I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for a year to be over, 2016 was just a really bad year for everyone. So happy new year everyone!!
That was a hell of a long year that went by pretty quick. It seemed like for every one good thing that happened ten bad things would happen. Some relationships grew stronger while others faded away and of course, sauce was was burnt.
That’s not to say the entire year was bad. I traveled A LOT, I had some pretty big career growth and worked on bigger, better projects and a couple long term ones. My network grew more and had a chance to shine on some big projects. I’m extremely grateful for the people who reached out and brought me on their projects no matter how big or small or whether it was new or old connections. It also means the world to me when someone hires me or buys a print.
I switched website providers to SmugMug so prints are available for purchase directly from Bay Photo on my website. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a really long time and I finally made it happen.
This year I traveled to:
- Sequoia National Park
- Yosemite National Park
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Sedona Arizona
- Big Sur California
- Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
- San Francisco California
- Mount Rainier National Park
- Olympic National Park
- North Cascades National Park
- Blairsville Georgia
- Vogel State Park
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Horseshoe Bend Arizona
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Arches National Park
- Canyonlands National Park
- Rocky Mountain National Park
Being in nature is the greatest escape to get away from life, work, drama and anything that’s on your mind. Being in the middle of nowhere is the best (and sometimes scariest) feeling ever. Most of the time there’s no cell reception which means no one can get to you. It’s just you and nature, no one telling you what to do and not having a care in the world except whats going on in the moment. Second greatest feeling ever, next to being in love.
Tentatively one of my goals for 2017 is to travel somewhere once a month whether it’s a big or small trip I’m going to try really hard to make it happen. And of course balance work and relationships in there somewhere. My trip for Iceland is already booked for July, I guess I’ll be spending my birthday there. 10 years ago I spent my birthday in Venice Italy. It must be a sign! 😉
Helicopter rides (aerial photography) are also really big on my list which is one of the ways to take my work to the next level.
Currently this is what I have planned (subject to change of course):
- New Zealand
- Calgary Canada – Yoho NP, Jasper NP, Banff NP
- Yellowstone National Park
- Glacier National Park
- Alaska – Denali NP, Kenai Fjords NP
- Oregon – Colombia River Gorge, Crater Lake NP, Mt. Hood
- New York
- Vermont (for a possible job)
This is where it 2016 sucked.
One of the biggest bummers of the year that tops everything and will for a long time was one of my best friends passing away. We went through film school together, we had the same job (DIT), we learned everything about DIT’ing together and I honestly wouldn’t be as successful at my job without him. I think about him in some capacity every single day and beyond miss him. I have a “tribute” tattoo drawn up I’m going to get done at some point early next year. And yes, it’s a tree.
RIP Tri Nguyen – You went way too young – gone but not forgotten.
Aside from my best friend dying I had another big life situation that just about killed me and made me question my existence (that’s why I traveled so much). I can’t really talk about it in specifics but lets just say something was going in the right direction after a long time of progress and it just did a total 180.
After that there was definitely some sleepless nights and anxiety. I stopped working for two months because I couldn’t function anymore aside from going to the gym and traveling. Things are ok now but only time will tell if it’ll return to that state.
One really good thing that came out of this year was signing up at the gym and actually sticking with it. Within a years time I haven’t really lost any weight like I had hoped but lost a lot of inches and gained a ton of muscle, which I’m very happy with. Next year I plan on getting more serious about that. #FitBeard
With all of that being said I’m hopeful 2017 will and has to be better than 2016. It literally has to be. I don’t think the world can handle another 2016.
Every year I always say the next year is going to be “bigger and better and more awesome!” but after 2016 I’m a little skeptical, I guess we’ll see and hope for the best.
“Dark is the path in the absence of light. Compelled to cherish beauty in longing, cling on love amidst the suffering.”