Tuesday, January 1, 2008

New Years Resolutions with a New Perspective

I began 2007 with some New Years Resolutions that came from the heart. I resolved to be a better father and less of a workaholic. I was able to do this within reason, but it's the nature of the business as a photographer to be a workaholic. I spent a lot more time with my kids, but to them it's never enough which I am thankful for.

On the business front, I resolved to get my destination weddings going, which I did with weddings in Mexico City and the Thousand Islands. What I didn't anticipate was the explosion of the Trash the Dress Sessions and their associated media attention.

Despite the business and personal successes in 2007, there were also major setbacks which really puts life into perspective and brings on a whole new set of resolutions. Sandi's death has shaken the very foundation of our reality and takes whatever perspectives we thought were important and turns them upside down. In one disastrous moment, we lost a sister, a twin, a best friend, someone we shared our secrets and dreams with, our successes and failures and everything in between. Because of that, my resolutions are much more heartfelt and come from deep within my soul.

This year and forever, I resolve to be a better husband. My wife Sue is the reason I look forward to getting out of bed every morning. In 2007 I took that for granted and I now realize that every day with her is a blessing and one that I will cherish.

I also resolve to spend more time with my family and not let "life" get in the way. My siblings and my mom are irreplaceable. I know that after losing my dad in 2001, but this past year just reinforced my need to be with them on a more regular basis.

I want to finish by saying Happy New Year and that I hope you ring in the year with a positive outlook and meaningful resolutions that will really make a difference in your life.

1 comment:

Droid from Lon Gisland said...

Hi Steve - Rich just called with wishes for a Happy New Year, and when I asked how the family was he told me about Sandi's death - needless to say I was shocked! Rich directed me to your fantastic blog to read more. First, my deepest sympathies to you, Sue and the kids.

It's great to see your company is thriving and you have such a beautiful family. Please remind "Eddie" that he is named for a fantastic guy, and all the best for a happy new year filled with love, caring and healing.

All the best!

Andrew Mensch

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