February Goals 2018

February 11, 2018

Today I am sharing with you all my goals for February. Though ten of the twenty-eight days have already passed, I still wanted to publish this post as a way to inspire both of us to have a great month take small steps towards achieving our bigger goals and resolutions from the beginning of the year. I hope you enjoy these monthly goals posts, and let me know if you would like to see one for the upcoming month.

Vegan Grocery List

February 9, 2018

Today I am sharing a vegan grocery list filled with the various foods I frequently purchase at the grocery store, ranging from fruits and vegetables to grains and drinks. Though I am actually only a vegetarian, I try to eat plant-based and avoid dairy products as much as I can, both for health and environmental reasons. I hope this is helpful to you if you are hoping to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet, and let me know if you would like to see more food or health related posts, as I am very passionate about both topics.

Social Media

February 8, 2018

Recently I have been thinking a lot about social media and the effects it has on our self-esteem, positivity, and productivity. Thinking back to fifth grade when I started using Instagram, I can only remember loving the app. Then, as I still do now, I loved photography, so Instagram was the perfect way for me to share my photos as well as my love for gymnastics - I was always posting pictures of myself doing handsprings, the splits, aerials, and cartwheels. Now, though I still love sharing my photographs, Instagram has become more of a source of stress and negativity for me.

Of course, I love being able to see pictures of my friends and my family who live far away from me. Every time I see a picture of my baby cousins while scrolling through Instagram, it always brightens my day. But not all of the pictures I have to scroll through make me feel this way. Having to constantly be reminded of other people and the trips they are on, the friends are with, and the fun times they are having can cause us to compare ourselves and our lives, and make us ungrateful for what we already have. We begin to question the way we look, the clothes we wear, the friends we have, and overall just start to feel bad about ourselves. In reality, though, the posts we see are just the best moments from peoples' lives, but despite being able to recognize this, it is still difficult to stop these posts from affecting us. I do not mean to sound as if I am not guilty of posting these kinds of photos, because I most definitely am. Although I post lots of travel photos and pictures with my friends, I posts my photographs because I think of my Instagram as a type of art page.

A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words

February 6, 2018

If you know me personally, follow me on Instagram, or have seen my other blog posts, you probably know that I absolutely love photography. To me, photographs are such a beautiful way to capture memories. They are artifacts of the past, never changing and always accessible. And, as the title clearly expresses, I truly believe that a picture is worth a thousand words, as so much emotion and meaning can be shared through photos. For the past five weeks while taking a narrative photography class, I have really started to view photography not just as a way to capture candid shots, but to share important messages and tell stories. I hope you enjoying seeing the photographs I took while in my class.

Project 1: Inspired By
For this project, we selected a photographer and captured a photo inspired by their work. I selected photographer Brandon Stanton, in specific, his project entitled Humans of New York.