There I am, holding a camera, hair blowing in my face. The Canon DSLR is actually my Dad’s; I borrowed it so that he could snap the photo with mine. I had just gotten off the plane from Chicago and was exhausted. I met my parents for a harbor walk anyway, but found I didn’t have the patience to take multiple shots to get my hair “right.” I didn’t post the picture here, because I had just launched this blog a week prior and wanted to make sure it looked polished and professional. I still want it to look polished and professional. But I decided for my six-month recap to use this image because I likewise aim to stay true to my commitment of being authentic and transparent.
What does it mean to be real? What does it mean to be real in a digital space? As a wise friend of mine once observed in a lovely lyric essay, part of telling every story is deciding what to leave out. On some level, when it comes to online platforms, there is always curation happening. I leave this out, I put that in. Include this piece but forgo that other bit. Even on personal pages, we are all making decisions — consciously or not — about how to portray ourselves. My goal is to make these many minute choices in a way that deeply serves my readers/followers/friends… as well as myself. To be succinct, but honest. Mindful, relaxed, courageous, true. Approachable, human.
Now, with all these thoughts in mind… I share some of the very genuine highlights I have experienced so far on this journey:
The collaborations I have done thus far have been deeply inspiring. I loved my holiday work with dmg NoHo — all the beautiful things, and a chance to get to know a local small business owner better. I was honored to be part of Swap.com’s “Go Green” New Year’s Resolutions project. And how could I forget the delicious adventures with Coco Polo Chocolate?!
That is a brief list of highlights from these six months. Where am I headed next? I am about to enter my last semester of grad school. You may notice that the frequency of my posts dropped off during the past couple months. School took more of my word-power than I had anticipated. And though I originally planned to write here more regularly even while academically engaged, I am committed to quality over quantity. That is part of my being real. I am not sure precisely how many posts I will make between now and May (it will increase after graduation)… but I can promise that I will keep working on posts, seeking collaborations, creating content, and connecting with you all in this community! Reach out any time to let me know what you’d like to see more (or less) of.
Thank you for being along for the journey.