Anyways, I see a lot of bloggers that do round-ups of their month, as an opportunity to reflect and be mindful about the good that happened in addition to the ehh. If I do these monthly (which I seriously doubt, but that is the idea) it will be for three general reasons:
1.) I take far too many photos, mostly of my friends and the fun things we do. (I want to be better at photography.) Anyways, I wanted to actually do something with these photos. So I made a few artsy collage things with my photos from January. I feel like this is the sort of thing I'll look back on in six months and be like... Julia... that's so weird... what were you thinking?? But right now I like it and they were pretty fun to make. Also look at how cute my friends are.
2.) I will say what I have accomplished, if anything, off of my 2017 bucket list throughout the month. Very exciting. (This is what I'm talking about if you didn't read that one. It's basically a list of a bunch of cool and easily-achievable things I want to do in 2017.)
I did three things from the list this month!
Went to a protest/ event for an important cause
Check! I actually went to two! (Kind of). My friends and I made it to the verrrry end of the Women's March that was happening in Indianapolis. We had rehearsal at an inconvenient time, so we didn't make it till the end. But I can still say I went. And then there was a unity march happening on my school's campus last week, because of the recent Muslim ban. It felt very positive and uniting.
Used photoshop to make something coolI definitely don't know what I'm doing, but I did made these photo collage thingys. And I think they're pretty cool. Also, while I was still home over Christmas break I made a few special-effects photos. Hopefully I'll learn some legitimate Photoshop skills in the digital media class I'm taking this semester.
Took photos somewhere I've never beenI took a very spontaneous day trip to Chicago with my friends, and took an awful lot of photos there. (Some of them are included here). It was lovely and freeing and fun; we ate deep dish pizza and window-shopped and visited all the tourist attractions and went to a contemporary art museum and ate a dinner of baguettes and strawberries on top of a Ferris wheel.
3.) I'll dump my random thoughts about the month, share anything cool that I did or am proud of, and maybe a few things that have been inspiring me.
This month has been interesting, because I feel like there's been a lot happening in my brain.
I've been thinking a lot about (and maybe I'll write something about this in the future, I dunno) how secrets are highly overrated. When I was in high school, I had this weird idea that it was noble and romantic to keep everything balled up inside of yourself. I felt like I needed to be in a constant state of mysterious-and-sad. I didn't tell certain things to certain people, because I didn't want my messy feelings to be a part of how people perceived me.
But now, somewhere between constantly dumping my feelings into blogging and getting close with my awesome friends at school, I've been able to let that weird idea go. Honesty is way cooler than secrecy. Sometimes it's more outwardly messy, but inwardly it's way (way) more free.
Also, before I sign off, I do have a bit of exciting news! I found out earlier this month that I was accepted as a writer for thelala.com !!! The Lala is a blog for college-age women about the things that matter. I'm a huge admirer of their blog, and I'm quite proud of myself for getting a blogging gig. Follow me on social media to hear about when I write stuff for them!
... And have a lovely (rest of) February, internet friends :) Let me know how your January was.