Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Birthday Snapshots

My sweet parents were in town this weekend to celebrate my birthday with Andrew and I. We ate such good food including my dad's blueberry pancakes, put together my birthday present which was a giant shelving unit (that I am so excited about!), went on a hike and did the downtown Nashville thing at night. It was wonderful. I am so lucky and incredibly grateful to have these amazing people in my life.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Southern Snow Day

Nashville, I'm still getting to know you and that's not easy when you're so random and unpredictable. Just last Saturday night I was out in a friends backyard wearing a cotton dress and eating a burger. I stocked up on Claritin because my spring allergies had already started affecting me, which was annoying but also somehow promising. And then today I wake up to my car covered in a sheet of ice and it's snowing?! What gives? I can't be too upset though. My dreams of shorts and chambray and pretty green hikes in the near future are now crushed, but this erratic forecast did provide me with a four day weekend and some nice scenery. I went out on a pretty gray hike and took photos, which was something I'd been itching to do for weeks but lacked subjects and inspiration. So, thanks Nashville, for the break from binge watching Broad City and drinking too much coffee. You're kinda weird, but I still like you.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Montauk Point

Old photos have brought on a resurgence of familiar feelings for me over the past few days.
Typically, scrolling through memories of people and places past would leave me sad and melancholy, but I've experienced enough of that for a lifetime and I'm not letting those feelings overcome me anymore. I'm welcoming this revival of adventure and warmth.

I remember this day as the first big day trip I shared with someone I wasn't dating. We didn't have a plan, but we had each other, and our cameras, and later on we had extremely rare cheeseburgers and beer in a warm restaurant. I remember how badly I needed this day. Winter was still lingering in mid-March and the temperature dropped drastically that night, but it felt really good and invigorating to be out on the beach under the cerulean sky watching the matching waves until the sun fully set and you could no longer tell where the ocean started on the horizon. I remember taking Polaroids on a playground and feeling full of love. It was a long trip back home but time and distance didn't worry me at all that night. I just wanted to feel it all.

Life gets so strange as you get older. Sometimes doing what you have to do in order to grow as a person means saying goodbye to certain people who aren't congruent to your journey, leaving the place you spent your whole life entirely, and feeling kind of empty in spirit and experience. I personally have suffered a lot with self-doubt, turned to self-loathing and extreme guilt about the people and places I've left behind. But I'm learning that to successfully develop mentally and spiritually, you have to let go of these negative feelings. They were there, they were felt, and you move onward with only the knowledge you gained from the situation to help strengthen and guide you down the road. No more blame, no more resentment, no more grievances.

Going through these photos has been a cathartic experience for me. I hadn't felt real in months up until recently, but that was just my clouded perception of my life and myself and past decisions weighing me down. I will not dig up skeletons, I will not call you and apologize for what I had to do, I will not project myself or my healing process onto anyone. I will honor the memories as they pass and remember the brilliant places that I've been and the beautiful people that I've known with nothing but love and well wishes.

I am real and I am light. I am feeling like myself again and I'm open to what the universe has planned for me next. I am lucky to have these fleeting moments captured. I am lucky to have lived at all.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

october 31st

Happy Halloween! 
Here are my favorite photos from my favorite month, in chronological order.