I am here to share my story with you. I am a very curious person and because of that, I have done many things in life and continue to explore. I saw this photo floating around a few months ago, it struck a chord with me and really made me think and wonder, what do I want to be when I grow up?
I’m sorry if that’s a little intense but I know that a lot of our readers feel this way. Going through life, through the motions of it all, trying to figure out how to do the things you love for a living. And if not, trying to figure out what it is you love.
Providence has played a big role in shaping who I am today and how I continue to evolve. How could a city shape my view on life?! Let me explain. I moved here with very specific life goals for myself. I wasn’t very flexible with myself and when my plan got derailed I was extremely disappointed.
Providence is filled with so many incredible people. I know I’ve said this before, but it’s true! Because Providence is so small, in a few months you can really understand the city and get to know a range of people. Shortly after moving here, I was able to meet and become friends with all sorts of people. I began taking classes at the Rhode Island School of Design, where my instructors challenged me and my ideas. I was able to create and meet other interesting people expressing themselves through art making. I’m not saying it was easy. I would come home in tears because my skills were not up to par in my drawing class or because I melted my project while soldering in my jewelry class. The jewelry instructor is now one of my best friends and my drawing Professor taught me so much about drawing, and it turns out I am a really good illustrator!
As years went on, I pursued other creative endeavors in styling and fashion.
Being around people who are challenging themselves, trying things, and putting themselves out there is really so inspiring. Growth is supposed to be uncomfortable. Diving into the world around you and trying new things can be extremely scary. What has helped me is having a good attitude and welcoming change. The unknown can be scary and the day to day routines can become frustrating, but if you make progress every day you will see results.
This leads me to my main idea. So what do I want to be when I grow up? Honestly, I am still not sure exactly what that will look like, but I can tell you this. I want to inspire people. I want to teach, challenge, and help people see the potential in themselves. Because of that, I feel that I am already doing what I want to do when I grow up. I want to do one thing every day that inspires someone. Whether it’s with a quote, a photo, or a story; I want to inspire people.
I can tell you right now, that life has no clear path. No one has a manual for you, but I want to encourage you to try things. Challenge yourself and engage with life around you. I am not saying that it will be easy, but I promise when you look back at your life you will be proud that you tried and pushed yourself beyond what you thought possible.