Seriously, I feel like this one will go down in the record books as.....well...something. Most celebrity deaths, maybe? The election was....interesting. That's all I got to say about that, I guess.
It's the year we said Goodbye to Bowie and Prince and Leonard Cohen and freakin' SNAPE, man.
It's the year I said HELLO to "Hamilton"....and haven't been able to let it go since.
I had a baby. I quit a job. I celebrated 10 years of marriage.
Some folks are calling 2016 "the worst"....but there are silver linings everywhere. I choose to believe.
I started the year in a bit of limbo, honestly. I was still working at the Assisted Living facility and we were a week away from opening the doors and moving in our first residents. The situation unraveled quite quickly, with my urging, in all honesty. I was quite pregnant and the stress of being embroiled in a director-ship that was just NOT right for me was really eating away at me. When you know you are in a place you don't belong, every day becomes a struggle to find a way to bow out as gracefully as possible.
So, I resigned. I resigned the post and resigned myself....to building Type A back up to a full time, ass-kicking unstoppable train of awesome.
I had spent the better part of the 2 years prior working on other people's dreams....feverishly but foolishly, I think. I abandoned my own. And I paid for it.
I concentrated hard on finishing up my pregnancy healthy and happy....and getting Type A back to thriving status.
By the time Bridget joined us on April 26, I had booked up my 2016 season and senior bookings were starting to pour in.
Thankfully, my wayward year of chasing my ideals elsewhere wasn't an incurable misstep.
You can ALWAYS start again.
We were able to welcome Bridget Frances Reseburg with happiness, open-arms, and a sense of calm that I am forever thankful for. I've also been able to stay home with her since her birth, which is absolutely ideal for us.
Things always have a way of working themselves out, I find. Even if the road to seeing is long.
I found this year that by really concentrating hard on reaching my ideal client, I was able to book some pretty incredible weddings. This is the first year I really tried to put out into the world a sense of who Type A is FOR. What stories I really wanted to tell and what clients would most benefit from my vision.
It all sounds like a lot of sale-sy mumbo jumbo, but it's pretty incredible how enjoyable your job can be when you connect with your clients on a level deeper than just "hired help".
Yes, I am a service provider. But Type A can be so much more.
The word "authentic" is batted around quite a bit these days....but the older I get, the more I come to discover WHO I am....(and who I'm NOT)....and just how much I may care (or not care) what people think about that.
I am authentically nerdy, to the core. I love turn-of-the century period pieces. I was SO born too late. I obsess over various fandoms and I love all manner of grunge rock, even if it past it's prime some time ago. Historical non-fiction makes me giddy. Documentaries are my jam. I won't miss Jeopardy.
I have listened to the Hamilton soundtrack about a bazillion times this year and I still adore it. Lin-Manuel Miranda is my spirit animal.
I will clear my schedule for some Sherlock. An exciting Friday night for me is filling out a new dayplanner with different colored gel pens. I love lists. I love order. I love planning. I love quiet.
I am by no means cool, in the conventional sense. But, I'm finally becoming okay with who I am and what I love.
I think, in some way, that helped Type A connect with people. I hope to do more of that in 2017
Fall was all about Seniors. About 3 years ago I decided I wanted to concentrate my portrait work primarily on Senior Portraits, and I got to work marketing my patootie off.
I had read that it takes about 3 years to solidify a Senior Portrait market.
And yeah, that's about right.
I FINALLY moved my studio to a killer space in Milton, WI and it allowed me to expand my creativity with respect to Senior studio portraits.
I love shooting Seniors and I've set some lofty goals for myself for 2017 with regards to the Senior Portrait game.
I'm currently looking for 2018 Grads who would like to join the Type A Model Team.....know anyone? Click on the website link to fill out an application.
Fall was also about beginning to dream forward....and a lot of that was planning a move. I started to realize in 2016 that I think we have outgrown Beloit, WI. It will always be my hometown, but it's never really felt like "home", if that makes any sense at all.
Beloit has made some incredible, laudable strides in the past few years and I've been happy to be a part of some of those.
But, I realized I missed a lot of things about living nearer to a bigger city. I felt a pull to move our family for some time now and in 2017 we are going to do everything in our power to make that happen. Whether that means buying or building.
I can't say I'm terribly sad to see 2016 go.....2017 holds a lot of promise so I'm ready to get going on it.
I hope to dream more, worry less.
Read more, nap more, eat better, and hit CrossFit on a regular basis....as much as my body can withstand!
I want to spend more time with the kids....who will only be kids for so long.
I want to move upwards and onwards....find home. Settle in. Create memories.
Is 2017 going to be "my year"....who knows....but I'm ready to take it on and see!