Hi there internet world. The name is Riley and I have to start this whole thing off with a pretty awkward yet necessary introduction. I recently graduated from ASU last summer and have felt the pressure from everyone around me to find a career and make a living for myself. Yet I find myself serving on the weekends and spending Monday-Thursday glued to my computer while I job hunt. I have been blessed with so much in my life, however I am one of the unfortunate few that doesn’t quite have a calling in life. My sister is going to school to be an elementary teacher, my step sister is going to med school in Ireland, and my younger half sister is in love with volleyball. It’s never been that easy for me. I have played every sport imaginable, from soccer to volleyball to one day of cheerleading. I quickly learned I was not meant to be an athlete. I then moved onto music. I played the piano and tried my hand at the viola. Both ended with me quitting. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking at this point. I’m a quitter. This isn’t the case; I just couldn’t commit to something that I was not truly passionate about.
When you ask anyone around me what kind of person I am, their response usually involves the words “creative” or “artsy.” I enjoy working with my hands and expressing myself through my work. If there is one thing that I have always stuck with, its writing. Ever since I was younger, I have found myself writing, whether it be creative short stories or journal entries used to vent all of my personal emotions. Not too long ago, I found myself starting yet another blog in hopes that I could inspire others and make them feel as if they weren’t the only ones going through the troubles that I was experiencing. Needless to say, I gave up on that pretty quickly (I swear to god I’m really not a quitter..). Everything is about to change. 2017 has inspired something within me and I want to give myself a second chance. I want to create something not only for myself but for others. I want someone to feel like they can connect with me, even if it’s only one person. I want everyone to read what I am going through and relate and know they aren’t alone because let’s be honest, your 20’s kind of suck (in the best way possible). We live in a society where anything is possible. It’s all about finding what you love and pursuing it. The rest falls into place in due time. You have to put everything that you have into it. This is the journey I’m on and I hope that everyone reading is along for the ride with me. Here’s to a year of finding and loving myself.
“If you were born with the weakness to fall, you were born with the strength to rise” – Rupi Kaur