There's some kind of satisfaction that comes with packing up your life and taking it somewhere else. For two months now I've been living in an unfamiliar environment with unfamiliar faces. Somewhere other than the only home I've known for the past 18 years. It's been scary, new, and... satisfying. I'm slowly learning to make this strange place my home.

And with all these changes I can't help but feel thankful for this newfound unfamiliarity. I can be who I want, someone new, to someone who I've never met before.

I can be someone new for me. 

It all used to be so rehearsed, going through the motions. I didn't feel alive or thrive to be the person I knew I could be. I was there and I wasn't present. Unfamiliarity has given me a chance to find a purpose. A purpose to create, to thrive, to be the outgoing person that I know is there deep under the familiar introvert that I am. A purpose to feel alive. 

I am on a journey to being content with myself. I am talking to someone new every day, smiling because I got the chance to make a new day a great one, indulging myself in the Gospel, and loving people unconditionally. 

I am becoming familiar with the unfamiliar and I don't know that there's any better way to describe what I'm feeling other than that I'm on my way truly feeling alive... just being.


While getting around campus was the start to this unfamiliarity, my BANGS shoes and fam was just the start to the year that I needed. During the summer of 2017, I served as a BANGS Shoes brand ambassador. My love for this company has only grown as I now serve as a brand mentor, overseeing a team of 16 amazing ambassadors! For me, this experience has been so humbling and I want you to join with me on this journey. Contact me to get involved as a BANGS Buddy!


Images by Emily Purdy

Shoes: BANGS slip on Siberian Snow

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