As the days unfold and 2017 comes to a close, I can’t help but think about all of the good things that have happened this year. One that sticks out to me is the growth of my photography business. Christine Hanks Photography has been in motion for a few years now, but this year I’e gained a ton of momentum.
I’ve loved being able to expand my clientele to fashion bloggers (like Christina from Classtige whose in all these photos) and small brands. Supporting small businesses has always been a priority of mine, and I’m glad my business collaborates with many of those folks.
Of course with a growing business comes stress and anxiety. Over Thanksgiving I went to a yoga class, and my teacher was talking about the crippling feeling of anxiety. Anxiety is the fear of the future, and we tend to create worse case scenario illusions that increase our stress level. Since it is an illusion, we have the power to begin the healing process. She said, “Where gratitude exists, fear cannot.” I’ll repeat that to sink in a bit…
Where gratitude exists, fear cannot.
I’ve been repeating this mantra in my head and writing 3 things I’m grateful for everyday. It’s really helped me gain deeper appreciation for what I have, and has helped me to let go of what I can’t control.
I encourage you as the year closes, think of what you can be grateful for and focus your energy towards that.
Thank you to my many clients this year who have worked with me this to grow my business. I’m really excited for what 2018 brings!