REFLECTIONS ON TURNING 21

A year in the life

I think it’s customary to do a little reflecting when you turn a year older. This past year has been saturated to the brim, if I may speak dramatically, and it has been 12 months filled with many beautiful moments.

Daniel and I were engaged this summer in Morocco, which feels like a fairytale, but at the same time is the most real thing that happened this entire year.

I saw Bhutan, Turkey, Kenya; met human-rights champions, explored cobbled streets, worked in Kashmir, and most recently moved to London.

At the same time, 2016 was a tumultuous year for a politics student. The Syrian civil war entered its 5th year, the refugee crisis hit a climax, Trump & Brexit happened, rampant xenophobia took over politics and public debates. The list could go on. There were many times where I felt defeated. It was not a year where I particularly enjoyed being an IR major.

That’s why I have decided to pursue photography. I dropped IR as my major and am now majoring in History and minoring in Economics and Film & Media Studies. I’m learning film and photoshop and the medium of fashion.

This website is a culmination of my passions. It is a place to document thoughts and photography and travels. It is also a space to show what the amazing women in my life are doing. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I love making it.

In this next year, I want to push myself beyond the safe confines of university and throw myself more out there. That means taking a risk above and beyond what I’m comfortable with. This blog is therefore both a reaction and a passion (<– patted myself on the back for that one). I hope you’ll like it.

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