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Gratitude, Thoughts on 2012

As the sun sets on this final day of 2012, I reflect back on the wonderful changes marked on last year’s calendar. I am a person shaped by my experiences – the people I have met and the places I have been are forever merged with the emotions I have felt. As we countdown to midnight and fireworks explode overhead, my heart is grateful for the past and eager for the future.

Twelve Things of 2012

1.  I turned 20 and am constantly humbled by those who support my ambitions.

2.  Photographed my sister’s senior portraits and see nothing but brightness for her future.

3.  Photographed two wonderful friends at the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C., and later shot video for their wedding (coming soon). I see that love and friendship are inseparable.

4.  Traveled West for the first time to visit my awesome family in Colorado and experience the soul-filling beauty of nature as I never have before.

5.  Completed one year of the ongoing Weekly Wisdom Quotes Project.

6.  Taught summer camp at Powdermill Nature Reserve for the third year in a row, a job I began dreaming of at five years old when I went to Powdermill as a camper. I also began volunteering at their Avian Research Center. My curiosity towards the environment and love for my Powdermill family continue to grow!

7.  Began my junior year at Saint Vincent College, where I am studying history and sharing with others the importance of preservation and education.

8.  Began workstudy with the McCarl Coverlet Gallery at Saint Vincent College, planning exhibits, marketing, and photographing historic American textiles.

9.  Volunteered photography for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region‘s annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake event, which supports the charity in pairing children and teens with good adult role models.

10.  Welcomed into the Professional Photographers of America (I will attend their annual Imaging USA conference this month!)

11.  With my generous clients, donations were collected for Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees in national forests.

12. Photographed many wonderful high school seniors, families, couples, and weddings. To be documenting the spectacularly unique and extraordinary everyday moments of your lives is why photography is such a personal and ideal profession for me. Posts celebrating these friends of Stardust Photography will be posted shortly!

 Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail – Ralph Waldo Emerson –

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