Today is my birthday! ;) It´s time to reflect on the past one year and review all the things that have happened, the good and the bad, celebrate the successes and learn from the mistakes. And boy has it been a year... I don´t think there has ever been so many changes in my life or I don´t even think it´s even physically possible to manage more in one short year. 

I moved. Twice. First from Budapest to Berlin in February and than from Berlin to Barcelona in October. It´s a strange feeling when one of your long time dreams come true. I´ve been wanting to move to Barcelona since I was 10, long before I visited this beautiful city. I guess it is what love at first sight must be (without the actual sight ;), I just always knew that it was the place for me and there might be only one other city which has such an attraction to me (New York, and yet again I´ve never been :). I´m now living here since two whole months and I still can´t believe it! Every time I see a palm tree or go for a walk on the beach I have to fight my tears of joy. I made it, and I feel like I´m finally home!

I became a photographer. This is again a sentence I still have to wrap my head around (like the fact that I live in my dream city). Exactly one year ago today I gave myself the best birthday present I could ever give myself. I decided to take a leap of faith, quit my corporate day job and follow my dream. Being your own boss, learning on your own and establishing your own company in a foreign country is not always a walk in the park but I´ve never been a happier, more positive person than now. I welcome the challenges as I see them as opportunities for growth, I don´t know it all, but nothing worth having comes easy and I´m just so so lucky and fortunate to have found my passion, my profession and hopefully I can turn my baby company into a blossoming business and will be so busy shooting weddings that I´ll have to constantly apologize for noth updating G*D as often as I´d like! ;D That is my biggest birthday wish!

I´ve really poured my heart and soul into En Route and I´m s proud of all the work I´ve done. Next to all the amazing brides, families and friends I got to photograph I´m very happy with how my En Route blog and website have turned out. Now it´s time to get down to business!;)

I´ve travelled... a LOT. I have times when I feel like I´m not going anywhere, but than I look at G*D and realize that I have no clue what the hell I´m talking about. Next to photography travelling is my biggest passion and I´m fortunate to live in Europe (=cheap flights ;) and have a lot of wonderful friends all over to let me couch surf ;). In 2011 I´ve snowboarded in Italy, came to Barcelona twice before I moved hererode a helicopter in Istanbulhad a wonderful long weekend in Greece visiting Athens and the magnificient island of Spetsesdid a small daytrip to Hamburg,  spent two nice weeks roasting under the sun of Sardiniavisited old friends in Dublintraveled to Budapest several times for work and family visitsshot a beautiful family and visited my bloggie bestie Vicky in Viennalearned how to windsurf on the Canary Islands and frolicked around in Paris. Not bad!

One of the biggest changes have been though that I became single. It has been a very sad time but it gave me the opportunity to start focusing on myself. I´ve almost always been in serious relationships in my adult life (apart from a few months here and there) and quite honestly I don´t know myself as a single, independent person. I´ve always adjusted my life around my boyfriends and never really though about who I am, who I want to be and what I want to do with my life. Being single can be lonely sometimes, but I´m never been so sure that I just need to be alone for a while to focus on myself and focus on making my dreams come true.

I´ve moved together with 3 crazy artists. I´ve never though that I´d move together with other people again, as I had my own apartment ever since I was in college. Sharing a bathroom, a kitchen and a living room with 3 other messy artists can try me at times, but it teaches me an important lesson in letting things go and focusing on the important things. I love my new flatmates and I couldn´t have asked for a more inspiring, creative space in Barcelona, or better friends to hold my hand when I need it.

And talking about friends... I´m so happy that the blogging community has led me to meet some amazing ladies! Farah, Vicky, Haleigh & Emilie... I love you girls and I hope to see you soon again!

It has also been the year that I´ve fallen in love with a puppy. We never had pets and I´ve never considered myself as a very animal friendly person, but since Diego came into my life he has changed everything. He is the cutest, sweetest little furball and I wish I could spend more time with him (he lives with my sis in Hungary), but I´m really sure one day I´ll have my own yorkie... perhaps a cute girlfriend for Diego! (I´ll name her Lola! ;)

If you´re still reading this... thank you! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for following along with my journey, for making my days with your sweet comments and for making me believe in myself! 

And to all my real life friends and family.... I love you and I hope to see you more in my 29th year on Earth!

I wish I could celebrate with you all tonight and share a gigantic camera shaped cheesecake with you! ;) I´ll have a small dinner in one of my new favorite places in Barcelona with some wonderful new friends and than we´ll probably go out dancing! ;) 

I do not ask for or want any presents, but if you do wanna make my day I´d be super duper happy if you could share something with your friends about En Route, (http://enroutephotography.com/), a small lil tweet or facebook post would be the nicest present ever! ;) As you know I´m just starting out and my biggest wish is to make it successful and be able to photograph weddings all over the world! ;) If I´d have a cake and some candles to blow, that is what I´d ask for!

I have a lot of small and big goals for the next year, but let´s leave those for another post! ;)

Happy Birthday to me and a wonderful weekend to you all!

With much Love!

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Lape said...

Hi Gabby!
Happy birthday! I'm thrilled to find out that you're Sagittarian like me ;-) I've been reading your blog for a while but never commented. I think your birthday is the perfect time for my first comment :-) Sagittarians love to travel so you won't be too surprised that I write a blog about holidays. I guess we Sagittarians can't help ourselves :-) Have a fantastic birthday!

todi design said...

Happy Birthday Gabby!
What a lovely post :)

Sabrina T. said...

these pics are really amazing dear!happy B day and have a nice day!!

Patchwork à Porter

Scarlet Letter said...

happy birthday!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday !! It´s nice to have a review of the past year of achievements and milestones. Of course there are always challenges but we take it in our stride. All the best for your new year, best of luck! ;)

Ksenia said...

Happy happy birthday Gabby!!!
I've been reading your blog for about a year now and it's so amazing what you've accomplished in that year. Have a fantastic day and lots of luck in the coming year! Enjoy!


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Agnes Balogh said...

Boldog szulinapooot!! Teljes szivbol kivanom neked h az En Route-bol egy nagyon sikeres business legyen.
p.s. remelem minnel hamarabb eljutsz New Yorkba, egy gyonyoru varos! :)

Serea said...

Felicidades!!! que pases un buen día, have a great day!!

Anonymous said...

what a truly exciting year! wishing you a very happy birthday and tons of luck, laughter and love for the future!

we're not that far apart... my birthday in on the 18th. already looking for my bday weekend :)

enjoy your day!

jc said...

Happy Birthday Gabby and Merry Christmas from our home to yours! Lots of hugs on this special day!

Anonymous said...

happy birthday Gabby!

meme-and-he said...

you are too cute. I have loved reading your blog over the past year!! happy birthday!

Stephanie said...

Happy birthday!! Hope you have a fantastic time celebrating with your new friends tonight, and that this year is even better than last! :-)

Anonymous said...

Happy 28 dear! Wish you nothing but the very best!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

happy birthday Gabby! looks like you had an amazing year and I'm wishing you all the best in the future :)


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Sandra said...

Happy birthday! May all your wishes come true! :)


MaviDeniz said...

love the photos! Happy birthday!


Ann Marie said...

Happy birthday Gabby! What an incredible year you've had - you are an inspiration to me :) If you ever make it to Chicago let me know!

I wish you another exciting, successful year!

Adele said...

Happy Birthday Gabby & Wow! What a year. I remember the video you shot for En Route..it was fab, you must eb so proud xoxo

Jen said...

I absolutely love your blog and this post made me feel compelled to comment. I have been so inspired by your photography and style and have honestly learned so much from this blog... I am a 24 y/o art school drop out having a quarter life crisis of what-am-I-doing-with-my-life. I'm just getting started with photography but already I feel like this blog has given me SO many helpful tips (like RADLAB!!! Which is SO RAD!) and amazing inspirations...You also have inspired me to get my butt on a plane and TRAVEL MORE! Oh and I started my own blog this week, greenandgrand.com
Anyway I just wanted to say thanks, I am an appreciative follower and I LOVE your blog!!!!

Becky said...

What an amazing year you've had, happy birthday!


wow, amazing photos!
with love,
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*Simply Colette* said...

Happy Birthday sweets! What an inspiring post and a good reminder to follow your dreams and not a man... I needed the encouragement. Make it your best year yet!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

Happy Birthday, you deserve the best!

Shen Dove said...

I've so enjoyed reading your blog over the past year, hope your 28th year is an amazing one!

Kold_Kadavr_flatliner, sub/dude said...

Really? Truly? Let's see --- Meet me in Heaven, girly. We’ll have a tonOfun for the length and breadth of eternity. On earth, grrr, we have whorizontal taxes - the death of U.S. Upstairs, however, we can fly: like a true, major’s child, we were born 2B wild [literally! Pop was USAF!!] God bless you. Love you.

Liesl said...

Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday, Gabby!!!!! I hope it was as fun and fabulous as you are! Sending lots smiles and virtual cupcakes your way!

Liesl :)

Chloe Jacqueline said...

Happy Birthday! WOW! A year really did change your life! I am glad that the independent artist you came alive this year! Congratulations on following your dreams and all of your success! You truly are an inspiration!

superhappyjohi said...

Happy Birthday Gabby!!!

hippiebohoreloaded. said...

how funny, your whole post sounds like the holstee manifesto, do you know it? I think, you actually live it and that's wonderful and adorable!

happy birthday, dear Gabbi!

Flutra said...

Wonderful pictures! YOU REALLY CAN DO THIS:)
Much love,


Teodora said...

Gabby, such a wonderful post. I love your story - it is so inspiring. Your photography has grown so much.



Wonderful and Marvelous said...

Happy belated birthday!! :)
When I read your post just now, I nearly started to cry. I'm so happy for you and I think the way you live your life is truly inspiring!! I wish I was as brave as you. Just uprooting my life when I feel like it and follow my dreams. In simple words: 'U go girl!!' ;)
Once again HAPPY B-DAY!
Angi from Wonderful and Marvelous

Btw. I've liked EnRoute on Facebook! Love the homepage. You did a great job. :)

Forever Fashionably Late said...

Boldog (belated) szulinapot!! Nagyon nagyon urulok hogy ratalaltam a blogodra!! Gyonyoruek a fenykepeid es pont aszt az elettet eled amirol en is mindig almodtam! Tenyleg nagy inspiracio vagy : )


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