My 2009 Highlights - Whoa, What A Year!

Moving At The Speed of Light

Well 2009 is just about done. Can you believe I just said that?! This year flew by at the speed of light, maybe even quicker. There was a lot of stuff going on, a lot of stuff was experienced and a lot of growth occurred this year. Overall I am very glad that this year is over. That sounded very negative... but I assure you it is not. It has been one of the most humbling and amazing years of my short life. But I am looking forward to the new year and to the new decade.

Year-End Review for 2009

I love reading "top" lists and year-end reviews. They are a quick read into someones life, a quick glimpse into who someone is. They can be funny and quite shocking at times, but always revealing. So here goes my "top" list for 2009 - goodbye crazy decade!

Top Movie - Revolutionary Road: Awesome acting, very deep issues and a realistic story. Leo and Kate are awesome!

Top Song: - All The Things That I Have Done - The Killers: I know this is an older tune, but I just came to know it this year.

Best Concert - U2 at Soldiers Field. You can see more pics on my Facebook album: U2 360 Tour

Top Book - How To Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie: An oldie but absolute classic. A must read if you interact with humans.

Most Read Photo Blogs - Zack Arias: Atlanta based editorial music photographer that ROCKS! - Digital Pro Talk with David Ziser: Great blog on business and shooting. - Jasmine Star: Fabulous wedding photographer whose blog is a breathe of fresh air. She keeps it real. - Joe McNally: Awesome lighting guru that started my LOVE for off camera flash.

Most Read Non-Photo Blogs - engadget.com - This blog keeps my inner geek informed on all things technical and gadgets. - smashingmagazine.com - THE best blog for design, dev, and free stuff. A must if you are a visual creative. - Seth Godin: A great blog for marketing, branding, and just all around great advice.

My Favorite Blog Reader - Google Reader: Simple, amazing and oh so easy to use!

Favorite New Restaurant - Big Bowl: Amazing food at non-scary prices. Try their passion fruit ginger ale. My many thanks to my sis-in-law for recommending this place.

Favorite App - Things: An easy and powerful Get-Things-Done app for the Mac and iPhone or iTouch. Now I wish I had an iPhone so I could sink it with my MacBook...

Favorite Wedding Photos [gallery columns="1" size="large" orderby="title"]

Favorite Wedding Venue - University Club Chicago - Here is an image from the beautiful top level dining hall. You can see a few more from a previous post here. University Club Chicago Photos

Favorite Family Photo- Hamilton Family Portrait at The Garfield Park Conservatory

Chicago Family portraits pics photos

Favorite Portrait Photo of My Daughter- My Daughters Cute Froggy Boots Children's Cute Photos

Favorite Model Photos Chicago Editorial Photos

Editorial Model Photography Favorite Personal Works- 2009 Polar Plunge Chicago Polar Plunge 2009

Favorite Personal Works - "Tree By The Lake" (inspiration for my logo) Chicago Fine Art Photos

Favorite Face Melting Solo - Tom Morello with The Boss on "Ghost of Tom Joad"

Best Investment (monetary and emotional) - Dane Sanders Roadshop Workshop Dane Sanders Workshop This was an amazing workshop taught by an amazing person, Dane Sanders. I learned more about myself in this short 3 day workshop than I have in any other workshop I have EVER attended. Do yourself a huge favor and attend his workshop if you can make it. Just do it!

And In The End... of the year So there you have it. A few of my favorite things for 2009. I am looking forward to next year and I have a lot of ideas that I want to put into practice, some good ole' life changing ideas. I hope you have a great year and I look forward to blogging more and putting more of me into these pages. My most sincere Thank You to all that read this blog. Here's to a great New Year celebration!!!

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By The Way: I am turning 30 this year. It is time to dream it all up for a new decade. I am looking forward to y 30's.