So it’s been a little over a week since we got back from Haiti & it’s taken me a while to write this because truly I don’t have the words to describe the things I experienced on this trip. I have recounted the events over and over to friends and family and each time I find it more and more draining because while I loved the trip and had a great time, there are a lot of things that will stick with me for many years. –Things that I struggle to share with you
So I’ve decided that I’m going to keep this post to mostly photos because I don’t want the negative aspects of this trip to take away some of the amazing things that I experienced.
First and foremost I want to thank all the amazing friends I have made. We experienced things that we will probably never see again. I am very grateful that we became so close and that even after returning home we have continued to keep in -touch. I know that we have all struggled in our own ways and I find comfort in the fact that I have all of you by my side as we get through it together.
I will never forget all the times we laughed until we cried, danced on the rooftop, taken silly photos and the secrets we shared. Haiti was the experience of a lifetime and I wouldn’t have wanted to experience that journey with any other group of people. Never will I ever find people like all of you ❤
Wherever we go in life we will always have the memories of our trip to Haiti 🙂
Ps. Photo credit for a lot of these is owed to Jeff Drew 🙂
So it’s my last day of my sophomore year of college and I’m currently waiting for my RA to check me out of my room. I never thought it would be this sad to walk into an empty apartment…I live pretty close to campus, so I’ve been moving my stuff out all week but decided it would be best to go back one last time and double-check everything before I checked out…man was this a mistake.
I walked in and was immediately overtaken by how sad it was to see everything bare and empty. It feels like just yesterday Marley and I were hauling our stuff in, a week before everyone else to start Dance Camp Preseason…and now the year is over… So much has changed this year, and its crazy to think that we won’t be moving in early ever again…that we’ll never have a dance preseason again…
As I sit here, I reflect on this year. It has definitely, by far been the craziest year of college yet…So many things have changed for both the worst and the better, but that’s life. I’ve learned a lot this year, and I’ve accomplished even more. I’m realizing that it’s true what they say; the college years are really some of the best times of your life.
This year I’ve gained 2 of my best friends, who in these past few weeks, I have done EVERYTHING with, and I know I can always count on them for anything. I met the love of my life, & we’ve traveled to places I would have never imagined. I’ve made it half way to my bachelor’s degree, and although it hasn’t always been easy, I’ve learned to take the good with the bad. After working 2 jobs and about 50+ hours a week first semester I have become a Sales Lead at Pier 1 and have had some pretty great experiences with my team.
My life is crazy, I’ll admit, but its mine. From the late nights staying up to finish homework after work, and the early mornings at the gym, there’s nothing I would change. Some argue that I’m missing out on the real college experience; late nights with friends and partying into the early mornings…But that has never been me… maybe when I’m closer to the end :p
As for Summer? Maybe it’ll be different, maybe some nights will be “crazy” with less responsibilities, but my goal is just to be happy. Workout, have fun and spend time with family and friends 🙂
I’m on my way to work the other morning and a Michael Jackson song comes on. While usually this phenomenon wouldn’t strike me as anything but ordinary, lately I’m on my toes whenever I hear his music. I’ve been in the process of writing a research paper about his successes and effects on the pop world as we know it today so hearing him excites me.
Not only that, but between you and me, I believe he was an incredible human being. All allegations and selfharm aside he was one hell of an artist. & I’ll tell you a secret, Personally, I’m a little bit obsessed. Whenever I have a project that I can tweak in the slightest, he’s my topic. As a dancer, I’m just so fascinated by his work, I love studying him.
But anyways. I’m driving and MJ comes on, I quite literally jam out to his song and then on comes Usher…and it just makes me laugh. One of the articles I’d read recently discussed this very idea. The idea that artists like Usher, JT, and even Chris Brown have evolved and become what they are today by studying Jackson.
As I listen, I hear it, the high pitched shreeks, the sounds that remind me that of “shamone” (What does that mean anyways?) and I realize that he really was the king of pop. Just as Elvis was the king of rock and roll, and Tim McGraw is our country superstar, Jackson was the pop star. He was the birth of Pop as we know it today; we have him to thank.
So even though you may not be a huge fan, or even like him at all, I ask you to take a closer look. Do some research and find the reasons behind the things he did. What were the underlying causes? Who was Michael Jackson?