I began binge watching Casey Neistat videos last spring. His high profile life combined with his non-stop attitude towards adventure was captivating — especially when I had a big project due, or a paper to write. I’d let those videos get me away from my work, and it bothered me.
I used to agonize over my work ethic. It acted as a measuring rod for my personal life: if I ended the day beaten and sleep deprived, then I was doing a good job. If I had time left on my hands, or if I had procrastinated, then I wasn’t doing enough.
This fall, I started my job as the Digital Managing Editor at the Baylor Lariat. I’m responsible for ensuring our content gets online, including on our social media accounts and our app. The days are long, and the newsroom is high energy, which I’ve grown to love. There’s hardly time for much else after I’ve gone home and finished my schoolwork. I suppose it’s the opposite of last semester.
That’s why it was such a treat to get to go on this photo shoot with my fiancée, Michelle.
Our wedding photographer dropped Michelle and me a line a few weeks ago. She said she wanted to do a photo shoot involving a motorcycle for her portfolio. We both jumped at the opportunity — Michelle because she loves having cool photos of us, me because Michelle finally agreed to ride with me.
It was just a matter of finding a bike, because mine was in pieces in my loft. We managed to land an 80’s Suzuki GS500. The twin motor was perfect for the winding roads of Cameron Park.
It was the perfect break from the ever-beckoning call of the newsroom. It was the celebratory kickoff to the last school year we spend apart from each other. But hopefully it didn’t mark the last motorcycle ride together. I plan on having many more of those, and I think Michelle developed a love for it, too.
Huge thanks to Lauren Nicole Photography for snapping these killer shots!