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Updated: Aug 6, 2019

Norwood NC | Lifestyle Photography | Jennifer Ann Photography
Norwood NC

2017 was an interesting year.

Some of my greatest challenges came in a “bundled package” and left me wondering if I really got a good deal.

It started with my mother’s cancer diagnosis.

It marked my first full year in business.

It ended in the tragic loss of a loved one.

It was riddled with enormous personal trials along the way.

Needless to say, there were a lot of tears and a lot of doubt.

And while I wallowed in them—a lot;

And I had many a pity-party;

I am very proud to say that I did that with intent.

I fully intended on allowing myself to grieve.

To get mad.

To feel sorry for myself.

And move on with permission to revisit when necessary.

There were huge sacrifices made, both personally, professionally and financially.

And it got the best of me at times—still does on occasion.

And that’s ok too.

The greatest rewards have manifested themselves to me because of my willingness to except the challenges. I excepted and faced my fears. I believed when my mind wanted to doubt. I dried my tears once I had a good cry and all those seemingly acts of selfishness actually strengthened my soul for whatever was next.

I learned a great deal about myself that year and I’ve acknowledge just how great my circle of family, friends and loved one are:

They are generous and loving.

My mother is FREE of cancer.

I met every one of my personal and business goals.

And this family is strong.

We came together and helped carry the weight of the burdens and losses we experienced in 2017—and always will.

2018—whatever you’ve got,

I am ready for you.

In loving memory of:

Ashley Griffin

Uncle “Tom” Griffin

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