Vegan Attempts: An Absolute Failure

As you guys are aware if you’ve ever followed this blog, I try my very hardest to be vegan. For the most part, it’s rather enjoyable and interesting to discover things I can substitute for dairy or meat in order to eat the things I love. Sometimes, it’s nice to be conscious of what you put in your body on a daily basis and require yourself to think before you eat. However, one of the worst things about being vegan is missing out on the glorious thing that is cheese. Cheese is beautiful and delicious and if you love it like I do, it can be a full meal all on its own. They are fabulous substitutes of milk and eggs, but I have found dairy free cheese to be the grossest stuff ever (although I haven’t tried every brand). Daiya makes amazing dairy free stuff and so I set out to try making vegan mac and cheese, aka my favorite meal of all time.

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I used just these ingredients because I wasn’t about to get all fancy with it and have it taste gross so I decided to keep it simple and hope for the best.

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First, I cooked the pasta and put a little of the pasta water with it because thats what PROFESSIONALS do thanks.

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I added equal parts milk and cheese and started melting it. Usually, with regular cheese and milk there’s more milk but since this is weird cheese and different milk I just made them equal so it wouldn’t be runny.

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It took foreeevveerrrrrr to melt and was extremely liquidy and so I got a lil nervous and added more cheese.

As it was melting, it smelled exactly like a boiling pot of playdoh. No joke. Here’s me feeling very nervous and hungry

Here’s it looking a lil weird, but fully melted!

And wow here’s the finishing product looks soo good right?

Here’s me chickening out cause it smells so bad and I don’t wanna eat it at all….

 

 

And here’s me thinking yes tastes exactly as it smells a steaming pile of playdoh with noodles

 

 

In conclusion:

So yeah, learn from me and don’t do this!!!! Maybe I’ll try some other cheeses and attempt this again, but for nowI am scared of vegan cheese and will not be attempting this until the playdoh taste is out of my mouth!

The Vibes? Cancelled

I’m very sorry to announce the cancelation of the vibes. It’s been about 5 months since I started this whole blogging thing. Still trying to find my niche and what I really wanna do with it. I love talking about the things I do or try that I’m really passionate about, but its hard to find something every single week that’s new that I’ve tried. I’ve thought about changing my domain (because really what does it say about my content?) and I’ve thought about adding videos to give it more of my own personality. I’ve also considered making it just about books or just about food or just about fashion, but then those are all of my passions and I don’t wanna limit myself to simply one or the other. As I said, the difficulty is talking about so many different things ever single week. Therefooorrreeee, I have decided to cancel the vibes. I decided I will just focus on the things I really enjoyed this week and the things that I did in the city in order to, not only post more, but post better. I sometimes find myself just half-assign my posts because I’m not really sure what to talk about and I definitely don’t want to do that. Writing is a passion and I never want this to be a chore or to feel like I’m posting something just to post something. I’m stuck between thinking I’m not talking about this enough/giving enough details about this to how long can I talk about this jacket that I like????? So I will be posting more often and more about things I do/read/try that I really like and feel passionate about and less like oh I have to post about this because it’s Sunday but I barely even liked it. I’m going to utilize my Instagram more for the content I post one here so definitely follow that as well (@katieohdam). I will also definitely be talking about the stuff I do around NYC that I loved, which is one reason I wanted to start putting videos on here as well (sometimes videos just capture things better ya know).

So there you have it. I want to make my content better and more interesting to read cause one day I wanna be bloggin from my studio apartment drinking coffee and not having to do that 9-5 stuff homies.

The Sunday Vibes

This week is the special birthday edition!!!!! Nothing super special about it I’m just gonna tell you about what I did on my birthday lol. But I will also be talking lipstick! Party outfits! Unexpectedly good workouts (that almost make you vomit the three glasses of champagne you had the night before)!

 

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Beauty¡

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick @ Sephora $20.00

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Duo 2 Sephora $20.00

I’ve really been getting into dark lips for fall and I wanted to share a few that I found that I love. The first is a Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick. It has some crazy staying power and looks great. I actually bought it kinda by accident when trying to buy like a more burgundy shade, but I actually like this one too so its fine. This shade is Exorcism and here”s what It looks like on me:

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( I know my arms is weird  – let me live!!!!!)

Next, I got some more sample size stuff, shocker, and found these gorgeous NARS shades. Technically; they’re just lip liner, but I just use them for the whole lip  – I mean lets not get too particular about it. This is Walkyrie, which is like a deep brown shade that I love:

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And this is Dammed, which is more of a purpley burgundy shade:

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They both hold up pretty well considering I paid 20 bucks and got two shades! Perf for fall when you want to feel classy.

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Style¿

Velvet High-Low Hem Skirt (wine) @ Forever 21 $19.90

Sheer eyelash Lace Ruffle Trim Crop Top @ Forever 21 $17.90

Qupid Lite 03 Womens Open-Toed Bootie on Amazon $32.95

I had to buy myself a birthday outfit on the fly (cause my nasty gal stuff has been returned to sender and I don’t wanna talk about how sad I was about it). So I went where I belong aka Forever 21. Took me all of an hour to find something I loved and proceeded to never mistrust Forever 21’s powers again. Buyers warning the skirt is not made for sitting as it rises up super far and scandalous when sitting (although maybe that’s the point). Its so cute and soft however and worth the mere 20 bucks I paid. The shirt was sooo hard to find a bra for because it’s literally see-through, but I decided to just do a bralette and throw caution to the wind. You could also make it more family-friendly and put a crop-top came with it as well. The booties I’ve had for literally years but here’s a link to some I really love that are similar and made by the same brand I love. I felt amazing on my birthday night and that’s really all a gal can ask for, right? (although I was dying while walking around outside #worthit).

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Foodies¡

Kale Available wherever you buy groceries I’m sure

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette Cindy’s Kitchen Whole Foods

Daiya Dairy Free Mozzarella Cheese Amazon or Whole Foods

Nut and Berry Mix Whole Foods

Okay ya’ll are judging me hard core cause as you’ve probably guessed –  that is kale. I am eating kale and now I am promoting the consumption of kale. I went to this pizza restaurant with a friend and she said Oh we have to get the kale salad it’s so good, and i’m like are you crazy? There’s pizza here. But I went with it and wow-e. It was so good. It was just kale with this sweet & sour vinaigrette and some nuts, but I could not stop eating it. So obviously when I went to whole foods the next week I decided to try to recreate it. I just grabbed a nut mix of cranberries, cashews, almonds and other various nuts and then my fave dairy free cheese. For dressing I picked a Dijon Mustard vinaigrette which I figured would be like a health honey mustard which sounded good and I was correct. I picked it up not really worried if it was vegan or gluten-free cause I gotta live when it comes to dressing. But good news – it is!!! and I didn’t even know it!! I really don’t get why people don’t like kale, its basically crunchier lettuce with less of the nasty white part that sucks so its cool in my book.

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Fitness¿

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So I woke up the day after my birthday and after mounds of bread and cheese and 3 glasses of champagne, my body was not ready for this workout. I powered through despite my slight nausea and managed to burn 211 calories! In not even a full 30 minutes! Each set of workouts is strength and cardio. It goes really quick from one workout to the next, so you aren’t sitting there doing squat jumps for 45 seconds and quitting after 30. I’m really starting to love Pop Sugar Fitness so it may be the only workouts featured on my page for a while.

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Entertainment¿¡

This is so wild, but T-pain is now going around and blessing us with his actual singing voice and like, where was this in 2009? This song is so weirdly beautiful cause some parts he’s singing about being in love with a stripper (classic) but I love it. Sing all the rap songs and make them beautiful T-pain.

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So I found another true crime playlist (when will the obsession end?). This one is about a boy who was abducted in 1989, but the case was unsolved for almost 30 years because of police negligence in this specific county. It really makes you question the way our law enforcement runs and if they’re really doing their jobs the way they are supposed to. Also talks about the stuff this poor kid’s parents had to endure like unsolicited phone calls of people telling them they found their son and rude TV people. Crazy cool to listen to. Also if you have any podcast recommendations for me that AREN’T true crime for once, I’d appreciate it lol. Need to step out of the crazy crime world for a bit.

 

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Okay so it is 35 degrees in New York as a HIGH and so guess what? – its Christmas now. Really this is the only thing making the awful chill better and I HIGHLY recommend the pandora station Michael Buble holiday if you love classic Christmas and jazzy Christmas and Michael Buble Christmas. If you don’t love any of those – you must NOT like Christmas, and idk what’s worse. I was listening to this while walking into Grand Central Station and was tearing up a ‘lil bit cause one-year-ago me was dreaming about being here for this season and now I am! Crazy. Although nothing could prepare me for this cold-  it is legit BRUTAL

 

Katie Does Things in NYC

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It was my birthday on Wednesday (how many times will I mention that in one post?), so we got to go to my favorite building in my favorite park! I made reservations like I was turning 32 not 23 and I was EARLY which never happens ever because I live in Brooklyn and the subway is slow. I decided to take our table outside (cause they gave me the option so I thought why not?) and it was magical. I felt very old and classy buying a $64 dollar bottle of champagne but then only ordering an appetizer and dessert, balance is key. It was simple, but I loved it very much and there was a giant smile on face even after I left.

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Friday I got out of the city and went to Tarry town/ Sleepy Hollow. It was FREEZING so we didn’t do much besides eat, but the food was good and the company was great. It was sorta surreal being in like a New England small town. Kinda like I stepped into an 80’s Christmas movie or idk Homeward Bound? It was so cute and every house had those little go-betweens (or whatever the actual crap those things are) where the door to the house has a little tiny area and then you open another door to get in the house. It’s to like keep out the cold and riff raft. I loved it because it looked so different than the small towns I’m used to seeing. In actuality, I’m sure people from New York think places like that are like my Alexandria and Eunice, LA (sorry Dad), aka lame and get me outta here fast. But I liked it a lot and i wish it hadn’t been 20 fricken degrees.

Saturday I went shopping all day and spent 20 bucks on a bagel cause I didn’t wanna walk farther (lol). It was actually really good and supposedly one of the best in the city (Sadelle’s) but still sheesh. So after shopping I got ready for dinner and just kinda hung around. Took an uber which was a nice change and we went to this restaurant called The Loring Place. It was so cute and nice and supposedly a place to go for GNO which is our exact reason for being there. The cranberry Cosmo I had was awesome definitely recommend. Then we went downtown the PHD rooftop and danced our butts off. For the most part I’m more of a sit and drink and have fun person, but sometimes I’m down to dance till 4. All in all a great birthday week and weekend! Thanks to everyone who came 🙂

My 22nd Year

In case you haven’t heard, I turned 23 this week. Like woah. I feel like it’s one of those weird ages where people say “omg so young” but also just paid my credit card bill with birthday money, (it honestly burned my “treat yo self” loving soul a little bit), so I’m not thaaaattt young and carefree. Honestly curious how old I have to become before people stop commenting on how young I am. I feel like probably 30. I’ll just immediately transform into a business woman with 2.5 kids and mortgage.

Every year, I always think back to where I was at this time last year and refer and assess if I have actually learned anything this year. From last year at this time to this year there has been so many changes and adjustments and realizations in my life that I feel like I’m 5 years older and not just one. I have worked pretty hard to get where I am, typing this, both physically and mentally.

Here are some of the craziest/weirdest/best things I did this year:

  • Got my first job in retail in order to save more money

I knew I needed to get a job that paid me more than 200 bucks a month (that was on a good month where I went everyday that I could), so I decided retail would be okay. I’m so very glad I did because this basically got me the job I have now and who knows what I would be doing if I hadn’t made that decision. 

  • Stopped letting dudes ruin my fun times

It took 22 years, but I finally decided to stop caring about dudes and my need to be talking to someone all the time just because I’m bored. I let a guy run me rampant for months right before my second semester and then I got to feel stupid and manipulated. I vowed right then, I will not let a guy make me feel stupid for giving him my energy and I have yet to feel that way again. Not saying I have in any way figured out my love life at all, but at least I’m not wasting my time. 

  • Decided Veganism might not be the stupidest shit I’ve ever heard

What started out as a challenge between me and my roommate not to eat bread or sweets became a whole new lifestyle for me. Granted, I did watch a scary documentary about how gross meat is, but deciding to just see what happens has been pretty interesting. I’ve made brownies with zucchini that tasted like heaven and gotten to try a lot of food that I usually would turn my nose up at. I’ll still never be that health bitch that’s like “I only crave nuts and berries!!!!!” but balance is key right? Yolo?

  • Realizing I don’t need a gym to stay fit, but utilizing it when I got it

I’ve taken so many awesome and fun classes at the UREC because I was privileged enough to get them for free while in school. It’s really helped me figure out what I like in workouts and what I don’t. Unfortunately, this is not the case now that I’ve graduated, moved and don’t really have a gym close enough to where I live. It was super hard trying to get up and workout before work when I started my new job since I wasn’t used to being up so early. Thankfully, I found some amazing workouts on Youtube for free and got figured out what works for me, not just what I think I should be doing or how long I have to do it for. 

  • Doing shit because I wanted to, not because it made sense or I had everything that came after, planned out

I have been privileged enough to be able to make decisions about my life that were suuupperrrr spontaneous and not very well thought out. This past year, I quit a job because it was literally causing me stress every single day, to the point where I didn’t do anything but work and school. I decided that that was not how I wanted to spend my last semester of college, so I left and never looked back. Thinking about it now, I’m so very glad I did that because I had the best spring semester I could’ve asked for, and I managed to make the Dean’s List (for once). Obviously also me moving my whole life to NYC and getting a big girl job but I talk about that enough. 

 

And last but not least, I started this whole blogging journey. Still don’t really know what I’m doing with this thing but I’m doing something I guess! I honestly really enjoy writing it even if only 3 people actually pay attention to it. Overall, this 22nd year of my life has been wild, but definitely one of the best yet (if not the best).

Here’s more highlights in pictures for fun:

Got the love of my life, my greyson, my boos butt, my poop and my heart. 

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Took a candid picture at Christmas that was probably the cutest picture I’ll ever take

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Crashed a wedding with my best friend and had the most fun

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Wore green lipstick and it changed my life

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Drunk girls are the best don’t fight me on this.

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Had a professional take pictures of me and didn’t really know what to do with myself 

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Got to visit my shnookum pop in Nashville and fell in love with a city that wasn’t New York

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Got to meet this dog!!! All dogs are important. Also this was just a really nice day with friends

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GRADUATED. Nbd

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Watched my best friend get married and tore up the dance floor(honestly if your face don’t look like that when you dance then you’re not doing it right)

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After 4 years of going to Fred’s I finally made it onto their FB page

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Hauled my butt to Bushwhack after some crazy flights

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Got me a professional 9-5 working for the MAN job.

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And drank WAYYYYYYYYYYYY too much coffee at really cute coffee houses

Advice on Adulting and Doing Scary Life Shit

As you’ll notice immediately from the title of this post, this is not your vibes for the week. I am very sorry. I will talk about my fun adventures and cool stuff maybe in the middle of this week? Idk. But anyway. If you’re only here for the vibes feel free to tune in next week….

I don’t know if any of you reading this has made a big move in their lives lately, but lemme let you in on a little secret………………………………………..

Its HARDDDDDDDDDDD. Especially living in a city where you know exactly 5 people and not really on the “take a bullet for me and let me fart in front of you” level (farting is also as important as a bullet). I’m used to living with my cousins whom I would do all of the above for and my mom being an hour away if I ever need anything. Up here, I have to fend for myself in a lot of ways I didn’t anticipate. So I wanted to do this post giving some tips/advice for anyone moving somewhere far away or just adulting and scared. Mostly NYC stuff cause that’s what I know.

First and foremost, just do it

One of my biggest struggles was actually making the decision to move and following through with it. I wanted to do it so so bad when I was actually in school, but then after I graduated, things got a little too real. I was stuck in the “planning for tomorrow and now tomorrow is today” and I got scared shitless, not gonna lie. I worried about money, if I would ever get a job, if i’d be lonely and sad, if I’d hate it up here, if I’d ever be able to come home again and if I should just move somewhere closer. Ultimately, New York has always been a goal of mine and I just got fed up with myself and within the span of 2 weeks, got a plane ticket, got a place and got outta town. It’s something you can’t overthink, you have to feel it and do it.

You have more stuff than you think and getting it all over there is gonna suck

Packing all of my stuff and moving up here was so sucky. I have way more stuff than I anticipated and it was soo stressful trying to decide what I really needed and what I could live without. My bags were all packed to the GILLS which stressed me out and they were HEAVY, which means getting my carryon out of the overhead bin was a struggle. To be honest though, I wouldn’t change it. I packed enough to where I had everything I needed and none of my luggage got lost, thank god.

DO NOT TRY AND GET AN APARTMENT IMMEDIATELY, I REPEAT, DO NOT

I seriously considered just getting an AirBnB for two weeks and then getting an apartment which is so very stupid and I’m glad I didn’t. If you’re moving to a place thats basically foreign to you and you can’t actually look at the apartments, do not try and get anything immediately. I got an Airbnb for a month and a half and it’s still a struggle trying to find an apartment. Honestly, that’s the most challenging thing for me. Explore areas you like and try to find places there. It also takes forever to get a place because they’re all over the city and working full-time while trying to look at places is craziness. Save yourself the trouble and just get something temporarily.

Dont buy too many groceries, you eat out more often than not

This is really just a New York thing, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve just bought meals because I was doing something till really late after work, or I didn’t have enough time to go home and grab something. Sometimes, it’ll take me an hour to get home from the city, so buying dinner is a necessity unless I wanna eat at 10pm. Whole Foods also just happens to be right next to my work, and they have buffalo cauliflower so in the end I’m eating better than I would at home, thank you.

Dude just take the damn Uber

I love the subway. It’s usually fast and it’s cheap. But sometimes, and I struggle with this, I should’ve just taken an Uber. For example when I wanna wear heels to brunch and everyone on the subway looks at me like I’m the lochness monster. Or when I’m moving my shit out of my apartment and I really can’t carry everything without making another trip. Or when you just really wanna ride in a nice car that’s quiet and doesn’t smell like pee and you don’t have to be around other people. Sometimes you just gotta stop being cheap and give yourself a break from the subway hustle.

 

Determination will get you everywhere

Living in New York can get pretty difficult. From basically getting hit by a car, to moving out of an apartment without a car, to finding out you’ve been walking the wrong way down a street for 30 minutes, this city can be stressful. It definitely has kept me on my toes. One thing that has got me through it is determination, plain and simple. I’ve wanted to be here since I can remember and the more time I spend in New York, the more I fall in love with it. I am determined to be in this place that I love more than I’m willing to let its hardships bring me down. You have to want it more than any of the bullshit the city and life are gonna throw at you whether its a job or an apartment or just trying to thrive. You have to want it, like really bad.

Sometimes your decisions are gonna have to be quick. They’re worth it

I’ve had to make some quick and stressful decisions this past couple months more than I ever have in my life. New York moves so fast and it can be hard to keep up, especially coming from the South. I love it, but it’s a crazy adjustment. You gotta hustle hard and just got with it. I’m not used to making decisions, especially big ones, on the fly. Take a breath and figure it out.

Support Support Support

Lastly, I would not and could not be where I am right this second without the support of my family and friends. Everyone has their own opinions about the decisions you make in your life. I had a bunch of people saying how crazy I was for moving up here with no job.  They were right of course and I knew it, but I had to go and find out for myself. However, I also had my fair share of support. Its the simple things like “wow you’re so brave that’s amazing” or when people get excited with you when you tell them about the cool adult thing you just did. I also wanna brag on my parents as well. My parents are amazing and have always supported anything and everything i have ever wanted to do. I can’t tell you how rad it feels when your mom says she’s proud of you or your dad taking care of something you just can’t do on your own. I’m so lucky to have amazing parents and friends who push me to do better and be better always. If you can support anyone doing anything scary or crazy, do it.

This probably goes without saying because ya’ll probably can tell from my posts but this crazy wild decision is the best one I’ve made in a long time. Right up there with going to LSU and buying that slice of pizza this morning.  It’s been a crazy month but it also feels like I’ve been here forever? Excited for the fun times to come.

22, a Know-It-All and Stubborn AF

The hardest period in life is one’s twenties. It’s a shame because you’re your most gorgeous, and you’re physically in peak condition. But it’s actually when you’re most insecure and full of self-doubt. When you don’t know what’s going to happen, it’s frightening. -Helen Mirren 
About a year ago, I was in New York City for an internship at a Publishing company. Overall, the actual internship was relatively boring, so much of it was just sitting around waiting for someone to tell me to do something. On my lunch breaks, I would sit outside in Union Square Park every day and eat my sad fruit in a small container. I seethed with envy at all the fashionable twenty-something women with their freshly purchased salads that reeked of a ridiculously lavish disposable income (although I was simply just assuming since, hello, who the hell can afford to buy a salad every single day? in New York City???). Considering my internship paid me a big fat bowl of nada, I was forced to choose between chips or dry shampoo. Band-aids to cover the blisters from walking EVERYWHERE? I’m splurging.
As my internship was winding down in August, I was on the phone with my mother tearfully telling her how much I just wished I could stay there instead of going back to school. I assumed I was oh so ready to be done with it and couldn’t wait to be just like these girls whom I assumed had it all (and also because I had found out my scholarship would no longer be funded and had not a single clue how I was going to pay for my senior year).
Flashforward to me coming back for my last year at LSU. I can’t tell you how good it felt to be back where I could spend money and not live in a two-inch box with no one, really, to talk to. My senior year was, without a doubt, my best year at LSU. I finally felt like I had a good group of friends, I knew my shit when it came to school, and it felt like I was comfortable where I was going in my life. I told anyone who would ask where I wanted to go (New York) and what I wanted to do (Publishing). I couldn’t wait to graduate and be done with college and school work. On to the real world where there’s no homework and you get paid full-time!
Ever hear that stupid, annoying, saying that goes something like, “life happens when you’re making other plans?” My dad said that to me once after I told him my plans and I laughed in his face like I was the one who knew better. Well ha-ha to myself because life happened and things (not surprisingly) didn’t go like I thought they would. The job I thought I would have until I decided to move suddenly wasn’t scheduling me enough and I was worried about how much money I would have saved by the time I actually wanted to move. On my downtime, which was more often than I wanted, I applied to every Publishing company I could think of and for every job I thought I would even almost qualify for, to no avail. I revamped my resume three times, wrote a new cover letter (with help from my mom) and then wrote ANOTHER one, catering to each different company while also appealing to a more creative side of myself, to no avail.
As my timeline started getting pushed further and further, I took a hard, long, stressful, look at myself and what I really wanted out of life. Would it really be so awful if I didn’t go to New York? Why was I so adamant about being there? There’s a part of me that thinks staying in the South is a form of cruel and unusual torture and that only boring people stay here. I wanted more out of life than just staying in one place forever, never really moving anywhere else. I love New York and hope to maybe live there one day, but a part of me only wanted to move there to prove something to the people in my past who thought I wasn’t good enough. The other half of me put a ridiculous amount of pressure on myself to be successful immediately so it wouldn’t look like I got an English degree for nothing.
Something that I hate, hate, hate¡¡¡ about myself is my knee-jerk reaction to turn my nose up at certain things thinking I know myself completely at 22 and could never write or live in this certain place etc. I tend to lose sight of things that would make me happy because I assume immediately that I would hate them. Truth? I’m changing a lot and I’m only 22 and there’s a lot of stuff I’m trying to figure out at this weird stage in my life. This blog was inspired by my realization that I don’t actually have it all figured out, and the things I want change OFTEN. I’ve found that writing is something I actually really enjoy and it took me until now to figure that out. Who knows what the hell else I don’t know about myself! I’ve still got like 80 years left to figure it out (that sounds like a long time to live but I eat salad, like, a lot and I run like 4 times a month AT LEAST)! It’s nice to have plans for life as I still try to do, but in the meantime I’m trying to be cool with just a “pla” for my life. Maybe see where that takes me and focus more on, ya know, doing that thing I hear people talking about called being happy!