Photos by Christina Emilie shot in Central Park
“Dream big, work hard, stay focused and most of all,
surround yourself with good people.”
So I woke up this morning as a 24-year old! It’s funny, when I was young – 24 always seemed like such an old age, but now it feels like I’m just getting started. The above quote really sums up this past year for me. This time last year, I had just moved to NYC with more of less no friends, no job & no clue about what was ahead. It was probably one of the scariest things I had ever done but, without a doubt, also the most exciting. When you have nothing to lose, you have everything to gain. We all definitely go through phases in life where we just don’t know what’s ahead and although these phases can be extremely daunting, that ‘fresh slate’ just screams opportunity. For me, 23 was a year full of uncertainties, but as I look back today, it was probably one of my best to date. I think as you get older, you really begin to feel comfortable in your own skin and you figure out what exactly it is that makes you happy. This past year has taught me that there is not one single thing more important than being happy.
I’ve started to figure out what I like and more importantly, what I don’t like. I’ve set goals & ambitions for myself and have started to work towards them every single day. I’ve carved out a little life for myself in my absolute favourite place in the world. And best of all, I’m surrounded by the best family & group of friends that I could have ever hoped for. Each new birthday should remind us to be so insanely grateful for everything we have – health, family, friends and for me especially, all of you guys who continue to support me. Some people dread getting older but honestly, I think there is something so great about it. Each new year brings new experiences (good & bad) which shape you into that person you are working towards becoming and so, 24, I look forward to another whirl-wind year full of fun!
Happy Friday everyone!