December 31, 2015
Every year, people all over the planet begin the yearly ritual of trying to better themselves in some way or form. This year, as I ring in the New Year in Southern Arizona, I can’t help but think about what it is that I want to improve upon myself in the coming year. As I look back on 2015, I can see so many ways that I have already improved my life, as 2015 was a great year for me. I met a ton of new people, started my own business, my photography evolved, I developed a tremendous amount of self confidence, and have learned a lot about life. But what can I do to better myself even more?
First off, as the new year begins, I’m not going to let the past hang over me. The past has haunted me in so many ways that it has held me back. I’m not going to go into detail because not only is it personal but if I’m going to get over the past, it starts right here in this article. The past is done and can’t be changed. It's time to focus on the things that really matter - the future.
Next, I am going to break out of my shell. For over four years now, I have lived in a tiny town and have hardly ever gone out and had fun with friends. It’s about time that I start developing better relations with my friends and the people that matter. It’s time that I make new friends and reach out to old ones.
I want to get some of my work published. I have been very happy with how my photography has evolved so far. Several of my images have been on the news, used by several entities on Facebook and Instagram, one image was sponsored by a local business to be the face of a town calendar for the next year, and several have been used by various businesses for marketing needs. BUT, I have yet to have an image in a recognized publication. It's a big goal to get into a magazine or something similar this year.
I want to start developing a portfolio that sets me apart from other photographers. Today, it seems like everyone's a photographer. With the cost of digital photography coming down in recent years, it’s easy for people to jump into the scene. I want to start shooting images that are my own style and look. I want to set myself apart from the pack.
Last but not least, I want to Live. I want to Live to the fullest. I want to Live without regrets. I want to Live my life to the point that when I get old in age and look back in time, it will be even more gratifying than living in the moment. I want to look back and be proud of the life that I Live.
Now you all know my goals. You know the things that matter to me. I am sharing this with you because if you are reading this, you obviously care enough to want to know. I have to thank all the people that have shown me support over the last year over Facebook, Instagram, over the phone, and even the people that have taken time out of their day to meet me in person to express their enjoyment of my work. You all mean an awful lot to me and I wouldn't be here without you. You guys rock! Thanks for the support and I wish you all a Happy New Year!