A year of execution 

At the risk of seeming like someone who only does things because they are trendy, I want to share the fact that I really enjoy photography. I always have, in fact. My mom bought me a Polaroid camera when I was younger and I used to love taking pictures that printed out immediately (though the film was expensive so I tried not to waste shots). My mom has always believed that I would one day become a photo journalist, and who knows? Maybe I still could. 

Now that everyone seems to be into photography, it’s hard for me to be openly interested in it without feeling like I’m just buying into the hype. One things that sets me apart from most people I know, though, is that I am less interested in photographing people and more interested in photographing still life, landscapes, or scenes of nature. 

There is something so peacefully profound, to me, about photographs in which an inanimate object or a part of nature is at the forefront. 

One of my goals for 2017 is to start taking myself more seriously in terms of setting out to execute the various ideas that I have been holding onto. I have a wonderful imagination and am quite ambitious, but find it hard to get ideas from being a lightbulb over my head and into reality. 

I’d love to start a small photography business in which I can share my love of nature and still life with whoever crosses my path. This year, I won’t just daydream about it, I am going to do it. 

Family, Holidays

Habari Gani? Imani!

It’s the seventh and final day of Kwanzaa, and I’d like to take a moment to be proud of myself for actually finishing this series. 

Today is about faith. Kwanzaa emphasizes having faith in our families, teachers, communities, and in ourselves to overcome any struggles or adversity that we may face as we experience life in brown skin. There are many of us who feel that we cannot reach beyond certain heights, but we can – and we will do it together. That is the concluding message of Kwanzaa, which ends on a day where many are making new year’s resolutions. 

The seven Kwanzaa principles are meant to be lived all throughout the year. There is so much that I didn’t cover in this series, but if you are curious to learn more I encourage you to do so! 

How can we celebrate the concept of faith, today? 

Write yourself a letter of things you want to accomplish by next year, and open it next year to see if you’ve gotten those things done! 

-spend time listening to stories of people you know who, despite adversity, accomplished something important to them. 

Many families celebrate the last day of Kwanzaa with a special meal! If you plan on doing that today, enjoy it! 

And happy new year!