Flowers are a huge inspiration to me. There is so much that can be created around the idea of them. The aesthetics of flowers and plants is a growing trend right now and I’m absolutely loving it. Every picture can become twice as pleasing just by adding some aspect of nature, such as; leaves, flowers, branches, or any type of greenery. Showing you’re in touch with nature often creates a very calming aspect. Floral art or arrangements are amazing for vision boards or simple decoration.

Another way to add on to the aesthetics is to make the nature aspect mach your color scheme or create a monochromatic series incorporating nature elements. I drew a lot of inspiration from my friend Sofia Lindström
( www.nouw.com/fialindstrom )

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Indiana has always been a kind of “home” to me. A place that I’d always come back to when I went on trips or during summers when I didn’t know where to go. But after traveling the world and finally seeing all the possibilities that I thought were impossible for someone like me to achieve, I’ve decided to take the risk of cutting my ties with Indiana and start completely a new.

Now that I’m 18 and have spent the last month or so living on my own and learning how to actually be an adult, I’ve realised it’s time to let go of the old Sharon and start the process of reinventing myself. When I came to the conclusion to start over I was going through a rough patch, it was the first time I was actually on my own. I’ve always felt independent and often chose to take care of things myself even when people offered to help, but even then I had the option to have people around or not. But not having that option is what really got me.

Towards the end of October my mom went back to India with my dad. She left me with all the proper supplies I needed to basically be an adult. I cracked within two weeks. By the second week i realized I was actually alone, it was just me taking care of me. That thought was absolutely terrifying. As much as I hated my mom smothering me and people always being around when I didn’t want them too, I didn’t like the idea of being on my own like that. My parents in India, my best friend in Sweden, and me in a small apartment in Indiana. When hit the bottom of the pit of loneliness, I tried opening up. I finally told my friends and family what i was going through. I felt trapped in Indiana, even though I knew I was going to be moving to Stockholm in the spring, I always had Indiana in the back of my mind. When my older brother told me, “Get out of here, there’s nothing here that’ll make you happy” I knew it was time to jump the gun and leave Indiana forever.

As I’m writing my first blog post ever, I’m actually on a plane escaping the chains of Indiana and I can happily say I won’t be coming back. So, stay tuned for these next few months while I continue to take on the world at age 18.

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