Be Still

Ringing in the New Year in Berlin. Memorable.

Looking back on 2018, I can say it was a big year. It was particularly significant because I moved to the UK to study abroad for a semester, and travelled around Europe while doing so (18 countries this year!?). I learnt to live on my own terms, take courage, and find friends in unexpected places. Things didn’t always go to plan though, and I was ok with that. My 2018 intentions were to: “see every day as a new adventure. I want to fall back in love with myself, with my life, and with the world. I want to be that little bit bolder. I want to be that little bit more dreamy. Being whimsical to me is both being playful and being spontaneous.” I think I achieved this.

I also wanted FlowerFolio to be a place of visual storytelling, and I created that, while also getting my first photography gigs. I hope to expand this in 2019 and particularly the creative side of it.

But, my intentions for 2019 reach beyond FlowerFolio. In the past 6 months, I have grown in one way that matters to me more than anything else, and was relatively unexpected, and that was in my spirituality. I don’t talk about this part of my life a whole lot, and certainly not in a public place like this, but I have always tried to be authentic and true to myself.

So, my 2019 word of the year is “breathe”. To be still and know.

And my intentions are to:

  • Use the spiritual teaching I’ve received and pay it forward
  • Find a stable job
  • Gain income from photography and hang out with more photographer friends
  • I learnt to love uni while in the UK. I want to continue this in Australia.
  • Create content from my Europe travels (lots of photos and videos too!)
  • Continue to work in social media marketing and online communications to help raise the profiles of certain NGOs I work with (and potentially work with new ones)
  • And finally, in relation to my word of the year, I want to be in awe of our world. It’s an amazing place, and yet so easy to get upset about. We have to stop, appreciate the little things, and know that everything will work out as it is supposed to.

I wish you the very best for 2019, and when things get tough, as they definitely will, remember how far you’ve come.

-nat 🥀♥️