Finding Peace in the Chaos
Trying to balance your life is tough, finding the peace in that chaos is the hardest challenge. Not only do I model, write and , but I also have a desk job that's a bit more than a 9 to 5. When I would work as a full time model (throughout my teens and early twenties) there was a struggle to find happiness in what I do, and not just looking at every gig as a job or even a way to propel me further into the industry. Now that I'm a bit more removed, I was able to find a happy medium between the industry, my career and my happiness.
I've actually been a fan of Katharine's work for a long time. We both followed each other on Instagram and I was waiting for the day we would work together. Finally that opportunity came for an e-commerce job she recommended me for. From the second we met, I knew we would click! She's so sweet and funny and kind. Happy Place was doing their pop-up in Chicago and I wanted to go, since I was seeing everyone's fun shots. When I asked Katharine I was stoked she said yes and hence this shoot was born!
All of my friends are in the industry, in one way or another. Separating yourself from rough environments and drama is the healthiest thing to do, but when you're completely wound up in the lifestyle it can be difficult. An important thing for me to do was step away from all the issues. I had moved, but when I moved I also emotionally separated myself from the "friends" that were causing the most drama.
No matter what your career is, taking time away and for yourself is key. Whether it's going on vacation (cause hi! first week back from Asia again) or turning off your phone for even as little as an hour, self-care is crucial to making yourself, your relationships and career happy.
Photographer: Katharine Hannah Klema
As a model for almost ten years, I find myself learning new things everyday. This blog is a way to share my stories, images that may not be on my main board, and interesting things abut modeling and my life.