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Oh those darn New Year's resolutions

Updated: Oct 30, 2019

Don't we all do this? Every year, there are those resolutions. From weight loss to less time in social networks, more time with friends and family, more traveling, less stress... and the list goes on and on. And then January 1st comes and goes and we are all back to normal. Now, I dare a couple of resolutions for the next year yet again. I am looking forward to finally working out of my personal photo studio. I am finally not depending on the weather anymore. Life is getting better! I can't wait to dive into glamour portrait photography and photograph as many wonderful people as possible, including finally doing a photo session with my husband. I also would like to dedicate some of my time to those who are less fortunate and give them a memorable moment, let them forget the daily struggles and worries. I have many ideas I would like to realize and hopefully I will be able to do just that.

Last year was a year of gain and loss. I lost a wonderful and very close friend to cancer. I really never got to photograph her, other than with my iPhone, on our various day trips we experienced together. My resolution is that this will never happen again. She was an amazing human being, full of life, beauty and temperament. She was an amazing dancer (yes, I missed those pictures, too), she was smart, funny and loving. When she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, we often talked about a photo session, but the cancer was faster than we were. Through her I also gained a lot. I learned that life is not supposed to be postponed to the next day. I learned that the moment is more important than tomorrow. I learned how to take care of her and how to make her life as comfortable as possible. I learned how important it is to be surrounded by good and loving friends. I learned how to say good-bye.

She left me with many good lessons and with a beautiful group of new friends. Her circle of friends became my circle of friends. I hope I will be able to do her justice. My resolution for the next years to come is not to pass a single photo opportunity, simply because it could be the last and one-and-only opportunity.

I am looking forward to the New Year. I am looking forward to a successful, prosperous New Year, full of memorable photo assignments. My resolution is to appreciate life, friends, family and embrace new opportunities.

I wish you all the same successful, prosperous, and above all, peaceful New Year. And I leave you with just a few iPhone pictures of my best friend, whose name and memories are carved in my heart and not on a tombstone and whose legacy is etched into the minds of many friends who will cherish her memories and share those wonderful stories about her.

Happy New Year 2019!

On our many walks and hikes with Luna

Animal lover Halina, on our walk through George Reiffel bird sanctuary.

The most photogenic people, my husband and Halina at my husband's 60th birthday.

A great sunny day at Kitsilano beach, Vancouver

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