2019: A Year of Firsts

January 1, 2020


2019 was simultaneously the longest and shortest year ever. It flew by so fast, but I did so many things, and the year was so full of amazing experiences! When I think about all that I’ve started this year and all that I’ve been able to do, I can’t believe it’s only been one year.

Here’s a very condensed version of my 2019:

The Start of a Business

black and white girl taking photo with canon camera

I can’t believe it was at the beginning of 2019 that I started my photography business. From studying photography and doing photo sessions I have learned so much about how to take better pictures. From angles to lighting, there’s so much to learn. I definitely don’t know everything, but I’m so grateful that this business has helped me to grow my skills!

The Beginning of this Blog

Although I started thinking about blogging at the beginning of the year, Life Full of Light didn’t come to life until May of 2019. Has it been the fastest growing blog on the internet? No. But that’s ok! This is just the beginning of what I hope will be a long and exciting adventure.

Girl in Japanese garden, blurry background, bokeh

Even in these last few months of blogging, my content and goals have changed and evolved. I expected that I would post a lot more about photography than travel, but it was the opposite. And that’s fine! I love to teach people what I know about photography, so I hope you can get some knowledge out of my blog posts no matter what your experience level! I have also loved getting to share my travels with you, and I hope to share many more soon!

Finding my Love for Flying

View from airplane of desert mountains in arizona and clouds in blue sky

Bird’s eye view of desert mountains in Arizona

This summer I boarded my first airplane (the first of many I hope!). I took several different flights in June and July, some long and some short. I was a little scared at first, but there is nothing like being up there in the sky. I’ve always loved watching sunrises and sunsets, and seeing them from a whole new perspective was incredible. I hope I never get tired of it!

The First Passport Stamp

The first flight I took happened to be my first ever international trip. The first use of my passport took me to Alberta, Canada, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I met the sweetest people in Canada who helped me see the best that Alberta has to offer in just 3 days. I want to go back so badly!

Moraine Lake and mountains in Banff with turquoise water

We got to explore the towns of Banff, Canmore, Waterton, and lots of in-between stops. Every time I think of my time in Canada, it’s with a dreamy recollection of mountains, lakes, and boat rides. Of course, I want to visit other parts of Canada, but I would go back to Alberta in a heartbeat!

Three Sisters Mountain in Canmore Alberta Canada

If you want to read more about the places I visited in Canada and see more photos, check out these posts:

Things to Do in Lethbridge, Alberta

Banff and Canmore: 1 Day Itinerary

Things to Do in Waterton Lake National Park

My First Mission Trip

Only a month after my little vacation in Canada, I boarded a plane to Anchorage, Alaska. This was another first for me, as I had never been on a mission trip before or been to Alaska. What an incredible week that was!

blue airplane on lake with green trees and cloudy mountains around water at moose pass, alaska

I will never forget the kids that we got to meet and minister to. Those days we spent in the park playing with kids who just needed to be loved will always be a special memory for me.

This trip was also my first time to see the Pacific Ocean. I even rode a boat on the ocean for a whale watching tour!

Spire Cove rock islands with trees in blue water in seward alaska

Alaska is so so so beautiful, and I want to go back! If you ever get the chance to go, take it!

Here are my blog posts about the amazing places we saw in Alaska:

Things to Do in Anchorage, Alaska

Day Trip to Seward, Alaska

An Old Vacation with a New Twist

We finished out the year at my family’s favorite vacation spot: Disney World. Disney is somewhere we have been many times, but it never disappoints!

purple christmas lights on cinderella castle at magic kingdom Disney World at Christmas Time

Every time we go to Disney World, there is a new ride or something new to see. This time we got to see something I’ve been dying to experience: Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge.

millenium falcon and spire mountains at black spire outpost Star Wars galaxy's edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios Disney World Orlando Florida

My family has watched Star Wars many times, so getting to fly the Millenium Falcon and meet characters from the Star Wars universe was so cool! Galaxy’s Edge is so immersive, and just being there is enough to make you think you’ve been transported into a Star Wars movie.

We also got to see Toy Story Land for the first time. What a cute and fun place! I especially liked the Slinky Dog Dash rollercoaster.

And I can’t forget the Skyliner! We rode the Skyliner gondolas to Epcot and Hollywood Studios every chance we got.

blue skyliner gondola at Disney World Orlando Florida with spaceship earth Epcot

Even though I’ve been to Disney World more than once, I would happily spend many more magical vacations there!

I’m going to be writing several more blog posts about Disney World in the near future, but in the meantime, you can see what fun things there are to during Christmas time at Disney here:

Why You Should Visit Disney World at Christmas Time

While this year was full of experiences, I can’t wait to see what the next year (and the next decade!) will bring.

I’m going to be doing plenty more traveling in the future, so be sure to join my email list to be notified whenever there is new content on the blog!

2019 a year of firsts

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