Rituals. The things that make my days (weeks and years) uniquely alike.
Disclaimer: I purposely did not retouch these photos as much as I could have in order to preserve the authenticity of the moment.
Every Saturday morning at 6 am, my brother and I go to the BYU gym to bench. I took this picture while laying on the bench, looking up at Steven spotting me. (For the record, I can bench more than the bar.) This ritual has been extremely important to me as it has ensured each one of my Saturdays to be productive. Often, I will have gone to the gym, showered, cooked and eaten a nice breakfast, done laundry, and washed a kitchen full of dirty dishes by 10 am.
While I made this meal specifically for Valentine’s Day, this picture represents how I like to cook and make classy meals even as a poor college student. There was one week last October where I cooked fresh, delicious dinners every night of the week. This picture also highlights the nasty table and awful fluorescent lighting that occupy my kitchen.
Sewing has consumed my life this semester. With Provo Fashion Week and trying to run an Etsy shop, I have spent countless hours at this machine. Here I am sewing an elephant sweatshirt. Something I always want to remember about sewing in college is how I had to clean off the table every time to make space to sew in my apartment (you can see some authentic clutter blurred out in the background). Also, I want to remember how I sewed through my finger last December. Hopefully that does not become a ritual.
I felt like this picture best encapsulated my ritual of going to school every day and majoring in TEE. The fact that it was not taken in a classroom, or even at BYU, represents how unconventional TEE really is. We are always moving and doing and creating experiences that last far beyond the classroom. Jackson, Lizzy, and Jessica represent how our major is very familial. We spend lots of time together in this major…This is also the only picture I have of me taking a picture, which is rather characteristic of me this past year as I have consciously tried to bring creativity into every day.