at the end of 2016; it is all getting a bit ridiculous.
While I think back to last January and I skim through each month, I realize that this as been an excellent year filled with music, food, dogs, working, and traveling. I have used my love for photography to enjoy life; filling the year with coffee, concerts, and traveling! I did not let myself be upset over things I had no control over. I stopped myself from getting frustrated over not hearing back from 95 percent of the millions of jobs I applied for and interviewed for.
I am still sorting out how to start a business in a market that has no doubt become saturated, but I am having fun figuring it out. I am lucky to have family and friends to support me while I figure out how to make money doing what love. If I look a back on all the jobs I have done in the last year and all the photos I've taken for jobs and for personal projects I would not change a thing! And hopefully I will only be building on this in the coming year.
If you force yourself to be positive and look on the bright side, you'll see that 2016 probably has not been so terrible for you. Some of the highlights of my personal year include: I played with more dogs and cats than I can list here and I traveled and explored new cities.
Hopefully, in 2017 I can continue enjoying life. I hope to travel more and keep my camera with me as much as possible so I can capture even more events of 2017, whether I am being paid or not!