But this journal entry is not to talk about my love for the water. It is to think and reflect on 2017. I have to say, 2017 was probably one of my favorite years! Feel like I had a solid direction on where I want to take my life. Spent a lot of time meditation, reflecting, and just thinking about different avenues I potentially could go. My adventures and trips started getting bigger, longer, more demanding, and more awesome like Vietnam. Instead of working on a single project like I did in 2016. I wanted to work more on myself, my skills set, and develop myself further in areas I saw fit.
The biggest area was photography. In the middle of summer, I finally got a "big boy camera". I spent a chunk of money on a solid setup. That made my passion for photography and documenting adventures skyrocket. Whenever I got back from an adventure, I was excited to start working on photos and the write up. I always though how this is what I am supposed to be doing with my life. I am supposed to be out in nature pushing myself, my gear, and my friends to new heights!
I am not build to be stuck in a cubical crunching numbers, fixing people's fuck ups because they don't do what they are supposed to be doing (cough and are paid for it...), and all the other bull shit that comes with the corporate world. Don't get me wrong I love my immediate coworkers, we are #oneteamonedream and are family. I am just sick of all the other nonsense that goes on almost a daily basis. All of this really started to wear on me and I started thinking about starting my own business more and more.
It all started becoming more clear as the year passed on. So much positive feedback from Jeepers, saying I needed to sell my work. Being printed in the newspaper. Plus more feedback from friends and family saying, "When the heck can buy your photos?!". Pretty much, everyone telling me I need to sell prints. Not going to argue with them, seemed like a perfect fit. But I wanted my business to be something I could just naturally do, be creative, showcase my art, and produce something I would be proud of, which selling prints checks all of those boxes! So I started Rozyboom Adventures LLC and paired up with WHCC for my print lab. Keep in mind, I didn't pull the trigger on this until super late in the year. Yeah it was heavily on my mind late summer into fall, but I really didn't get serious with it until around Thanksgiving.