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Remember when I talked about my “personal project” for the month? Welp, the month is up, so here goes. My self-portrait for January (drumroll, please):

I call it “finding peace.” And yes, I realize this is neither the most intriguing nor the best composed images of all time. But it is me. And it is particularly relevant to my last month. I should probably clarify that January was a lovely month for me. I am clearly very excited and optimistic about 2012. I launched the first ever SOI Newsletter. I am knee-deep in huge, exciting changes for the company. But, when it comes to personal matters, it was also a challenging month for me. I grappled with some personal hurdles that I should have predicted were coming long ago. When someone asked me to jump, I said “how high?” and then I got walked all over.

But, as with anything in life, we recognize these experiences, we learn from them, and we grow. No matter how much things upset me, no matter how disappointed I was in some people, you can never let one person – or one experience – sour your perspective on life altogether. So even after we learn and we grow from these experiences, we – as we like to say around here – keep on keepin’ on. And we keep on jumping. Thank you Buddha, for constantly reminding me of that:

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
– Buddha

Cait - LOVE it. Yay for 2012 and always moving forward!!February 3, 2012 – 10:06 AM

Tina - Awesome self portrait, love it:) Excited for all that’s coming to you in 2012! And that quote? I love that also:)February 3, 2012 – 2:16 PM

Kelly Rowles - Such a great quote to go with a great photo. :)February 3, 2012 – 10:36 PM

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