WEEK ONE: SELF

PHOTO NUMBER SIX

   Shot with Nikon D750    Today is the last day of my week one "Self" series, so to end it on a good note, I wanted to share a little bit more about myself.   I am the third of four daughters. I am a chocolate addict, a book nerd, and a wannabe chef. There is something about cooking that relaxes me. I love the fact that you do not have to use precise measurements to create something amazing. I do not enjoy baking at all however. I am not a fan of anything with sugar, so chocolate is where I draw the line. I put salt and lemon juice on just about everything I eat. My five major food groups consist of pasta, burgers, sushi, Mexican food, and pizza. I am a serial napper and I can never drink enough coffee.   I am a very impulsive person and it tends to get me into trouble. I lack organizational skills and structure, but I think that is also my greatest strength. I have the ability to be flexible with everything I do. If something doesn't work out for me, I can quickly jump to another solution. I am also a dreamer. I am always rattling off list after list of things I want to see and accomplish. My bucket list is about 1000 pages long and is still growing. Some of the things I have crossed off of my list include skydiving and visiting Pamploña, Spain, for the running of the bulls.    When I grow up I hope to have the opportunity to travel the globe. I am fascinated with how the other half lives. Since a very young age, I have dreamed of touring other countries and immersing myself in other cultures. This is what has led me to be an Au Pair in Spain as well as a worker in Yellowstone National Park. Now that I have dipped my toe in the waters of travel, I know there is no turning back. I love to learn. I will consume everything I can when it comes to other cultures. It is so fascinating to me that someone can live a life so vastly different from mine, yet we may share some of the same experiences.  I want to live by the mountains where I can hike and explore to my heart's content. The mountains soothe my soul. It is the only place where I have found that I am able to bring the chaos in my mind to a complete standstill. It's the only place where I can really breathe and let my worries dissipate in the wind.   I suffer from anxiety and depression. have been so low that I have felt like I could never get back up. I know what it feels like to struggle to keep my head above the water, and to feel like weight of the world is crushing me. The world works in mysterious ways. If I had not be knocked down, I would never have stood back up stronger than before. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I will always look for the silver lining on a rainy day. Changing your attitude can change your life. If you are struggling, ask yourself why that may be. Is there a lesson you needed to learn so that you could push yourself forward? What can you do to change your circumstances?   Last year, I was an Anthropology major with no intentions of pursuing a career in photography. After an issue with scheduling and budget cuts, I became a broadcast journalism major. I now have an extra 12 hours to complete, so I will not be graduating until this December. I remember when this happened, I almost lost my mind. I was so angry. I have to laugh about it now because it is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I have discovered a hidden passion I didn't know existed, I found an outlet in a place I was convinced had none, and I have become a better person. When things don't go your way, take some time to reflect on the situation. What can you learn from it? How can you change your attitude? How can you become stronger? You might find the answer to a question you were afraid to ask yourself. 

Shot with Nikon D750

Today is the last day of my week one "Self" series, so to end it on a good note, I wanted to share a little bit more about myself. 

I am the third of four daughters. I am a chocolate addict, a book nerd, and a wannabe chef. There is something about cooking that relaxes me. I love the fact that you do not have to use precise measurements to create something amazing. I do not enjoy baking at all however. I am not a fan of anything with sugar, so chocolate is where I draw the line. I put salt and lemon juice on just about everything I eat. My five major food groups consist of pasta, burgers, sushi, Mexican food, and pizza. I am a serial napper and I can never drink enough coffee. 

I am a very impulsive person and it tends to get me into trouble. I lack organizational skills and structure, but I think that is also my greatest strength. I have the ability to be flexible with everything I do. If something doesn't work out for me, I can quickly jump to another solution. I am also a dreamer. I am always rattling off list after list of things I want to see and accomplish. My bucket list is about 1000 pages long and is still growing. Some of the things I have crossed off of my list include skydiving and visiting Pamploña, Spain, for the running of the bulls.  

When I grow up I hope to have the opportunity to travel the globe. I am fascinated with how the other half lives. Since a very young age, I have dreamed of touring other countries and immersing myself in other cultures. This is what has led me to be an Au Pair in Spain as well as a worker in Yellowstone National Park. Now that I have dipped my toe in the waters of travel, I know there is no turning back. I love to learn. I will consume everything I can when it comes to other cultures. It is so fascinating to me that someone can live a life so vastly different from mine, yet we may share some of the same experiences.

I want to live by the mountains where I can hike and explore to my heart's content. The mountains soothe my soul. It is the only place where I have found that I am able to bring the chaos in my mind to a complete standstill. It's the only place where I can really breathe and let my worries dissipate in the wind. 

I suffer from anxiety and depression. have been so low that I have felt like I could never get back up. I know what it feels like to struggle to keep my head above the water, and to feel like weight of the world is crushing me. The world works in mysterious ways. If I had not be knocked down, I would never have stood back up stronger than before. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I will always look for the silver lining on a rainy day. Changing your attitude can change your life. If you are struggling, ask yourself why that may be. Is there a lesson you needed to learn so that you could push yourself forward? What can you do to change your circumstances? 

Last year, I was an Anthropology major with no intentions of pursuing a career in photography. After an issue with scheduling and budget cuts, I became a broadcast journalism major. I now have an extra 12 hours to complete, so I will not be graduating until this December. I remember when this happened, I almost lost my mind. I was so angry. I have to laugh about it now because it is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I have discovered a hidden passion I didn't know existed, I found an outlet in a place I was convinced had none, and I have become a better person. When things don't go your way, take some time to reflect on the situation. What can you learn from it? How can you change your attitude? How can you become stronger? You might find the answer to a question you were afraid to ask yourself. 

Audrey Dawson