Happy New Year!
Hi everyone, Happy New Year, and welcome to my first blog for Faye Photography! One of my goals for 2019 is to be more active on Faye Photography and it starts NOW! What about you? Do you set resolutions, goals, or intentions when heading into a new year? I’m a huge list maker and setting intentions for the new year is a must for me!
I want to ring in the New Year with you all and share some of my intentions for 2019, and I hope that you’ll share some of yours with me too! I also want to take a look back at 2018 before jumping into 2019, which is a great way for you to get to know me better, and to see where I’ve been, and where I’m going.
Let’s Be Bold, Be Brave, and Be Fearless in 2019!
This last year has been a time of introspection and growth for me. To kick off 2018 I found myself having to make a choice between continuing a relationship with my best friend and taking the next step or choosing to stick with my beliefs of living a child free life. In the end I made the decision that I wasn’t willing to compromise on my own beliefs and that living a child free lifestyle was something that was very important to me and not something I was willing to give up. Making this decision forced me to look at what I want in life and what I want to achieve. It made me more introspective and, in the end, it was the right decision for me and has really catapulted me into being more self-aware and cognizant of what my goals are.
During that same time last year my wonderful, loving long-haired chihuahua, Grimm, lost his fight with terminal cancer and passed away on February 14, 2018. His passing was one of the hardest things I’ve had to deal with in my adult life and I honestly took his death harder than that of my father, who passed 11 years ago. I’m not sure what that says about me as a person, but I had cared for and raised this little creature for the last 9 years of my life so losing him was truly a devastating experience. He was my best friend, and the best copilot a girl could ask for when taking cross-country road trips. Luckily, I have hundreds if not thousands of wonderful photographs to remember him by.
Dealing with his death has been hard, but the silver lining is that it has propelled me forward and has helped me to focus on the things I have always wanted to do. Things I felt like I didn’t have time to do before because I didn’t want to be away from him for long periods of time. Grimm’s passing allowed for me to travel more for work and for leisure and I also started volunteering and fostering for local shelters. It has been terrible and difficult but good did come from it. As with all major life events I reevaluated and re-prioritized my life. My photography style was also influenced which has resulted in a darker, moodier black and white style of photography
All of that being said, I promise 2018 wasn’t all that bad! It was a year of self-discovery for me, which can be hard but also good. Change is always hard but gratifying and exciting in the end. I also transitioned into a new job at work that allows for me to travel across the country. I spent several months in Puerto Rico, which was an amazing experience. I met fantastic people, learned a lot about myself and what I’m capable of both personally and professionally.
I really refocused myself in 2018 and dove into my hobbies which include photography (obviously), knitting, writing, and got back in touch with my creative side. This website is the product of focusing more on the things that make me happy and allow for me to be creative.
I am extremely excited for 2019, and have some amazing things in store that I cannot wait to share with you all! Whereas 2018 was a year of self-discovery, 2019 is going to be a year of exploration, personal and professional growth, and creativity. Below are some of my intentions for 2019:
Take more photographs! I want to continue to work on and build out Faye Photography, which includes having prints, calendars, postcards, magnets, and coffee table books available for purchase.
Photography Projects! I have some exciting photography projects in the works that I cannot wait to share! You’ll have to wait a little longer to learn more as I want the projects to be a surprise and to speak for themselves. What I can share is that Faye Photography is all about being Fun and Fearless and nothing says that more than showcasing some amazing strong women and their stories in 2019.
Travel! I’m insanely excited that in 2019 I will be taking my first international trip…to Scotland! I have always wanted to travel to Scotland and have never had the means or opportunity to do so until now! I’ll be spending 2 weeks in Scotland, visiting Glasgow, the Highlands, and Edinburgh. I could not be more thrilled, as this trip is the culmination of years of hard work paying off. I can’t wait to share the photographs from my trip with all of you! I’ll also be traveling for work and taking trips back to Nebraska so there will be plenty of wonderful landscapes and stories to share.
Growth! I’ll be exploring ways to continue to grow as a photographer. I’m still finding my voice and vision as a photographer and 2019 will be a year of continuing to educate myself and grow as a photographer. I fully believe that by exploring what type of photographer I want to be and the stories I want to tell will also help me grow as an individual.
My motto going into 2019 is to: Be Bold, Be Brave, and Be FEARLESS! Let’s do things that make us nervous, that we have always wanted to do but have always been too scared. If it makes you uncomfortable than you are on the right track. Don’t let the “what-ifs” hold you back, take chances, make mistakes, make hard decisions, be creative, be confident, be selfish, and, above all else, enjoy everything that 2019 brings your way.
Share your goals for 2019 in the comments below!
Here’s to 2019!
Fun. Fearless. Photography