Happy 26th Birthday To Me! | A New Website and Blog

Today's my birthday! My Golden Birthday, to be exact! 26 on the 26th. I feel like I've been waiting for this day for a long time; 26 has always been my favorite number!

To celebrate, I thought I'd take a look back over the past 365 days. You can't know where you're going until you know where you've been, right? Something like that. 

This past year was FILLED with adventure and traveling, much like the previous 4 years. New countries added this year were Canada, New Zealand and Fiji - definitely the trip of a lifetime! I also spent a week in Iceland exploring more of the country. I had a 36-hour layover there 4 years ago and I flew through Reykjavik several times a year, but it was really amazing to stop and spend time there. The best part was that my lovely friend Andrea came with me, and Corné flew from Holland to meet us there! We had three days of amazing weather which was really lucky. We even got to see the Midnight Sun on the Summer Solstice!! Definitely a bucket list item of mine I can now check off :)

After Iceland, Andrea and I went to spend a few days in Germany to visit my friend Alec and explore a bit! Have I mentioned how much I love German food? Om nom nom. Can't wait to go back.

The rest of the year was spent bouncing around between Holland and the United States. I visited 16 different states, mostly for work, and also had an epic road trip with my friend Julie from Las Vegas -> LA -> San Francisco -> Portland -> Vancouver BC -> Seattle. 

I photographed 111 Portrait Sessions and 4 weddings. WOW. No wonder I was so tired by the end of 2014! I learned a big lesson about making time for myself and also my friends and family. This year I am scaling back my work load a lot in order to seek a better work/life balance. I'm nearly 5 months into that goal and it's working out pretty well, I'm happy to say!

Thank you to all of my friends, family and clients who made this year such a special one. Looking forward to what 26 has to offer!

Here's what 25 looked like: