Jen Wojcik Photography

looking back at 2012

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So I'm going to share something with you that might be too personal. If that's not your cup of tea, get outta dodge. Exactly a year ago this week I was diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression and for those of who haven't had experience with this, it is the deepest darkest hell you could imagine. You feel like you're at the bottom of a black pit surrounded by sheer walls with no way to climb out.  So many people go through this and no one talks about it, as if it's something to be ashamed of.  I reject that notion.

BUT...that was a year ago. And I am happy to report that while this has been the most difficult year of my life to date, it has also been the best.

How did I start a business while all this was going on? Simple. I had to. I don't think people truly understand that I live for what I do. I didn't have a choice. Just because the timing sucked didn't mean that I wasn't going to give it a shot. And I'm so happy that I did, you know why?

Because every person I met this year, shot, networked, shared a drink, danced, laughed, cried, or ate with helped piece me back together. Was this a cake walk? Heck no. Would I do it again? In a minute. Because for every moment that I wanted to curl up into the fetal position and give up, there was another equally awesome moment to keep me going.

I truly live for the love I get to capture everyday. It makes my heart soar. It's as essential to me as breathing.

So if you're reading this, I want to say thank you. Because you helped put me back together. You gave me a reason to smile and warmed my heart.

All my love to my Milosci and my family for your love and support during this most amazing and difficult year.

Below are some of my favorite moments from this year.

Thank you to Cary Pennington and Melissa McClure for letting me shoot with you this year. I've learned so much from both of you.