So, it has almost been a whole month since my last blog post. I am a little disappointed that I did not post anything in July, but the only thing that I can do is move forward! I graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in May, and I needed to force myself to take a step back in order to decompress, reflect on my goals and aspirations, and just take a mental vacation. For me, college was a crazy rollercoaster for my mental health, and my brain has been begging me to slow down, relax, and take a hiatus.
I have made self-care a priority for a few years now, and it has easily become one of my favorite things to do! I practice treating myself and my brain by doing yoga, exercising, applying a face mask, writing in my journal, spending time outside, etcetera. Honestly, my self care routine is not consistent at all; I am constantly trying new ways to pamper myself both physically and mentally. I am learning that practicing self care is lifestyle, and it definitely does not have to be anything significant or take a long time at all.
This month, I hope to practice self-care by focusing more on my photography skills by learning new tips and tricks. I enrolled in the AJ Shooting and Editing Course by Amy and Jordan Demos. It is a course created by a husband and wife power couple of the photography world (check out their portfolio- it is breathtaking). Once the skills are applied to the shooting process, the course teaches an increase in proficiency in order to decrease time in front of the computer. I am excited to dive into this course and hone my photography skills! I truly hope I will be able to photography in at least part of my career, but if not, it be an ever growing love as a hobby.
My interior design style usually consists of light and airy neutrals with small pops of color... I love clean lines with a hint of rustic woods in a space. All in all, I would say that my style is on the minimal side, but most definitely eclectic . I have not renovated my bedroom in YEARS, but I wanted to share a sample of some of the details in my room.
My West Elm headboard is a crisp white (which is sadly unavailable at the moment) with moroccan inspired cutouts. I decided to pair the headboard with the white platform bed to create one, cohesive look.
The upper half of the walls are adorned with Graham and Brown wallpaper (which has been discontinued) and the lower half is the color "Greek Villa" by Sherwin Williams. The two elements on the walls are separated by white trim throughout the room.
I found the small white nightstand at HomeGoods, which is able to hold a few dozen of my favorite books on the two levels of shelving, and various items in the small drawer. I always love to have fresh flowers in my room to breathe some life in the space.
I had a bit of fun with the space in between my two windows. I added the Driftwood Mirror by Urban Outfitters (which has been discontinued) and this mirrored cabinet that I found at HomeGoods, in order to add some different elements and add visual interest.
White window treatments are a must in order to have natural light fill the room! You still have privacy, but the sheerness of the curtains diffuses the light, which compliments and brightens the soft tones throughout the room.
Have a great evening!
For a long time, I have been one to research and read about other’s achievements and follow along with people’s stories. I picture myself in their position, whether it be their hobby or career, but that is where it ends. This is a season of life where I am longing for change within myself.
I want this spark to turn into flame. But see, that has been the issue. I actively want certain things, but there is not enough doing. I desire for my passions to come alive in a way they never have before. Instead of just thinking about doing something, I long to turn my thoughts into something tangible, something that one can either read, see or hold.
I know I will forever be a daydreamer, brewing innovative ideas within my mind. I am okay if this flame starts out small… that is where I actually want it to begin. But, in the end, I am hoping that my creative and curious spirit transforms into a raging wildfire that cannot be tamed.
*Photo attached was captured by me*
I have been longing to create a blog for YEARS now, but I was always lost as to where to begin. I had numerous concerns, I was not confident in myself, and I have many, many questions.
"Will anyone read what I write?"
"Will my content be interesting enough?"
"Will readers actually follow along?"
"Do I want my life to be this exposed?"
Over the duration of the past two years, I have been attempting to improve my self- esteem, and how I really see myself as a person. I am more of a reserved and private individual, and while this is not a weakness, the anxiety that is within me affects my life on a daily basis.
All I desire is to be creative, document my life, and do it confidently. I want to be able to look back on my life and know that fear did not come between me and my passions. I want to know that I celebrated myself as a human and dove deep into self-care. I want to know that I did everything that I wanted to do without caring what others think.
When I focus on who I am and my aspirations in life, the trepidation and questions of doubt seem to subside.
So, my blog is finally happening... and I am creating it for me.