2018 a reflection and a look forward | Sherry Penner Photography

2018 it was another big year in may ways, and I am reminded of the saying, “beginnings are usually scary, endings are usually sad, but its everything in between that makes it all worth living” {Bob Marley}. The beginning of 2018 started with the loss of another pillar of our foundation, Josh’s Dad, Bill.  Gone too soon, too young, too much left to do. Leaving so many questions about how to move on without the guidance of a parent. What we have learned in these last two years is to try and really live life, it’s not easy, the every day sneaks up and takes over and time passes without hardly a thought, or memory.

What I am working toward in 2019 is to judge less, myself as well as others, we all judge but its harmful and hurtful and serves no purpose what so ever. I will try harder to LOVE first and LIVE for moments instead of for some unknown future. Days slip away to years so quickly.

I have found myself watching others who go against the grain and find a way to live their authentic life, I admire that very much and that is what I am striving for in 2019. Personally I have some work to do, professionally I think I took a lot of steps toward this in my business that will really turn 2019 in to a great year of growth and prosperity. I am excited for 2019. In 2018 I learned how to set smaller daily goals that move me toward larger monthly goals and big life achievements and I will continue to do that in 2019.

On the home front our plan is to slow down and take the time to know each other again and again and again. We look forward to a year of travel, exploration and learning new things. The kids are getting older, more independent and now is that time to really be present in their lives, to be their pillars of foundation, to set them up with a lifetime of memories to cherish because, as another saying goes “there is no guarantee of tomorrow”. There is a big lesson to be learned here. The lesson I have learned is to make sure we make the memories happen…..and take lots of pictures:)

I wish you all a happy, healthy, prosperous year ahead. Please take the time to treat your body well, make health a priority, make exercise a part of your daily life, eat better, treat the earth better, treat each other better. Look in the eyes of your loved ones and know them. Say the words of love you feel in your heart, they need to be heard. LOVE hard, JUDGE less and be PRESENT.

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