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And the occasional "that's what she said" joke.

Lake Afire
Lake Shelbyville (Illinois), 2014

I’ve been so angry these three months. I directed this anger toward the world, but deep down I knew it stemmed from my own dissatisfaction of myself. It’s done me zero favors. I’ve lost my job, I’ve lost friends, I’ve lost faith in myself.
I’m done. I wish I could recant all the negativity I put into the world during this time, but the best I can do now is begin to radiate positive energy again. It starts with tackling (and finishing!) my thesis. Anyone who’s ever pursued a master’s degree knows it’s not a simple undertaking, and the thesis—the culminating project of what you’ve learned combined with what interests you (it’s called “capstone” for a reason) is meant to consume you, and the strong survive to earn that master’s degree.
Whether or not my degree leads me to a coveted job is no longer a concern of mine, though I will be fighting for one. I wasted so much time wondering why a string of unfortunate events happened to me, when all along I skirted around the fact that this happens to the best of us. Whatever force(s) is/are at work tests our best selves through the toughest situations. We all lose our jobs, we all have trouble making ends meet, and we all question our value to ourselves and to the ones we care about. It’s not that the world has given up on us. Rather, the world is testing our endurance and our character. 
My test certainly isn’t over (perhaps it will never end, but may morph into different challenges throughout my life), but I’m seeing a much needed change in the tide. I’m embarrassed to admit that I wasted so much time wallowing and waiting for my life to get better. I haven’t believed in myself, and in effect no one else did.
Putting this positive energy into the world isn’t going to solve my problems tomorrow, and that’s ok. But, I’m no longer fighting fire with fire. Instead, I’m throwing water on the flames. 

Lake Afire

Lake Shelbyville (Illinois), 2014

I’ve been so angry these three months. I directed this anger toward the world, but deep down I knew it stemmed from my own dissatisfaction of myself. It’s done me zero favors. I’ve lost my job, I’ve lost friends, I’ve lost faith in myself.

I’m done. I wish I could recant all the negativity I put into the world during this time, but the best I can do now is begin to radiate positive energy again. It starts with tackling (and finishing!) my thesis. Anyone who’s ever pursued a master’s degree knows it’s not a simple undertaking, and the thesis—the culminating project of what you’ve learned combined with what interests you (it’s called “capstone” for a reason) is meant to consume you, and the strong survive to earn that master’s degree.

Whether or not my degree leads me to a coveted job is no longer a concern of mine, though I will be fighting for one. I wasted so much time wondering why a string of unfortunate events happened to me, when all along I skirted around the fact that this happens to the best of us. Whatever force(s) is/are at work tests our best selves through the toughest situations. We all lose our jobs, we all have trouble making ends meet, and we all question our value to ourselves and to the ones we care about. It’s not that the world has given up on us. Rather, the world is testing our endurance and our character. 

My test certainly isn’t over (perhaps it will never end, but may morph into different challenges throughout my life), but I’m seeing a much needed change in the tide. I’m embarrassed to admit that I wasted so much time wallowing and waiting for my life to get better. I haven’t believed in myself, and in effect no one else did.

Putting this positive energy into the world isn’t going to solve my problems tomorrow, and that’s ok. But, I’m no longer fighting fire with fire. Instead, I’m throwing water on the flames. 

(Source: luxor1390, via kingsleyyy)

Finally getting an editorial jab in at publications that take themselves much too seriously.

Finally getting an editorial jab in at publications that take themselves much too seriously.

More like “pairs well with ramen and chicken that was on sale.” Sorry Barefoot, but if I could afford lamb or grilled salmon, I wouldn’t be drinking $6 wine from 7-Eleven. 🍷

More like “pairs well with ramen and chicken that was on sale.” Sorry Barefoot, but if I could afford lamb or grilled salmon, I wouldn’t be drinking $6 wine from 7-Eleven. 🍷

Amazing tasting late-night ramen. God, I love him ❤️🍜

Amazing tasting late-night ramen. God, I love him ❤️🍜

I gotta get my Polariod Land Camera in working order, stat.
letitunwind:

Marina City on Flickr.
Just a Polaroid I snapped while out and about today.  My 680SLR has a busted autofocus but I can still focus manually.  At first I thought this was ruined  because I shot too close to the sun but I think I kinda like it.

I gotta get my Polariod Land Camera in working order, stat.

letitunwind:

Marina City on Flickr.

Just a Polaroid I snapped while out and about today.  My 680SLR has a busted autofocus but I can still focus manually.  At first I thought this was ruined  because I shot too close to the sun but I think I kinda like it.

IT’S NO STRANGER TO YOU OR ME #nowplaying

IT’S NO STRANGER TO YOU OR ME #nowplaying

“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.”

—Henry David Thoreau

Oh boy. I’ve got work to do. #undeveloped #filmphotography #istillshootfilm

Oh boy. I’ve got work to do. #undeveloped #filmphotography #istillshootfilm

Standing ovation for the creative lady that came up with these Halloween costumes. The lady who made me believe in “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Love you, Salisa! #mothersday

Standing ovation for the creative lady that came up with these Halloween costumes. The lady who made me believe in “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Love you, Salisa! #mothersday

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