Reflection on 2017 + Goals for 2018

So here we are, celebrating the New Year 2018!! I cannot wait to see what the year will bring. 

I'm sitting here with a fresh mug of coffee reflecting the year of 2017. So many amazing memories were made and SBP has grown so much more than I'd ever expected. I was booked for most of my mini sessions, I started getting into weddings and gaining as much experience as possible, I re-branded my business and so many more things. SBP has grown so much thanks to all of you, your support and your trust! 

Next to all these wonderful things that happened to SBP this year, there are so many more great things that happened. Dan and I went to Germany and had our "real white wedding". Man, I got to be the luckiest girl all over again. ♥ We celebrated Cooper's FIRST birthday. My parents and my grandma (my grandma's FIRST time to the US) came to visit us and celebrated their FIRST Thanksgiving with us. My sister came in October and we enjoyed our much needed special time - just her and I. 

As we walk into 2018 I'm trying to set my goals for this year. for my business as well as my personal ones. I've never been a good "goal setter"  - I admit, I'd rather set no goals than feeling disappointed and embarrassed if didn't achieve them. But I want to change that. I want to set goals and finally push myself out of the shell! 

SO I'm super excited to share a few of my goals for 2018:

  • Be more present 

Being in the moment is so important and lately I've noticed that I'm not. I don't feel fully present. I want to change that and make sure that I put my phone down to enjoy the movie we wanted to watch, close my computer to spent time with family and to make time for friends and family to catch up. I want to make every moment count! 

  • Be thankful for every single day

I'm a worrier. I'm a person who stresses about the little things. I'm a person that forgets to stop, breath and appreciate every once in a while. I read about this challenge to just take 5 ( YES, ONLY FIVE) minutes at night to recall the day and think of one thing you are thankful for that happened that day. I started doing this and I know it has only been a couple days but these 5 minutes change the entire day. I go to bed with a happy, satisfied feeling and wake up ready for the next day. Try it yourself, it's amazing. 

  • Shoot more weddings 

After discovering my love for wedding I want to make it a big part of my business. I want to gain as much experience as possible and take every opportunity. I'm so excited to say that SBP is accepting weddings now! I'd love to capture your love story! Let's chat! ♥ 

  • Stop letting social media influence me 

This is a HUGE part that pulled me down every so often in 2017. Comparing myself to others, their achievements to mine and their picture perfect feed. I'm self-critical. A lot. I'm OCD with my business which has it's good and bad. I started not comparing myself and my business to others, but it's so hard not to. I learned that we all are a community, not competition. I love it like that. I'm so glad to get to call fellow photographers my friends. I want to continue this and really focus on other, better things than comparison. 

  • Gain more experience and invest in education 

Gaining experience is so important. You can never learn enough. Yes, my business has grown over the year but the only thing I didn't invest in is education. I really want to make it a point to invest in it this year. Connect with more fellow creatives and support each other. Every single one of us needs that. ♥

I'm so excited to bring on 2018!! How about you? What are you're goals for 2018? 

xoxo,

Sabrina 

He is ONE!

I cannot believe that our sweet baby Cooper is turning ONE today. Where did the time go? First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Coop! 

When Dan and I got married, we knew we wanted a dog. We decided to wait until we bought a house so that we have more space and honestly didn't have to pay the monthly dog fees at our apartment. We moved in our home in April 2016 and shortly after that we knew it's time for our first baby, our dog Cooper. Once me made a deposit on his litter, time did NOT want to pass. We were on vacation in Europe when I received an email that the puppies were born. We couldn't have been happier. Okay, 5 more weeks until we can choose our forever first fur baby!!! 5 WEEKS!!! How do you keep yourself busy for 5 weeks and not constantly think about having this sweet little thing in your arms?

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Well, I have to admit I didn't grow up with dogs like my hubs did, I never had one and I didn't really know what to expect. I prepared myself for the worst (pee and poop everywhere, everything chewed up, looooots of mouthing and not listening... ) Part of it came true but it wasn't even close to be as bad as I thought. It was hard work to train him, but it was fun. He brought us so much joy, happiness and laughter from DAY 1!

We thought a lot out names.... Oakley, because he was born in the fall. Sunny, because he is golden. Einstein, because they are so smart and I'm from Germany. And there was Cooper, because we both liked that name. As we went to pick out our fur ball it was the hardest decision at first. I had 3 or 4 puppies in my arms at the same time and they were all adorable. How do you choose a pup for your family? How do you know you choose the right one?

Well, they choose you. Dan had Cooper on his arm and I tried to keep the others away from nibbling on Dan's toes :D He handed him to me and I had just said to him that I have no idea how to make a decision but in that moment, Cooper cuddled up between my throat and my head. Never mind, we had picked our sweet new family member. We just knew he was a Cooper.

After playing with him for a little while it was time to leave him and go home. TWO more WEEKS until we can bring him home. Just 2 more weeks... Oh my heart hurt as we left him there. I just wanted to bring him home already.  One week passed and I counted the days until we could pick him up. We bought his first toys and his blanket, a crate and everything he would need. We had visitors from Germany so we kept ourselves busy. And THEN I got the text message... There was a big storm announcement for the Saturday we were supposed to pick him up so we were allowed to come EARLIER. I called Dan and we went on Wednesday night (3 days earlier). Oh I remember that feeling as we brought him home. I know I'm obsessed with our dog but he's like my first baby ♥ 

Our adventures began. We took him with us as much as we could. Petco, Petsmart, Home Depot, Lowe's, Farmers Market and to the park... The first snow came and we ran outside together and he just LOVED it. And now here we are, it's almost fall again and our Cooper is turning ONE. 

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From not liking to cuddle, being pet, mouthing, chewing and house training, taking me for walks instead of the opposite and not listening to what we were saying... we came a long way. He LOVES to cuddle and wants to be pet (he gets mad when we stop) he's gentle with mouthing (most of the time) and only chews if he want's even more attention that he already gets. He was potty trained in just a couple months and now he walks next to me and doesn't pull. He learned how to sit, lay, shake, high five, whisper, speak, leave it and to go 'in' his space. He has brought us so much joy and happiness and he has wiped tears. He is not just a dog, he belongs to our family and I cannot imagine our lives without him.

Today we celebrate you, our big boy. Thank you for being there, cuddling us when we need it and making us smile when we feel grumpy. Thank you for protecting us and making us your entire world.

♥♥♥WE LOVE YOU COOP!! ♥♥♥

To my love ♥

Today I'm sharing something really personal on the blog. A love letter to my husband to celebrate our 2 year anniversary! Oh my.. I can't believe how fast 2 years went by.. we have been married TWO full years.. I can't describe how happy he makes me and fulfills my life. He is my best friend, my soulmate, my rock, my whole world. My love for him grows every. single. day and sometimes I really don't know how I deserved such an amazing man on my side. 

First I'd like to tell you my favorite love story...my own ♥ Dan and I met at a Rotary event through my host dad. He actually opened my bank account before the event, but this was our first opportunity to talk and get to know each other day.  He seriously waited until the last 2 seconds before I had to leave to ask for my number. Silly guy, I thought he'd never ask. :) Luckily he used those TWO seconds wisely :D. After a few days we started to hang out, we went fishing (my first time ever) and he showed me around since I just arrived in the area. We got to know each other quickly and started dating a month later. It didn't take long for me to know that he was the guy I wanted to spend my life with. He understood me, supported me, and was there on both the worst and the best days. He is the one I wanted to talk to after a long day and the one I just wanted to sit in silence with on days we didn't feel like talking. Almost a year later I was super excited to drive up to IKEA. It always reminds me of home since we have them everywhere in Germany. The weather was really nice so he asked me if I wanted to walk around our favorite park first to enjoy the sun a little before "we sit in the car for so long and spend all day at IKEA" (those were his words :D ) I agreed and we went to the park to fish for the first time. I was ready to go and leave the dock when he pulled me back, went on one knee and asked me to marry him in the sweetest way.

That's how our story began and I wouldn't change a thing. (We did end up going to IKEA after we told our parents the exciting news).

Now I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes writing our story. We have made so many memories together. Who would have thought that I would end up finding the man of my dreams in the USA? I certainly did not.

Dan, I just wanted to say that you make me the happiest woman in the entire world. You are my everything and I cannot wait to grow our little family. You have helped me grow my business and have supported me with everything you could from day one. You fill my life with happiness and joy. I don't know who I would be without you. Thank you for always being there. Thank you for those wonderful moments we've shared and the precious memories we've made. Thank you for always listening to me, for being with me even on my worst days and for being the best husband I could have ever asked for.  I love you so much!♥

SPRING CLEANING

We made it! No more cold and dreary days! I’m so excited for the warm weather, sunny days and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and the trees don’t look so sad anymore!

One thing that was on my list for this year was getting the house together. We bought our house about one year ago when it was too late to plant new flowers and bushes. Finally spring is here and I’m so excited for those little DIY projects to start. More blog posts to come on that!

Spring is an incredible season for productivity and to get a fresh start on many things. I felt that spring would be also an amazing time to really think about my business and what my goals are for this year. What do I want to change? What do I want to achieve? With that being said, I had thought for a long time about one important thing that will help change my entire business. Are you ready for my big announcement?

I just can’t keep it to myself anymore. I’m so excited to finally announce thaaat…. (Drumroll)

I am REBRANDING!

The new logo is finished; new business cards are in progress aaaaaand my new website will launch soon! My website will be under construction for the next few days but you can still call, email or message me on Facebook!

I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS HUGE CHANGE!

Stay tuned!

xoxo

 

 

My life changing journey and the importance of family part 2

I’m so glad you’re back because I’m REALLY excited to share my journey coming to the USA on the blog today. There were a lot of emotional, frustrating and super happy moments.

The first thing was telling my parents about that huge step I wanted to take. One thing I noticed that is totally different here is that in Germany you usually live pretty close to your family. Nobody likes to say goodbye for such a long time, but my family supported me with everything they could. They also threw me this amazing farewell party with all my family and friends. :) My point is, they did everything they could to make this year (well, it was supposed to be a year) the best journey yet to come and I’m so thankful for that. I wouldn’t know where and who I would be without them.

Coming here as an Au Pair was one of my best experiences. I learned so much about a new culture and I was amazed by how quickly my English vocabulary grew. On the other hand, it was also the scariest thing I’ve ever done in my life and not being much of a risk taker made it even worse. Different language, different culture and 4058,12 miles away from home. I remember my flight being cancelled after hours of waiting on the day I was supposed to fly to my host family. My English was awful and I just had a prepaid phone. Nobody really understood me and I felt so helpless. For one moment, I wish I would’ve stayed at home. I was so frustrated and didn’t know what do to.

So many things happened in that year where I wish I could have been with my family. My sister turned 18 (equivalent to 21 here), my cousin had her baby and sadly my grandpa passed away. Even though my family was sooo far away, we supported each other and they were my rock. I met my husband 3 months into my year in the USA so he was by my side and guided me through harder times. Nothing is more supportive than having loved ones around you. Yet, it turned out to be the best thing I have ever done. I met my now husband through my second family – my family away from home and with that I gained another family – my now in-laws. 

This blog post is to shout out and be thankful. It’s okay to take a chance and experience something totally different in your live. Even though it might not go perfectly as planned, you will grow with these memories. It will make you strong. I know that family can get on your nerves and opinions can disagree, but they are the ones who will be there and share all those amazing memories with you in your life. They are the ones who will laugh with you, the ones that will cry with you and the ones that will support you the most. It doesn’t matter if it’s your parents, siblings, your in-law’s or your own little family.

Be thankful, be grateful and more importantly let your loved ones be your rock!

Stay tuned for my suuuuuper exciting news tomorrow! I am SOO excited to announce them on the blog! I can barely hold it for myself! ♥

xoxo

New Year Specials for 2017

Hello everyone! 

I'm so excited to announce my New Year Specials for 2017. YAY!


Please let me know if you have any further questions :)