Saturday, 1 October 2011

A Good Year

Today is my birthday.   Happy birthday me!  I was sitting thinking about all my dreams and ambitions and wondering where (and even if) I was going to find the courage to make them happen when I suddenly realised quite how momentous this year has been for me. 

This time last year I was a blog reader.  I loved other people's blogs but honestly, I didn't even have the confidence to comment on them - really what did I have to say? it's all been said cares what I think.  Never in a million years would I have predicted that a year on I myself would be a blogger.

The journey started exactly this time last year when my husband gave me a digital camera for my birthday.  I was thrilled to bits but spent the first couple of months too intimated to pick it up and when I did nothing came out the way I wanted it to on the auto settings.  But I bought myself nikon d5000 for dummies, attended a local workshop and gradually began to work it out.  I was hooked! 

My favourite things of this year:  centre - my blog! (and button if I can ever get the link to work!); clockwise from top left: me and my nikon; Creative Courage ecourse; favourite photo from this summer; Find Your Eye ecourse; favourite photo of my daughter from this year; Kim Klassen photoshop courses; my new workspace (still needs work!); indie business ecourse

Early this year I took indie business and wow, what a confidence boost it was.  A group of like-minded women, all willing to listen and share their experiences.  No one thought it was ridiculous that I was going to start a blog, had creative business ideas and dreams.  No one laughed when I commented or asked questions.  Suddenly I felt like I had something to offer.

Photography gave me a reason to create a blog and indie business gave me the courage to do it.  I am so glad that they did.  I love taking photographs, documenting life and those precious moments in it.  The fear of sharing my photography and words has gradually transformed into an amazing gift that I can't image my life without.  I was so caught up in fear I had completely ignored the creative outlet that my soul craved so badly.

I've only just started on this great adventure and I can't tell you how happy I am that I have.  I've met some wonderful people through this little blog of mine, done some amazing courses that I've loved and found a home for (some of) the millions of photos that I take.

Thank you for being part of my journey, for sharing my photos and words and for your words of encouragement and support.  If you'd seen me a year ago, I don't think you'd recognise me as the same person now.  This year has been such a gift.

So, get yourself a nice cup of tea and a piece of cake and celebrate with me.  It really has been a great year.


  1. I am wishing you such a

    You are such a sweet friend.
    I'm so glad you found your voice... for it is beautiful in all the ways you express yourself.
    I can't wait to see what another year will bring! :)

    I hope you eat cake and dance and sing and make it the very best day!

    XOX Tracie

  2. Becs,

    Wishing you a truly joyous birthday and an astounding year filled with creativity ahead.

    I am so glad that we shared FYE together and that you have become part of my circle.

    To cake!

  3. Thank you so much for your comments and good wishes.
    @Tracie, thank you for all your amazing support and friendship, I'm looking forward to the year ahead too.:)
    @Brenda, so pleased to have found you via FYE too. And absolutely; to cake!:)
    @Leanne, thank you! So pleased to have found you via FYE too.
    Wishing you all a fabulous week. x

  4. How Great and Fabulous this year has been!
    So First, wishing you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And lots of more great things for the year to come.
    Sometime it takes a bit of courage to start on the road, but here you go, you did it and it's fantastic.

  5. Thank you so much MarieHarmony and thank you for all your support. Have a great week.:)

  6. Happy (belated) birthday, Becs! I'm so glad to have met you through Kat's class. I love that photo of your daughter, too. I can't wait to see what this next year will bring for you.
    Best, Lee

  7. Happy Belated Birthday! I hope it was wonderful!
    Look forward to getting to see more of your work and getting to know you a bit through Creative Courage!

  8. Hi Lee, thank you and it lovely to have met you too through Kat's class.:)

    Hi Kristen, Looking forward to getting to know you too. Thank you for visiting and commenting.:)

  9. Happy Happy Birthday - and I'm so glad you had a wonderful year! I hope the upcoming year will be just as special!! xo


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