Twenty–Five (adjective):

Being one more than 24 in number.

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I am officially 25. Rumor has it that this is the year that I will experience a “quarter-life” crisis. However, I refuse to consider my life at this time a crisis, but rather a time to embrace more change, more life, and more growth.  

When I was little, I remember thinking at 25 I would be a supermodel. I would be able to go to the mall alone and drive a car.  

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Fast forward to current reality: I’m not a supermodel, going to the mall is an annoying task, and I do drive my car that I also have to pay for (+ car insurance + maintenance + gas). I am not here to complain though. I am extremely blessed to have done the things I’ve done in my 25 years on this earth. My younger self would be so amazed by the things we’ve accomplished thus far. Forget supermodel; I partake in a love story even Taylor Swift hasn’t even written about yet. I’ve traveled for free to different countries for the love of science, swam with sharks and have some amazing people in my life. All of that + my relationship with God has built the foundation of what people know as Keeli – a petite sweet individual that still eats way too many donuts, can quote Mean Girls every single day and chooses optimism over stress. Every day I witness daylight is a blessing. I have learned to accept my mistakes and not beat myself about them. And, I am still learning. Learning that friends grow apart, not to overly invest in relationships that are one-sided or that giving your all doesn’t mean you’ll get the same equal return. I’m learning that doubt is a normal feeling to have when presented with huge responsibilities but having the confidence to overcome the doubt plays a part in how successful your results will be.  

I am rambling a little, ha, but my last few points include this, I believe it’s important to enjoy the little things. Mine include eating at restaurants alone every once in a while, watching shows that make me cry, spending time with my mom and staying in proximity to those who believe in me and my dreams.  

In my short time living as a 25-year-old (its been a month), I have tried new things like yoga and still don't look a day over 16. I haven't attempted to rent a car yet, but that may be my next venture! 

Year 25 I am ready for you, and I hope you are good to me. -Keeli

Edited by @joshuaperrin_ 

Arduous (adjective):

involving or requiring strenuous effort; difficult and tiring.

Hi friends,

I suck at keeping promises. Well, actually, I only lied that one time that I said, “I will post a blog once a month.” Let’s just say after the first month; I quickly became super overloaded and unable to keep my head above water.

Working, teaching, going to class, trying to stay on top of assignments AND running to catch public transportation was just a taste of what I juggle every day. But, despite how busy I was, I learn a lot about myself through my tight support system (you guys are awesome by the way!) and work ethic.

I’m not about to say next semester is going to be a piece of cake, but I have a better grasp of what to expect and what I can handle.

Aside from that, I have been able to photograph a ton of people and places throughout the fall leading into these winter months. I also had the opportunity to follow April + VISTA to multiple shows, which was an awesome new experience.

Now that it’s the beginning of another year, some say 2016 were one of the worst years ever. I agree that 2016 was extremely challenging, but after reviewing ALL of the videos that I compiled throughout the last 12 months, I realized that there was so many terrific and wonderful moments. I put together my favorite videos of 2016, some of which you may have seen before, but a lot of it is brand new!

I want to thank all the people who allowed me to be in your face with the camera and for those who made this past year so special. Here’s to hoping this year has just as many great moments as 2016.

"In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away."

Edited by: Joshua Perrin
Twitter: @joshuaperrin_ 

 

 

Overload (noun):

an excessive load or amount.

I can’t believe that summer has come and gone – and I can already feel my favorite season just around the corner. This year my life is a little different than the last few years because I started grad school.

No matter how much time I spent pre-planning and organizing before school started, I was still caught off-guard with the required expectations of me.

I’m at my day job part-time, going to school full-time and working as a teaching assistant, which means that I can’t do all of the things that I want to. (Needless to say, my time management skills are put to the test each day).

A fellow blogger and friend of mine, Paige Mariah has a wonderful blog post on managing your time by pampering your mind.

Since I’ve been trying to get used to my new schedule, reading her advice put me at ease! If you are transitioning, starting a new career or program or just want great fashion and lifestyle advice, I recommend checking out her blog here!

As Paige puts it, "Be dedicated to treating your mind well and it will repay you by being strong during those difficult times.

So, because of my new schedule, I plan to share monthly blog posts. This way there is some consistency, and I don't fall down the "blogger burn out" hole again!

For my last summer hurrah, I traveled to Philly for the Made in America Music Festival. The festival features musical artists hand-picked by the infamous Jay-Z. During this two-day event, I had the pleasure of meeting up with friends from my undergraduate alma mater, Hampton University! My favorite performances were by Travis Scott, Chance the Rapper, Sza and of course Cold Play. I've added the Tidal playlist that includes all festival artists here!

A video is below, featuring music by Chrome Sparks, an artist I really wish had been invited to perform, but you should check out his music too. I start the video off at this awesome place called Milkcrate Cafe. My boyfriend and I ate breakfast and shopped for vinyl records both mornings before heading to the festival. Hope you enjoy the festival through my eyes and don't forget to rest your mind if you are feeling overloaded. 

Fall in love with taking care of yourself mind, body, spirit.

Edited by: Joshua Perrin
Twitter: @joshuaperrin_ 

 

Purposeful (adjective):

2015 is O-V-E-R! I can't believe it! This year was definitely a purposeful milestone in my life. I stepped out of my comfort zone moving to a new area. I was fortunate to travel outside the country again with my love. And I built a strong foundation in my relationship with God.

I'll keep this post short and share this lovely video I put together for all of 2015!

"The best things in life are the people you love, the places you've seen, and the memories you've made along the way."