I always have a mix of emotions when starting a new year. Sad that the holidays are over, overwhelmed getting back into work, yet always excited and optimistic. This time of year gives us the necessary opportunity to reflect on the past year and make necessary steps towards continual growth. This Christmas I received such a wide range of spiritual and inspirational gifts that were a nice change of pace from my usual practical gifts. They made me excited to begin the new year, which I hope is full of friends, travel, family, new experiences, growth, learning, and of course photography!