Five Year Anniversary

This is probably the hardest blog post I've ever written. Sounds funny, right? You'd think this would be a fairly easy accomplishment to jot down on a keyboard and share - but I'm struggling to find the words. It's easy to say "this is Nick, my boyfriend" but so incredibly hard to describe all the various roles that Nick has played in my life the last five years.

Business partner, collaborator, supporter, personal dictionary, best friend, chef, comedian, handyman, travel buddy, coffee maker - and of course the list goes on.

Five years honestly feels like nothing because I still learn new quirks about him daily - like how he likes to leave the notifications on his phone (for some reason that I still don't understand) or his obsession with following recipes exactly (like when he sent me home to Indiana with 3 star anise's to cook with Christmas dinner). 

I'm not really sure what the next five years holds, but I think that's what I love most about our relationship. If I had had the option to know when I first introduced myself to that shy 16 year old at my homeschool group that we would stay in Chicago and pursue our dreams with together, I would have chosen to stay in the dark and enjoy the surprise of our journey.

What I love most about our relationship through the years is that we have always had a vision of what we each want and whether we're accomplishing our dreams or following the path when they change along the way, we've always been partners through it.

Happy five years, Nick.

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Katharine Hannah

Chicago, IL

Katharine’s work has graced the walls of institutions such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Harold Washington Library of Chicago, and local galleries such as Dreambox Gallery, Siragus Gallery and Blick Art Materials. She has also been featured on websites such as the Huffington Post, Phlearn, Fstoppers, Tigress Magazine for Girls, Bitchtopia, and Golden Boy Press.

In addition to photography, Katharine has been a mentor and educator in the arts since 2013. She has worked with students in various organizations and projects over the last two years, including Hive Chicago’s PROjectUS initiative and Digital Youth Network’s Digital Diva’s and Chicago City of Learning programs.