Lessons Learned in 2017

I can’t believe it’s nearly 2018 already. As 2017 comes to a close, I have spent the last few days reflecting on the lessons I have learned throughout the year.

To be honest, I am looking back at this year with some degree of disappointment. I feel like Tyler and I both coasted this year and didn’t do anything to progress or improve ourselves. We seemingly hit the cruise control button at the beginning of the year and mindlessly floated through the months. Between the mass shootings, big changes in politics, and natural disasters this year, I found it overall difficult to stay positive.

Don’t get me wrong, there were some wonderful things about this year. We traveled to Texas to shoot our dear friends Karla and Tim’s wedding. I got to go to Alaska to see my brother off on a mission and be a bridesmaid at Martha’s wedding. I attended my DREAM concert of Coldplay at CenturyLink field in Seattle with my mom and sister. But overall, I don’t feel like I have accomplished much more than I had at this time last year.

In all the time that Tyler and I have been together, he’s never had the chance to visit Alaska in the summertime – which is obviously the best time to be there. The reason we’ve never been able to go together is because we’re always shooting weddings in the summertime. Every weekend. While I do love shooting weddings, I do believe that there needs to be a balance between the things you love and the things that make you money. We book our summers solid because we enjoy being busy, and more weddings = more revenue. However, when making money gets in the way of doing the things that you love, a reevaluation is needed.

It is so commonly said, but 2017 truly made me realize that money isn’t everything. We need so little of it to be happy. I have come to value experiences far more than material things this year. I think about running through a field of bluebells in Texas, surprising my brother on his mission, tearing up at the Coldplay concert, fishing on the river with my dad, and watching the sunset over the Tetons far more than anything I purchased this year.

If there is one big lesson I learned this year, it is to never say never. I am guilty of saying things like, “I could never live in a place smaller than what we have now because I’m so accustomed to it.”, or “I could never live in California or any place like that.”, or my personal favorite, “I could never move in with either of our parents under any circumstances.” Lol. The phrase “I could never” has been banned from my vocabulary the past few months. The truth is, life is such a crazy unknown and I COULD¬†do just about anything if it came down to it.

Overall, I am determined to make 2018 a more fulfilling year that 2017 was. I posted all my resolutions here and plan on completing each one of them.

Have a fun and safe NYE!


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