It’s 10:00 AM on January the 1st and I just put together a collage of photos for the past year. All I can say is WOW! What an amazing year I got to have in 2015. Let’s recap the highlights of 2015.
- Traveled to 6 amazing cities! Had a blast in Seattle, Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia!
- Attended a ton of conferences for the first time including WPPI, Prestige Conference, Loop Conference, Adobe MAX, Photo Plus and WordCamp US!
- Met a ton of new friends!
- Bought a house! My first house, with my amazing wife!
- Opened my new studio!
- Spoke at a WordCamp for the first time!
As you can see, 2015 was a crazy one. So many experiences that I’ll never forget and new friends that mean the world to me. The year also brought a few lessons, especially a few tough ones that I didn’t enjoy, but definitely learned from. The key one is what I actually enjoy getting paid to do. In 2014 I was added to the Genesis Recommended Developers list at StudioPress. This was huge for my freelance business, but came with a level of growth and success I wasn’t ready for and almost resented experiencing. I took on a number of new projects, primarily to drive income to allow us to purchase our first home. These decisions were made without thought to if these clients were a good fit, or really understanding the scope or business processes needed to successfully complete the projects.
Lessons I didn’t know I needed but I’ve squarely learned from over the past year. If I’m not passionate about the site or their business, then building a site for them isn’t a great idea for me. Out of 2015 I’ve learned that I really want to bring together my two passions. Photography and WordPress. I want to be behind the camera more and I want to show other photographers how they can use WordPress as a tool to grow and manage their business.
I cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store but I’m not going to sit back and wait to see what unfolds. I’ve got some serious plans and if 2016 is anything like 2015, it’s going to be another one for the memory books!