Losing a loved one has always taken a unique toll on me. While it does hurt and bring me down, it also gives me a newfound sense of optimism. Loss tends to reveal the bigger picture. It reminds me how special our lives here on Earth are and how minor our problems are. It reminds me to live each day like it’s my last, with no worries. The gift of life on Earth is so precious and I believe that we should value every minute of it. Be thankful to see the sun rise every morning, as it is the start of a new day- a new sense of hope.
Yesterday I held my great grandmothers warm hand for the last time. I talked to her about our memories together and how wonderful her time here on Earth was. While her story is coming to an end, we are all able to look back at the pages that are filled with millions and millions of memories. I could only hope the same for every one else. Live a happy life with many memories, as this story of life isn’t forever- it’s only a mere chapter of what will come next.
The year 2015 blessed me with so many experiences and opportunities. I was able to travel to new places, try new things and even graduated from high school. Around the time of graduation I was fighting a constant battle of trying to find happiness and purpose; I found myself drowning in negativity. That summer I made myself my #1 priority. I didn’t really talk to anyone or make plans. I just stayed up late drawing, reading books and thinking about life. It felt good. For once I wasn’t being told who did what last weekend or how awful that one girl is. This newfound sense of optimism is what guided me along the journey of finding myself. Throughout the next few months I made many advancements in my photography career, gained a fan-base and grasped the feeling of being genuinely happy. To end the year on the best note possible, I spent New Year’s unplugged on a cruise ship with my loving parents and boyfriend. I cannot express how grateful I am for my family, friends and followers. The support is endearing and pushes me to strive harder every day. As I close the book on 2015 I realize this: Hard work and a positive mindset can take you anywhere. I look forward to where 2016 will take me.