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January 1, 2016

Happy New Years friends! It's 2016 and today is the first blank page of a 365 page book. A new year brings with it new beginnings and the opportunity for new adventures and growth. Some start the year by reflecting on all the positive events of the previous year, while some set their eyes on the future and make new resolutions. 

 

 

I am not sure about you, but I have a confession to make - I have never loved making New Years resolutions. Now before you all gasp and judge my lack of respect for this time honored tradition, I should clarify. I love making resolutions but I am atrociously bad at staying resolute. (Now can you relate?

 

 

Over the years, my goals have covered the realistic "spend more time with friends" to the enthusiastic "become a yogi, find inner peace"  to the irrational "move to the Shire and live with the Hobbits".

 

Suffice it to say, they never seem to work. 

 

Despite my apparent lack of success at convincing my travel agent to book me a flight to Middle-Earth, I still find it difficult not to want to plan new goals and adventures as I celebrate the end of an amazing year with friends and family. With all the exciting career changes I have undergone in 2015, I've decided to forgo personal resolutions this year and focus solely on new business goals for 2016. In order to stay accountable for my ambitious dreams, I'd like to share my top goals with you today, as a witness to my aspirations. 

 

 

Goal #1:  Learn to photograph like Jose Villa.

 

 

Ok. I'll admit that wanting to shoot like Jose Villa might be a bit optimistic for only a single year, but its one shot at a time. I am incredibly fortunate to work with some amazing photographers in Kamloops and the Shuswap that have inspired me to become a better photographer and to more often display my creative inspirations. 

 

First up on the path to photographic genius is buying a new camera.

Check. 

 

Next up, learn how to use the camera by enrolling in Exposure Kamloops 101 to 104 classes. 

Check. 

 

Last but not least, practice practice practice. I apologize in advance to my faithful followers, clients, friends and family. You may end up with a Facebook page flooded with photos of anything and everything I find beautiful or you may end up in a photo yourself. For those in the latter category, fair warning that Photoshop is not on my goals list this year (run while you still can). 

 

 

 

Goal #2:  Read "The Stuff of Life" by Hilary Robertson cover to cover.

 

This beautiful book was a gift from my sister for Christmas and focuses on styling and displaying all of the beautiful possessions we accumulate in our day-to-day lives. If you are a collector of all things pretty and timeless, like me, this read is for you.

 

                          Photo from "The Stuff of Life" by Hillary Robertson. 

 

 

Goal #3:  Attend a styling workshop by Joy Thigpen.

 

If I have to fly, drive, walk or crawl, it is my biggest dream to learn from the creative mind of Joy Thigpen. This incredible woman is a pioneer in style composition and her work continues to inspire creativity in me every day. I really believe that sometimes in order to see self-improvement, all you have to do is listen and learn.   

 

      Styling by Joy Thigpen. Photo by Jose Villa

       

 

Goal #4:  Host the first Wild Sage Events booth at Kamloops Bridal Fair. 

 

Last but not least, this goal may be the most important and also the first to be realized in 2016. It is my absolutely pleasure to announce that Wild Sage Events will be a registered exhibitor at this year's Kamloops Bridal Fair hosted by Thompson Rivers University on January 31st, 2016. I am so proud to be able to meet newly engaged couples and their families and to showcase the projects that Wild Sage Events has undertaken in the last year. If you are engaged or know someone who is, I highly recommend you attend this event. Some of the best local vendors will be gathered to help you along your planning journey and there will be no better place to see their work first hand. We'd love to say hello, so please stop by our booth and let us know what you think! 

 

 

No matter what your goals and resolutions are for 2016, I wish you all a Happy New Year filled with happiness, love and success.

 

Remember, this is the first blank page of a 365 page book. 

 

Make it a good one.

 

 

 

 

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