2013 Where did you go?

2013, where did you go? (and 2012 too for that matter!)

So many things have happened in the past year(ish), I don’t even know where to start! My friend Craig just summed up his 2013 as a roller coaster ride with ups and downs. If 2013 was a roller coaster ride, my coaster threw me for some loops…both the kind that make your stomach flutter and the kind that make your stomach sick. But it’s ok…no matter what my stomach says, I always step off roller coasters with a smile.

I started teaching a class at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in September 2012. Teaching part-time at the college level had always been my dream job, and I loved every minute of it! Students and their creativity never cease to amaze me. I never thought I would have the opportunity to teach at this stage of my life–it was always something I planned on doing later on…like closer to retirement…a time when I’d have a lifetime of knowledge to teach the students, or maybe an extra degree or two. I’m glad I was able to spend a couple semesters both teaching students and learning from them too.

At the same time, I met a really important person…the yin to my yang. The chocolate to my cake. The peanut butter to my jelly. You get the point. His name is Drew. We met at a waterfall…yes, we really did! I went for a hike to a waterfall, and there he was! By the second date, I knew he was the one. Suddenly, I found myself planning to leave Stevens Point, my home for 12 years, headed for Rochester, Minnesota. After the semester ended in May, I gave up my teaching position at UWSP, sold my house (yes, I cried, I loved that house!), and moved to Minnesota. Our plans were to live in our cute little rental house for at least a year. But that plan only lasted a month, hahaha!

One evening, Drew found a house for sale in the country that caught his eye – it had some land, a cute farmhouse, a garage he could make his workshop (he repairs carbon bicycle frames). We checked it out the next morning, and it was ours that afternoon. (I am still in awe that we ended up buying the first house that we looked at together – and we didn’t disagree on anything about it). Right after moving in, we officially got engaged.

I also helped Drew care for his infant daughter…my future step-daughter. She just turned one last week, and we celebrated with a birthday party at our new house with Drew’s family, my family, and her mother’s family. She is one lucky little girl to have so many people who love her!

If you had told me one year ago, “Kim, in the span of 6 months this year you are going to sell your house, move twice, buy a new house in another state, get engaged, and start raising an infant” I would have laughed and called you absolutely crazy. It took me at least those 6 months just to figure out how to adjust to my new schedule of having a partner and an infant living with me, not to mention having to move, twice. But I conquered it! I started 2013 feeling like it was “just me and my cats” (don’t be alarmed – I only had 2 cats), and ended 2013 with a new home and family.

If I had known my life would do a complete 180, I probably would not have booked 28 weddings to photograph this year…working until 2am makes me cranky…I just can’t do it like I could in college! But every wedding I experienced had new meaning to me this year, and I couldn’t have given up a single one. Driving 3+ hours from Minnesota to weddings every weekend wore me out, but I am already itching for the 2014 wedding season to start after only 2 weekends off.

So what will be of Life is Art Photography in 2014? I don’t think much will change! This is my 10th year as a wedding photographer! 10 years…holy moly! I am still booking weddings across Wisconsin because my family is still spread out across the state and every wedding there will be a welcome chance to return “home”. I’m also booking weddings in the Rochester, Minnesota and Twin Cities areas. The calendar is filling as the couples who recently got engaged over the holidays are now planning their weddings for the summer.

Now that the season has slowed, I will be here designing a few more wedding albums and filling this blog up with the weddings, families, and engagements that haven’t been posted here yet. And hopefully finding some time to plan my own wedding which is only 5 months away…yipes! Cheers to 2014 being yet another fun roller coaster ride!

I hope your year brings you peace and prosperity.

Keep smiling!

2 responses to 2013 Where did you go?

  1. Richard Wong says:

    Sounds like a great year Kim. So cool that you met your fiance on a trail. Congrats on the engagement!

  2. Kim Larson says:

    Thanks! Yes, it’s kind of an unbelievable story. There we were, the only two people at the waterfall…and we both still love to do outdoor stuff together! :)