2012 has been a year of new beginnings for me out here in California… It has been a year of rediscovering things about myself, and others. Its been a year of realizing that life happens in the present, and future. Our past shapes who we are today, but that doesnt really matter to new people in a new city. This stuff is common sense, but until you go out and start over somewhere else you won’t really realize what its like.
I’ve learned that I can rely on myself to work hard and make a modest living here in LA or anywhere. This was just an experiment this time last year, because I was still living off of my savings. That ended in January, and I got to work and have been building my savings again.
I’ve been studying film and photography this year, and have had a lot of fun with different projects I’ve created or got involved in. I’ve learned to stay open minded when working with new people, and one of the main things I’ve learned is that I have a lot to learn! lol. I see film and photography as something I can continually do for the rest of my life, professionally and personally. The technology that we have available today makes it almost impossible not to.
I’ve spent a lot of time discovering things on my own, not just with other people. This was a big one for me, because I’ve been surrounded with friends and family my whole life in Jacksonville. Here in LA, I luckily have some great friends from home to hang out with, but I’ve become comfortable going out and doing things on my own as well. This has taught me to really soak things in and enjoy them for myself, not just if the person/people with me are having a good time or not. A great day off for me is getting out on a fast road bike and exploring the city and where it might take me, with no schedule or specific destination.
I just spent the past week back in Jacksonville for Christmas, and it was so refreshing to be around people I love, and to experience that southern hospitality that I miss out here on the west coast. I hadnt been home since last December, so a full year of being away has made the differences much more noticeable. People are more relaxed, things move slower, and its just nice to not be immersed in a sea of people all the time. I will always love Jacksonville, and growing up there has made me the person I am today.
I’ve been blessed to have such good health in my life, with no sickness or pain in years, and the ability to push myself into unknown paths. I’ve had so much to be thankful for, and one of my main goals is to realize that more often, and to look at what I do have instead of what I don’t have. I can’t wait to start 2013 with that mindset, and am excited to live out everything this next year has in store for me.
The Fam and I in Orlando last weekend before Christmas. Good Times!!!