Looking at the calendar, I can’t believe that summer has come and gone once again! Sunday means moving back in to school, Monday marks the start of my junior year (STOP. PAUSE. JUNIOR YEAR PEOPLE. JUNIOR. WHERE DID THE TIME GO) and a whole new semester of work, school, and fun.
Am I sad that summer has come to a close? Most definitely. Am I ready to go home to Temple? Emphatically yes.
Looking back on this summer break, I have to admit that there were moments when I felt like I was in over my head. I went home with the intentions of working full time, and I had a very tricky time landing employment. I wanted to focus more of meditation and yoga, but I kept finding myself putting it off for something else. I had a whole list of tasks I was hoping to accomplish in my free time, and I often forgot to even glance at it. What I really mean is, I had an idea of what I thought this summer needed to look like – and I was anxious when it didn’t seem to take the shape I thought it would.
But you know what?
I’m so glad it didn’t.
A few months ago I wrote a post about how college is the best time to do something else with your time. I finally took my own advice on that – and I started a small business!
I am so, so, so proud of this venture. My partner, Kelsey, a great friend of mine from high school stood side by side with me as we realized a dream of ours – designing and selling our own headbands. The Spark Keeper, our new accessory brand, debuted this summer and is sold online, and in two boutiques in our hometown.
Was it time consuming and a bit tricky? Yes. Am I glad I did it? YES! I would never have had the confidence to do this on my own if it weren’t for the skills I’ve learned about branding, PR, marketing, and presenting a product to the public via my coursework. And I never would have found the time to follow this dream if it hadn’t been for the roadblocks I hit along the way this summer, those same things I was anxious about when they first crossed my path.
So this year, a sewing machine is the newest addition to my apartment! I can’t wait to see how this experience shapes the way I absorb information in my classes, and how it fits into my crazy wonderful schedule at school, but I cannot wait to find out.
So Temple, this summer was amazing. It’s time to top it. BRING IT ON, FALL! We’re back!