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_ 


Refresh (verb):

give new strength or energy to; reinvigorate.

I’ve slacked off.

Almost every day for the past six months, I’ve said to myself, “I think I am going to blog today.” But, I didn’t do it. I’ve experienced one of the worst cases of blogger burnout. It’s not that I didn’t do it because I don’t like to but because I have struggled to stay motivated to do it.

It seems that people on social media only share the good and not so much the bad or the ugly things that life likes to kick at us. No matter how perfect I’d like my Instagram to look … a picture perfect world does not exist.

Today I ask myself: What is my purpose in cyberspace and why would anyone care?

I’ve thought long and hard about this, and my answer is simple. I want to share my photos, videos, and experiences with young adults like me, meet new people, learn and grow.

Since I took a break from cyberspace, I applied to graduate school and struggled with deciding the next best step to fulfilling my life goals. I’ve worked long hours to maintain a reliable reputation at work.

On the flip side, taking a break from blogging has allowed me to enjoy my friends, D.C. and other places, and develop an archive of content I’d like to share with you!

So recently I hit the refresh button and made a new video and added new #Summer16 photos
My advice to you is to live a happy life being a thrill-seeking adult trying to figure it all out. 

"There is something incredibly hopeful about a fresh start."

Edited by Joshua Perrin
Twitter: @Joshuaperrin_

Lively (noun):

Full of life and energy; active and outgoing.

Happy August and Happy Birthday to Me!

This summer, I have become obsessed with photographing street art. When driving, I’m the type of person to pull over immediately when I see a work of art.

Recently, my boyfriend, Christian and I drove from North Carolina to his parent’s house in Florida. Once we got there, we visited Wynwood Walls in Miami.

Wynwood displays striking artwork on walls, warehouses, and buildings; If you are ever in the area, please check it out!

With the help of Christian’s mom (Thank you, Mrs. Henry, for driving) we were able to photograph all throughout the art district.

From the trip, I created both a photo gallery and short video. I hope you all enjoy and if you have street art photos of your own, I’d love to hear from you in the comment box below.

Music: Blessa by Toro y Moi 
"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."- Vincent Van Gogh