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.