Think of warmth. Think of caring, kindness, laughter that reaches your soul, and loyalty. You then have a sampling of who Lydia is.
Freshly graduated in the University of Central Florida’s class of 2019, Lydia is one of my dear friends and I had the honor of capturing this milestone in her life in charming Downtown Winter Park. We go a ways back; one of my first memories of Lydia is from middle school when we both attended the same PE program, and traded silly bands on cool, gray concrete tables between morning and afternoon activities of soccer and dodgeball. We ended up both attending UCF at the same time, and reconnected in a way only God could have orchestrated.
She’s passionate about Jesus, good music, dance, and loving people. It’s been a joy to journey through the various trenches of college life together: of late night studying, despair that leads to questionable nutrition choices, learning dance moves in parking lots, and having weekly studying + grilled cheese nights. All of the studying paid off: Lydia now holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and just began a full time job as a Registered Behavior Technician at a clinic.
Lydia, what a joy it has been to share these past few years of college together. Trying to explain the depth of my gratitude with words always seem inadequate. I’m thankful for you and your friendship.
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Have a lovely Wednesday, folks. Let someone you love know how much you love them.
Quote of the day: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
This senior season has been a blast, and it’s been especially fun watching good friends graduate from college. Hope is one of those good friends, and she recently graduated from the University of Georgia with her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Transnational European Studies. We met back in 2016, in a Facebook group for the upcoming spring Disney College Program and became roommates for our program. Since then, we’ve traveled to Japan, across the country, and throughout the southeastern United States.
Our afternoon was spent touring the north part of the UGA campus, seeing the sights, eating Chick Fil A ice cream, and walking through the famous archway, where only UGA grads can cross under. As the story goes, if you walk under the arch before graduation, you will fail your classes. If you hang out near the archway on any ordinary afternoon, before long you will notice students walking around it instead of through it and during Hope’s session I was able to document her first ever pass through the archway. We wrapped up her session at the stadium underneath a deep blue sky, a celebratory ending to her session and college career. Hope, I’m thankful for you and that I was able to document this moment in your life. I am thankful for you and your friendship.
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Have a fantastic rest of your week, friends!
Quote of the day: “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
-2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Sugar, spice, and spunk. Meet Amber: a graduate from the University of Central Florida’s class of 2019. We go back (like, in diapers way back) and photographing this milestone in her life was a surreal and sweet privilege. We explored Downtown Winter Garden with a couple of friends, jamming out and dancing to music while we found the best nooks for photos amongst the brick walls and train tracks.
Amber lives in the light and radiates Christ’s love. Always one to sit down and truly listen, she shares truths from a deep well of wisdom and is at any given moment more than ready to have a dance party. Sunflowers, the beach, and poetry, new experiences, memories, and good books are parts of life she cherishes. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Central Florida and is pursuing a career as a middle school teacher.
As we wrapped up in the heart of downtown, we grabbed coffee and tea to-go and headed off to the next adventure. A good day, with good friends, ending in a wonderful way.
Amber, you have a heart of gold and are a sunflower personified. It’s an honor to be your friend.
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There’s nothing like old friends, because you can’t make old friends.
Y’all. Have a wonderful week. Hug your friends and family and tell them you love them. Have a dance party. Live fully.
Quote of the day: “Nothing yields more pleasure and content to the soul then when it finds that which it may love fervently; for to love and live beloved is the soul’s paradise both here and in heaven.”