After a long weekend in New Orleans following the trustworthy creative and emotional guide I seem to always fall back on, I feel like 2012 has finally, finally, begun. In the moments when I feel slightly less grounded as an artist, and the path in front of me is a bit clouded, I know that on the other end there will always be the truest thing that I want. One of the first lessons I learned as a business owner was that the majority of businesses fail within the first 3 years. Because it's hard. And I'm positive that the same can be said about artists. If you don't have a true sense of confidence and consuming passion for the work you are creating, the inevitable roadblocks, personal challenges, and exhaustion you will face will be too much for you to handle. Originality will be sacrificed. You'll give up. This is why I love challenges, and constantly push myself as an artist. I will be a photographer for the rest of my life, and with every challenge I get through I am simply taking one step deeper into that life long commitment. 2012 will offer so much opportunity, collaboration, and creative growth. I can't wait to see it all unfold.