Well, here we are…another year gone by and another chance to reflect on all the little details and moments that make my job such a joy. My annual “favorites” blog has become somewhat of a diary entry if you will, (2016 can be viewed here) and this year will be no exception. I have been thinking a lot about success and failure lately. Growing up, my parents had this poster hung up on a wall in our house. The top was titled “PS, I Love You” followed by a bunch of musings and nice sayings about life, love, and happiness. My siblings and I used to joke around about it, teasing my mom (per usual) for choosing this piece of art. I came across this poster recently, hidden in a corner at my parents house. Instead of looking at the lines and laughing, I realize how true so many of these little tid bits are (my Instagram description for one!). Another that has stuck in my head is “No failure is ever final, nor is any success.” The older I get, the more these words ring true. As of today, I feel like what was once just an idea has turned into something that I never could’ve imagined. I feel like many of my goals have been reached sooner than anticipated. I feel like my amazing clients are the perfect mix of cool and kind, stylish and laid back, and effortlessly happy and in love. More than anything, I feel like I need to pinch myself. This obviously did not happen overnight and anyone who knows me knows how much passion has gone into Sweet Lady Jane Photography. Blood, sweat, and tears to ensure a life that includes time spent with my children and time spent doing what I love the most…capturing and creating love stories. But a part of me just can’t help but feel very very lucky. As I move into my fifth year in business, I know that success is not a given. Success is something that needs to stoked like the flames of a fire. And one thing is for sure…I do not and will not take one second for granted. 2017 was such a beautiful year. It’s so hard to put into words just how grateful I am for each and every couple who invited me in to witness such an important day. But I am. So grateful. To all my 2017 couples: thank you from the bottom of my heart. To my 2018 couples: get ready!! We are going to have so much fun and I can’t wait!