My Birmingham List

It’s been a while, huh? I’ve been traveling all over the place since I moved to Birmingham, so I haven’t really had anything to blog about yet (unless you want to hear about being tired, cancelled flights, snowstorms and the like. But I bet you don’t, so we’ll skip that whole thing).

A friend and I got together last weekend for a trip to Moss Rock Preserve, and while sitting on one of the big boulders, we decided to start a list of touristy things we want to do while in Birmingham. I regret not seeing and doing more in Columbus, so this time, I want to make sure I see a much as I can. I promise to take pictures and share my experiences with you.

My Birmingham Bucket List:

  1. 16th Street Baptist Church
  2. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
  3. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
  4. Alabama Symphony Orchestra
  5. Alabama Theatre
  6. Aldridge Gardens
  7. American Village
  8. Avondale Brewery
  9. Birmingham Museum of Art
  10. Birmingham History Center
  11. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  12. Birmingham Railroad Park
  13. Birmingham Rights Heritage Trail
  14. Irondale Cafe
  15. Kelly Ingram Park
  16. Moonlight on the Mountain
  17. Moss Rock Preserve
  18. Lovers Leap
  19. Oak Mountain State Park
  20. The Peanut Depot
  21. Pepper Place Saturday Market
  22. Red Mountain Park
  23. Regions Field
  24. Rickwood Field
  25. Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park
  26. Sloss Furnaces
  27. The Vulcan
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The Time Has Come

“Alice came to a fork in the road. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked.
‘Where do you want to go?’ responded the Cheshire Cat.
‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered.
‘Then,’ said the Cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

I definitely know the full meaning of the word bittersweet. I have been standing at the fork in the road for a few months now. Questioning what it was I wanted to do. I’ve never felt so pulled in opposite directions… these choices are the hard ones. On one hand, the past two and a half years have flown by. I’ve had a blast. I’ve made best friends in Ohio. I’ve learned a lot about an amazing city. On the other hand, I’ve missed being close to my family, missed the great state of Alabama and it’s weather, missed Auburn football and sweet tea.

So to make it short and sweet, I’m proud to say that I’ve finally made a decision…I’m moving back to Alabama! I’m packing up and moving to Birmingham in just a few weeks (I’m now a city girl, so this was the only real choice). I’ll get to see friends and family that I haven’t seen (or seen much of) in the past few years. I’ll make it to an Auburn game here and there. It’s going to be sweet. And the sweetest part? I’ll still be working for Kappa 🙂

So for the bitter part…I’m leaving fabulous friends in Columbus. I’m leaving people who would do anything in the world for me. I’m leaving people who I’ve spent the last two and a half years with. I’m leaving a city that I truly love.

It will be hard. It will be fun. It will be another learning experience. But I’m excited to start down this new path, open this new chapter, begin this different part of my life. I’m excited to have a bit of direction. And excited to have something new to blog about…

The Kick

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The Kick

As it turns out, I’ve always been an author. The Kick is a fabulous (and insanely thrilling) short story I wrote in first grade. It’s about a girl who puts her foot in the air and then back down. In addition to being a very creative great writer, I was quite the artist. My first grade teacher happens to live next door, and happened to be cleaning out her attic while I was home on vacation. Talk about lots of laughs!

Snapshots of Summer

Concert at Park Street Festival. Turned out to be an awesome band!

Pride Parade was as colorful as ever, but hot as could be!

Dessert. Pretty much sums up Convention 2012…

Perfect shot of summer! This was taken some time around 8:30 pm. I still have a hard time believing it’s still light at 9:00 pm.

Welcome, spring

The weather has been fabulous! And I’ll admit, the winter wasn’t so bad this year, but I was still glad for the warmer temps to roll around.

Thankfully, I’ve been able to spend a lot of time outside. And a lot of time with friends. And a lot of time doing things I love.

Speaking of things I love, it seems I’ve sort of gotten back into photography lately. First, I took pictures for my friend Emily’s engagement, I took pictures of my friend Kylie’s wedding, and most recently, I had the pleasure of taking pictures of my friend Farrah‘s sweet little girl, Millicent, for her second birthday.

Isn’t she a doll?

Don’t Follow Your Passion

“Follow your passion”: a tidbit of advice I received from my parents once…

I think this advice is a little bogus (sorry Mom and Dad), or maybe I’m just doing it wrong.

In high school I was passionate about art, photography, design, color and art history, so I chose to major in Graphic Design. The decision to become a designer ultimately led me to choose Auburn (which claims one of the best programs in the Southeast) and straight into classes that I loved to hate. They were bittersweet. I enjoyed the work, but I hated being graded on something I loved so much. Getting a B- when I thought I had done A+ work was like taking a dagger through the heart…I was way too passionate. Every semester I swore I’d change to Marketing. And every semester, I stayed in design. Somehow I made it through two cuts, cried my entire way through the classes, and in May 2010, I graduated with a degree. Only I wasn’t super excited…I didn’t want to be a designer. I was stuck. Talk about confusing: I loved design, but  had figured out a bit too late that I didn’t want to design for money. Fortunately for me, I was slightly interested in exhibit design, and was lucky enough to get an internship with my sorority working in our museum for the summer. Which turned into a full-time job working in our Membership Services Department. I loved the job. I wasn’t passionate about it, but I enjoyed it. It was easy to put effort into what I was doing. After a year, I was offered a job as the Social Media and Communications Specialist, again something I wasn’t passionate about, but I really enjoyed doing, and something I continue to put a lot of effort into. And it’s funny…it seems that all of my effort and hard work has slowly turned in to passion.

I don’t know that I could have explained this or understood  before reading this blog post. But now I do. When I graduated college, I hated art. I hated photography, I was bored out of my mind by design. My camera stayed in its case for a year before I finally got it out again. I turned my passion into a job instead of a job into a passion.

For you, the passion route might work…who knows? Just be aware that it’s easy to burn out, and sometimes focusing on something you enjoy will work even better!