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2020: A year of taking control of your life

This year has been incredibly difficult for a lot of people. It's the first time in our generation that the whole world is hurting. With the connection of social media and the internet we are able to see it in real time, instead of waiting months or even years to find out what is happening in other states and countries. Some may think this is a benefit, while some may think of it negatively. I'm not sure how I feel about it.

What I do know, is that if you do not take control of your life, it will take control of you. And I don't think anyone truly likes to be controlled by outside factors. Not having social media and all the distractions the younger generations have nowadays really benefited me when I was younger. I have this love of being connected with people, but this distaste for it because of the time it has wasted in my life over the last decade. In my opinion, the generations that are growing up with phones constantly in their hands are not going to have the benefit of knowing a life without self imposed distractions. Beeps and chimes and notifications are a common occurrence today, when it used to be friends riding up on bicycles, doorbells, and ringing phones that were attached to walls in the kitchen. The distractions are endless, and will only increase as time passes.

I have always dabbled in photography and videography and all things creative. It's been a hobby of mine since before I can even remember. I laugh when I think of the way we used to take selfies with disposable cameras, anxiously waiting for our film to get developed, only to find out that we missed half of our heads trying to capture the photograph. I would bring my sketchbook, beads, art supplies... you name it, and it was everywhere with me. I would get so embarrassed when my mom would tell people that I would even bring my sketchbook in the bathroom with me. Today, I honestly think that there is something special about that. John Maxwell, world renowned leadership author and speaker, says that the secret is in your disciplined daily habits. Malcolm Gladwell, author of the book Outliers, speaks of how to become an expert; the common thread is spending 10,000 hours perfecting one’s craft. I truly believe that I honed my creative skills all throughout my childhood and early adult years, and I would not have some of these talents if I hadn't done so. My prayer for future generations is for them to realize how to maximize their time and not waste a decade or more scrolling through other people's highlight reels, constantly comparing other people's bests to their own lives.

This year has brought so many ups, but mostly downs for people. Honestly, I was sick of being sick and tired of letting all of these outside factors dictate my life. Creating that daily discipline to check things off my list has helped me immensely, and I hope it can inspire you to do the same. No one is perfect, and I certainly am not either. However, I know that if I can change a few daily habits with how undisciplined I was, that anyone can! So, the day has finally come, and I created a website.

Photography has evolved in my life from disposable cameras and flip phones, to DSLR cameras and expensive lenses. I am so excited to share all of the photos and memories I am going to be able to capture for people! Looking back through my camera roll and reminiscing has always been a favorite of mine, and I hope to be able to work with many more people in the future who love to do the same. Stay happy and healthy, and I'll see you from behind my camera lens!

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