Here it is, the eve of my 30th birthday and I'm calm, relaxed and excited. Looking back at my teenage years... when I turned 15 years old, I cried the night before because I was "half way to 30" and now, here it is! The big 3-0 and I am excited for everything God has done and is still doing in my life. I have never been in a happier place in my life than I am currently and I know that there's just so much more to come.
In celebration of turning 30, I decided to share 30 things I can check off of my bucket list ("dream life"). 30 amazing things that have molded me into who I am today! (in no particular order!)
30 - Tried out for American Idol in Washington DC in 2004
29 - Met some AMAZING people who have mentored me
28 - Found a deep love for Christ and handed Him my life
27 - Made tough decisions that didn't always work out but had wonderful lessons in them
26 - Sneaked out with my high school best friend on several occasions for a late night joy ride
25 - Experienced true heartbreak and grew from it!
24 - Loved and lost more furbabies than I can begin to count
23 - Drove across the country while 8 1/2 months pregnant... like a boss
22 - Made it to All District Chorus in High School 3 years in a row
21 - Mentored some amazing entrepreneurs and photographers
19 - Opened Vision of Rose Photography
18 - Completed an amazing project called The Beautiful Release
17 - Started and launched a campaign called Loving the Skin I'm In
16 - Started and launched a magazine for the everyday woman called She's So Glamorous
15 - Was featured in a local newspaper
14 - Was chosen as an Editor's Choice 2015 award recipient
13 - Made it as a Finalist in the Shoot & Share contest!
12 - Hosted several workshops & styled shoots to teach other amazing photographers
11 - Photographed over 50 models in a styled shoot called Abandoned
10 - Sold over 200 copies of my very first photographic book, Abandoned Part I
09 - Got baptized alongside my amazing husband and best friend
08 - Took our first family vacation to ride the Polar Express!
07 - Met & Married my best friend
06 - Birthed two amazing kiddos, Zophelia and Zayne
05 - Met Daniel Radcliffe and he signed a copy (and kept a copy) of Abandoned!
04 - Got a his & her tattoo with my husband to commemorate Abandoned
03 - Visited NYC for the very first time and went to IMATS with some amazing ladies!
02 - Found my forever church home; no matter how far away I move from VA!
01 - Made the decision to move our family to Arizona!!!