Photos by | Laurel Creative
Dress: Nasty Gal
It’s the big 2-3, I actually don’t even know how *big* of a year this is but to any birthday person like myself, every year is a big deal. I think this particular birthday is more special than most because it is my first bday in Nyc. As anyone does as they turn another year older, they begin to reflect on the past year. So many amazing things and memories I particularly go back to. I GRADUATED COLLEGE FOR ONE! I made some of the most incredible friendships in Bloomington, IN. From Vegas trips (coming on 2 this next Memorial Day), countless Chicago nights, going back to IU as alumni and running around Nashville in the summertime. I wouldn’t of traded this past summer of living at home for anything. SO THANKFUL to my amazing, incredible, loving parents for getting me to where I am today. Truly the only thing missing from NYC is you guys.
Then fast forwarding to now. I moved to New York in October and immediately had the feeling that this is where I am *supposed to be.* I don’t know if anyone else has ever had that feeling but it is amazing. I just knew this was the perfect fit for me, especially living in Brooklyn. I think New York is the one city that’ll test you, especially as a 22 year old. I have cried on the subway, laughed until 5am on rooftops, met the craziest/best group of friends, gotten robbed, experienced love at *6th sight* sorry for that Kyle (but very lucky to have you in my life<3), ordered 7+ pizzas and fell asleep before having them delivered, and crossed the Williamsburg Bridge at sunrise overlooking the city.
Moving away and becoming an adult is never easy. And yes I refuse to consider 23 an adult. I am not ready for that yet!! I am enjoying every aspect of life here and the adventures that come with it. Which is almost every day in this city. I am thankful to the girls and boys and moms and dads that continue to visit and read our page. I hope to give you all as much insight into our little lives as New Yorkers as I can. If I could give any advice going into my Michael Jordan year it would be TAKE RISKS! Live in the unknown. Never get yourself down. Life is full of tests.. some good some bad but if you do not *live in this moment* you’ll never realize all of the amazing aspects here!!
As we all have tests, I wanted to dedicate this year and story to two people I have lost in this past year. To my unreal sorority sister and friend Hannah Wilson – I miss you and think of you every day. You taught me so much about laughter and acceptance. This world was exceptionally better with your smile in it. I live with you in my heart every day. And to my favorite puppy Hoosier, the family constantly shares our memories with you, you were the best dog.