Ive forgotten a lot but this is a good place to start. You were another big year for me and in the grand scheme of things have continuously taught me to live life to the fullest, never fear and never forget. I guess those are three things I learn year after year, yet every time it is relearned and the result of new experiences. But that is life and how it should be.
“Realize your potential” This year almost 100 women were brought into my life as we founded the Alpha Xi Delta Iota Pi chapter back in January and had our first successful recruitment. I have never been more proud of a group of women in my life. We came together and overcame every single obstacle thrown at us as we tried to establish ourselves on campus. But in the end, after learning a lot about ourselves, one another, and what we are truly capable of, we created a strong foundation and future for our chapter that I only foresee strengthening even more as we begin our second year. Changes are ahead for us, but that should not deter any one of us. Individually we have so much to offer and united as a sisterhood, unstoppable. Love you all • TFJ •
My career path had its ups and downs this past year. As new opportunities were handed to me in photography, I learned many tricks of the trade as I had to handle real world situations and how not every person is there to help you. Despite my dilemmas, my photographs were published twice: Finalist in Photographers Forum Best of College Photography and C.C.U Archarios. I worked as a wedding and events photographer during the summer and quickly learned by no means is that what I want to do. I challenged myself in the photojournalism field as I flew to NY to photograph Occupy Wall Street as well as Hurricane Irene. I began studies in studio lighting and with that helped create Lusca Studios, a student run Photography and Graphic Design company with 5 other students. I also had my first paid free lance jobs, which were the most gratifying paychecks I’ve received to date. I just had the opportunity to photograph my experiences in Israel and in May 2012, a month in China awaits for a social landscape photography course. I am still seeking a job/internship for Summer 2012. I still don’t know what direction I want to go with my photography but at the end of the day, as long as my camera will be before me, I will be happy. I have a strong backing and new found support base that with them by my side, I’ve high expectations for 2012.
My heart was opened twice this year. The days fly by so quickly I almost had forgotten about the first since he has become a brother to me, but the latter, I don’t think I’ve met Anyone in my life that has treated me as kind as you have and opened my eyes in so many ways. After many a song and dance, the truth came out with the starry night above us. Although timing was not in the cards, our paths one day will cross again. It’s rare to meet someone and find instant unexplainable connection, but everything happens for a reason and am grateful for you coming into my life even if it hadn’t worked out as I wanted. You are intelligent, strong and sincere. The world is in your hands and i only hope for great things in your future. You are genuinely one of the kindest individuals I have ever met and you deserve someone that understands how much you have to offer. You made me realize what I deserve and I don’t think you realize how appreciative I am for that. I will see you again one day, where the coyotes howl.
2011 you brought me 21 years of age, a lot of partying, a lot of hazy nights that only photographs can remind me of. A lot of adventures and traveling. Discovering who I am, what I want in life and where I want to be. There’s a world out there I need to explore. I am a traveler not meant to be in any one place. I go where I feel inside I am meant to be at that time of my life. There are big things out there for me and many more lessons. My mind is always racing full of thoughts, reflections and analyzing every little occurrence in my life. One day in November I skipped a day of classes and went to the river walk. I just sat, breathed and watched the reflections in the water for 3 hours.
To myself: Your resolutions for the new year are to take more time to yourself to just breathe. Life goes quickly; never take a minute of it for granted. Be patient with those you love. Time is limited and NOBODY is perfect. Understand that, and when you do, you will be at peace.