I am looking back on the past year of my life and truly having a hard time believing that everything that has happened is my current reality. They say you grow up so fast and forget to look around and this is exactly what happened to me. In the last 365 days I have grown as a person and as a creative individual SO much.
I started my first week in Savannah accepting the most fitting and fulfilling job with Palm Avenue, a Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store. My life perfectly alligns with the Lilly lifestyle and I truly can say I am heading in the right direction knowing that I want to work for Lilly corporate (The Pink Palace) when I graduate.
I fell into my life here so quickly in Savannah and didn't look back. I have learned so much about myself and I continue to always push myself to be the best that I can be. I still have SO much in my life to learn, see, visit and find, but I am going to focus on the things I have learned in the last year, not only in college, but just about ME and who I am.
The google definition of "ups and downs" is: "a succession of both good and bad experieces" and I feel that it is a more accurate definition of your first year of college, living on your own, or just the ladder of the two.
College is HARD work. SCAD is a tough school. I would be lying if I said there weren't days where I'd question myself on why I was doing what I was, but then I would remember the commitment I made to myself and I knew, no matter what, I am stronger than whatever I was doing at that given minute.
I also think often how crazy it is that college gives you people who fit into your life perfectly. It makes you wonder how you lived your entire life without them- that is where my two bestfriends, Kristen & Kristina come into play. From the first day here in Savannah they both made me feel loved and welcome. We have spent just about everyday together doing the things we love most- shopping, working, grabbing Starbucks, going to the beach, and getting tacos. I love the two of them beyond words and I am so greatful for their friendship.
I have always been a glass half full type of person, always searching for something to fill up my life, on top of starting college, getting my first job, and adjusting to life in Savannah, I still felt like something was missing. My sister came to visit the first week of October, and we had a serious conversation about me getting a puppy. That conversation turned into one of the best decisions of my life. My boston terrier, Louie Vee just turned one at the end of June and looking back, I cannot imagine what my life would look like without him. Getting a dog in college (an entire topic I plan to discuss soon on here) is definitely a challenge, one I feel that I have tackled well.
I get asked a ton how I deal with being so far away from home, my parents, siblings, and Meals. It was a huge adjustment at the beginning for sure, and I still have my days where I want nothing more than to go home, but I tell myself that this was my decision to move so far away and remember how much happiness, inspiration, and fulfillness Sav and SCAD bring to my life. I try to call my parents, Brianna, Heather, and Meals on the daily and talk to my brothers at least once a week, along with my grandparents, aunt Judy, and cousins. I think keeping in contact and up to date on what is going on at home as helped a ton too. Also, knowing that if I ever want to go home, the door is ALWAYS open and waiting. My mom and dad will both come visit in a few weeks and I cannot wait!!!
All and all, I love my little life here in Savannah with Louie Vee and I am looking forward to a new school year. A year of new adventures. Another year of learning, meeting new people, making meaningful connections, and stepping outside of my comfort zone.