2012 has been quite the year, and we’re not even half-way through yet. The last four months have been eventful, busy, hectic, challenging, amongst many other things. The first two months were spent living in Atlanta, Georgia where I experienced my first event-heavy semester with Campus MovieFest. We worked with brand new CMF schools, our first-ever community college experience, and the alma mater of the original CMF guys, Emory University. I plugged into Passion City church and was blessed with the company and knowledge of Jason Dominy, of Batdorf & Bronson Coffee.
|Atop Stone Mountain on my 24th birthday|
|Jason Dominy during the Batdorf & Bronson Roastery tour|
|CMF Promotions at Emory University|
After two months of long days but lovely warm weather, I made the move to Brooklyn, New York City and tried to experience the city that never sleeps in just a handful of weeks. Most of the time was spent at universities in Manhattan and New Jersey, but I took every free minute trying to experience the city to the fullest. I was blessed with the company of some great people from other seasons of life (David and Lauren Ranzino, Steve Mayes, Craig Hanthorn) and met dozens of new people that I hope to continue to connect with. Some of my favorite memories included rooftop conversations, loft shows, late-night trips to Manhattan, and the weekend of attractions with my mother.
|Spent 3 days at the Tribeca Film Festival|
|one of my favorite food trucks of NYC, Korilla BBQ.|
|the beautiful Yankees stadium|
|my mother took me to see Wicked, a phenomenal show|
|Phiadelphia-bound with @thepretzelady “Party Animals”|
|beautiful looks at the Capital at night|
|Virginia Beach with the Mummerts|
Upon return to the States, I will be living in Atlanta and working for Ideas United and Campus MovieFest working on an assortment of projects. We head to Los Angeles for our CMF Hollywood event, a celebration and national competition for winning filmmakers from across the country. I will then head to San Francisco to prepare for my next semester, which includes Northern California and Oregon. The remainder of the summer will be Atlanta-based until that tour.
At this point, I am honestly exhausted. My mind is in a million places and I often find little time to think through the day-to-day decisions and long-term thought processes that most twentysomethings are battling. But I am fairly content and hoping that even in adventure there is rest. I’ve never really been homesick at any point in my life, but I long for time with my best friends, my family (including my ridiculously cute niece), and the people I consider my community. I can only hope and pray that those opportunities will make room into this crammed schedule for the sake of my sanity and the value of these people in my life.
So here’s to a continued adventure. Live your dreams out, daily. Know that this sometimes take sacrifice and often hard-work. But keep your hopes up, your momentum forward, and your enthusiasm blazing.