Life has an interesting way of showing us the path we are meant to follow. I used to compare myself to my amazing friends who are out there climbing the corporate ladder, getting married, and I even envied the ones that were still young and had their whole life ahead of them. It seemed like all my friends were making things happen and here I was just moved home from Nashville living in my parents basement still trying to figure life out.
Living in Nashville was amazing! Free concerts, amazing writers nights, and running into famous people at the grocery store made life exciting. The thrill of city life had me on a constant high and life was great, until the music no longer filled my soul. I felt like I couldn't break through my writers block, and that I had nothing important left to say. I became blinded by all the talent exuberating from everyone else I lost track of all the things that made me shine. Everyone around me was filled with so much passion, passion that I just couldn't find within my heart any longer. It was in that moment I decided to take a break, go back home to Washington for the summer and get back to "me."
For a while I tried blocking it out of my mind and reminisced in all the things in life that made me truly happy. The funny thing is that in all the "I'm only here for the summer" experiences I couldn't pass up, I ended up finding myself. Oddly I became the person I had been looking for this whole time. In coming home that summer I realized that Life isn't about "what will people think" or "does moving home make ma a failure?" Life is about finding what makes you happy and chasing after it with all your heart.
So here I am looking in the mirror at the person I have become and a few things come to mind when I see my reflection; beautiful, unique, creative, talented, loyal, trustworthy and most important strong. I may not have all of my ducks in a row or a have my life completely together, but my path is unlike any one else's and I wouldn't trade a minute of it. It has lead me to this awesome new adventure of channeling my creativity in a new market and starting my own clothing line Branded SD. Through this experience I hope to motivate and empower people to follow their dreams even when they do change. God has lead you on your path for a reason, and although you may not see it in the moments of doubt, one day you too will look in the mirror and see that all the pieces have come together just as they were planned.