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I am no longer a dance major.

If you know anything about ballet, as a profession/obsession/cult, you'd know that this is kind of a big deal. People who pursue dance (or any other highly competitive activity, for that matter) at a professional or college level are a special kind of crazy: they become at least a little accustomed to daily suffering, they're fundamentally driven by the bitter-sweet reality that they're not nearly good enough, and, most of all, they never feel quite 'normal.' I mean, it's not very normal to engineer your whole life to revolve around one thing, at least from such a young age.

But this blog post isn't actually about ballet, it's about something else that I've come to realize during the process of quitting...

It's kind of nice to be normal.


On leaving ballet and normalcy

I am no longer a dance major.

If you know anything about ballet, as a profession/obsession/cult, you'd know that this is kind of a big deal. People who pursue dance (or any other highly competitive activity, for that matter) at a professional or college level are a special kind of crazy: they become at least a little accustomed to daily suffering, they're fundamentally driven by the bitter-sweet reality that they're not nearly good enough, and, most of all, they never feel quite 'normal.' I mean, it's not very normal to engineer your whole life to revolve around one thing, at least from such a young age.

But this blog post isn't actually about ballet, it's about something else that I've come to realize during the process of quitting...

It's kind of nice to be normal.


Long time no see!

So I haven’t blogged in like four months. This has definitely been my longest hiatus since I started blogging, but it was long overdue. Basically, my blog was starting to feel too restrictive, too formulaic, and, ermm, kinda fake. I just got tired of it.

I think I was getting too obsessed with writing posts that people would read, that would do well on Pinterest, that looked aesthetically pleasing, blah blah. It got to the point where I was cringing as I was writing and cringing as I was reading, and just kind of wanting to put it all away. So I did.


Crawling out of the blogging rut

Long time no see!

So I haven’t blogged in like four months. This has definitely been my longest hiatus since I started blogging, but it was long overdue. Basically, my blog was starting to feel too restrictive, too formulaic, and, ermm, kinda fake. I just got tired of it.

I think I was getting too obsessed with writing posts that people would read, that would do well on Pinterest, that looked aesthetically pleasing, blah blah. It got to the point where I was cringing as I was writing and cringing as I was reading, and just kind of wanting to put it all away. So I did.


It's that time of year again... sweaters are being worn, Halloween decorations are being sold, pumpkin-flavored things are being consumed, aaaand college students everywhere are suffering through their first month of classes. (Well, almost second month at this point).

My old posts about college have long been some of my most successful posts on Pinterest, especially during this time of year. And I'm not gonna lie, I definitely remember anxiously sifting through college advice on Pinterest. There's something comforting about hearing (reading?) someone who's been through it tell you that it's gonna be better than you think.

So, without further ado, here are eleven things that inevitably happen your freshman year of college. If you're starting your freshman year, here are some things to expect. And if you've passed your college-freshman-phase, let's reminisce together.

me in my natural state (being tired)

8 that inevitably happen your freshman year of college

It's that time of year again... sweaters are being worn, Halloween decorations are being sold, pumpkin-flavored things are being consumed, aaaand college students everywhere are suffering through their first month of classes. (Well, almost second month at this point).

My old posts about college have long been some of my most successful posts on Pinterest, especially during this time of year. And I'm not gonna lie, I definitely remember anxiously sifting through college advice on Pinterest. There's something comforting about hearing (reading?) someone who's been through it tell you that it's gonna be better than you think.

So, without further ado, here are eleven things that inevitably happen your freshman year of college. If you're starting your freshman year, here are some things to expect. And if you've passed your college-freshman-phase, let's reminisce together.

me in my natural state (being tired)
So I don't know about you, but I really respect it when a blogger has really nice photos. And more than that, I love it when bloggers have unique and creative photos with their own characteristic style. After all, there are only so many perfectly white flat lays with fake flowers and marble backgrounds that you can see before they all start to blend together.

So we all want to have awesome photos (duh), but as an amateur photographer that is definitely easier said than done. There are just so many things, especially when it comes to editing, that we don't know how to do yet. Where the heck are we supposed to start?

Well, here.

Let's start here.

This post is comprised of two lists: a list of photography and editing tips that I am in the process of figuring out on my amateur photographer journey (and wish I had learned earlier), and a list of a few super great photography resources to help you learn all the stuff you don't know yet.

Ready, set, go!


Photo editing tips and resources for beginning blog photographers

So I don't know about you, but I really respect it when a blogger has really nice photos. And more than that, I love it when bloggers have unique and creative photos with their own characteristic style. After all, there are only so many perfectly white flat lays with fake flowers and marble backgrounds that you can see before they all start to blend together.

So we all want to have awesome photos (duh), but as an amateur photographer that is definitely easier said than done. There are just so many things, especially when it comes to editing, that we don't know how to do yet. Where the heck are we supposed to start?

Well, here.

Let's start here.

This post is comprised of two lists: a list of photography and editing tips that I am in the process of figuring out on my amateur photographer journey (and wish I had learned earlier), and a list of a few super great photography resources to help you learn all the stuff you don't know yet.

Ready, set, go!


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