Kissing good-bye 2009


There's something hugely fulfilling about starting a new decade and reflecting on not only the past year, but the previous 9 others that when combined make up a little less than 1/3 of my life.

I remember when I was in the 4th grade and turned 10, and a friend's birthday card exclaimed how significant that was- moving into the double digits- and just how grown-up we felt. And now that I've ticked off two more, each feeling just as weighty as the first, I have settled into my 30s comfortably and believe that this is most definitely the best decade yet.

It's crazy that just since 2000 I graduated from college and jumped right into my first job in Washington, DC. Photographing presidents, rock stars, sports legends and breaking news, I did things then I'm not sure I'd have the courage to do again now. I lived on my own for the first time, and navigated a busy city better than many locals, loving every bit of the adventure. Until September 11, 2001. That day changed a lot for me in the way I observed news and my role in it. I felt jolted awake and my perspective was shifted enough to allow me to walk away from a promising long-term career in Washington just a few years after. Saying farewell to my newsroom colleagues, I moved to Maine in 2004 and pursued my then side wedding business full speed ahead.

In the last decade I bought my first car, my first home, my first dog; I became an aunt; I founded emilie inc. as we know it, opened a studio, and photographed more than 250 weddings; I started a non-profit, a workshop, a directory and a networking group; traveled to more places than I can count; I found myself; I found love 3,000 miles away, invited him to Maine and married him.

For weeks I have been eagerly anticipating January 1st's arrival, excited at the symbolism associated with it as a fresh start, clean slate, new beginning- or however you prefer to exclaim it. With all the huge changes and challenges of the past year and decade, I've never felt more solid in who I am and what I want to make of this new year and the decade ahead. For 2010, my theme is hope. What's yours? In addition to anticipated growth at emilie inc., I also hope that 2010 might bring a new little life (no, nothing to announce yet) and the continued love and friendship from family, beloved friends and the best clients I could dream of.

Wishing you all a healthy and prosperous 2010!

Pink Initiative Hope poster above available for download on the Color Me Inspired blog here.


  1. That's lovely! I especially liked the snapshot decade, since we are new friends! 3 cheers to our health and to the continued pursuit of our dreams!

  2. A new little life? That makes me even more excited to keep following your blog. Happy New Year!

  3. Wow, Em! In order to top the last decade, you're going to have to have 22 children, become president or prime minister of some country or another, and cure cancer. Better get started! If anyone can do it, you can.

    Looking forward to experiencing our friendship in its fifthdecade! (Ack! Can that be right???)

  4. Hi Emilie ,) I like your new year proposal for Hope! And I want to say that, I hope this year is the most fun, the most productive and the most successful year everrr! Happy 2010!! And may all your new dreams come true! ,)

  5. This is beautiful Emilie!
    I have been trying to think of a way to recap my own last decade, and it seems so overwhelming, thank you for helping me to simplify my own thoughts on looking back . And though I had nothing to do with all you have accomplished over the last decade, I am so proud of you. Proud of you as an artist, a woman, an entrepreneur and a friend. I know this decade will be another incredible chapter in your journey!


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