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Lesson’s Learned in 2017

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A full 2017, an exciting 2018 to come, and a Christmas present I never knew I wanted!

1\ 2017 brought a big swing for Shining Moments Photography.  After reading two motivating business books and attending a marketing workshop, I redesigned my business.  What started as a hobby has grown into a business and as much time as it was consuming away from my family, I needed to start treating it like a business. 2017 was filled with stress and tears, but also a lot of laughs and joy!  There were many days I wanted to hang up my camera strap because it was “too hard” to run my own business and I had a lot of mom-guilt days with the amount of time I was working. A 40-hour work week was looking pretty tempting. Thank you to all the amazing clients in 2017 who trusted me with their high school senior portraits, families, and professional headshots. You have been a highlight of my growing year!

2\ When I was 18, I never dreamed of the changes that would come by age 46. I don’t feel “old”, but there are days I’ve noticed my workouts don’t come as easily, crows-feet really are a thing, and I don’t handle my thinning hair very well 🙁

3\ That leads to #3:: Taking a chance on something new… I tried the product, Monat for 90 days to see if I had the same hair results as so many others. My hair wasn’t on the same page. Go figure! But with me, I’ve learned that sometimes you have to stick it out and results will come, just a little slower.  After trying a few of their products, I am seeing results {happy dance}.  And their Rejuvenique oil…WOW!  I have some samples if you want to try some, and it’s a whole lot easier than hair extensions 🙂

And #4…

4\ So thankful for my family, both near & far. Time didn’t seem fast at 18, but now it’s moved to the fast track and spending more time with my kiddos before they leave on their life adventures is becoming more important everyday.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”  -Ferris Bueller

When you’re building something you love to do, you’ll have up’s & down’s, critics, and all-around bummer days. But there’s a lot of fun, excitement, and SUCCESS ready & waiting!

Cheers to your 2018 success, happy days, and all the SPARKLE in-between!!!

Oops, I have a #5

5\ Did you guess what that gift was yet? My Little Guy gave me a head massager, “For when you get those really bad headaches, Mom”.  It sits at my desk to remind me that even on my biggest-bummer-days, I have two beautiful, healthy, and loving kids, a fantastic husband, and amazing family and friends, and that can make any day Shine Bright!

CHEERS & SPARKLES to your 2018

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