I haven't shared so much of my spirituality with anyone until a few weeks ago, I stepped in front of the people I am most comfortable with, and shared some easy steps towards happiness that I have learned. It felt so incredible to share something so close to my heart with my sisters, it meant so much to me that I had amazing feedback and people really enjoyed what I had to say.
It makes me SO happy to make others happy, I think its what I am here for. That big question everyone asks, why are we here? My answer is happiness; to have it and to give it.
2015 has been the best year of my life. I started it with my very best friend by my side, Grayson. He has always accepted me for how silly, emotional and downright wacky person that I am. He never pushes me down but continues to push me to be the best person I can be, and I love him so very much.
I finished up a tough sophomore year but that pushed me to make the future better. I had amazing opportunities in my career over summer and figured out so much of what I want to do, and it feels so good to know that what I am working for in school is something real and I have great opportunities to follow my dreams.
Junior year rolled around and I tried not to have high expectations, but a new house and new roommates and a focus on journalism and art in school was a lot to be excited about. I tried to envision a happy year, where I wasn't stressed about money or people or school like I had been in the past, I forced myself to not have huge expectations because in the past thats what makes things hard, when my expectations weren't met. So i just hoped that whatever came would be right for me and that I could take everything with a grain of salt.
Luckily, I probably couldn't have even expected what this semester would have brought. I live with my two best friends, absolutely LOVE coming home to both of them everyday and couldn't be more grateful for the support they give me daily. I couldn't have imagined better roommates, sisters, and best friends.
Being an "adult" and doing almost everything for myself led me to working several jobs since before I could drive, but I knew up at college I would be supporting myself so I kept a good outlook on working for my University and for a local child development center (because who doesn't love to get paid for coloring and playing with kids?) Both of my bosses at both of my jobs are incredible people that I look forward to seeing every time I head into work. How many people can say they love seeing their boss, let alone two of them? I am so incredibly lucky.
With my two "real" jobs, I continued to pursue my company, Bright Side Studio, and it has flourished this year. I get orders exactly when I need them. The moment I need a break to paint someone asks me to paint something super fun and I always get so excited about a new canvas idea. Thank you to everyone who supported Bright Side this year. Even the art teacher and UNC graduate who lives in Baltimore who supports my "hustlin" through college - I love you all.
This year I found a passion I kinda pushed away in the past, Photography. My mom is a photographer and always wanted me in front of the camera, which I loved but definitely got sick of after a while. After she begged and begged me to miss a concert this summer and second shoot a wedding with her even while I was sick, I fell in love. I saw that I take pretty wicked photos, and I was like wow damn this is fun. I get to capture these incredible moments that some people don't even get to see, thats pretty incredible. Then Sincerely; Jules Photography was born. SO many people have come to me for shoots and thank you because you guys help me pay for school and keep me going. Thank you to every sorority sister who jumped in front of the camera for random shoots and to the couples who made my photography what it is today.
My family, they're incredible. Ive never been closer to my mom. She is my best friend and I can't go a day without calling or face timing her and I am so incredibly proud of all that she has been through in the last year and how incredibly strong she is. My father and Claudia and brothers, you guys keep me young wow - and I miss our puppies everyday.
I can't wait to go home for christmas break and spend some much needed quality time with my favorite people.
My spirituality has flourished this year. I found so much of myself because I have stuck to my path and spent so much time healing and giving to myself. Just reading affirmations, meditation, and loving life is all I need. It makes me so happy to start sharing this with others. I began sending out affirmations to my sorority sisters every morning for 30 days. I challenged them to happiness and I hope they have found it if they aren't already on their way.
Thank you to all of my friends who show me such support constantly, I am so truly thankful for everyone in my life and SO grateful for what 2015 has brought me.
All thanks to a little bit of faith and a lot of cup half full thinking. Ive learned that I am not here to figure myself out, or to get somewhere. I am here to enjoy life and my goals are to find what makes me happy while bringing joy and happiness to others. I can't express how much I believe that were here for others, to bring joy to everyone around us and make other people feel good. There is so much in a complement or a smile or a joke that I can't even describe. Watching people smile when you tell them they're beautiful, now thats happiness.
2015 may be coming to an end but we still have so much time to bring love and joy to others. Remember all that you have in your life, and don't forget to spread it. Thank you again, and thank you 2015 for being the year that helped push me to become what I am meant to be.