The Holidays Are Here! | Family Photographer in Redondo Beach, CA

 

Life is filled with lots of business this time of year.  Between school starting with new teachers and classrooms and all of our new routines, I feel like there is a buzz in the air.  The South Bay has even gotten cooler these past two weeks (although it's sure to get hot again before summer is really over), creating a sense of autumn in the air.  You know fall is coming, too, when coffee shops start offering Pumpkin flavored everything! Yum!

For our family, though, fall also means holidays.  I don't mean Labor Day or Halloween, but the High Holidays of the Jewish calendar, including Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year, Yom Kippur - the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, and Sukkoth - one fo the most festive celebrations of the Jewish year.

 Pictured is a girl, blowing a Shofar, the ram's horn blown to usher in the Jewish New Year.

Pictured is a girl, blowing a Shofar, the ram's horn blown to usher in the Jewish New Year.

I have always celebrated these holidays, from the time I was a young child until now, raising my own children with the Jewish traditions, but Rosh Hashanah also marks a few momentous times in my life.  

Six years ago, pregnant with my third child, my husband and I picked up from our residence in Brooklyn and moved to Redondo Beach, CA.  The move was a fresh start, a way to lean in to who we wanted to become as a family and an opportunity to raise our children around their extended family and our parents.

For my business, Rosh Hashanah marks the time of year 1 year ago that I started my family photography business in Redondo Beach.  Yep! I've been an official business for one year already!

 The Western Wall - Holy place for prayer in Jerusalem, Israel

The Western Wall - Holy place for prayer in Jerusalem, Israel

 Dip apples in honey on Rosh Hashanah to invite a sweet new year

Dip apples in honey on Rosh Hashanah to invite a sweet new year

It's pretty amazing what can happen in a year.  My hope is that I can tap into the new year's fresh energy and bring positive changes and growth into my life, both for myself, my family and my community. Whether you observe the Jewish holidays or not, the new school year provides a sense of renewal and change. With renewal and change come goals and growth.

What are you planning to update and change as the fall season approaches and as we enter the last quarter of 2018? Make sure to let me know in the comments!