As I sit here and reflect on ’09 I realize that this year was a real “growing” year for me. Though I can’t say that I accomplished all my goals, I can say that I am one step closer.  I thought about writing all the things I learned this year and I stumbled upon a quote then none other then my fave Maya Angelou.

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.”

’09 was a trying year for many, myself included. I know I am not alone when I say I am READY for 2010. I do have to say that I am happy to have lived ’09 because the trials have only made me stronger, wiser, and driven. I have also learned that some one has had it harder then me, has struggled a little more then me, and cried one more tear. Knowing that makes me remember that I should never complain.

“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

Now this is so true! When faced with hardship or inconvenience true a persons colors always emerge.  True story just 2 days ago my car was broken into during a shoot and my purse stolen. Yes, I got to say I got upset said a few cuss words and kicked some rocks. But after a hugee woo-saww I thought clearly and knew that the Lord always keeps his children, and he did! I looked in the front seat and GUESS WHAT!  My wallet, gps, and assistants purse, and the crackers we were nibbling on before the shoot were still where we left them! So the little bastards got away with my purse filled with my iTouch and makeup, but nothing truly important!! So thank you Lord for this lesson!  Ohhh and for a FANTABULOUS shoot  that we finished!  🙂

“I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.”

I lost 2 great ones this year. My grandfather and my grand uncle. Two men who plays a significant part in my upbringing and who I will treasure in my memory forever. I am happy that I got 25 years with them!  Their loss brought me closer to those who are in my life daily and I know that I am blessed.  I come from a HUGE family more then I can count and I know not everyone gets to experience that.

“I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a ‘life.'”

Aint this the truth!! Though I might not make as much money as a doctor or lawyer, I am rich in so many other ways! I truly have two jobs that I love!  My JUMP family embraced me this year and showed me the ropes of this cut throat  world we call the “Industry”. I have learned more in a year then any normal employee would have learned in 10. I have an incredible selfless boss who deserves a prize for everything she has endured this year! ( Love you De!)  My baby “A. Anaiz Photography” is growing fast and strong. I had the chance to photograph incredible people and have grown as a photographer 100% !

“I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.”

This runs true in many aspects. Some turned out fruitful others soured but the greatest part is that a second chance was given. Lets see what happens in ’10.

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”

Though I consider myself a patient person I have learned this year a new meaning of patience and understanding. I have learned to be there for others selflessly and rejoice in the fact that I was there when THEY needed me. There is real joy in giving back without expecting anything in return. So I ask, did you give back this year?

“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.”

::singing:: In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of there’s nothing you can’t do. Now you’re in New York, these streets will make you feel brand new. Big lights will inspire you, Lets hear it for New York!!” :: end singing:: When my friend Drenita made me listen to the lyrics of this song it quickly became our Anthem! Having lived in NYC a full year now I have to say it was the best decision I ever made for myself. NY is brutal, shes mean, shes arrogant, shes selfish, shes rude, she is simply misunderstood! Ohh sweet NY you are like the friend I never thought I needed. I now understand and see your beauty. You make it hard to separate the champs from the wimps.. And you have showed me if I made it here… I can make it ANYWHERE!  So thank you.

“I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.”

To many times we get warped up in our own woes that we become a pain in the ass to others. Mind over matter I told myself TOO Many times this years. If I don’t mind it doesn’t matter!! Greatest concept I learned in Spring ’06, hehe. 😉

“I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.”

I have made it a habit this year to keep my mood positive no matter how crappy my day is going. When I reach the office each morning to happily say “GooooddMornnntingg” ( Madea Voice). This simple gesture has helped brighten so many days! I sent random “I love you texts” or “Your appreciated” calls to my friends and family constantly. Everyone needs a little reminder each day of how great they are!

“I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.”

I learn this every time I look at my father. Those of you who know my father know exactly what I mean. He is the smartest, humblest, strongest, resilient  man I have EVER encountered! He is the true embodiment of  never ceasing to learn and learning from your mistakes. So thank you Dad!

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

This last one I really learned last night when I had a great 4 hour conversation with and ol’ friend from high-school. He said to me “Amy, you were always the sweetheart. The one always smiling, and you still are.”  I hope that in 2010 and all the years after I to continue to be that person. I hope to continue to make a difference even if its as small as a mustard seed. I hope that my “happy” spirit never fades and that it will rub off on others. 🙂

So thats it folks, a little insight to the small things I learned this year. Hope you take the opportunity to reflect on your growth this year.
Sending you ALL best wishes for this upcoming new year!!


And because no blog post is complete without a picture here is a preview of my latest Trash the Dress session:


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