I sat down yesterday, determined to be productive while my little guy slept. Normally for me being productive during my son’s 1.5 – 2 hour nap time would consist of making the bed, putting in a load of laundry, sweeping the floors, emptying the dishwasher, folding a load of laundry, prepping supper, getting my boy’s lunch ready and then maybe just MAYBE if I am lucky, answering a couple of e mails or glancing at those shoots I did last week for the first time, before I hear my sweet boy wake up and call out Mommy. I have said before and I will say a million times, I LOVE my job but everything in my world stops when that child needs me, which is every waking minute of the day;) It is usually around bedtime, 7-7:30pm that I really get to give Blue Vine the love and attention that it deserves, if only for an hour or two. Yesterday, however, was different than most days. Yesterday, instead of leaving my business to wait until the house work was done, I made it my first priority. I sat down at my computer and selected one photo from every single session I did this year and put them in a folder entitled ‘Year End Review’. I did this, not for the purpose of posting a blog. If I did this for blog purposes only I would have selected only my very favourite images from only my very favourite sessions and I would have only selected images from the types of sessions I would like to do more of. But that’s not why I did it. I did this for validation. After a year of feeling like I have neglected my business, for good reason of course, I wanted something to reflect upon and be proud of. When I finished going through all the folders, carefully, to make sure they were all from last year and that I only selected one from each, I counted 83 images! Each one of those images represents a great accomplishment to me. Each image represents a person, family or business who chose to work with me, each image represents a relationship that I made or nurtured this year and a job that I accomplished, and for that I am proud of myself! This year I vow to be more proud and less hard on myself because while daily it may not feel like I am getting a whole lot accomplished, when I sit here and look at this year end review I realize that I did in fact manage to keep my business going. I did 83 jobs and made 83 clients happy and last but not least I have a little boy who is healthy and pretty much always smiling, how much more validation could a mother ever ask for? Happy new year to all of you! I hope yours is filled with happiness, love and a sense of pride in who you are and what you do for everyone everyday!:)




And finally, my boy Ellis:) The greatest accomplishment of my life!