In a sense, I like to think that my blog started years ago. As a child, I would fill notebook after notebook with short stories, poems, and descriptions of my travels and findings in the world. As an artist, I always looked for ways to promote my work in public and online. With these passions for writing and art I knew that eventually I wanted to create a platform dedicated to illuminating my thoughts. I was also aware of the many creative people around me; artists, designers, dreamers, doers, movers, shakers...people without a way to showcase their talents. I did not want to start a blog to merely exhibit the work I was creating, I wanted to go a step further than that and design series featuring the work and voices of the people who inspired me as well.
It wasn’t until January 2017 that I started to seriously consider blogging as a way to share everything I had been doing for myself for years and collaborate with other talented individuals from around the world.
I dedicated the first 3 months of 2017 to developing content and researching what it would take to successfully launch a blog. I reached out to friends, family, and other bloggers for advice and took everything to heart. I spent time every day writing, and have continued this practice to this day. I had a goal in mind. I wanted to launch my blog on the Spring Equinox, March 22 2017. For me that day marks the moment in my life that things turned around for the better.
Not only was the launch of my blog a success, but last Spring was a catalyst for my own self-growth. I suddenly felt motivated, inspired, and excited to be living a life that was mine. I had felt oppressed for a long time leading up to last March, and as the flowers began to bloom after much too long a winter, so did I.
This year has sped by faster than any other. Over the past 12 months I withdrew from University on my own, worked for multiple museums and art galleries, went to art shows, created an insane amount of art, interviewed musicians, collaborated with clothing companies to create look books, spoke with badass women from around the globe, crafted content for a novel, swam in the sea, overcame many aspects to my anxiety, learned to stop taking myself so seriously, made new friends, strengthened old friendships, traveled to Seattle, Washington, and fell in love: all of which I’ve chronicled on this platform that I had the courage to create.
Creativity takes courage. Genuine writing, personal writing, takes bravery. Blogging has been an endeavor in vulnerability and raw authenticity. Each week I present myself with the challenge to share a new aspect of myself through my writing, my art, and my photography. And for the past 52 Sundays I have taken on that challenge and have managed to continue to create new content weekly. With hundreds of blog posts behind me, I know there are hundreds more ahead.
This next year I hope to continue to figure out who I am and what I want as I simultaneously synthesize my life experiences through art and writing. I plan to learn more about children’s book writing and illustration. I hope to get published this year. I want to visit more museums, I want to travel more, and I want to continue to seek adventures with the people I love. I want to be filled with ideas. I want to be filled with inspiration. I want to be around creative people who talk about what ignites them. I want to have deep conversations and write about them. I want to paint, draw, style clothing, and create short films. I want to dream up new concepts and make them happen. I want to keep contacting artists and musicians and talk to them about things that matter. And I want to interact more with my audience and create content that YOU want to see.
If you have supported me over this past year, thank you. If this is your first time visiting my blog, thank you, I hope you come back soon. If you check in every week, thank you. If you have contributed or collaborated with me in any way, thank you. And if you would like to work together, please contact me!!
To everyone who has shared my writing, messaged me saying that something I wrote helped them, and contacted me with words of encouragement, I appreciate you all endlessly and none of this would be possible without you.
Here’s to celebrating my first year of blogging and many more!!
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