1. What is something not too many people know about you?
I am a hardcore advocate for living life as fully as possible and not wasting a single day. I try to take at least an hour of each day to explore somewhere that I have not been before or do something that I have not done before. Whether that's going to a new coffee shop, meeting a new person, or simply taking a new route home. Anything that I can do to stray away from a routine lifestyle, no matter how small-scale. After all, it’s the small things that matter and monotony will kill you.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
My biggest passions in life include photography, writing, traveling, eating sushi, and exploring Kansas City.
I’m passionate about photography because I enjoy capturing beauty in people and in places. Sometimes its hard to depict that beauty when life is constantly moving, so having the ability to stop a moment is so extraordinary.
I’m passionate about writing because I want to make a difference in the world and influence people through this medium to be their best selves.
I’m passionate about traveling because I believe life should not be lived in one place.
I’m passionate about sushi because it’s literally a gift from the heavens and I could eat it every single day for the rest of my life.
And I’m passionate about exploring Kansas City because its my hometown and I’m so grateful to have grown up in an area that has so much to offer.
3. What are your goals for the future?
In the future I would love to work for a newspaper or magazine firm as a reporter, designer, or photojournalist. I ideally would love to have a career that allows me to travel and do my work wherever I am. As fanciful and farfetched as it sounds, I want to visit every country in the world or at least as many as I can. While doing so, I plan to write about my experiences as well as capture them through my lens so that I can eventually publish my own book. I work two jobs while attending college so that I can be finically stable enough to make these aspirations a reality. In addition, I have so many dinky goals for myself like being on The Bachelor, having an artsy Instagram, riding in a hot air balloon, falling in love, giving a TED talk, and opening my own coffee shop.
4. What is your definition of success?
Success is happiness. It’s as simple and complicated as that. It’s a measurement in your own eyes, not societies. I want to be so in love with my life that when I’m faced with death I will feel content with what I have accomplished. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer about a year ago and I lost my uncle to brain cancer a little before then, and because of these events I have become very passionate about living like the unthinkable could happen to me at any moment. There are over a million things that could kill you in one day, and until I became accepting of this, I chose to ignore it like most of the population. For the past year or so, I have tried to be the best version of myself and always do what makes me happy no matter others opinions because I want to die without any regrets—in my own eyes—because that's success.
5. Tell us something about the projects you’re working on?
Recently I took a step away from paid professional portrait photography (senior, family, engagement, wedding, etc) and decided to do more collaboration/unique work. Taking photos for other people instead of for myself was starting to make photography feel like a chore instead of a hobby. That being said, I re-started my photography Instagram account a couple months ago and I am currently working towards finding my style as a photographer. I am trying to depict what editing technique or locational-theme would make me stand out from other artists. I have so many crazy exciting ideas for the future that I cannot wait to share with my followers.
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