Reflecting on 2016

2016 has now drawn to a close. Looking back, it has definitely been a year of ups and downs in the world. Now, I'm sure there would have been events that would have affected others more than what anything 2016 has thrown at me and I am grateful.

Work-wise, it has been a pretty stable year in terms of my day job business which I love and and although I could have hustled a little bit harder and made it a tiny bit better, I am pretty happy with it and I'm not sure if that tiny bit better would have been worth all that, if it meant taking time away from doing other things I love. Besides, having more business would mean having to divide my attention between more people and I don't really want it to mean that my current clients or my other half get less of my time or dedication.

Climbing-wise, it has definitely been an awesome year as it was the first time I traveled across the pond to France and got to climb at the famed boulders of Fontainebleau. It is a shame that I will not be making it back next year, as I have other commitments. Will definitely go back. That trip early in the year started up a psyche so strong that I continued to climb hard when I got back and managed to tick off a good handful of climbs back on home turf.

I think my photography has certainly gotten a kick up the backside in 2016. Something ignited the spark in me again, to really go out and shoot and 2016 has definitely been a good year of growth in terms of skill and quality. I have definitely found what I liked to shoot best and combining photography and climbing was probably the one best thing to happen this year. The most important improvement would definitely be my understanding of lighting and I believe it is this one reason that has led my photography to new heights this year. I definitely have bigger plans for this hobby in 2017. You'll have to stay tuned to find out what those are.

Thanks again, 2016! And 2017, I welcome you with open arms!

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