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2010, in my heart.

I have this filing cabinet in my heart. It’s always been there, keeping special moments and memories and feelings tucked away safely. There’s no real organization in this cabinet. It’s a free-for-all of sorts, just the way I like it. I never know when I’m going to need to reach in and grab one. You know, surprise myself with my own history. I don’t tell anyone when these memories are tucked away, but, just in case I forget, please remind me that I want to file away the year 2010. All of it.

I want to remember the first time my husband and I walked into our place and felt like it was our home.
I want to remember the sleepless nights worrying about whether or not I’m worthy of this life.
I want to remember the long walks talking about what color to paint the bedroom.
I want to remember the tears wept over mistakes I’ve made.
I want to remember the night I met the fake Dolly Parton.
I want to remember the days I chose to forgive.
I want to remember every single second spent with my family.
I want to remember my realization that the only way to live is by keeping the faith.
I want to remember my accomplishments and my failures, laughter with some of the most beautiful faces, dance parties in the car with the windows open.
I want to remember YOUR love. The love that allows me to do something I’m passionate about every single day.
I just want to remember. The good. The bad. All of it.

Here are some images to go along with this new space in my heart – the folder with ‘2010’ scribbled wildly somewhere on the cover. In no particular order, just some beautiful moments experienced, that I never want to forget. Have a safe and happy celebration into 2011. See you all next year! xoxo

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  • gladys jemDecember 31, 2010 - 9:01 am

    love you ala. thank you for letting me be a part of your 2010, and im grateful that you were a part of mine! can’t wait to see you again and give you a big hug! happy new year!

  • Becky HillDecember 31, 2010 - 9:18 am

    Ala, I truly loved my portraits. Wishing you all the best in 2011.

  • andaDecember 31, 2010 - 9:42 am

    all so beautiful, ala! glad i met you in 2010 and hope to see you again sometime in 2011. happy new year!!

  • Amy HendersonJanuary 6, 2011 - 12:10 pm

    What a beautiful 2010 you had to remember! Look forward to seeing your beautiful work through 2011 😀

  • PaolaJanuary 6, 2011 - 12:28 pm

    Awesome! Made me cry. It was great meeting you, can’t wait for the next big occasion in our life where we’ll need a great photographer again.

  • Heather O'MaraJanuary 14, 2011 - 12:32 pm

    Your images are beautiful and your memories touched me. It made me think of my own and what I would like to remember. You know, all those special things, whether good or bad, that make me who I am.

    Thank you.

  • […] never had a diary growing up. Never wrote things down, floating through life with file cabinets in my heart. I liked to live life, recollecting moments through my memories. I believed my memories were better […]

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