It has been a while since my last post! I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and Holiday season. I hope your New Year is off to a great start. I always enjoy the start of a new year. 

Over the last few years or so, setting a core word or words for the year has become pretty popular. I have chosen words for the year the last 3 years and to be honest, it has been quite helpful. 

My words for this year are:

C U L T I V A T E  &  P E R S P E C T I V E

Cultivate (v. )  to foster the growth of
Perspective (n.) a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view


My word for last year was balance. I had a lot going on from working full-time and trying to build my photography business. Little did I know that in May I would also sign on to be a Young Living Distributor. So  with all of that, among other things, I definitely needed balance.  This year my core words came out of necessity. I need  to cultivate more in my life this year, and I need to change my perspective about different things.  I feel like the the two words also work together to:  cultivate perspective. 

After choosing  my core words for this year, it dawned on me that  I needed to get Lara Casey's book, entitled Cultivate: A Grace Filled Guide to Growing and Intentional Life.  Lara is such an inspiring woman with such passion and I love reading her books. Her first book was eye-opening and encouraging and I am sure Cultivate  will be nothing short of that. It just arrived in the mail the other day and I am excited to dig into it. I think it'll be a great support to my core word. 

The word perspective came to me out of a need to change my outlook on certain things. A lot of things within my business did not go as planned last year. I definitely was looking through the wrong lens as far as the perspective of it goes and I came to the realization that I just needed to take a step back. I needed to take a look at the whole picture, re-examine my heart and my motives and re-focus on the heart of this business: to sincerely capturing beautiful moments and touching lives in the process thought sincere, authentic, and memorable portraiture.  My perspective shifted, the voices and opinions of other were crowding my thoughts and the one Voice that really mattered was beginning to sound muffled. 

I knew something needed to change. I  know God blessed me with my creative gifts and talent of photography, but I was getting in my own way as we can all often do. 



- meaningful friendships, 

- my marriage

- a sincere, authentic and memorable experience for my clients

- joy and happiness

- confidence

- my gifts and talents

- gratitude


- truth

- times of rest

One is wise to cultivate the tree that bears fruit in our soul
— Henry David Thoreau



- how I view myself and others

- how I look at situations and see them through a godly lens

- how I look  at the big picture and not focus too much on the minor details.

- how I react to  situations

- the way I look at the glass (half-full instead of half-empty)

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
— Wayne Dryer

These are not all-inclusive lists but they are just some of the things that I want to see as a result of holding true to my core words. If you haven't done so already this year, I encourage you to pick core word(s) that you can make your focus for this year. Remember, there is nothing special about January 1 to start something,  so whether you choose that word(s) today, or 2 months from today, just choose and move forward with it, I'm rooting of you!