It's hard to believe another year has come and gone. It seems like it was only yesterday I was ushering in the year 2014, full of optimism and determined to make it a time full of changes and forward strides.
I am very happy to report that wish came true, though it didn't come without some painful moments along the way. Throughout 2014 I went through a lot of changes. Career changes, relationship changes, creative changes, emotional changes, and a whole lot more. Like all things significant, that sometimes felt like a trial by fire. Other times it felt like tremendous weights off my shoulders and new found optimism I have never experienced before. I met a lot of new friends on that journey, and unfortunately lost some as well. I would argue the best part of my year was rekindling some long lost relationships that somehow slipped over the years and being left scratching our collective heads, "why did we wait so long to speak to one another?" It's a beautiful feeling knowing that after ten years I can still pick up right were I left off with someone.
Creatively speaking, I would say the biggest change has been learning to embrace digital photography as a more important aspect of my overall portfolio. That has been a very slow build for me, and a long time coming. Sometimes change happens slowly for me and I need to do it at my own pace. I would argue at this point it has become the medium I work with about 50% of the time. I'm never going to abandon film. Never in a million years, but embracing more than one medium fully isn't a bad thing either.
So at this point, the hardest parts are over. The hard choices have been made leaving me free in 2015 to pursue my goals and dreams without anything standing in my way. No crippling self doubt. No emotional ties. No negative energy to weigh me down. I'm going to be making some announcements over the next month that I am very excited to share, but in the meantime, I hope everyone out there is looking forward to the coming year as much as I am.
I think the immortal words of Kermit the Frog sum up my feelings right now rather well...
"Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending. We've done just what we've set out to do. Thanks to the lovers, the dreamers, and you."