August 15, 2016

Can’t help but admire the joy this girl brings into my life…

One day we’re watching the sunrise together, and the next, the sunset…
We spent today at the gym, eating delicious foods, shopping, and having deep talks.
I feel so full :)

August 14, 2016

This morning was spent watching the sun rise while walking across the Ravenel Bridge with this lovely :)

Life is better with this girl in it

August 12, 2016

Today my beautiful wonderful girlfriend surprised me at 8:15 in the morning by knocking on my door a day earlier than I expected (after not seeing her for almost two months). Today was mostly spent smiling and enjoying her company and I couldn’t be happier about it.

August 9, 2016

this is an unstaged photo of my bedroom floor right now…. heh

even in this state of disorder, I’ve somehow managed to find some order in my life, and today I felt like I took another step in the right direction…

here’s to stepping out of your comfort zone and asking for help (and for the gracious people who are willing to give it)

August 8, 2016

Failing doesn’t mean you have to give up.

I need to repeat this to myself until I believe it…. 

This project isn’t for a grade, I don’t post these pictures for likes or positive feedback, I don’t want comments or criticism on this work, this is for me… and it’s helping me to become more self motivated, even if I can’t completely stick to my one-picture-a-day goal…

I have found that I question a lot of what I do and it leads to a lot of self-deprecating thoughts like being indecisive, doubting my potential, and being self conscious and overly worried of failure or disappointment. When I spent so long being asked/asking myself if I was sure photography was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, I ended up feeling like if I made this decision I would be trapped forever on this path… and that scares the crap out of me.

I don’t want to make a decision I’ll regret, I don’t want to look back and wish I had done something differently, and constantly worrying if this is truly what I want to do for the rest of my life has distracted me from actually pursuing my passion and figuring that out.

How am I supposed to figure out what my goals are and what I am capable of if I am constantly questioning those things? If I spend half the time wondering and worrying, that is only time taken away from doing and creating.

At this point, I don’t regret the decision I made to pursue photography. I may have grown and changed since I made that initial decision, but the value I placed on the art of photography still stands.

This summer I have learned a lot about myself, and I learned that I have a lot more to learn. I know that I have a long way to go in figuring out where I want to be and how I’m going to get there, but I can’t let my thoughts get in my way. If I’m going to be happy, I need to get myself there on my own and never give up.

If anything, I will listen to the wise words of Anja Evenson: “Do something every day that makes you proud… Greatness isn’t this extraordinary thing that only some of us are born with, it’s created one step at a time.”

So this one is for the next step toward greatness, and never looking back…

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