One of the best memories I have from this year is a weekend in April spent with my mother and my sister. That weekend was one of the rare instances when I had minimal homework, nothing to study for, and a whole lot of big plans!
On Saturday we went to an amazing concert with my sister’s best friend. It was the first concert I’d gone to in a while and I felt so happy and (for once in my life,) carefree. There’s not much to say about that night other than it was two hours of great music and singing spent with some of the people closest to my heart.
On Sunday, my mom and I went down to Miami and spent the day at the Design District! Having lived in South Florida all my life, only 45 minutes away from Miami, I can’t believe I had never visited the Design District! If you live in Florida, definitely go!!! Be a tourist in your own city! Even if you have no interest in fashion or design, the entire area is like an artistic playground.
The reason we’d finally decided to go down to the Design District was the pop-up Markets for Makers that was opening in Miami for the weekend. A few months prior, my mom had seen an ad on Facebook about Markets for Makers and excitedly wrote the date on her calendar. Last year, we lived in New York City for a month as I attended a summer program at the Fashion Institute of Technology. During our stay, we tried to visit as many artistic landmarks/locations as possible and fell in love with the Chelsea Market. While I definitely loved trying the unique treats from the food stands (the tahini ice cream from Seed + Mill is to die for!), we kept going back to visit the Artists & Fleas market. Artists & Fleas started as a pop-up market in multiple locations around NYC designed to bring together the best independent artisans Brooklyn has to offer. Eventually, they established a permanent location within the Chelsea Market. Every other week, new vendors arrive making it a place to consistently discover new, emerging talent and creativity. When I came home, I tried as best as I could to find something similar in Miami. However, the markets here pale in comparison to those of New York. So, when my mom came across that Facebook ad, it felt like fate! So, on April 22, we woke up bright and early (exhausted from the night before) and drove down to the Design District for the first time.
The market was INCREDIBLE and exactly what I was missing at home! Not only was the location itself stunning, but the vendors, the products, and the atmosphere were all so inspiring. The market featured 108 different “makers”, 3 creative photo set-ups, and two full service bars. There was such a vast variety of products that guaranteed you would find something you liked. We spent about 2 hours perusing the stands and talking to vendors. Being there reminded me that there is creativity to be found everywhere. The atmosphere was so cheerful and there was such a strong sense of community that existed amongst both the vendors and the shoppers. By the time we left we had a tote full of treasures, tons of cute pictures, and smiles plastered on our faces!
We finished our adventure in the Design District by relaxing on the iconic Miami swings and eating tacos from Hot Lime at the St. Roch Market. After a great day of shopping, exploring, and eating, we made our way back home and enjoyed a chill Sunday night.
I will treasure the memories of this weekend forever. Not only because of all the fun adventures I had, but also because they reminded me of the importance of taking breaks and doing things that make me happy. As a student, I tend to be very obsessed about my grades and the quality of my work. That means that I spend most of my weekends locked indoors studying rather than spending time with my friends and family. I can’t do it anymore! I can’t keep limiting myself and preventing myself from having fun. Happiness is not a reward for hard work! It’s not something you should seek when everything else is taken care of. Life is busy and when you finish one thing, something else will pop up. If you prioritize everything else over your own health and happiness, then you’ll never find it! This was the main reason why I stopped posting over this past year. I kept prioritizing school and my grades over my own happiness and as result, I spent the entire year feeling so depressed and creatively stuck. It’s for this reason, that this weekend felt like such a monumental moment. It gave me a taste of completely free and genuine happiness. These two days allowed me to realize and admit to myself that what I was doing was completely unhealthy and from that point forward, I made it a personal goal to put more of an effort into making time for myself. Judging by the fact that I’ve relaunched my blog, I think I’m already improving 🙂
In August, I will be starting my senior year of high school. I don’t want to spend it cramped in my office studying! I want to make memories with my friends and family. I want to participate in all the senior activities. I want to enjoy all the lasts and all the firsts that are to come. I want to write more and share my experiences going through it all. Keeping this balance in our lives is no easy feat, but we all owe it to ourselves to try!
Everyone deserves to find happiness! The very idea is one of the unalienable rights our country was founded on! So, remember to smile more, laugh more, make memories, have fun, and don’t restrain yourself from being happy! 🙂
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For more details on the items I purchased and the Markets for Makers event itself, click the links below 🙂
Shop the Vlog:
- Choker: beachbu.com
- Prints: bloomwolfstudio.com
- Nail Polish: hypenail.com
- Lip Balm: bohemianreves.com
- Candle (not shown): two2guys.com
For more information on Markets for Makers, upcoming dates, and ticket prices: https://marketsformakers.com/