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12/13/2007 03:12:14 PM · #1
Just wanted to gear up for the new year already. I would like to share a few things I have achieved in 2007.

First off. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in March of 07. It is now Dec. 07 and I have completely reversed this disease through a controlled diet and LOTS of exercise. I feel so much better. My blood pressure and cholesteral readings are way down too. Wow.

Secondly, trying to control the diabetes has left me 35 lbs lighter and feeling great! Now ain't that a bitch! :)

Thirdly, I have just completed & passed my highschool equivalency exam! (today) and can finally claim its benefits in my life.

Fourthly, I have decided to downsize my life, get a smaller house (actually a condo) and escape the trappings of a complicated life where I can travel more and spend less time cleaning, doing yardwork and storing crap.

How's that for a year?

12/13/2007 03:15:18 PM · #2
Wow, that's awesome, congrats!

(I didn't do anything in 2007, maybe next year)
12/13/2007 03:17:19 PM · #3
went from taking almost no pictures of people last year to shooting portraits of about 400 people this year.

finished an Ironman triathlon in under 14 hours.

finally got the paperwork completed and graduated on my PhD.

Good job on the diabetes and weight loss!

12/13/2007 03:25:14 PM · #4
Originally posted by Gordon:

went from taking almost no pictures of people last year to shooting portraits of about 400 people this year.

Not meaning to hijack, but would be really interested in how this was done (perhaps another thread).
12/13/2007 03:26:37 PM · #5
- started my own business with ups and downs
- first real exhibition
- learned a lot at study
- published 4 times in a big Dutch Photomagazine
- done lots of TFP-shoots with models
- did a clown-project
- did a big shoot at a vintage-store
- next week an interview with me (6 pages) in the same big Dutch Photomagazine.

Hmm. I did a lot. Lots of good stuff anyway!
12/13/2007 03:32:07 PM · #6
A lot happened in my 2007..
Moved to a new city in march, met my new girlfriend on july 15th in a bar, she was on vacation from Israel.. Slept over that night, and never left. 2 months later we decided to buy a house together so now we live in a beautiful little house right on the water. Getting married soon :)
Managed to start 2 of my own businesses the last few months which both are going great (photography and e-commerce businesses), and bought myself some real nice photography gear, and we recently bought our first car together.

Half a year ago we were dead broke and all that, things can happen fast.. Just keep fighting for it :)

Kelly, Awesome job on the diabetes and on the weight loss, and Gordon congrats on the PhD! :D
12/13/2007 03:34:34 PM · #7
Originally posted by Louis:

Originally posted by Gordon:

went from taking almost no pictures of people last year to shooting portraits of about 400 people this year.

Not meaning to hijack, but would be really interested in how this was done (perhaps another thread).


continued here
12/13/2007 03:34:42 PM · #8
I got a wife and another son came with her, new photography business, new camera and new lenses, new apartment, new computer, started taking photography classes...

aaaaaaand TWO ribbons :)

I think that's pretty good for a year. *knocks on wood*
12/13/2007 03:42:43 PM · #9
Let's see Start of 2007 Newley married and Broke... very broke... got a new job (in the IT field...ish) and decided that we would take the jump and start a business doing photography. We couldn't get a loan so we had to tough it out and get equipment as we could afford it. got a few weddings in the summer, and now we have more wedding booked for next year already than we did in all of last year!!! also getting into events and schools...

Oh and did I mention my wife had a baby (I say it that way cause I really didn't have a lot to do with that.. exept the obvious... she did all the work)

2007's looking great now (didn't think it would at the begining of the year) hoping I an get out of my day job and do photography full time by summer which would be great cause I could spend more time with my son!

Kudo's to all of you who have perserviered through all that 07 threw our way!
12/13/2007 03:44:47 PM · #10
Originally posted by CalliopeKel:

Fourthly, I have decided to downsize my life,...where I can travel more and spend less time cleaning, doing yardwork and storing crap MORE TIME TAKING PICTURES!

How's that for a year?

That's what you needed to say. :-)

Originally posted by biteme:

-first real exhibition

I'm hoping to present in my first one in the spring!

As far as what I accomplished this year?...
+Joined DPC!
+Made friends here at DPC
+Bought my first DSLR Nikon D40x Yippee!
+Learned (and still learning) an amazing amount from all of you here.
+Shoot senior portraits
and this list continues to grow.
12/13/2007 03:55:52 PM · #11
Let's see...

- Got my first store pet store event taking pet portraits.
- Did two maternity shoots
- Got photography stint at the National Hot Rod Association
- Finally went to Disneyland with my grown children and two grandchildren
- Lined up two more pet stores to take pet portraits
- Recently got a stint to photograph a member of the NFL
- Currently working on a product photography shoot (sweating bullets)
12/13/2007 03:56:19 PM · #12
Originally posted by Venom:

Originally posted by CalliopeKel:

Fourthly, I have decided to downsize my life,...where I can travel more and spend less time cleaning, doing yardwork and storing crap MORE TIME TAKING PICTURES!

How's that for a year?

That's what you needed to say. :-)


That goes without saying!!!

Message edited by author 2007-12-13 15:56:46.
12/13/2007 04:04:59 PM · #13
Originally posted by CalliopeKel:

Originally posted by Venom:

Originally posted by CalliopeKel:

Fourthly, I have decided to downsize my life,...where I can travel more and spend less time cleaning, doing yardwork and storing crap MORE TIME TAKING PICTURES!

How's that for a year?

That's what you needed to say. :-)


That goes without saying!!!


You're right
12/13/2007 04:25:35 PM · #14
Hmmm, lets see . . .

I got my first DSLR, the Sony Alpha 100.
I got awesome pictures at the V8 Supercars using said camera.
I sent 2 of these photos to Garth Tander, a driver I know, he signed them and I got them framed.
My scores improved to the point where I get disappointed if I'm not over 5.
I got my first 6.
I got a job in childrens portrait photography.
I got a Canon 40D and some nice glass.
I travelled to some of the most desolate yet beautiful parts of Western Australia for work.
I met ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' signal2noise and we had a shoot around Perth twice.
I sold my Sony Aplha to my Dad, now I'll get him hooked.

So yeah, not much.
12/13/2007 04:59:34 PM · #15
Thanks for the shout-out there Dave (' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Delta_6).

Let's see: 07 highlights

-New job with oil giant Chevron - left the IT field completely and now work in Communications
-I took two trips Down Under and got to meet and shoot with Delta_6
-Excellent trip to Dubai, UAE and shot a lot in the desert
-A chance meeting with news photographer Warren Richardson while out and about in London and got some great pointers from him.
-Tanked my DPC average with too many poor submissions
-Reached Platinum level for Continental Airlines OnePass for 08
-Eclipsed 10k shutter activations on my 7D

12/13/2007 05:02:32 PM · #16
12/31/06 quit my full time IT job to help run/operate our new business
Our new business made it through the first year in the Black!

Celebrated by taking 2 weeks of vacation (travel) for the first time in years with hubby and the kids! Met ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Bear_Music during these trips and reconnected with my family who I hadn't seen in a long time!

Little bump in the road the first of October when I got rushed to ER in pain, they found a large cyst, was in surgery a week later. All is well, I've been released to do what I want and feeling really good!

The only unfortunate is that my photography took a back seat to life and the business in 2007. I hope to change this in 2008.

Message edited by author 2007-12-13 17:03:44.
12/13/2007 05:07:52 PM · #17
Originally posted by signal2noise:

-Eclipsed 10k shutter activations on my 7D


I got my new D40x the beginning of May and by the end of November had reached 10k photos taken also! Lot's of fun.
12/13/2007 05:24:35 PM · #18
Oh man, it would take a week to list everything that has happened in my life this year! This has been just an insanely busy, crazy year. Here are the highlights:

In January we made a really last minute decision to go on a vacation to Disney World. It was a super fun week, but the few weeks leading up to it were crazy.

In the midst of planning for that trip I ended up in the ER with gallstones.

In March I got my gallbladder out.

In April we decided to remodel our house. so we spent the whole month planing.

In May the remodeling project went really WRONG and our house ended up being torn up for the next two months.

In the midst of that I developed an anxiety disorder, which turned into severe panic attacks. For weeks I could barely leave the house.

In July we decided to adopt a child. We've chosen Korea. So from July to October we were literally consumed with adoption paperwork and red tape. Total craziness. It took us over three months to complete the paperwork. We're now officially approved and waiting to be matched with a child.

In September our dishwasher broke and ruined our brand new wood floors from the remodeling project that we just finished less than six months before. So we had to gut half our kitchen and RE-remodel! That ended up going wrong and it took us two months to get that done. In the meantime we ended up living out of a hotel for a bit.

In the midst of all the craziness this year, this has been the year that I've really tried to work hard on my photography. I took some classes and started making a little money with my photos, which has taken up a lot of my time.

So now here we are in December and I'm completely exhausted by this year! I need a nap!

Here's hoping for a really UNEVENTFUL 2008!!

Message edited by author 2007-12-13 17:25:16.
12/13/2007 05:39:35 PM · #19
Now that I look back, 2007 was a significant year for me!

Photographically:
- Had my first gig as a paid photographer (wedding, quite successful)
- Entered a few challenges here after being a forums-only member for a year
- Joined a local photography club and have ribboned 3 times there (2x 2nd, 1x 3rd)

Financially:
- Paid off all of my revolving/credit debt once and for all ($24K in 6 months!)
- Opened a savings account and socked away $10K+
- Maxed out my 401(k), as in hit the $15,500 limit (will be $26K total after company matching!)
[each of the above made possible by working 540 hours of paid overtime]

Personally:
- Graduated from my MBA program
- Celebrated my 15-year anniversary
- Lost 10 pounds (but have probably gained it back since Thanksgiving)
12/13/2007 06:04:28 PM · #20
lets see..its been a whirlwind year for me to say the least!

had a good client base in kentucky but closed it down.
Moved myself and my girls back home to Delaware (may)
Seperated from husband when I left
got my 1st "real" (outside the home) job in 13 years (june)
got my own place and my own bedroom (1st time in my life!)(july)
Opened my portrait bizz in Delaware (July)
Did my 1st showing (what a rush that was!)(Aug)
Quit my "real" job to take on portraits full time (Sept)
got all kinds of new toys for my camera for my birthday (nov.)
just did my first wedding and no bridezilla! (dec 1st)
Opened my frist checking account (tho theres no $ in it)
got a gift membership here (thanks again Art Roflmao)

I Learn ALOT of invalueable lessons this year. you can never really know anyone no matter how much you want to believe you do.
I learned that no matter how little you have, be grateful for it, because in the blink of an eye even that could disappear.
and Kids understand way more than we think they do!

ETA: the best news of the year..I lost 65 pounds and all with out any fad diet,weightloss pills,surgery,starvation ect. I did it the old fashioned way..determination! :D :D

Message edited by author 2007-12-13 23:38:53.
12/13/2007 06:16:38 PM · #21
-started Geocaching in May and quickly became hooked on it, have found 150 caches so far and hidden 14
-went to Washington, DC in August for 10 days
-discovered on my own the cause of my stomach problems (after over a year of constant discomfort/pain and numerous tests). I gave up coffee, tea and chocolate and I feel much better.
-spent Thanksgiving with my 3 sisters, the first time we have all been together in over 2 years.
12/13/2007 07:19:35 PM · #22
- Got married April 13th. (After 30 years together - motivated to do so to get decent insurance)
- Ruptured my Achilles tendon (Tore it off the heal bone - had surgery to repair it. Good thing I got decent insurance)
- My 300D died so I got the 40D
- Turned in my master's thesis to the library today. (The final step in the process. Yea!!!!!!)
- Can walk with one crutch now and still improving.
12/13/2007 07:40:02 PM · #23
I don't remember much of 2007 so I suspect I had a good time. I doubt I got much accomplished as I'm sure I slept a third of the time. :)
12/13/2007 07:53:54 PM · #24
Originally posted by Wenders11:



In July we decided to adopt a child. We've chosen Korea. So from July to October we were literally consumed with adoption paperwork and red tape. Total craziness. It took us over three months to complete the paperwork. We're now officially approved and waiting to be matched with a child.



I have adopted internationally twice. Its hard and yet so rewarding. I wish you the best of luck!

Oh, the youngest one is ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' PaulinaRD though she has not entered much over the past few years.
12/13/2007 07:54:35 PM · #25
Oh darn, you beat me to it, because "I" was gonna say:
I can't remember.
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