“Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken”
So you’ve come here to find out who I am, and I’m prepared let you in- but I need to warn you, my story jumps around from adventure to adventure but stay with me and you might learn a thing or two of why I am who I am today. I’ve made a lot of choices in my life, and those choices have brought me to where I am. They have helped in creating the person I’m proud to be. I have a lot of growing and learning to do, but I’m appreciative for the experiences I’ve had and especially those around me who support me in my daily and new escapades.
I want to start before I began my journey of ‘self discovery’- in high school. This is not going to be an exploitation of gossip but more so who I was as a person and who I thought I was going to be. I began my Freshman year at a school with almost 3,000 students coming from a very small, Christian based school with 500 students or less. This was a big step for me because at the time I was very introverted knowing the same 40 kids in my grade who had grown up with me since pre-k. I joined the cheerleading team which gave me an opportunity to create friendships with other individuals throughout the school. As a typical high schooler, or in my case at least, I attended a few parties, kept my grades at a decent level, and continued to make friends in different places. I graduated and moved on to college where I continued to cheer. In college I decided to pursue a degree in Business- the interest mostly came from having an entrepreneur as a dad. I knew I wanted to own my own business one day, I just wasn’t clear on what I wanted to do exactly, but college is for figuring that out right? Not long after I began my college journey I was injured in a cheerleading accident that required surgery so I decided to take time off from school to heal and recover. An issue with financial aid barred me from returning to college at that time so instead of waiting I began a new adventure.
Fast forward a bit to what I consider my turning point, events that sparked my passion of creating. I had been invited to do avant-garde makeup at a fashion show for a local magazine where I was able to let my imagination run wild and the experience was exhilarating. I met a makeup artist who I continued to work with occasionally for the magazine, created a friendship and working partnership with an experienced photographer who began to mentor me and continued to do so for the next few years and I also became a part of the magazine family providing makeup and photography services for the many photoshoots and fashion shows that came with working for them. I was able to experience a life I thought I would never get a taste of in what seemed like such a small town you could consider ‘behind the times’. I had the opportunity to visit different cities along the southern coast, had my work published and recognized by individuals worldwide and I was even able to travel to places like New York to work and model with a designer I met working for the magazine. This gave me a look in to a city that circulated around what I was doing in my hometown and it skyrocketed my passion to continue to be a creator.
As Geoffery Chaucer once said, “all good things must come to an end.” I quickly began to realize that I couldn’t pursue my dreams without having financial backup. I had been working in the magazine headquarters paying rent to be able to use the studio space as my own personal photography studio, I was donating countless hours towards the different jobs working for the magazine called for all while picking up part time jobs that would provide me a steady source of [some] income. I just wasn’t where I wanted to be in life. I chose to leave the magazine to figure out a more solid plan of what I wanted to do moving forward. I continued to work small part time jobs but each job, including the magazine, gave me experience that I will be able to use in my future.
Jumping forward to today- I can look back on my choices and have no regrets. Since taking control of my own destiny I have been able to work with bloggers, have my work published in other magazines, modeled for larger companies, even traveled to different places in the world to work for people who believe in me and my dream too. I’ve met and worked with some incredible people and without my past choices and decisions I’m not sure I would be where and who I am now. I’m not one to regret past choices, I find that very negative, rather I think of how it could have been different and use it as a learning experience to make a better decision in the future. We only have so much time to live and if we live every day regretting a decision of the past we can’t move forward to what tomorrow can bring.
Moving forward, I want to continue to share my thoughts and adventures with the world in hopes that it can inspire someone to pursue their dreams and adventures too. I have personal struggles just like everyone else, so with this blog I also hope to share my own findings that might could help my readers as well. I once was a disorganized young girl not knowing who I wanted to be, then I turned in to a slightly more organized young woman with a passion to be the boss of my creative dreams no matter what they are and to serve myself with pride throughout my endeavors.
So there you have it, a synopsis of me. Stay tuned for more…