2016: Time to Bloom

It's my favorite time of year. The Earth takes a collective refresh, affirming our desire to do better, to be better. Call it resolve, call it a goal, call it a dream - whatever it is to you, it's important and it matters.

I'll be honest and tell you that 2016 is rather the mystery to me. This past year was the one I'd waited for all my life: I was getting married, I was hitting a milestone age, I had a job I loved, and family surrounded us all the way through it. You know when people say, "This will be your year!" Well, that's 2015 personified for me. 

And while it was a good year, I've come to discover that it wasn't the year. A wedding isn't the end of all good things. Turning 30 isn't the end of all good things. And on, and on. There is still much left to do, adventures to unfold, people to meet who will matter for years to come. 

I am looking at 2016, the unknown year, with great expectancy and hope. Matty and I have some rather large dreams, and we're taking the baby-steps, running starts, leaps, and bounds to see them take shape. I know that failure is on the path to success. I know that pain appears when you least expect it. I know that life isn't easy. It's all true. But I also know that joy is real, it's powerful, and it lives within us. I have a good life and that part isn't going to change. 

So here's to risk, to voyaging into the unknown, and to letting what's inside of us truly bloom.

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin

Photos by Matthew Chatburn Studio