Self Love Poem.

Though you might think that I am weak,

I am the thunder in the morning that wakes you,

and I am the breeze that kisses your cheek.

I am built of golden hair, impulsive tattoos,

rosy cheeks, poetry, and I know who I am.

I am resilient like a rooted tree in the middle of a hurricane,

but I roam the earth freely like a gypsy with no plan,

and nothing about my existence is mundane.

My spirit is one with the universe and the light

within me comes from the stars above,

although my life is not always bright,

I have learned the purest form of love.

This pure love- it is within me,

knowing that, I am exactly who I’m meant to be.

“Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover”

Reminiscing on my summer of travels. I traveled to California, NYC, Saranac Lake, Gatlinburg, Florida, North Carolina- and I can’t choose a favorite. It was so magical to find the little treasures within each place. To think that people lived there. Memories happened there. Each person who calls that place their home has a local gem they hold close to their heart. We all have ’em, right? This gem is from a local bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina. ‘Blind Date With A Book’. It gives a little description of what the book entails but no true concrete details, no imagery. Just, “thoughtful. beautiful. heartbreaking. colorful.”

It made me think about how I really love this approach. You see someone and you just pay attention to the outside details: what they look like, what they wear, their demeanor. You never see their true description or characteristics.

People don’t wear “Mysterious, wildly imaginative. An epic adventure” or “Emotionally intense. Fierce. Brave.” on their sleeves. All we see is what they choose to show us and what meets our eye.

How cool would it be if they did wear what’s on the inside, on the outside? Would we pay more attention to each person? I wonder how many people who we think we know, would shock us. How many people we think wear “cranky and rude” as “misunderstood, lost, and alone” or even “compelling and goes beneath the surface”?

If we really wore some of our truest characteristics on our sleeves, what do you think yours would be?

I think mine would be “Creative. Anxious but adventurous. Teachable.”

Comment below, i’m curious.

Tips for First Year of College

First off, change in general is overwhelming and terrifying. For most people anyways. I am one of those people who see change approaching and automatically break into a sweat and think about everything that is going to be different.

Starting college is a huge change. You go from being in one building filled with the same people you’ve probably known majority of your whole life, having classes with familiar faces, and having to raise your hand to go to the bathroom to traveling to different buildings for each class, not knowing anyone, and having much more freedom.

Because this is such a huge change and can definitely be overwhelming, I just wanted to give some tips on what to expect for your first year.

  1. Do not be afraid of anyone. Everyone is a little lost and a little confused as to what they’re doing. If you don’t know where your class is, ask someone – even if it’s a random stranger walking. If you don’t understand an assignment, ask a classmate – even if you don’t know their name and have never spoken to them before. Nobody is going to make fun of you.
  2. Go to class.  Since you do have a tremendous amount of freedom, you’ll be tempted to skip class. Especially if the professor doesn’t take attendance. But chances are, you’ll probably miss an important lecture. Just go. You’re paying all of that money to get an education, so the least you can do is show up.
  3. Explore your options. Get involved. The more involved you are in your school, the more welcome you will feel. Branch out and try something new. Join a club you’ve always wanted to be apart of but never had the opportunity to in high school. Colleges literally have a club for almost anything. And if they don’t, start one!
  4. Talk to people. Get to know your classmates. You’ll be spending a whole semester with them so you might as well. Here’s some basic questions to get you started:
    1. Whats your major?
    2. What year are you?
    3. Are you from [wherever your campus is located]?
    4. Do you commute or dorm? If they dorm, ask where!

These are just some starter questions that can get you talking and you can lead into other things to talk about!

5. Get an organizer. Write down your assignments, due dates, tests, and quizzes. This will help you stay organized and on top of things. Remember, you are the sole person in charge on submitting things on time and being prepared.

6. Just be yourself. Have an open mind. In high school, we feel obligated to fit in with our peers. In college, nobody really cares because everyone is busy minding their own business and taking care of their own things. College is a great place to figure out who you want to be, what your morals are, and what you want to do with the rest of your life. There are going to be people with different views or values as you. That’s okay. Accept it, respect it, and carry on.

All of this being said, there are probably a million other things I could say to you. But just take these few tips in mind when entering that classroom on the first day. Don’t be scared and don’t be overwhelmed. Take it class by class, day by day.

Let me know if any of these help you, how your first day of classes go, or what other tips you might have in the comments!!

The Meaning Behind My ‘Create’ Tattoo




to bring (something) into existence.

I believe one of the main reasons I was put on this earth is to  c r e a t e .

To create a life of happiness and passion. To bring light and creativity into existence for others and for myself. My whole life i’ve been creating – creating works of art, creating different worlds and feelings and images through my writing, creating photos that evoke emotion through filters and edits, creating the colorful surroundings that I put myself in.

The word ‘create’ is a verb because it is the striking of the match that ignites the fire within my soul. This fire has never burned so bright and will never extinguish.

All my life has been centered around me bringing things to life, whether it’s art or words or happiness…

This tattoo is so important to me because I’m unsure about many things but one thing I’m for sure of is that I am a creator and I don’t plan on stopping creating anytime soon.