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carlsbad half marathon | carlsbad, ca

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I'm not a runner. By any means. You can ask anyone. I spent 10 years not running due to a knee injury and orders from my doctor not to. He recently changed his mind. He gave me the green light, said to take it easy, and to listen to my body. So, what do I decide to do? Run a half marathon. I'm crazy like that. I couldn't help it.....it was a bucket list thing. I spent the last three months training. What seemed impossible only a few months ago became a reality this past Sunday. I ran my first half marathon. And I'm hooked.

Was it difficult? Oh. My. God. Yes. I couldn't run for 5 minutes straight a year ago.  It took time and patience and dedication. But I did it. And I've rarely been this proud of myself.  My time didn't matter to me, all that did was that I start running at the start line and finish at the finish line. No walking. And I DID it! (Too bad there's a lady mostly blocking me in all of the shots if me crossing the finish line.)

If you have something you've always wanted to do but you've been too busy, too scared, too lazy, too ANYTHING. Just stop. Stop and ask yourself, why am I putting this off? What is stopping me? Confront your fears and GO for it. Because I can't even put into words how rewarding it is to turn around at the end, after all the hard work, and say, "Yea. I did that. And I did it for me." Not for anyone else.

Thank you Milosci for taking pictures and documenting this for me.

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Climbing with my Brothers | Santee

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I don't climb anymore, but I love it when my brother comes to town and I head out with them. I love spending time with Mark and Tim while they climb.  While Tim was home for break they went out to Santee and Jess tagged along too. It was a great afternoon that ended with a double rainbow. I'd have to say that hands down, the best part of the day was when Jess shimmied up one of the climbs, with let's say, some interesting beta. I caught Tim in the best barrel laugh and with the biggest smile I've ever been able to capture of his. Love. Who could ask for a better way to hang out with her brothers? Jen Wojcik Photography, San Diego Fine Art Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photography, San Diego Fine Art WeddingsJen Wojcik Photography, San Diego Fine Art Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photography, San Diego Fine Art WeddingsJen Wojcik Photography, San Diego Fine Art Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photography, San Diego Fine Art WeddingsJen Wojcik Photography, San Diego Fine Art Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photography, San Diego Fine Art WeddingsJen Wojcik Photography, San Diego Fine Art Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photography, San Diego Fine Art WeddingsJen Wojcik Photography, San Diego Fine Art Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photography, San Diego Fine Art WeddingsJen Wojcik Photography, San Diego Fine Art Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photography, San Diego Fine Art WeddingsJen Wojcik Photography, San Diego Fine Art Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photography, San Diego Fine Art WeddingsJen Wojcik Photography, San Diego Fine Art Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photography, San Diego Fine Art WeddingsJen Wojcik Photography, San Diego Fine Art Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photography, San Diego Fine Art WeddingsJen Wojcik Photography, San Diego Fine Art Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photography, San Diego Fine Art WeddingsJen Wojcik Photography, San Diego Fine Art Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photography, San Diego Fine Art WeddingsJen Wojcik Photography, San Diego Fine Art Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photography, San Diego Fine Art WeddingsJen Wojcik Photography, San Diego Fine Art Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photography, San Diego Fine Art WeddingsJen Wojcik Photography, San Diego Fine Art Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photography, San Diego Fine Art WeddingsJen_Wojcik_Photography-31Jen Wojcik Photography, San Diego Fine Art Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photography, San Diego Fine Art WeddingsJen Wojcik Photography, San Diego Fine Art Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photography, San Diego Fine Art WeddingsJen Wojcik Photography, San Diego Fine Art Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photographer, San Diego Wedding Photography, San Diego Fine Art Weddings

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.