Today is my 28th birthday. I'm one more year older and hopefully one more year wiser. I am definitely, however, one more year happier.
In this past year I have been on so many adventures; a 33 city tour, traveled to Dubai, wrote a new book, hired multiple employees, starting seeing my first grey hair, met wonderful people, and have grown as a person. I am equally happy for my personal growth and my business growth. I have come to understand myself more, and am in a place where I feel comfortable with my life, my career, and in my own skin. Each day I wake up happy, even if exhausted, and I know that in and of itself is an accomplishment. I feel proud and excited for what comes ahead in all facets of my life. I don't have nostalgia for the past because I'm so excited for whats coming next and simply enjoying the moments I have now.
Today I am celebrating that beautiful year past and the beautiful year to come... and there is no other way I would want to spend my birthday.
I have chosen to spend my birthday LIVE with all of you on creativeLIVE! I have the honor and pleasure of teaching thousands of photographers that I have never met, and possibly never will meet, yet we share a deep connection with our love of photography. Our passions unite us, and I feel that no matter timezone, continent, or generation, we all have an understanding that supersedes words and distance.
One of my central missions in photographic education is to help people save time and frustration, and help them be able to reach their goals and embrace their passions sooner and more successfully. To help people conquer their fears and be inspired. That's how I get to spend my birthday.
Today I get to teach to tens of thousands of energetic photographers that share the same values, aspirations and passions as myself. I could not be happier that at the age of 28 I am able to do what I love for a living. Every day I spend pouring my heart and soul into the career and life I want. I work hard. Without a doubt I work hard pretty much every day of my life, but I am endlessly rewarded by the way that I see my own work grow and also growth in the lives and careers of those I teach.
Thank you all for giving me a wonderful gift-- supporting me, following me, and being inspired with me-- all of you allowing me to do what I love for a living. That you for the greatest birthday gift...EVER.
PS: Thanks to my parents for helping me navigate the somewhat difficult waters I sometimes encounter, and for Jeff, my love, being a constant support. Love you all so much. I miss you guys on my birthday and wish you were here to share it with me.