Challenge Accepted, sort of.

Hello, it’s been awhile. A lot has happened. The world is upside down. For so many reasons, connecting to one another seems impossible. We’re at odds, always on the prowl or boiling over with defensiveness. I have truly never felt more afraid and more obligated to speak out - struggling with what I know is right, how speaking out will be received and how I - one tiny, little woman - can make any real...more
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A New York Country Bar Turned Into My Favorite Bar in The City and Here’s Why

The only real positive connection I have to my childhood is country music. It’s one of the few constant things that have defined me my whole life and one of the only things I’ve inherited from my family. I got my first pair of cowboy boots when I learned to walk, and I danced around the kitchen using a mop as a microphone, singing along to the Judd’s farewell tour cassette tape with my sisters...more

I Want to Tell You All About My Big Move to the Upper West Side

There is a lot to be said about change, especially since too many people are resistant to it. Letting the universe shift even just a little means being shaken, unsteady and it takes a minute to regroup when the rumbling stops. Maybe it’s a bit unusual, but I am slightly addicted to this feeling, constantly looking to upset the routine, shake up the monotony, and carve out new patches of sky to marvel at. As...more

Is Anyone Still Working on Their New Year’s Resolutions, Or Is It Just Me?

With January coming to a close and Times Square's New Year’s Eve confetti all but lying in a pile of last year’s trash somewhere in North Carolina, I’m compelled to think about New Year’s resolutions. The all too comforting and overly shamed idea that a new year means we can embrace new possibilities. Out with the old and in with the new. It seems simple enough, doesn’t it? It has become a cultural stigma to...more

Why I Am Never Moving Back To Southern California

You can’t go home again, or so they say. I never really understood what that meant until I finally left mine, and I want to tell you why I'm never moving back. But before I begin, I need to clarify that this is in no way a hate letter to California. On the contrary, California has a huge place in my heart and always will. But for the sake of writing this, California could easily...more
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10 Steps To Moving To New York City Alone With Nothing (Because You Can)

I moved to New York City five years ago from California with nothing more than a little chunk of change and a (practically) strangers couch to crash on. It had been something I had been talking about doing for my entire life and I was finally done just talking. It was time for me to make moving to New York city alone a reality. I was 26 years old at the time, a college graduate,...more

A New York City not-so Fairy Tale.

Once upon a time there was a girl. She was smart, she was well liked, and she was hard working. She lived in a small village just outside of a magical kingdom known as Los Angeles. But she dreamed of a far away land where there were pizza places on every corner that stayed open all night. A place she would never have to drive again. She became so bored and unhappy with the routine...more

My Late Twenties are in Full Bloom in New York City.

Tonight I am sitting in New York City, laying on a bed that is in a room that I am renting. My name isn't even on the official lease while bits and pieces of my life are sent across the country. I am just trying to make this place feel like home. The scary part is, I just celebrated my 27th birthday a few weeks ago. And here I am living like a college freshmen,...more