How I’ve Spent My Summer Vacation- or Lack There Of

anigif_enhanced-12676-1424726950-5It’s mid-summer, more than halfway through 2016, and my perception of time has gone out the window. Within three months of the new year, I found myself being called to rise to the occasion at my new job. An unexpected life lesson and experience allowed me to foster a whole new level of professional abilities, however it completely abandoned my path to achieve the goal of a better work/life/personal project balance.

I began to feel a self-imposed sense of guilt for shafting my own writings , despite publishing three pieces for HuffPo, xoJane, and Bustle during that 4 month period. Like a AA member who has fallen off the bandwagon, I’m back to committing to the twelve steps of life balance- which includes:

  • Being mindful to not work from 7 am-6pm every night. 
  • 2gxofvoMaking an effort to spend time doing creative writing during the week.
  • Feeding myself with healthy meals instead of ingesting food that’s convenient and liquid. 
  • Stop holding myself to self-imposed schedules and rigid to-do lists that are only upsetting to me when their not achieved.

Between dealing with the aftermath of my mom’s latest stroke, turning 26 and trying to continue to acclimate myself with my job of less than a year, other fun stuff has been happening including:

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The cutest siblings from Tennessee, aka the Keeton kids, came up to honor their brother Weston at the Philadelphia Pulmonary Hypertension Gala in June. While they were off at the ball, I had the honor of babysitting the newest Keeton baby, Ms. Kinley.

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 7.55.52 PMAt ten months old, she had never been babysat by anyone and Julie let me have the privilege of being the first one to do so. For the evening I bonded with the Kinley and told her about how I met her family. And of course we took lots of photos because what else is a photographer to do when a gorgeous infant is all dressed up and no where to go? You can read Julie’s blog to learn more about how their family doing and how they continue to honor Weston’s memory!

logoDuring June, I had the opportunity to take video footage of the WFTDA’s ECDX tournament. Celebrating it’s 10th year of existence, the WFTDA brings together real, strong, revolutionary female athletes from across the globe to participate in a three-day long roller derby tournament. This was the third year I have been at the event to capture b-roll, and each year the sportsmanship and dedication of the athletes blow me away. Also at the event, one of my best friends and mentor was proposed to by her incredibly adorable fiance on a live stream of the tournament. If you’re a fan of contact sports, witty banter between announcers and a riveting event- check out WFTDA TV to view roller derby footage and learn if there’s a team in your neck of the woods.

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 8.00.39 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-14 at 7.54.01 PMThe highly intelligent cat is still working on ways to become a household name, especially after finding out Grumpy Cat earned $10 million last year by just being himself. Annie has been featured several times on Frisky In Philly’s Instagram. Make sure to check out my Instagram for daily photos of her adorableness, along with random postings of what I come across each day during my ventures in Center City Philadelphia. Of course Annie did take the time to celebrate Independence Day, before gnawing on the flag pole.

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Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 7.56.29 PMI’ve made an assertive effort to increase my natural Vitamin D intake during the summer months. From hiking at Valley Forge Park, taking a day trip to Atlantic City and enjoying my season pass to Sesame Place with my niece- it’s become clear that filling my weekends with the outdoors makes my mainly indoor work weeks more bearable. However, having my office located in Rittenhouse has given me ample opportunities to enjoy the Philadelphia skyline and interesting people watching during brief coffee breaks outside throughout the week.

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 8.06.33 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-14 at 7.56.22 PMLastly, people are still apparently talking about how internet dating and me did not mesh. Last week, I found out the article was syndicated to a Spanish publication called Up Socal: Traté de conseguir una cita en línea y ni siquiera una persona me mensajeó de vuelta | Upsocl Mujer. Incase you were curious, they did translate the phrase highly intelligent cat-prefiero ver una serie en mi cama con mi súper inteligente gato. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.

Thank you to everyone who has continued to follow my writings and connect with me on Twitter and Instagram. It truly is a privilege to have people read my writings, and helps me remember I’m not as alone as I sometimes feel<3 

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