Opening Up

January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! A new year is a new 'beginning' for most. Personally, I don't like making a 'new year' a reason why I start a new project. It just so happened that I finished all of my outstanding projects this past week that I was able to start this idea that I've had in the back of my mind for a while now.


I call it "Opening Up". I have found that I don't document or take enough pictures from my own life, which is what started me on my road with photography. I just focused on capturing everyone else's accomplishments, big events, or personal checkpoints such as graduation, or a new family member. As much as I love capturing others, I need to focus on documenting my own life as well.


I used to document about my own life all of the time, but I stopped, or barely have over the past 4 years. As dumb as it may sound, I stopped really posting about myself on any social media platform because I had a falling out with someone who used whatever I posted on social media, just anything from my daily life, against me. It would be the simplest of things, so I just developed a habit of not posting anymore. Though this person is no longer involved in my life, I still just stuck with the new habit I made of not posting about myself all of the time, which meant I just never took photos of the little things in my every day life. Things that developed my love for photography.


I started to just focus on working. Since I had separated myself from the people who caused me harm, and had already stopped opening up about my daily life or thoughts, I just dived into working. I don't blame those people for this, it was my own actions that caused me to fall into this pattern. But it's taken me a long time to realize that. With this project, I hope to build my confidence to express myself once more. To allow myself an escape from focusing on work all of the time.


Issues aside, I was also inspired to do this because soon I will start my own family. I have hardly journaled my life. How are my future children, or anyone down the road, supposed to know who I was as a person? How are they to know that I went through similar things, or to see what my thoughts or feelings were as I traveled to new places? It's questions like those that help my drive to pursue this endeavor.


With this exercise, I plan to update this smash-book/scrapbook weekly. So at the end of each week, I'll place the pictures from my life that week, along with little details of what happened. And if that isn't enough, I'll be capturing little videos throughout the week so that I can compile and make one cohesive video about the week to kind of put motion behind each page in this book. It's all so exciting, and I am very eager that I am finally starting this.


Expect to see the videos up on my YouTube channel at


Hope you enjoy this journey and maybe even learn a little more about me that you may have not known. If anything, I hope to inspire others to express themselves and to not lose sight of this beautiful thing we call life.



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