Another one bites the dust | atlanta portrait photographer

January 03, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

So long 2017! It was real and it was fun...I guess that makes it real fun. I'm not going to say that 2017 was a bad year for me because it wasn't. Sure there were some things that happened throughout the year, but things happen throughout life. What am I going to do? Pout about it until things get better or fix my attitude to fix the situation? I chose to do the latter. Just like I choose happiness. Every year I have the same resolution and that is to be happy. What else is there? If you're not happy you really can't enjoy anything. Tomorrow is never promised so get as much joy, peace, and love out of today that you can. 

For starters, in 2017 three of my six sisters and one of my cousins and I have started a regular tradition of meeting for brunch every fourth Sunday. We pick restaurants that we have never been to and eat there. We enjoy each others' company and the food. We've eaten at some delicious establishments like Thumbs Up Diner in downtown Decatur, Holler and Dash on Howell Mill and Cafe 458 in Atlanta, which "helps to empower homeless individuals to achieve economic self-sufficiency." For more information on Cafe 458, you can click here.

By the way, we aren't leaving out our other three sisters. It's just that two live out of state and another lives out of town. 

Also this year my husband was able to finish up his treatment for prostate cancer and he is doing quite well. Here we are waiting for The Last Jedi to start. We had an afternoon date while our son was at school. Hey, you've got to get it in when you can!

He's really not one for selfies, but he tolerated this one! 

Other good news is that my son graduated from Wadsworth Magnet School for High Achievers and started middle school. It was a scary transition and the road to get there was paved rather roughly. Once he was acclimated to his new environment I witnessed him having fun marching in the school band. That was a real treat for me being a former band member myself. I would post the video but there are a lot of kids in the video with him and I don't have permission to post their images. Sorry. Moving on... one of my sisters was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society on her journey to be a chef. I was so happy for her. 

Oh, my husband's cousin published his first book last year too! Pick up the Scourage by R. Tilden Smith. I'd love to give a review, but unfortunately I haven't read it yet. I'm looking forward to carving out some time to do just that.

Let's see...what else? Oh, I participated in my "sista from another mista's" Glow Photo Series featuring women of color. First I assisted in photographing one segment and then I participated in her exhibit. What a joy and an honor to be included. Chanel is like my little sister and I cherish that. If you'd like to find out more about the Glow Photo Series, click here.

How can I forget that my husband and I celebrated 18 years of marriage last year? I'm still in awe of that. It makes me think about all of the discussions that I've read where people hate to hear that marriage is hard. I guess in the grand scheme of things marriage isn't really hard. It's just something that needs to be worked on and not taken for granted. It's just like a flower. If the flower doesn't get adequate rain, sun and have good soil then it will wither away and die. Same with a marriage. It must be cultivated in order to grow. And it's also a give and take type of thing. Not in the sense where one person gives and the other takes, but in the sense of compromise. Nothing should ever be "my way or the highway". That's a good way to have someone ride that highway right out the door.

Climbing down off my soapbox now...Last year has really been good to me. Has it been perfect? Oh hell no. But that is what I'm focusing on. I think one of the best things was me turning 50. Now that's a milestone! I know people complain about getting older but getting older is a privilege. My gray hairs are a privilege. My wisdom is a privilege. Okay, so I don't really like some of the aches and pains I have, nor do I like that it takes me longer to heal than it used to, but that's part of the package. My 50th birthday celebration was awesome. No, I didn't go to Vegas or Hawai'i. Heck, I didn't leave the state. But what I did do was spend time with two of my sisters, my best friend in the whole world, my favorite cousin and two other wonderful women whom I am very close to. There was so much love and joy surrounding me, how could I not enjoy myself. If you want to read about my epic celebration, you can do so here.

There were so many great moments for me last year. If I tried to recount all of them we'd be here for quite a while and honestly I think you might have better things to do. Like I mentioned earlier, this year hasn't been all fun and games but it wasn't filled with disaster either. We are all going to have bad days here and there. It's not what happens to you that matters, it's how you handle it. There are still fires to put out, but I am happy that I have a fire extinguisher to help with that task. Happy New Year everyone and I look forward to creating 51 more blogs for you this year! Hey, if there's anything you have a question about regarding photography or would like to have me write about, let me know! I'm trying to keep you all interested, not bore you to death. Plus, it always makes me feel good when you feel my blog is good enough to share with your friends and family. If you don't feel that way, maybe you shouldn't tell me. Or maybe you should. You never know what type of fruit a little information like that will bear. 

 


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