Cheers to 22 // November 9, 2017

For my birthday this year, I thought it would be nice to do a little reflecting on my blog and share a few things I have learned. 

This past year has taught me to explore and dig deeper into what you really want to get out of your life and who you want to become. 

With another year behind me, I am ready for something bigger and more challenging. I am ready for new experiences and opportunities, and I am eager to see what tasks, projects and obstacles I will face. I am so grateful for what life has given me so far and hopeful to see what's next to come. This year has been enlightening, but still full of ups and downs. I have met so many new, amazing humans who have encouraged me to pursue my passion and express myself through my photography. Being able to collaborate and create with like-minded people has been a true blessing. I have learned so much about myself within the past year and wanted to share some of my thoughts. 

So here's to 22 years and a few things I have learned this year...

1. Stand up for yourself.

It's easy to feel like your voice doesn't matter or your opinions aren't good enough. Speak up, anyway. You'd be surprised at what you can accomplish when you take charge of your life.

 2. Do what makes you happy, and follow your fascinations.

Feed your passion and be open to failure. You'll live a much happier life by doing so and reach a higher sense of fulfillment. True friends will understand, and support you for the long haul. 

 3. Be selfish.

It's easy to fall into the habit of trying to please everyone. It's impossible. Focus on bettering yourself, and soon you'll see how the world around you becomes greater too. 

 4. Take time to appreciate the little things. 

Making a new friend, treating yourself to coffee, or life talks with friends. Soak it all in. 

 5. Have patience and stop comparing yourself to others.

There will always be someone better than you, or someone doing more than you. But don't let that stop you. Embrace your craft at its current stage. Growth takes time and there is still so much to learn. Know that hard work will pay off, but don't forget to cut yourself some slack.