Where I’ve Been and What I’ve Been Up To

(photo credit: Roger Yu)

As you all have probably noticed, my blog has been about as silent as a grave for the past couple of months. Though I’m not sure who would actually sit and ask themselves,”Where in the world did Heather go? I hope she’s okay…” I’m here to inform you that y-e-s! The Republicans and Trumpers alike have not claimed me yet! I am, indeed, not dead!

What I can say is that 2017 has been an amazing year so far. Leaving 2016 behind was quite literally a weight lifted from my shoulders. I feel like a new person, a better person, with more drive than I ever knew previously existed. I wake up each morning ready for the next day, and in a way, you could say I’m ready for the rest of my life (not to be dramatic, but totally being dramatic). As I look back on my “New Year, New Blog Designs, Same Me“, I realize that now, four months later, I don’t really feel like the same “me” at all. So much has happened in my life, both good and bad, in those span of four months, I’m not even sure where and how to begin.

What I do know is that: life is beautiful. It’s a crazy, beautiful, wild ride. Five months ago, I would have never imagined this is where I’d be or that this is what I’m doing with my life. I never would have dreamed that this life of mine is one I can call my own. I feel thankful for the opportunities, the people, and the things I’ve experienced so far and it’s not even halfway through 2017. That’s how genuinely gobsmacked I feel when I look back on the past four months.

So without further ado, let me begin.

♡ T h e  G o o d ♡

  • Photography

So, if it weren’t obvious enough from my Instagram feed, I’ve wholeheartedly thrown myself  into cultivating my own style in regards to my photography and growing a profitable business. Getting into blog photography for the sake of my lifestyle website in October sparked my love for the field as a whole, and I’ve been geeking on photography equipment, collabs, and networking with other creatives as of late.

Everything about photography has me hearteyed. Quite simply put: I adore it. It’s what I love doing with my time, perhaps even more so than makeup, or writing, or reading, or singing, or any of my other passions. It’s genuinely a field I see myself entering in the future… which is why I’ve been devoting a good chunk of my time to getting out and shooting rather than blogging.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that my main priority is making a name for myself in terms of where my goals lie with my photography career. It doesn’t mean I’m giving up on this little blog of mine… no way, no how Sonny Boy… it just means that this lil’ blog has to take a backseat for a while until I have the time to juggle both. I love writing as much as I love taking photos, but right now, photography is my main love, and blogging is just my side ho.

  • Work 

That being said, along with being a full time student enrolled in all 500-level computer science classes, I also work on the weekends and will occasionally take on paid photography gigs. This severely undercuts the amount of time I have to devote to writing blog posts– but it seems that the busier I am, the happier I am too. I like having things to do. I like working hard and staying busy.

I truly hate it when baby boomers try to shit all over millennials and claim that they,”don’t know the value of hard work.” Last time I checked, y’all only had to work one job to cover your entire college tuition (including housing) prior to inflation and a severe economic recession. Millennials are the hardest working people I know, and so many of my peers have had at least four different jobs or internships by the time they’re a Sophomore in college. That’s absolutely crazy to me.

I know firsthand what it’s like to be busy 24/7 and I’ll admit that I don’t even take on as much as some other people do… but then again, work makes me happy. I enjoy what I do, and that’s all I can really ask for. I feel blessed, in a lot of ways. I think that’s why I put this as a good thing rather than a bad.

  • Expanding Social Network 

So along with growing my photography business, I’ve also been expanding my network throughout DC whether that be in nightlife or through the photography scene. This includes a lot of modeling, collaborating, and shooting with other DC artists, models, and photographers. I love being around other likeminded people, able to network and spitball ideas with other creatives who happen to share similar hopes, dreams, and aspirations. It’s refreshing, and very, very cool.

  • Growth of the ‘Gram 

That being said, I’ve also been trying to grow my Instagram account like crazy. My goal is to hit 5,000 followers by July, which will be about the time that my website should be totally and completely finished. I think I’ve gained about 1,000 since December, and I’m hoping I can gain a couple thousand more as I’m really close to 4k already. Come hither followers— let me tempt you with saucy photos of me and gorgeous portraits I take of beautiful people!

  • Summer Move 

And last, but NOT LEAST, I’m moving for the summer– and not back home either! This is the thing I’m probably the most excited about! After my spring semester wraps up in DC, I’ll be moving to Portland, Maine where I’ll be sharing a house with a roommate and finally living on my own! I’m excited to explore a new area that is also not too far from home (I’m from a town about 1.5 hours away from Portland), but also a place that I have not yet set down roots already. My best friend is moving down with me as well, and I’m excited to see what exactly the summer holds for us.

(photo credit: Roger Yu)

♡ T h e  B a d♡

I’m just going to be quick with these since even thinking about them makes me sad.

  • Family Deaths

I lost both grandparents just a few months apart, and it left me feeling too distraught to really write for hours on end without getting choked up. The winter was slow, and harsh, for this reason.

  • Recurring Illness

For the past month and a half I’ve just been dealing with many a various illness on and off and on and off again. It’s been a giant pain in the butt, and being so sick also limited the amount of things I was able to do in the past few months too. -10/10 would not recommend.

  • Spine Misalignment

Self explanatory.

  • Further Heartbreak

You’d think after ending a relationship with the man who was the greatest love of my life in November would have discouraged me from getting invested and falling for other men who were totally wrong for me too, right? Wrong. I was definitely dealing with back to back heartache after growing too attached to the wrong people around January, and I’ve only just started to recover. I think I’ve also concluded I need to stop wearing my heart on my sleeve.

  • Falling Behind on Collabs

Ugh, ugh, ugh I feel awful about these. I’m slowly chipping away at the blog posts I’ve been meaning to do… but sometimes life gets in the way, as it always does. I’m not making excuses for myself, but I definitely realize there are still some things left that need to be done as well.

 

♡ Questions for Y-O-U ♡

Well now you know my story– tell me a little bit about yours. What have you guys been up to lately? How has 2017 been treating you? Hope to hear from you soon.

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4 Comments

  1. April 6, 2017 / 8:34 am

    Welcome back, Heather! Glad to read you’re doing well, despite those bittersweet moments. You photography is great! What kind of camera do you use?

    Xx
    http://www.TheActiveSpirit.com

    • April 6, 2017 / 12:35 pm

      Hi Chantel! Thanks! It’s good to be back! I actually use mirrorless, so an Olympus OMD10 MII, which doubles as a great travel/blog camera and a stepping stone to pro-photography as well. I do plan on upgrading to a Canon 5D Mark IV in the distant future though for wedding purposes and whatnot. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. August 3, 2017 / 1:49 am

    amen giiiiirl i am also heart eyes over photography. i’ve loved it for yeaaaars, it’s always been a huge release for me!

    i also snorted at that quote ‘photography is my main love, and blogging is a side ho’ – that’s SO true to me as well. my blog is just a place to put all my photos! ♥

    katie xx lacoconoire.com

    • August 4, 2017 / 11:42 am

      I’ve definitely been getting into it more and more! I really love shooting portraiture and haven’t had much time to create blog content myself with all the time it takes up as I work on curating the best shots and meeting models to work with.

      I love writing, I love makeup, I love talking about both– but at the end of the day, I’d rather be out shooting and editing than maintaining this blog, which is why I took a mini little break.

      Thanks for stopping by babe, I love your blog as well! 🙂

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