It was evident to me that I was a wanderlust who knew how to take a good picture, and that I'd find a way to let those two things be my guiding light in life. And indeed, they have.
Maybe you're struggling to find your footing in this world. Maybe you have these big dreams that don't seem realistic, but deep down you hope to see them come true one day. I am now, in my early 30s, starting to feel more secure in my talents and confident in developing my ideas. This is just the beginning for me and I hope you feel inspired as I (and this website) continue to evolve.
Every day I try and improve...some days are more successful than others, but I won't give up until I do all the things I feel I need to be doing with my life.
My life's struggle has been commitment. I get bored easily, I'm moody, and I have issues just like the next person. My ideas and life purpose seem to change every day. As I evolve, so will Peep The Visuals. It started as a place to just showcase my photography, to show you the places I've been through my eyes, and to inspire others to live a life of adventure and exploration.
But after traveling to around the world, and going from being a single woman to a mother and wife, and living in Uganda for a year then coming back to the US with my family, my whole life has evolved and so has my dreams.
As a creative mother still in search of myself, I realized quickly that things don't necessarily get easier, and that having a support system and an outlet in tact where I can build with other mothers like me is super important not just to me, but to other mothers out there.
We need a community of women who experience the same doubts and pitfalls, who can support one another through the trying-to-figure-it-all-out phase and share whatever gems received during the process. We need guidance when we question the probability of fulfilling our dreams, having families to look after, and paths that have been deemed crooked.
For instance, I am not what many would consider traditionally "successful".
I graduated from a non-Ivy league college in New York City with a bachelors degree in English. I interned at a start-up magazine dedicated to the photo-production industry, initially assisting on photo shoots and projects, eventually becoming an (non-paid) editor.
I waitressed throughout my twenties at hip and not-so-hip restaurants in New York also, having gigs as a bartender and a manager. I didn't get my own (rented) apartment until I was 29, which I felt was super old and late for me to wait until that age to get an apartment but hey, I'm a late bloomer.
I never settled into any career. because I simply could not make up my mind about what I wanted to do. But I did know I wanted to travel, so that's what I did whenever I got the chance.
I've done it, and quite frankly, I don't think I'm built for it. I always found myself staring the clock waiting for the work day to end. What I figured out was that I needed a career with flexibility, a career that would allow me to evolve.
There is a life that I'm passionate about. and that's a life lived freely with opportunities to see the world. I was born and raised in New York. but by no means does that mean I was never meant to leave. The way I see it, the world should be explored, indulged in, yearned for.
Discovering foreign cultures, learning new languages, making friends from different countries, eating delicious cuisines...in all honestly, it all can be done right in my hometown of New York. But eating Chinese food in China, enjoying fish and bammy in Jamaica, and hanging out with Ugandans in Uganda is even more enriching for me.
Taking part in everyday life in foreign lands, and sharing my experiences through words and imagery is my indulgence. Connecting with other like-minded souls, building one another up, and looking on as each of us succeeds is my dream.