I’m flying off to Boston to meet up with 4 of the best ladies in my life for New Year’s – Yvonne, Lily, Tammy, and Teresa!
2011 was a year of seeing dreams come true. It did not start out happy. You know how you have to hit rock bottom before you can climb up again? Spring this year was when I hit rock bottom. I won’t go into details, but I had a wake up call and told God that I knew that for as long as He continued to be faithful to me, I would do whatever I can on my end to walk towards Him. It was so hard, the path wasn’t always clear, few people knew exactly what was going on and even fewer people could relate. My focus was on developing my inner strength, and not expecting external circumstances to pull me up.
Looking back, I can not believe how much happier I am. I had several very ambitious goals for Shang Chen Photography and all of them were met. Career-wise, I made a big choice to give up one passion (photography) to make room for another (technology), and I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t find my new direction fulfilling. Personally, I’m exploring a journey with someone so unexpected, but so wonderful, and this is only our beginning. I got to travel to Barcelona (and Jamaica, San Francisco, NYC, Los Angeles, and Boston). I’ve been investing in my body and soul, I started cooking more at home and working out consistently and got a personal trainer. School-wise… I just found out last night that I made dean’s list – during a quarter where I’d traveled more, and signed on to more projects and leadership opportunities than any other quarter! I could not have seen any of this on January 1, 2011. I am living my dream life – it’s in between, it’s unresolved, but it’s so beautiful.
2012 is going to be pretty life-changing. See you then!
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Shang Chen Photography has rebranded to Saavedra Photography
she takes photographs of celebrations of love and life
Based in NYC | Open for select photography commissions on Sundays only