One Word: Abundance

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One Word: Abundance


I’ve been doing a word of the year for the past 4 years.  Each year this word has manifested itself in my life in various ways, sometimes not in the ways I’d originally planned for them to, but in a transformational and positive way none the less.  I’ve gone from Fruitful to Dauntless to Leap to Transition.  And in year 5 I am going into 2020 with the word Abundance.  But before getting into that let’s wrap up 2019 which was FULL of TRANSITION!

When I decided on the word transition for 2019 I knew that my business would be changing…and what I hoped for was the better.  I decided to step away from certain aspects of my photography career, like shooting weddings, to focus more on branding clients by introducing packages that would suit a multitude of clients.    It was scary to put all of my energy into this one aspect of my business, but I knew it was what I was passionate about and that if handled properly it could catapult me to the next level.  Well, it certainly catapulted!  2019 was the BEST year for my business to date.  After 8 years in the game I saw my highest revenues, highest client numbers and truly the happiest I’ve ever been in running this business.  Spiritually, the number 8 signifies new beginnings and this year was definitely a rebirth for DBP.

So, going into 2020 the word ABUNDANCE kept coming to mind.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make it my word of the year because when most people think of the word abundance they think of over-indulging or money.  And while an abundance of money is always welcome in my life I didn’t want anyone to think I’d chosen this word for that specific reason.  But I’ve now come to learn that you don’t choose the word, but it instead chooses you.  Seeing it come up time after time I knew I had to choose this word so I decided to look up it’s literal meaning:

a·bun·dance: a very large quantity of something

Then I began to think, yes I want my life to be filled with large quantities of fulfillment, joy, love, family, friendships, and yes, even prosperity.  I want to go even BIGGER and BETTER in 2020.  I want to take my business, my life, and my goals to higher heights.  I want, and finally have come to realize that I deserve, more.  It’s as simple as that.  I’m no longer putting limiting beliefs on myself and my dreams.  Going to Paris this year with a group of photography friends and capturing an amazing session taught me that I’ve been dreaming too small and that God has much more in store for me.  I just have to believe it.  So going forward I am receiving large quantities of everything good in my life.  It will be a year of expectancy and I’m so excited to share this journey with you all.  If you chose a word for the year I’d love to know in the comments below what it is and why you chose it!  Let’s bring in 2020 with a positive affirmation and wanting more for our lives and businesses.




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