Hi there, friends! It’s been a little while since I’ve seen you, and it’s so great to be back. This semester has really picked up the pace in the past month and has cut into my photography time quite a bit. I have been loving it, but I do miss being behind the camera! However, as the cooler weather begins to finally set in, I don’t have reason to complain. Walking through a wonderland of a breathtaking orange and yellow hues has been nothing short of magical. The year’s end usually brings along with it times of reflection when I tend to look back on all that has happened this year and marvel at how much has changed.
“What are you doing everyday to become a better version of yourself?”
Now that would be a powerful question! That person would definitely have my attention, and if I’m completely honest, they might scare me a little. I love planning and imagining the future, but far too often I think it’s so easy to get wrapped up in other worlds whether they are in our hands or in our minds. Consequently, we sometimes miss out on seizing the present. So here’s my question for you…doesn’t the future start now?
Start off this weekend with some time to reflect. Define yourself on paper. Use my personal statement as inspiration if you want! Or scratch some notes on one of those hotel notepads. It doesn’t matter. But write down your core values, how you define your personality, and a promise that you desire to deliver. It can be job-related or it could be totally personal. Either way, you’ll be amazed at how much clarity it will bring! No one is perfect, and maybe you don’t hit the mark every time, but this should be a compilation of what you are striving to be each day. Self-awareness doesn’t mean you’ve got it all together. It means you are able to be introspective and understand your shortcomings as well as your talents and the inner qualities that make you irreplaceable. Because Matthew said it best,
October 30, 2015