Assignment Bank 1 (Week Four):

Places of Peace: 

For this assignment I was asked to create a collage of photos with all of my favorite spots where I feel relaxed or at peace and then post the collage to twitter. I want to go into the reasoning for the four pictures I selected for my collage.

1. The picture of the lake holds a special place in my heart and forever will. The picture was taken at Lake Tahoe in Nevada. This summer my boyfriend and I took a trip to California for a week. It was my first time flying, first major trip, and first trip with a significant other. This was our campsite for the night after an excruciating nine mile hike that day. We were both exhausted, but that night held a lot of good memories and I constantly find myself thinking back to our trip – especially this place.

2. The picture of me at the beach will always be one of my favorites. If anyone knows me at all, they know that I am at my happiest when I am at the beach with a cold beer in my hand. This specific picture depicts a relaxing vacation with my family. Family is everything to me and I can easily be myself around them 24/7. Thus, it is no surprise that this picture captures my true, genuine self.

3. The picture of my boyfriend and I illuminates me in my most relaxed state. Whenever I am with him it is so easy. We can be doing absolutely nothing and we are both perfectly fine with that – there is no pressure on the relationship. I know that I can always be myself around him and not be judged – that sense of security creates an overwhelming state of relaxation whenever we’re together.

4. The last picture of me is one that illustrates me in my most peaceful place – the gym. It is no secret that I used to be almost 300 hundred pounds. I do not hide my hard work. When I first began going to the gym it was anything but peaceful for me. It was a place of torture, shame, and embarrassment, but that is all different now. Now whenever I step foot into the gym, I turn inwards. What I mean by that is no matter how many people I am surrounded by – I feel completely alone. I use my gym time to self-reflect and that is one of the most important things to me.

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