Hibernating in Seattle – Lifestyle Photographer

Looking back at the past six weeks of winter, the weeks where I forced myself into hibernation, and now as I am emerging from this time of stillness, I’m feeling fortunate. It’s not the sleepy kind of hibernation that the bears or a queen bee might enjoy; no, it definitely wasn’t that. It was real, honest time that I reserved to be reflective on the growth of my business and mindful of where I plan to take it in this New Year. My winter hibernation has also been a time to be fully present with my family during the holiday season; following old traditions and making new ones. I started a family Christmas journal when my daughter was born three years ago and every year at Christmas time, we hand journal our thoughts and memories in a small leather book. The journal also helps me remember that this last year, my daughter wished for a “chocolate cookie” from Santa, but cried when she sat on his lap. Such a teaser!

And then my hibernation turned physical; the last four weeks challenged my mind and body with a clean eating cleanse. Yeah, say it with me. Ouch. I am happy to share that I have been caffeine free for going on a month now and I feel outrageously glorious! I’m a regular at Zeitgeist and you should have seen the eyebrow-raised-look on my barista’s face when I dropped my usual tall Americano order for a short decaf drip at 7:30 in the morning. While I did kick my caffeine habit, I also picked up a new one. I am a tea drinking fool! I rediscovered herbal tea and found a whole new appreciation for it, tried different flavors and found new favorites. All the pain of detoxing was definitely worth the healthier habits that I’ve gained.

What’s next. Everything! My feet are wrapped in a wool blanket (my feet are always cold) at the moment and I hear fog horns blowing in the distance. Where in the world am I? I’ve been spending a whole weekend bunkered down in a beach house on Whidbey Island with a charge to conceptualize and refine the details of my business plan for this year, next year and the next ten. I am overcome by motivation and excitement just by looking at how much I’ve accomplished this past year. I was able to cross off some BIG goals, too, and it’s deeply uplifting to see that the growth of my work is fueled by my passion, incredible clients and new friends that I’ve come to know. I sit here in a beach house to laser my focus and exit hibernation with full abandon as I start seeking and pursuing the next phase of my goals for the year. Boy, I’m excited for all the growth that I know is ahead of me.

Hibernating is one of the smartest things I’ve done for myself and it might just turn into regular thing. I highly recommend it!

//Winter Hibernation//Discovery Park//December 2013//

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Seattle Discovery Park Family Wedding Engagement Photographer Winter
Seattle Discovery Park Family Wedding Engagement Photographer Winter
Seattle Discovery Park Family Wedding Engagement Photographer Winter
Seattle Discovery Park Family Wedding Engagement Photographer Winter

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