wake up!

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up!”

Thanks to the fabulous and ever-inspiring Elesia for giving me this quote when I met with her this past January! :) 2010 has been a year for me to dig in and dream again, dream big. Many of you realize how hard my last 3 years have been and the start of 2010 wasn’t looking so hot for me, but boy was that the wrong perception! :)¬†Through job loss and heartache I have found some of the most precious moments and life lessons along side my husband. And we still have many more years to live! :)

I can confidently say that 2010 has exceeded by expectations beyond what I have ever thought possible. My parents always taught me to live my life, really LIVE my life; to love my family and to dream the biggest dreams ever. But when they both got tragically taken away from me I had slid myself into a box and never realized it until this year. I hadn’t dreamed up endless possibilities of who I can be and what I want to become. I had stopped imagining what my business could do for me if I let it and I had stopped making personal goals for myself. This 2010 all that changed. Although I still have many more milestones, I know that I WOKE UP and started seeing again.

Life isn’t always about what you THINK will happen to you. It isn’t always about who you want to be and what circumstances will come your way; it’s about what you MAKE yourself into and how you use those circumstances to CREATE your life on a newer and even better playing field.

This year I woke up. This year I started to dream again. And this year has been the most amazing yet.

I have had the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards. I have had to learn the hard way (waaay to many times) but I have golden nuggets to remember them. I have been faced with adversity, cried a little and then overcame with a smile. I have had the BEST clients on the planet and the most gorgeous weddings to photograph. I have the best husband in the world and the cutest pugs that make me laugh every day! :)

So, happy 2010 to me! Here’s to a fabulous and amazing 2011 waiting in the wings! :)

Emily Steffen, Tofte Minnesota, North Shore MInnesota wedding photographer

(this photo is from one of my most favorite places on earth….the North Shore in Northern MN)!

  • December 31, 2010 - 2:14 pm

    Kate Botwinski - Em, you are such a beautiful person because of ALL that you have gone through, you’ve certainly came out on top and I believe your parents would be very, very proud of you. I had the pleasure of becoming your friend- only recently, and I know I am proud of you! :) 2011 is going to be better than we can even imagine. Cheers to you! ;)

  • December 31, 2010 - 2:14 pm

    Glenda - Emily I am so sorry I never knew that. Hoping you have a very blessed new year and that you will continue to feel the love from all those around you. You are an amazing photographer and have so much to offer. ((hugs)) and Happy New Year!!

  • December 31, 2010 - 2:15 pm

    Bethany - I love this Emily, and I love you!!!

    Here’s to a great 2010, and an even more amazing 2011!! :)

  • December 31, 2010 - 2:17 pm

    Heather - Awwww Em, I am crying!!! You are so amazing :-) Happy New Year girl! Cheers to you!

  • December 31, 2010 - 2:23 pm

    anda - simply beautiful, emily. so glad we met in 2010 — you are an amazing woman! hope to see you many more times in 2011. xoxo, anda

  • December 31, 2010 - 2:23 pm

    gladys jem - oh emily! can you believe we met so early this year and now it’s a new one? you’re amazing and im so glad I got the chance to meet you and be a friend! can’t wait to see all the things you’ll rock in 2011! xo

  • December 31, 2010 - 2:26 pm

    sara montour - Glad your year was wonderful + inspiring! I can’t wait to see all of the beauty that 2011 brings!

  • December 31, 2010 - 2:34 pm

    Troy Widner - Exhilarating, Emily! Your outlook is a true inspiration. Wherever you are in the future and whatever you’re doing, always remember the positive and optimistic impact you’ve had on so many is very fondly appreciated. Happy New Year!

  • December 31, 2010 - 2:57 pm

    becky g - You are such an inspiration Emily! You’ve been thru more than so many of us have, and yet you have such a positive attitude. Love it!! Here’s to an even more amazing 2011 for you, and Aaron, and to everything you aspire to be and do. love you!

  • December 31, 2010 - 3:51 pm

    Elizabeth Anne - This is beautiful, Emily. I can’t wait to get to know you more!
    many many hugs.

  • December 31, 2010 - 4:33 pm

    Devin Joesting - what a great post Em! what a positibe way to start out a new year, and reflect on the previous one! You are and always have been such an inspiration to me dear emily :)

  • December 31, 2010 - 5:07 pm

    Kristine - Great meaning and beauty here, my friend! Love You!

  • January 3, 2011 - 11:21 pm

    melissa oholendt - Gorgeous image and even more gorgeous words. So proud to call you friend. Can’t WAIT to see you soar, soar, soar in 2011. xoxo

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