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When Life Gets Real

In December I started reflecting on the crazy year that unfolded. There were so many highs and lows like any year. I also spent some time looking over the photos of photographers that I admired and decided I needed to create a personal project for myself. I really enjoyed the idea of a 365 project. I would love to say I came up with the idea on my own but I can't take the credit. I purchased Ashley Marston's online course which pushed me into this self project. January first rolled around and I was full of inspiration. When the clock struck midnight on New Years Eve I was ready for 2020, like many others I thought this was going to be my year full of personal growth. I was going to network, jump out of my comfort zone, document love and life, and enjoy.

Two weeks later life seemed to bulldoze over all over my ideas of what 2020 was going to be. Since then things have proceeded to snow ball until now. I have never been one to throw out my personal life all over the media so all I will say is My family has suffered through a lot of grief and tragedy so far this year but we are strong and take things day by day. I truly believe, and honestly have to believe everything happens for a higher reason. Even if you don't understand it now there is a reason.

January melted into February, February blended into March, And suddenly I woke up and it was April. Now that it seems like my personal life has plateaued, the world has come to a stop. As much as this COVID-19 virus is terrifying and social distancing is hard I am thankful for a stand still. I have been able to set my computer aside, not worry about getting behind on editing, and I don't have a swarm of emails to catch up on. I hope no one reads this and thinks that I am happy about the virus because that is definitely not the case. I am thankful that I can be still and focus on healing. Part of my healing journey was continuing my 365 project. Even when all of my other resolutions and goals got tossed aside I needed to keep this project going for myself and my family. I hope these photos will be a reminder there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Here are some of my favourites from the past couple of months.

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