New Year, New Me: What's to Come

I know, I know. You might be saying: "It's not a new year, what is this girl talking about?!" Guys, it's a metaphor! Sort of. What I mean to say is that the upcoming 9-10 months for me will be fraught with excitement and change, movement and new energy. It's application season for residency applications, and what that means is traveling for interviews (hopefully), more time off from rotations, and also trips that we booked... for fun. Weird, right? Doesn't sound like the medical school life at all.

What does that mean for this blog, you may ask?

I'm especially looking forward to the time off that's to come. I'm already planning more shoots, more outfits, and really taking the time to improve and grow with photography. For the past month I've been on a relatively busy rotation, and it really does limit the time and energy you have for shooting! I'm glad that when I first started becoming more serious about blogging, I had gotten many of the harder rotations out of the way (surgery, for one). On the horizon lies more free time than I've had in a long time, possibly even since college. I'm planning to make the most of this cherished gift and really put more back into the blog. So please check back. You won't be disappointed! I'm also very grateful that my medical school allows for free months towards the end of our education. I feel like it's a breath of fresh air that many of us didn't even know we needed.

Interviews and waiting for invites (again, hopefully) may be anxiety-inducing, just ask any of my close friends who I've been badgering this past week, but I'm also excited about the prospect of visiting new places and exploring new cities. I would love to hear your input on fun places to go and things to see in your respective hometowns. Is it bad that I'm mostly looking forward to all the coffee shops I'm going to visit? And public art installations, of course. I have this thing with public art installations.

With the prospect of leaving (although I would be 100% happy to stay in Houston, it's just so hard to know at this point) comes the bittersweet prospect of change as well. I feel like during the studying and living in the medical center, I've been slowly trying to get to know this vibrant city for the past three years, and I've only just scratched the surface. There's so much here to love: the diversity, for one. The food, for another. Definitely the food. I'm definitely going to use my free time and see more of this city I've called home for the past few years. I've met some awesome friends here, not to mention the luff of my life, and it'll be quite sad to say goodbye as they disperse all over the country. Not to mention, couples matching definitely adds to the stress and expense! I'll let you know how that goes... Either way, change doesn't always pass without destruction in its wake.

But the best thing to do at this point is to look ahead with hope and resolve, and enjoy the good times as they come. My friend and I decided to go downtown to try and capture some aspects of Houston we don't usually visit. I feel like the Honeymoon Cafe is a staple of the area and it serves up one of my favorite Salmon Eggs Benedict in the city, which we definitely partook in prior to shooting. I wore this gorgeous number from ShopTheMint, a Raspberry romper disguised as a flowing maxi dress. The color was perfect for the hot Houston heat, and I felt like reflected the bright qualities of Houston as a city. The fact that it was flowy and sheer but moveable really helped me deal with that said heat, which is definitely still present in September.

The point is, I'm excited, and I hope you are too!

Photographer: Kristina Haag
Maxi Romper: ShopTheMint
Shoes: YesStyle

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