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  • Writer's pictureKristy Italiano

New Year, New Beginnings

Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021.

© Kristy Italiano Photography
Sunrise over Easton Bay in Newport, Rhode Island

2020 was a year, to put it mildly.

Is it just me, or did we ever really get the chance to settle in as we watched the pandemic spread from outside the U.S. to our own backyard within about a month? The rest seems like a blur.

I still remember packing up my desk in mid-March. At the time, I thought at best I would work from home for a couple of weeks. Yeah, a couple of weeks. Then April passed. May. And June, July, and most of August before I went back on a limited-time basis before going remote again in November.

It still seems surreal. As the world seemed to stand still for most of the year, there was still so much happening.

As I look back, I feel grateful for 2020. The laughter, the tears, the anger. I am blessed that those near and dear to me have not been directly affected by the virus. I am thankful for the everlasting love and support of family and friends, especially as I officially embark on my photography journey. And everything else in between.

2020 opened my eyes so much wider than I ever thought they could be. It challenged me mentally and physically. It allowed me to reflect and grow, and it had a sneaky way of showing the true colors of those around me.

2020 brought out the good, bad, and ugly in all of us. We all have a different story to tell. The emotions we all felt at varying levels were real. Raw. Unedited. Challenging. Inspiring.

So here we are. New year, new beginnings. I have been working on my photography website project for quite a few months. I am my own worst enemy when it comes to creativity. I am so meticulous with my writing and design style that I continually critique my personal work instead of just taking the plunge and publishing it. I would say I am 95% there but decided to take the plunge and go for it. No more holding back.

I feel like the opportunities are endless going into the new year and I cannot wait to see what lies ahead. For all of us. Change is not always a bad thing. I feel like I finally know what I want, and I am ready to go get it. And you should too.


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