I cannot believe we are on the brink of 2019! Even crazier is I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since I rang in the New Year for 1999. In 1999 I was about to turn 18 and graduate High School, we were the kids listening and partying “Like it’s 1999”. I was at Habachi Joe’s at midnight with some friends from Pacelli High School. The corks went flying, there were fireworks, and the songs were playing. And now, just like that, 20 years have passed! The time in 2018 has flown even quicker. Ironic that I am reminiscing about the year I turned 18 and now this year of 2018, I have had the same thing happen again, with my son becoming an adult, finishing high school, and moving to La Crosse. It has certainly been a year to remember. When my son was born I looked ahead and realized that 2018 would be the year of change. I remember thinking this year was so far away and unimaginable, I can’t believe it has come and gone! It was definitely a year of highlights. Many of them in my personal life as I share here. And of course many in business which I have you to thank.
January is always a rough landing, we get through Christmas, set new goals for the new year and then just feel this need to hit the ground running. The good thing in the photography world is that there is still the ability to recoup a bit in January. I started the year with two new lenses and a new light. It was very exciting for me. I recall wishing I had more to photograph with these things right then, but looking back it really was a good month. We started out welcoming this sweet little girl, Ginny to the world. We did a surprise family session for a family, who blessed their dad with photos. And taking some braces free images, along with teaching a great class at Judah Studios in Nelsonville.
We also spent a bit of time updating the website to this new platform which we are loving! We set some new goals with the help of a fancy planner. Made the effort to connect more, blog more, eat better…etc. And prepared to go on a trip in February, when we visited Nicaragua (We blogged about each day, you will have to search the archives about that)
In February we caught up on some personal art, volunteered, photographed another girl who went braces free, and participated in a Bridal Expo just before taking our big trip.
Along with these things I continued in my efforts to network. It’s amazing to see the power of this now in my reflections over the year. All these things from last February were important parts of getting to where I am right now at the end of December. It’s pretty amazing. A month after we left Nicaragua civil unrest broke out, it is currently not safe to travel there. We had no idea then.
Spring was in the air, but it was still chilly, and the snow came back! We had some engagement sessions with snow, and other fun photos to take in March including our first wedding of the year. We dreamt about Spring and were filled with Cabin Fever.
Time goes so much faster when you are remembering it and not living it! The snow feels like it never goes away when it’s here. In 2018 it really felt like it would never leave. We photographed two weddings in April both with much more snow than anticipated! But we got through it, there was a summer. It’s easier to discuss now then it was to live in then.
In May we started thinking about summer and our graduation party for my son. We also had a Senior Violin recital for him and his graduation. Along with all that, the opportunity came to consider moving our studio out of our home. From there on the year just snowballed! (How ironic that the snow melted just as my year snow balled…) We did photograph one wedding in May, along with another sweet baby, and more braces photos.
In June we decided to pull back on the reigns a bit. We did have a graduation party and photographed a lovely wedding. But we also took time to take in life think about the direction of things. We were part of an art show downtown. And also photographed some fun high school seniors. We continued to consider the idea about moving our photo studio and what we could do to grow Dekaios Designs. We also did a few fun wine and canvas parties and repurposed more art. Darn me for not taking more photos of those things!
It was an eventful first half of the year. The second half was even more thrilling! But that we will save for Sunday when we have more time to finish our thoughts. Thanks for reading! I hope you also take the time to reflect on 2018, reflections not only grow us but encourage us. Take it in!
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