This year and coming into my own.

This year and coming into my own.

This is a personal, long post. And no, I will […]

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This is a personal, long post. And no, I will have no regrets.

It has been a year of ups and downs.

Sound cliché? Think again.

The year before it had been so clear to me. I actually spelled it out. “I shall have NO REGRETS”.

Somehow 2011 remained undefined for a long, long time. What was it going to be about? Could it possibly be better than the epic ’10? No way! Or … way?

2011 was to become my most amazing, epic and insightful year – EVER!

I connected with some of my heroes within the business. Some facades crumbled before my very eyes. I moved on… I grew as a photographer and – hopefully – as a person. I made new friends. Friends who stood by me and supported me every single day. Thank you for being there when I needed you! Thank you for giving me sanity when I doubted myself. You are awesome! And you are going places! I will be here to cheer you on, every step of the way!

Our kids grew up so fast this year.  They surprise and amaze me every single day. I see so much of myself in them. I am privileged to be their mother. It’s exhausting, frustrating, amazing and glorious and I wouldn’t miss it for the world!!!  One day I hope to have raised 3 harmonic, happy grownups. Meantime we’re enjoying the path that leads us there. I love the three of you with all my heart!

Birthday came – and so did the puppy I had wished for.  I thrive with a canine around. I heart my happy Willow. I’ve never had or met a happier dog – ever!

I travelled and took new friends on a roadtrip. Little did I know they were sisters from a different mother. I love you. You are always with me and I owe you so much! I may live far away, but know that I am there if you ever need me.

Summer came. Whilst everyone was complaining about the weather, I kept hearing the blast in Oslo over and over again in my head.  Hug your kids and pray for a sane future.

And finally … to my soulmate.
We were friends. We became lovers. We exchanged vows. We became parents.
I will grow old with you. You are there to pick me up when I feel insecure.  You are sanity when I am crazy.  You … are my ROCK.
I love you.

So with this said.
I look ahead, with no regrets. With only hope and plans for the future.
Where it will all take me, I do not know.
But I will give it my all.
I love my life. I just need to remind myself from time to time.

I still wonder what 2011 was all about… Maybe it was more about the journey than the actual goal.

Enjoy these last days of the year.  And make YOUR 2012 amazing!

Much love,


PS: below are some shots from my favorite time this year… on a mountaintop in Norway – pre 7/22.  Enjoy the goofy selfies of the rock and me. xo




  1. Caroline Lima 31 December, 2011 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    I love it!!! Your kids are adorable! Happy New Year, I wish you all the best with my heart! :-)

    • Tanja 31 December, 2011 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      Awww, thank you Carol! So happy to know you! One of those amazing things that happened in ’11. Happy New Year to you, dear!

  2. Lesley 31 December, 2011 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    You have a gift to make me well up with tears! 2011 was a beautiful year, but I predict that 2012 is going to be a delicious treat for you and your family, one full of many flavours – sweet memories, savoury laughs, and chilled evenings that will whet your appetite! *click* to 2012!

  3. Vinita 31 December, 2011 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Dearest Tanja, what a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing and I wish you and your family a very happy new year and all the health&happiness you all so deserve!

  4. Anouschka 31 December, 2011 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    Beautiful post! May 2012 bring you nothing but joy and happiness. May everything you hope for and more come true in 2012. Happy new year! Xo

  5. Sophie Delaveau 1 January, 2012 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Bonne année Tanja ! What a lovely family you have ! Happy new year, may 2012 bring you a lot of laughs, love and success.

  6. corinne delis 1 January, 2012 at 10:17 am - Reply

    happy new year Tanja!! love the pics ;). I wish that 2012 will even top 2011 for you!


  7. damon 2 January, 2012 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Happy New Year !!! your awesome!!

  8. Nadine Cluytmans 3 January, 2012 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Happy New Year Tanja. All the best for 2012 for you and your family.
    Really nice pictures. So natural.

  9. Jennifer Hejna 4 January, 2012 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    Tanja – thank you so much for the open words. It is so beautiful to read. I wish you a fantastic 2012 and that all your wishes and hopes and ideas become true. so happy to know you ! Happy new year !

  10. Natalie 10 January, 2012 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Tanja, such a beautiful post to read. wishing you all the very best of everything in 2012, may it be a magical year for you, your family and your business! can’t wait to see you again!!! much love xx

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