Writing has always been a way that I've expressed myself and shared my thoughts with the world. I've always been a better writer than speaker; it's one of the best ways I am able to communicate with people.
Over the years, I've written in many different ways—across a few of my own online blogs, on various social media channels, and in a physical journal. The best example of this is my Tumblr, which I frequently updated over the course of five years. Though it's been a while since I've updated it, it's a compilation my earlier work and self-started creative projects.
And if we're talking process, it's important to focus on personal change. You'll find some of my most raw pieces of writing, full of brutally honest reflection on my everyday life and the larger world. It's an unfiltered perspective on my thoughts and who I am as an individual. And though it's a snapshot of that time, it also serves as a reference point of who I was a few years ago versus who I am today—and the ways in which I am constantly evolving.
Below are four pieces that are very personal to me. You can also view my whole Tumblr by clicking the button below.
The December Project: An Attempt to Rediscover My Creative Self (2015)
"I am going to make this month about re-finding myself creatively, at least beginning to. There are surf photographers, wildlife photographers, and fashion photographers. I don’t know what the hell I am or what I am supposed to be. But the first part of that is carrying my camera around everywhere and shooting on my own — for 31 days."
Dec 31: Beginnings (2015)
"Creative process is difficult and it’s different for everyone. The hardest thing about this month has been to not pass judgment on everything that I’ve been creating—my photographs, writing, or even just general thinking. Knowing when to push yourself and when to be kind to yourself is a delicate balance."
The Two Types of Honesty
"The way I see it, there are two types of honesty. The first is honesty with other people—your friends, family, significant others, and people you interact with on a day to day basis. This means telling the truth in an external way (i.e. being clear with your intentions and following through with the appropriate actions). The second is honesty with yourself, which, for me, has proved to be the more difficult of the two."
Occupy the World
"As you (should) know, I am currently in Spain. Most likely the next country of the European Union to go under. There have been protests in Madrid for months now. There are over five million people unemployed in the country. Many people are homeless. And the government, apparently, is not doing so much about it. President Zapatero will not be elected."