Life is good!

i have so much to be thankful for i don’t even know where to start! so i guess i will start with the weekend itself!

it was such a beautiful and relaxing weekend out at bikini town for thanksgiving with my family. although there were no “bikinis” this time round, it was still so peaceful just to be out there! i love sitting by the warm fire snuggled up on the couch in the living room, the calm water and the orange trees, and BEST OF ALL THE COLD NIGHTS! i love being cozied up in my bed upstairs where it is literally FREEZING and covered in so many blankets that i can hardly move, haha!! it was a bit of a whirlwind trip as scott and i went out to the cabin with my family on thursday night, came home on friday evening, i shot a wedding in vernon on saturday (which was amazing! click here to see teasers!) and then after a long day of shooting sc met me in vernon and we drove to sicamous, got in the boat and made a midnight run up the lake to get back to the cabin for another 2 days. although it may have been a busy couple days of back and forth, the calmness once we were there was absolutely perfect <3. our weekend was filled with laughter, love and good company (and studying, too, unfortunately for scott and steph ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

the quietness at the cabin gave me lots of time to think. and given the time of year, i found myself frequently thinking about what i am thankful for ~ something that i need to make an effort to do more than just once a year. i found myself going through the events and the changes in my life throughout the year, and i came up with so many things that i owe gratitude towards that it completely overwhelmed me.

this year has been so amazing, and i am so thankful for my husband and the insane amounts of fun that we have together. i am also thankful for his wonderful family who i am now able to call my own. i am thankful for my mom and my dad who are both some of my very best friends, as well my idols in life. i am thankful for my sister who is always there for me and who i can laugh endlessly with. i am thankful for the beauty that surrounds me and that i am able to capture that through my camera. i am so so thankful for all of YOU ~ the readers of my blog and fans of my photography business. i am thankful for the opportunity to set out on a journey for a career that i am in love with. i am thankful for my friends and all of the people in my life who love me and support me. i am thankful for the path that my husband and i are on together, and for the dreams i have about where we are headed for in the future. life is good! and i am sooo so thankful for that!

 

here are a few photos that i snapped over the weekend.

my family all together before we left the cabin this morning. we won’t all be together again until Dec. 26th, when scott and i meet my mom and dad and sister in hawaii for 3 weeks ~ how lucky and thankful are we!?!?

my mom’s wedding rings ~ i am so thankful for her and my dad, and to have such great role models for both life and marriage <3

tucker <3

love.

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Patsy -

Good point. I hadn’t thgouht about it quite that way. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Secret. My Secret.

have any of you heard of documentary (book and/or movie) The Secret? if you haven’t, i would highly recommend reading about it (to read about it click here) or better yet, grabbing some popcorn, snuggling up on the couch and renting the movie . honestly, it will change your life ~ and for the better. people who know me always say i have “horseshoes” ;), but really, all i have is The Secret. My Secret.

i have been living my life through the concept of The Secret before i even knew it existed. my dad, who was my ringette coach for 14 years, always told us to “think positively”, we were never allowed any negativity in the dressing room and that rule came home with us too. anytime my sister or i ever said “i can’t do it!”, it would be a major topic of discussion for the next hour. he always says ~ “whether you say you can or you can’t, your right” (i’m pretty sure he didn’t make this quote up, but i like to think he did ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

lately, with all the busy-ness, the editing, the chaos, and even the rain, i have been slightly forgetting about my obsession with The Secret. today i had a moment. all of a sudden i felt a knot in my stomach and i felt a wave of emotion wash over me like a tsunami. i couldn’t pin it down, and i think it was a mixture of anxiety, stress, nerves, and excitement.. but all i could feel was the immensity it had over me and my body in that moment. on a regular day, i do my best to take these emotions and transfer them into positive energy, but i had let my positive energy slip through the cracks, until now. my husband reminded me that when feeling the way i was, slightly overwhelmed with all of the ideas and ‘to-do’s’ and the pressure, that it is important to take a step back and reflect on everything going on around me. he is absolutely right, and that is what i did. and when i did, all i could see was positive energy ~ just like that, The Secret was back ;). after this reflection, all i saw is how excited i am about the upcoming wedding this saturday ~ I have so many amazing ideas and visions that the emotion is running through me like a crazy-train right now as I type it. I have new business goals, branding ideas and expansions on the brain, i have loads of editing to do because people love my work and keep honoring me with their business. i have a house that is a disaster with STUFF everywhere because we are fortunate enough to have this STUFF, which is mostly luxurious items such as computers and cameras and school textbooks and CLOTHES (lots of clothes ;)) and a dog, who may be irritating at times butย  brings both me and my husband so much love. all of these things are GOOD, and are not things to cause stress or anxiety. they are privileges and i am so grateful for each and every one of them. this my friends, is My Secret.

 

thanks SC, you always keep me on track and smiling <3

Photo credit: Janine Sept of Janine Sept Photography

 

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Lisa Helfrick -

It’s gloomy and rainy in Calgary today which mimicked my mood. Thank you for this post and unknowingly sending me a few reminders <3 So sweet!

Meg Courtney Photography -

Thanks for the Comment Lis! Hope I could turn your day around ๐Ÿ˜‰

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