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     So primarily I blog client-based photos on here, but while I’m taking a break from working, I thought I would throw occasional life updates on here. I’m sure I’ll eventually work once in a while once I get completely settled in, but taking a break has been quite relaxing.

     This past month spent at my new school in California has been refreshing to say the least. If you don’t know me, I transferred as a sophomore from Belmont in Nashville, TN where I grew up. Being far away from everything familiar either hasn’t hit me or just doesn’t really phase me in general; nerves never crept up on me in the way I was expecting and the transition was surprisingly easy.  I can’t necessarily put into words why I have enjoyed it so much, but I think the aspect of new faces, places, and adventures has surely helped. Going to the beach each week, taking enjoyable classes, and meeting new people are a few of my favorite things and I have had my fair share of all three this past month.

     I have learned to see life as a new opportunity on a daily basis more so than I have before. I’m learning to surf in a couple weeks and I joined a yoga studio. I’m really just trying to soak everything up while I’m here. I can’t wait for my friends from home to make fun of me after they read this. They’re waiting patiently for me to turn into a full-on California girl and I think they expect me to come home completely different. I’m definitely still me, just trying to expand my horizons a bit.

     In other news, here are some photos from my first few weeks here! I’ve been lazy and the majority were taken on my phone, but hey, it works.

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On an end note… a couple of my new favorite quotes that I have to share:

If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.

-Eat, Pray, Love

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.

-Jawaharial Nehru



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