I have always been a believer in the fact that a grateful heart makes a happy life. I am aware that this is not always and easy mind set to maintain because life so often gets in the way. Things go wrong, relationships break down, jobs are lost, loved ones pass away… There is a long list of things that can get in the way of you being grateful for this one precious life that you have been given.
The first 6 months of 2015 were some of the hardest, most emotional months I have ever faced. I found myself on many a night sitting alone thinking about how this was undoubtedly shaping up to be one of the worst years of my life.
It was on one of these nights that I decided, as you know, to plan a 6 month trip around Europe. Now as the trip and the year come to and end, I find myself again sitting alone at night, this time in wonder.
Over the last 6 months I have been to some beautiful places, reconnected with old friends, made amazing new ones, gained confidence, redefined my photography style, completely rekindled my love for photography on the whole and found a new place to call home (more about this later). To say I am grateful for the journey I have been on would be the understatement of the century.
So I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to my wonderful clients, to everyone of my friends who helped me with somewhere to stay during my travels, to the amazing people I met along the way (some who will be friends for life and others who made the time spent travelling go by quicker and with more laughs) and to the ones who danced the night away with me or went on explorations and adventures. There are too many to name you all individually but you know who you are. My trip was made better because you were a part of it.
Most of all (to my shock), I am grateful for all the obstacles I went through during the first 6 months of the year. Without them I may never have had the courage to go. I would not have learnt what I have, met the people I have met, or become the person I now am.
So, with my last blog post of the year, in honour of the journey, this is a little over view of some of my favourite images from the last 6 months. Thank you 2015, I am grateful…