Megan Elise » Madison Wedding / Engagement Photographer


I wake up in a hotel room in Santa Monica on New Year’s Eve for the third year in a row and watch the sky change from orange to blue behind a row of palm trees – not a trace of snow or Wisconsin cold to be seen. There’s something to be said for having this little tradition now – whether it continues, remains to be seen. I wish I could say that I had grand plans for the evening or even for the coming year but right now, I have neither. And I am ok with both.

Last year I made some simple and lofty goals for 2012. Some came to fruition in ways I never imagined and some fell by the wayside. I never once made butter. Or cheese. {But I did make homemade Blizzards twice in my Kitchenaid mixer, so I’ll consider that a win}. Some goals morphed into something else along the way. And that was ok too.

It’s not that I don’t have plans or expectations or resolutions for the coming year – believe me, I do. I’m just a little more hesitant this year to pen them in ink or on screen. I’ve learned more this year that life doesn’t always go the way you plan or expect it it to. And often it’s more frustrating and worthwhile than you could have predicted. I want to leave myself open to what ever challenges and successes come my way in 2013 without worrying that I have or haven’t reached a certain milestone by a certain date. Maybe that’s the right way or the wrong way but either way, it’s the way it’s going to be for me this year.

I hope and wish that your 2013 is as frustrating and worthwhile as it can possibly be as well.

Happy New Year! xo.


Ester - I couldn’t agree with you more! Goals are becoming more futile to me. Best to just live in the moment, work hard, and surrender to what is. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for you this year :)

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