Random photo of my daughter… 5DMKII w/ 70-200L @ 100mm, 1/200 @ f8.0, 100iso… AB400 w/ beauty dish

A while back [here] I posted my goals and the things I would like to accomplish this year. Now, while I would like to say that each one will be enthusiastically crossed off the list come December 31st, I still have A LOT of work to do to make that happen.

So here we are, exactly 1/2 way through the year (can you believe how fast those last 6 months have gone by?!) and I’m having a gut-check moment. Quite a few of the items listed for my 2011 goals involve me taking giant leaps out of my comfort zone. For the most part, those goals were listed in no particular order…just things I want to accomplish for myself…with the exception of #1. I listed goal #1 of getting work published for a reason – it literally is my NUMBER 1 goal that I would love to accomplish this year. Regardless of what happens, I will tell you that the process of submitting photos has been such an educational experience.

One of the key aspects I’m learning about coming out of my comfort zone is being able to freely admit and talk about the things I want to do and accomplish, as well as the things that are standing in my way (i.e. my own self doubt). If there is anything I’ve learned over the last few years is that you cannot grow and learn and move forward if no one knows about you or the things you want to do. So, take it from me, declare to the universe (however you interpret that) what YOU want and what YOU need. People and situations are constantly being placed in front of us, but if we don’t learn to see them or recognize them then they just become lost opportunities.

So, with all that being said, I am going forward and I am determined to prove myself and to make things happen.