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A Year of Gratitude and Personal Growth: Reflecting on 2023

2023 has encouraged me to look for and appreciate beauty in every aspect of my life, fostering a deep sense of gratitude for the people and experiences that have shaped my path.

 

a year of gratitude and personal growth, reflecting on 2023

As I sit down to reflect on the past year, a myriad of emotions floods my mind. 

2023, with its twists and turns, has been a rollercoaster ride filled with excitement but also disappointment, joy & laughter but also worry & uncertainty and above all happy moments seeing my children grow and spending time with family and friends. 

Last year has encouraged me to look for and appreciate beauty in every aspect of my life, fostering a deep sense of gratitude for the people and experiences that have shaped my path.

My family – top of the list for a year of gratitude and personal growth

At the forefront of my gratitude list is my rock-solid foundation – my family. The unwavering support of my partner and children has been a beacon of strength, grounding me in the midst of life’s challenges. Together, we navigated the highs and lows, creating memories that will forever be etched in my heart.

I extend my gratitude to my parents, whose love and unconditional support have been instrumental in shaping the person I am today. They have been a source of inspiration and resilience reminding me of the importance of family bonds.

Beyond the immediate family circle, I am thankful for the extended network of friends and relatives who have added richness to my life. Their presence has been a source of joy, laughter, and shared experiences that have made this journey all the more meaningful.

My professional life 

In my professional life, my clients have played a pivotal role. Each project, photoshoot, collaboration, has been a stepping stone towards personal and professional growth. The trust they have placed in my creative vision fuels my passion and drives me to constantly push the boundaries of my craft.

Reflecting on the people I’ve worked with and those who have crossed my path, I am reminded that every encounter, whether brief or enduring, has contributed to my growth. The exchange of ideas, perspectives, and experiences has broadened my horizons, making me a more enriched individual.

The lessons learned throughout 2023, both professionally and personally, have been invaluable. Even in the event of setbacks, I am grateful for the opportunity to review and recalibrate, extracting learning and messages useful to me from situations that did not go as planned.

It is through these experiences that I’ve gained a deeper understanding of myself and who I am becoming. 

Coaches and mentors 

A special mention goes to the coaches and mentors who have played a pivotal role in my journey. Their guidance has been a guiding light, providing me with the tools and insights needed to navigate the complexities of life and business.

I did write a separate blog about the lessons I learnt in 2023 by working with a number of coaches which wasn’t what I had intended to do, you can read it here TEN LESSONS FROM 20 COACHING SESSIONS

Professional network 

While 2023 did not unfold as I had planned and wanted to, I followed a new path which I had been running on the side for the past 2 years.

The Small Business Network Tooting, which grew this year to new levels thanks to the support from many from the local business community, 

Gratitude for all the love & lessons learnt

As I close the chapter on 2023, I do so with a heart full of gratitude and a mind brimming with lessons learned. Despite the challenges, I find solace in the understanding that the obstacles I faced have served as catalysts for personal growth. 

I am unpicking the reasons and factors that contributed to things not going to plan (as I had defined it) on the business side. All the while learning how to prioritize and continue my self-development journey so that I can be in the best position to share my gifts with the world.

Looking ahead, I am on a mission to live life fully – to be kind and generous, a role model for my children, and to savor the moments spent with loved ones. 

Goals for 2024 

My goal for 2024 is to make a living by sharing my gifts and helping others on their journeys, be it through photography, mentoring (more on this to come), providing a platform for connecting and learning.

I know that the path may not always be straight, but it will especially be mine, filled with gratitude, growth, and purpose.

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Personal Branding Photography

My favourite alongside Headshots and Portraits.

Personal branding is a type of photography that aims to portray sucessful professionals, leaders, business owners and entrepreneurs as the competent & trustworthy individuals that they are. 

Running a sucessful business and career is a labour of love and I know how photography can help in the journey by creating a strong brand and strong visuals.

Many people mention they are not photogenic. Despite that I have worked with a wide range of professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs and we have created (I say we as it is a joint effort) photographs that they are happy with and proud to share with the world.

I can’t guarantee it but I will try and achieve the same with every new client.

Should you wish to discuss further and potentially work with me, feel free to book a call, so we can discuss your photoshoot. Below is a calendar link where you can book a date that works for you.

Link to book a consultation in the calendar

See you soon.

Laura