Trust Your Inner Voice (You Know More Than You Think)

If I were to summarize my entire twenties in a single sentence, I’d have to say that (so far) they’ve been about searching for what’s inherently within me. Okay, I know that sort of sounds like this big, philosophical statement, but what I really mean is that I’ve been unlearning all that doesn’t sit right with me and relearning what I feel, believe, think, and love.

I’ve been discovering the parts of my life and my soul that have been a crucial part of who I am without trying, without yearning, without changing myself to fit someone else’s desired role or mold.

So much of our lives, honestly, is about searching. We’re constantly looking for someone to love, for a path to follow, for a dream to chase. We’re looking for answers about what our purpose is, what we’re meant to do, and who, at the end of the day, we’re becoming.

Searching isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it’s a natural part of our lives. We’re supposed to be looking for answers. We’re not supposed to be standing still. It’s when we get distracted by so many other people’s dreams or when we fall off our own path striving to feel or be something we’re not—that’s when we lose our way.

In life it’s so easy to get caught up in the wrong thing. It’s so easy to say ‘yes’ to things that don’t quite mesh with what we believe, or say no to what does by accident. It’s so easy to walk the same line as our friends, getting caught up in their laughter or mistakes. It’s so easy to jump into situations and opportunities for fear of getting left behind or for being too excited in the moment. It’s so easy to settle because we don’t quite know our worth or because we don’t know any better about what’s out there, about what’s coming.

But learning to quiet the sounds of the world and listen to what I’m actually feeling, thinking, and resonating with has been the single most important lesson of my life. Continue reading

Recognize Your Potential, And Then Wildly Pursue It

Life is all about chances, and empowering yourself—despite the obstacles that may stand in your way—to take them. Every single one. Continue reading

I Hope You Shine

On days where darkness feels like all you know, I hope you find the light within you and let it burst forth from your chest. I hope you cast away every doubt and hesitation and stand firm in your truth.

You are here for a reason. You are a complex collection of cells, molded together with intention and care before you even touched this earth. You were designed for a purpose. You were destined to write a beautiful story, one that no one else can create. You are not a mistake.

Discovering your true identity, understanding the meaning of your life—these are big questions—ones you will spend almost all your days searching for. Sometimes it may feel as if you’re on the right path, like the future is laid out before you and there’s absolutely nothing in your way. And sometimes life will feel the exact opposite, an exhausting, endless search that brings you to dead end after dead end.

You may be in a place of peace or celebration, or maybe you’re ready to give up, questioning why you’re even here. Life is challenging in that way, a constant battle within our minds, a continual comparison to everyone around us, wondering where we fit.

But if you find yourself in a place of defeat, remember this: there is no one on this earth like you. Continue reading

You Can’t Be Everything (And That’s Okay)

This morning I spent an hour trying to take the perfect picture with my professional camera. And when it looked ridiculously stupid (because I don’t take pictures for a living and still have so much left to learn), I found myself sniffling, scrolling through failed photos, feeling my self-worth plummet to the floor. I felt unworthy. I felt behind. I felt like there were thousands of other people in the world far better, far more capable, and doing far better than I am (which there are and that’s okay, but I’ll get to that in a moment.)

Sitting there I just felt so frustrated with myself. I let the fact that I couldn’t get the angle right, the composition perfect, the photo looking like a professional model get me down. And honestly, writing this right now sucks. Because I (like all of us – am I right?!) doesn’t want to show this part of ourselves to the world. It’s embarrassing. It’s silly. It makes me feel like a childish brat, saying that I almost cried because I couldn’t take a picture correctly. But that’s not the point I’m getting at here.

The point is, I was so busy comparing myself—trying to be a photographer, writer, social media guru, Instagrammer, blogger, etc. etc. etc. all at once, that I lost sight of the truth—I can’t be everything.

When we think we have to have the ‘best’ social media page, the ‘highest’ number of views, the ‘biggest’ following, the ‘top’ photos, etc. we forget that life’s not a competition. Becoming who we are is not a competition. Using our talents is not a competition.

There are going to be hundreds, thousands even, that are better than us. But honestly, that shouldn’t matter. Because there is only one you, one me. Because our battle in life is not about beating everyone else out, but finding what makes our hearts sing and letting ourselves fall so deeply into whatever that thing is. Continue reading