When I consider how far I’ve come since this time last year I am blown away. Time is a curious thing...I was on a completely different path when I was 18 turning 19. This year has been full of new experiences and I have pushed myself beyond my comfort zone in so many ways. I’m a full time student, I am represented by an art gallery, and I am endlessly working on creating stories and paintings.
My year is book ended by experiences and achievements. I celebrated my 19th birthday by camping at the beach and ended my year exploring London.
Each day I have worked on developing my voice, honing my passions, and living my life with authenticity.
As I reflect on this past revolution around the sun and my teenage years collectively I’ve been experiencing a lot of mixed feelings. While I know that each day I am getting closer to the core of what my life is made of, I also feel apprehensive about embarking on this second decade of my life.
Today I am sharing a few lessons I have learned at 19 along with 19 photos from this year.
#1: It’s okay to realize you’ve outgrown your home. You can’t wait around somewhere thinking everyone else will too. You have to make your own decisions because distance is just an excuse, you still share the same planet...you can only be so far from someone.
#3: Collect wisdom from everywhere...even watching how plants sway in the wind or how ants work together can teach us infinite lessons...so choose to learn from people and an environment that is actively willing to teach you.
#4: No relationships are needed besides your own relationship with yourself.
#5: You can’t always be in bloom.
#6: You’re not really “you” without exterior influences. You can’t actually exist as the person you are at your core without the elements which exist outside of yourself and shape you. So maybe nobody is their own person but just a culmination of all the things, people, and experiences that shape their identity. You’re just stardust and water.
#7: I live my life for love and follow love wherever I can find it...in tubes of brightly saturated paint, in cerulean skies seen through a kaleidoscope of tree tops on the farm, in kisses under a sky full of stars against a denim blue beetle. Without moments like these what is anyone really living for?? It’s the little things like playing with golden retriever puppies, wacky sunglasses, and music that fits your current mood. It’s old friends and new loves...and a constant desire and effort to learn, grow, and stay in a positive creative energy feed with good friends.
#9: Self-love is being unapologetically oneself. It’s an agreement with yourself to wake up with the intention to treat yourself with respect and to indulge in the simple things that provide you with purpose, fulfillment, and happiness.
#10: Love is the most fluid thing there is.
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