Well! It's been one speedy month since I have finished school. I just wanted to share about what my life has been since.
For a while, not much happened for me. (Granted, it's been just over 1 month.) Finding a job is so hard! I wanted to find something I loved and that I could also benefit from. Many people told me to take whatever I could get. I understand that and believe in that too. Yet life is way too damn short for me to take just anything. I knew I could find something I'd love, it just took patience.
Being out of school my biggest focus is my health, leading me to my fitness and food. I have been cooking so much and wish I cooked more with my dad growing up. I snapchat pictures of my food every night to my family and it feels so good to make yummy meals. I've also been practicing yoga, barre, spin, and just stepped into the world of HIIT. I always had phases of working out and for the past 6 months or so I've been really keeping with my food + fitness and it feels good to feel strong.
Outside of school also meant a huge step back from the art world. And I did that by choice. I felt very overwhelmed by the art world, and also by my own art practice. I started photography before I started college. And in college I learned all types of ways to shoot, etc, but I felt like I was having trouble finding my own love of it as a whole towards the end. And no, I am not saying that I hate photography! I know this is still what I am meant to do. I just needed to step back and rediscover why I fell in love with this medium... Especially in the world we live in today. Everyone is a photographer. That doesn't scare me though. But social media does. Instagram really gets to me some days. I want to delete it probably everyday. I see too much negativity and photos that don't inspire me. But then I remember these little moments are mine, and I'm so lucky to have a platform to share one part of my day or week and some thoughts that I want to share too. It's too good of a platform to let go right now.
So, I've taken a step back. I am finding loves outside of school. I really do love leaving my apartment in the morning knowing I am not going to school. That sounds crazy and maybe silly but gosh it feels so good to know I get to keep discovering life. I felt like I was always an extremely serious student, always stressed, it was my biggest priority and I didn't let much else into my life. But now I get to find new things to do and focus on. It rocks.
Birthdays are such weird days to me! If I'm not with my family or my birthday sis Erin, it seems to feel off. But I have a feeling 22 is going to be a wonderful year, and it can only happen if I put that effort in. I am so thankful for everyone who wished me a happy birthday and celebrated with me.
On the 1st of February I bought the book, "You Are A Badass". I think my friends hate how much I quote and preach it now. But truly, this book has changed my life. It explained to me my own energy which I felt I never really understood. It explained to me that I deserve the things I want. I love these books that just remind you you're doing awesome in life and that life is awesome too.
Lastly, for lent I've been trying my best to just write down how I feel every day and reflect. The word that comes up most is thankful. I am very lucky to have the life I have. Lucky yes, but extremely thankful. I have the most supportive parents. Chicago is absolutely beautiful and I get to live here. I have a job. I have my health. I get to buy groceries I like. Life is simple and sweet, just the way it should be.
So! Here is to another year of health, amazing people, happy energy, adventure, and discovery :)
Just some yummy juice, pretty lights, and fun floor dinners with besties.
Celebrated my 22nd with a spin class, awesome people, dancing all night, and cake :)