2020..... it was a year full of difficulties, but it was also a year of blessings. Each person faced the pandemic in different ways and did the best they could to cope with the changes. When the safer at home orders started in WI, in March, I thought it would be for 3-4 weeks and things would go back to normal. Schools went virtual and I found myself trying to teach my students PE from home. Let's just say it was difficult and a lot more work than anyone thought it would be. Living alone was a challenge. I found myself going for drives just to see another human. I did things for my photography business and took up coloring to ease the anxiety. It was hard not to see my friends and family. I tried to be optimistic and went for walks alone, sewed masks out of fabric I still had, and put hearts and lights in my windows.
There were blessings though. I was able to offer yard signs to seniors in the area and made some money to keep my business afloat. I learned how to send invoices, figured out a schedule for pick up and had people pick them up from my front porch. I had moms in tears because they said it was the only thing they could do for their senior not having a graduation. I was deeply touched by some of their stories while we talked through the glass door. I was able to go camping twice over the summer and although it wasn't the same, I was still in my happy place. The greatest blessing though, was the birth of my first grandbaby! Noah arrived 3 weeks early, but was healthy and perfect. I can't get enough of that little peanut!
When I was finally able to reopen my business, we had to adhere to the restrictions that were in place. With outdoor sessions, everyone felt a little safer. When the mask mandate was issued, my clients were more than happy to wear a mask while inside the studio for their ordering session. Without the support of all of my 2020 clients, I couldn't have done it.
To my clients, I can't thank you enough. Please know that I appreciate you all, more than you know. Whether I did senior portraits, family portraits or sports work for you...Thank you! You truly helped me survive one of the toughest years many of us have ever faced.
Please continue to support ALL small businesses, and as soon as they can reopen, be sure to especially support those in the hospitality, event, and entertainment industries.
Happy New Year, everyone, I can't wait to see YOU in 2021 and make some amazing artwork for your walls!