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Looking Back on 2017... A Year in Review

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If I were to look back on the year 2017, both professionally and personally, I would have to say that overall it was a pretty fuckin’ EPIC year!

I got to see my oldest daughter graduate from high school and starting the next chapter in her life. Undoubtedly, one of the proudest moments for me as a father and I must say ranks right up there as the best of my 2017.

The year started out with me working full time at Ernst & Young but had long entertained the idea of moving on to pursue my photography business full time but at the beginning of the year, it became more of a serious consideration. I was growing tired of the corporate life.  My heart and mind just weren’t in it anymore and I knew it was time to move on.  Midway through the year, with the support of my wife, my kids, my family and friends, I finally decided it was time to jump ship.  To my surprise, I ACTUALLY did it!  I forced myself to step outside my comfort zone.   This is NOT something I do!   This was scary as all hell!  Leave the security of the 9-5?  NOT ME! The best part about it: I am still here to talk about it!  I didn't break and I didn't die from it!

I had my biggest year in business selling 6 pieces of my artwork to Ernst & Young.  My work to hang on the walls of their brand new building. Being able to have something I created hang on the walls of a Big 4 Accounting firm was quite an incredible feeling.  As I had worked there for many years being able to leave a legacy, my legacy was just an indescribable feeling.

Another great moment for me, being featured in my friend Skip Cohen’s blog post. For those of you who have no idea who Skip is: he is first and foremost an incredible human being but he is also an amazing educator, speaker and writer who is very well known in the photography industry and I am proud to call him a friend.

Three of my boudoir images were selected to be in a magazine, which for me was an incredible accomplishment since I am new to the boudoir genre. That was definitely a highlight of my year, I am very proud.

I was awarded the Standing Ovation Award 2017 from my peers and fellow photographers in my AIBP group. The AIBP organization is the Association of International Boudoir Photographers. They are an amazingly talented group of photographers and an amazing community of people.  To say I am honoured and over the moon excited is a gross understatement. Words cannot express my gratitude for this award.

Overall, I accomplished quite a bit in 2017 and am very proud of what I managed to do. I know there is a ton more work to do as an entrepreneur.   There are many more challenges to overcome but I am so looking forward to taking on 2018! It’s going to be a kick ass year, I can just feel it!

I borrowed the following from a fellow photographer/friend of mine but this is how I am going to look at 2018:

Be A Fucking Wolf.
Be A Fucking Lion.
Take No Shit.
Set Goals.
Smash Them!
Eat People's Faces Off.
Be A Better Person.
Show People Who The Fuck You Are.
Never Apologize For Being Awesome.
Stay The Mother Fucking Course.

In this coming year I urge all of you to do at least 1 thing that forces you outside your comfort zone.  Trust me, you won't regret it. You only live once, what do you have to lose?  Challenges and roller coaster rides as an entrepreneur and business owner…I say BRING IT ON! I am here and I am ready for ALL of it!!!

End of The Line For 2014 - Bring On 2015 I'm Ready

The end of 2014 is fast approaching. It’s the end of the line with the proverbial train pulling into the station at the end of the route. How did 2014 fair for you? Did you accomplish all the goals you set for yourself for the year? Do you even set goals for yourself at the beginning of a new year? I personally think it’s a great idea and works for me to keep me on track and focused in my personal and professional life.

I like to take time and reflect and look back on all the things I did and didn’t accomplish in the past year with my business and in my everyday life. I find it useful in helping me figure out my game plan for the upcoming year. I recently read a quote online the other day and it went like this, “2013 was practice, 2014 was the warm up and 2015 is game time” I absolutely love that quote, it really resonated with me and holds a lot of truth in my mind. I found that 2013 was really the very early stages of getting my business off the ground, baby steps for me if you will. This past year, 2014 things really started to ramp up for me in terms of clarifying my business goals and ideas as well as getting a lot more exposure which has been incredible.

Although 2014 was a very tough year personally, there were a lot of adversities to overcome and emotional turmoil to navigate through, I am still here and can say I survived. Perhaps a little jaded but I guess in the grand scheme of things for the most part I came through the year unscathed. As the saying goes “whatever doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger” When you encounter emotionally tough times and have to deal with loss or tough times, it can take a toll on a person but that saying really rings true to me. You have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep on going. If nothing else, getting through all the bullshit that life throws at us should only motivate and inspire us to succeed, to do bigger and better things.

I can tell you this right now, the past year I have learned a lot about life, business and myself. I am feeling totally and thoroughly inspired to do great things in all aspects of my life in 2015. So I say, bring it on, it’s GAME TIME! I am ready for it and am looking forward to all that life will throw at me in the coming year.

As we bid farewell to 2014, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone all the success and happiness for 2015. May all your wishes and dreams come true!

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