A twenty-something girl's take on the world.

Too old to know better & too young to give a damn.


Never Stop Learning.

Learning is a part of living

One thing I have come to appreciate over the last few years is gaining fun and fresh knowledge through the experiences of others. Learning through others is a priceless and beneficial resource. I love to learn. “If you’re not learning, you’re not living. Learning new, interesting things is part of education, and guest speakers are often overlooked as one of the better sources. If the guest speaker happens to be a thought leader and influential figure in the field of your study, that’s even more valuable!

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Last week, in my digital portfolio class, we had a guest speaker – Cameron Brenchley. Cameron is the Vice President at Collabortative Communications Group. Cameron previously worked for the U.S. Department of Education as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Communications and also as the Director of Digital Strategy. In between his positions at the U.S. Department of Education, he worked as the Senior Digital Strategist for The White House. Prior to this, he worked for the U.S. House of Representatives and served in the United States Air Force. Cameron’s impressive work history had me very intrigued to hear his story! One of the topics of discussion was what it was like to work at the White House, including the daily highs and lows, the stresses, restrictions and benefits.

Something I found interesting was that Cameron studied at Valdosta State University for History. Cameron explained that his intentions were to become a lawyer, but then life happened, opportunities came along and just like that, his path in life changed. From there, Cameron received his masters in Legislative Affairs from the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. Immediately after our Skype session with Cameron was over, I tweeted him a thank you and connected with him on LinkedIn, in hopes of building a relationship with him.

Network, network, network

NetworksandSystems_1435913398.jpgAside from educational purposes, guest speakers also serve as a great means of networking. It’s important to connect with your guest speakers and keep in touch, because a lot of times, those connections can lead to future opportunities! Building and maintaining beneficial relationships is the key to successful networking. President of the New York Stock Exchange, Tom Farley, wrote an article for Fortune.com to shed some light on the importance of networking. Farley said, “Sometimes it’s individuals outside your immediate network that end up offering the advice you need to propel your career forward.” Farley also noted that every job he’s ever had, including his current position with New York Stock Exchange, he owes to networking. After walking out of a business meeting in Atlanta with the current Chairman of the NYSE, Jeff Sprecher, in 2001, Farley made it a point to find reasons and ways to stay in touch with Jeff. At the time, Jeff wasn’t a beneficial source for Farley, but networking is all about collecting relationships with interesting or influential people irrespective of the immediate benefit of these relationships. Five years down the road, Jeff’s business acquired the New York Board of Trade and he asked Farley to serve as President of this newly acquired business. Two years after that, Farley was asked to lead the New York Stock Exchange.

The point is, had Farley not spent five years staying in touch with Jeff via email and phone calls, do you think he would be where he’s at today? Always make it a point to connect and keep in contact with influential professionals within your industry or field of study!


Do it with passion or not at all.

Find your passion and run with it.

passion_feat.jpg Deciding to major in communication, with a focus in public relations, was the best decision I have ever made. Starting in grade school, I always had a desire to write about what I am truly passionate about. Don’t get me wrong, I can write about topics that don’t necessarily fancy me, but it may take a little more time and effort.

I started journaling and really getting into writing all the way back in Fourth grade. To this day, I still have a poem I wrote on 9/11. It’s really interesting to see how far my writing has come, but also to see how much I was aware of at such a young age. Thank God for moms and their motherly instincts to hoard all of our grade school craftings, right?

I love the idea of being able to freely voice my thoughts and opinions, knowing there are other people out there, reading what I write, who can relate to how I feel and can further form a connection and understanding of who I really am. This is the exact reason behind why I started my blog.

I cross-post my blogs on various social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and most importantly, LinkedIn. The most recent social media channel I have toyed around with is Google+. I have a little over 300 connections on LinkedIn, so sharing my blog with that particular audience has opened many doors for me. Multiple recruiters have read my blog and in return reached out to express their interest in helping me find a job upon graduation. It’s always nice to have your work recognized and appreciated!

Along with my ability to think creatively, my passion to write has led me to the pursuit of a career in digital marketing and hopefully one day, advertising. I believe writing is a key ingredient in the success of any strong digital marketing strategy. Being able to form relevant and trend-worthy content is vital in any industry. I would like to become more familiar with SEO (search engine optimization) and general analytics, so that I can stand out in this field. When you think about it, advertising is really nothing more than good writing. In today’s digital age, the most important characteristic of effective advertising is simple, yet engaging content.

I am constantly following people in the field of digital marketing and advertising on Twitter, some more influential than others. The groups of people I follow are very diverse. I follow Madeline Haller, Senior Editor at Cosmopolitan, who tweets about humorous everyday events that probably every 20-something year old girl in America can relate to. I follow Matt Bellassai, Senior Editor at Buzzfeed. He represents everything I would love to be. He makes hilarious wine-related videos, tweets whatever is on his mind and worships Beyonce (because who doesn’t). I follow Lauren Berger from Intern Queen, because she is an inspirational person and is very engaging with her followers. I also follow a lot of companies and agencies, because I like to stay up to date with the current happenings and events. Some examples of this are HootSuite, Buffer, Buzzfeed, The Archer Group, Neff Associates, Brownstone PR, 1 Trick Pony, Masterminds and Philly Ad Club.

Ideally, a year from now, I see myself working in a modern day Philly-based advertising agency, but who knows what the future has in store for me! A word of advice for all of you reading this – Never settle for anything less than what you’re passionate about… Just a little something my parents have always instilled in me (thanks mom and dad).

“Life is short. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.”

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Here’s to turning 23, on the pursuit of happiness.

90730327a84131fde6979c44b3dab919If I were to paint you a pretty picture… I’m sitting in a nest of blankets (otherwise known as my bed), surrounded by the animal kingdom (my dog and two cats), listening to “I can’t feel my face” by The Weeknd, reflecting on the last 23 years of life, over a cup of joe. Are you intrigued? Yes? Good.

P.S. The only reason I’m reflecting over coffee verses wine is, because I’m all out of wine (sigh).

I turn 23 on Friday and I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel. Should I feel like I have my life together? Should I feel accomplished? Should I have a house, kids (excluding fur babies), a big girl job? Lets be real, I can relate to… none of the above.

How I actually feel, turning 23:

  • Whether you have a job or don’t, are in school or aren’t – the one big thing about being 23 is that you have more responsibility than you’ve ever had before.
  • When you’re dating someone older that is actually accomplished. Cool. I have the highest score on Fruit Ninja. Does that account for anything?
  • The time of being on your parent’s insurance is slowly dwindling away. Only two more years to get sick before I’m pretty much toast. Better schedule all those sinus infections for the next 730 days.
  • I’m confronted with a million options regarding what to do with my life, but none of them look particularly appealing.
  • This is basically my freshman year of adulthood.
  • Anxiety. Anxiety out the wazoo. Can anyone spare a xanex?
  • 2 more years until I’m 25, 2 more years until a third of my life is washed down the drain. A truly terrifying reality.
  • The gap between where society expects me to be and where I am only gets bigger.

It feels like just yesterday, I was home from Kindergarten (back when every day was a half day), sitting on the couch, eating pb&j with no crust, watching the afternoon soaps with my mom. Snapping back to reality, just yesterday, I was filling out job applications, while taking a break from looking at grad school programs.

Where does the time go? Literally in the blink of an eye, 23 years have flashed by.

cb9ffb26dd129dd099204114e3af561023 things I’ve learned in the past 23 years:

  1. Sleep is underrated – the older I get, the more sleep I need to function.
  2. Take risks – don’t look back in 20 years and think “what if”.
  3. Coffee is everything – coffee is gold, the end.
  4. Spend as much time as you can with your parents – as you grow up, you realize your parents are actually kick-ass.
  5. Pizza trumps all – eat whatever you want, but pizza surpasses anything.
  6. You’re always going to have questions, some may get answered and some may not.
  7. You’re not always going to get your way – but that’s ok.
  8. You should keep up with the news – don’t live under a rock. Be aware of the world around you.
  9. On that note, the world doesn’t revolve around you.
  10. Don’t speak on a subject you know nothing about.
  11. You’re not going to wake up one day and automatically feel like an adult.
  12. Don’t take yourself too seriously – no one is perfect.
  13. Don’t pass judgment.
  14. Don’t make the same mistake twice – if so, learn from it.
  15. Always be the bigger person.
  16. Never stop learning.
  17. Throw out that crop top – you look like a hooker.
  18. Be careful with who you trust.
  19. Good friends are hard to come by – so, if you find them, cherish them.
  20. Be selfless.
  21. Be selfish.
  22. Speak up for yourself.
  23. Have fun – you only live once.

In my opinion, the age of 23 is a pivotal turning point in every young twenty-something’s life. It’s a confusing time, wedged between childhood and adulthood, yet it’s also full of so much excitement. Long gone are the days of skipping class and making excuses. This is the real world, and although it is slightly terrifying, it’s a thrilling place to be.

Here’s to turning 23, on the pursuit of happiness.

To all of my followers that have surpassed this turbulent time, looking back, what advice would you give your twenty three year old self?


Don’t live an empty life.

There is a yes at the end of every tunnel of no.

11355617_10153948885173747_348173416_nThree posts, three days in a row… Who am I? This is rare and unheard of, but I’m rolling with it.

You know, I’ve been pretty hard on myself lately… I’m turning 23 next week and I sit here with no real job. To me, that’s a little disheartening. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t sit on my rear all day and fiddle my thumbs… I’m a full time student, I work part time as a freelancer and I do occasional promotional events, but I’m just not content. I need more, I want more.

Well, while I was feeling pretty low yesterday, the strangest thing happened to me. I was looking for some inspiration and I read a quote by Rumi… “Respond to every call that excites your spirit.” I don’t know what made me do it, but I decided to apply to a few locally based modeling and promotion companies. I figure what the hell, what’s it gonna hurt? So, I sent them a few pictures and my information. To my surprise, I heard back almost instantly from both companies.

Obviously, I realize this doesn’t make me a Victoria Secret angel (duh), but it does goes to show that you shouldn’t give up on anything you want. Pursue whatever it is that excites your soul and anything that genuinely makes you happy.

You only have this one precious, short life to live, so don’t look back in 20 years and have regrets. Don’t live an empty life. Don’t let someone tell you “no” or “you can’t” because on the contrary, you can. You can do anything you put your mind and heart into. Stick with it, be persistent, keep going. Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try, right?

I don’t know who says it, but it’s like that quote goes… “Turn your cants into cans and your dreams into plans.” The epitome of it all… Try and try again.

If I can give you any ounce of motivation, never take no for an answer.

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Bye Bye Bruce, Hello Caitlyn.

At 65, Caitlyn Jenner is the oldest newborn ever.

1745097732_4269047246001_920c1a78b86144daae7018f8ab0017c0-tmb1I’m going to make this short and sweet. This is a follow-up post to “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”

I have to admit, I’m having a hard time accepting the fact that there is no more Bruce Jenner. Bruce is gone. After watching season after season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and loving Bruce, it’s a hard concept to grasp. On that note, if you haven’t seen or heard about Caitlyn, you’re living under a rock. If you have, you may or may not agree with me when I say, Caitlyn Jenner looks beautiful and although I’m a little thrown off by all of it, I think it’s amazing. I think it’s amazing that she is free to live the life she’s always dreamt of. 11304158_10153946804708747_393272382_n

I think this is a pivotal moment for the transgender community and I think this is a huge wave of motivation to encourage other people struggling with the same fears Bruce once hid behind. Caitlyn is a huge inspiration for all. Caitlyn Jenner has inspired all of us to be courageous, kind, accepting, and authentic, today and everyday.

Work it girl! We’re all thrilled for you! Let the haters hate.

Follow this link to view her Vanity Fair debut: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015/06/caitlyn-jenner-bruce-cover-annie-leibovitz

“People are going to judge you anyway, so forget everyone and be yourself.”

What do you think? Share your thoughts!


When in Nashville…

11265235_10153873207263747_1307861142465460207_nI just got back from an incredible trip to Nashville, TN & I can’t stop bragging about it! I’ve only been home for 3 short days and I’m already reminiscing, wishing I could go back! Maybe it was the never-ending country music, maybe it was the savory food, maybe it was getting to see my brother… 

Nashville is a must see city! There are so many things to do and so much to see. Not to mention, people down south are so friendly and charming! I mean, I am from Jersey, so any glimpse of kindness is a breath of fresh air. Fact: People from Jersey are rude.

First of all, if you love country music, like myself, imagine being able to enjoy live country music 24/7. On almost every corner, there’s a bar filled with hopeful musicians trying to make it in Music City alongside agents, business people, and tourists taking it all in. There’s even live country music at the airport! Nashville is the home of country music, so this probably isn’t a surprise, right? Be on the look out, you never know who you’re gonna run into!

The best way to get around is through Uber! If you’re not familiar with Uber, Uber is practically your ride on-demand. So, it’s a credible app that you download and link to your debit/credit card and the app will conveniently show you all of the near-by drivers, what they drive, and their Uber rating, along with a picture. It even lets you track them, so you know when they will be there to pick you up! Best of all? Their prices are both clear and fair. I highly suggest you use this service! Also, if you’re not sure where to go, just say Broadway street! You won’t be disappointed. 

If you’ve never been to Nashville, allow me to fill you in on the go-to’s! I hope this helps all of you future Nashville go’ers! I can’t wait to go back myself!

11206963_10153873206038747_1607818143324838628_nTop 5 places to eat & drink:

  1. Acme: You can’t go wrong here. Although we didn’t pick at any food, the view was to die for! What’s better than sitting on a rooftop, feet up, beer in hand, just taking in the beautiful scenery? Did I mention it’s situated on the water? Seriously though, you have to go!
  2. Rock bottom: Conveniently located right next to Acme! Again, what’s better than drinking on a roof? I challenge you. This place even home makes their own beer… Need I say more? The views are breathtaking and the atmosphere is very chill!
  3. Broadway Brew house: Ok, this place is nothing short of amazing! 3 words… Big daddy burrito! This burrito was the size of my head and I finished every last bite. So good that we came back the next night and I repeated my order! Yum. Highly recommended!
  4. Wild Horse saloon: This place is epic. Great atmosphere! Line dancing, live music, and boot drinks! How can you resist? This place is known to be a centerpiece of Music City! Darius Rucker will be performing here live on June 8th! Definitely a must see!
  5. Honky Tonk Central: 3 floors, 3 bars, & 3 levels of live Country music is enough to keep you goin’, right? I know it was for me! If you don’t like crowds, I suggest coming during the day, because by night fall this place is swamped! Overall, this is definitely a required spot to go if you’re looking for a good time. There won’t be a dull moment!

11061704_10205570433691845_851534433497181476_nWhat to see:

  1. Gaylord Opryland: This hotel is unbelievable! It’s worth the extra money to splurge on a balcony room, so that you can look out on the atriums (which are gorgeous)! It’s like being outside, but you’re actually not. There is so much to do here! There are two pools, one indoor and one outdoor, and an abundance of restaurants and bars. The only downfall is everything here is pricey. I would recommend venturing out of the hotel to eat!
  2. J Percy Priest Lake: This place took my breath away! We spent most our time between mid-town and downtown, so when we stopped here on our
    way to the airport, I really got a feel for the true beauty of nature in Tennessee! I believe where we stopped was called Hermitage Public Park. It was right next to a rather large dam. Either way, it was worth seeing.
  3. Pickers museum: If you’re a fan of the show Pickers, you will love their museum in Nashville! Calling all antique and archeology lovers! I was slightly disappointed with the size of the museum itself, I thought it would be bigger, but still something to check out!
  4. Nashville zoo: C’mon, who doesn’t love a good zoo? We don’t have elephants at our zoo in NJ, so I was pleasantly surprised! They have an awesome spot where you can walk through the kangaroo’s habitat, where you are literally face to face with them. The Grassmere Historic Home is a centerpiece of the park. The historic home from the early 1800’s and surrounding farm are filled with five generations of stories waiting to be told. Bonus, if you like to garden, there is a a beautiful garden to walk through. The zoo was actually under construction while we were there, making renovations, so we were unable to see some of the animals. Nonetheless, still a worthy zoo and something fun to do with the kids!

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Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.

0c007ecf3049c918622a51dec1f50fa3There are so many things to be said about Bruce Jenner. When I think of Bruce, the words inspiration, bravery, strength, and courage are what come to mind.

To start things off, this probably isn’t going to be my last controversial post, but it’s definitely my first. Therefore, while we are all entitled to our own precious opinions, if you feel differently or disagree with what I have to say, I would greatly appreciate you refraining from making rude and outlandish comments.

Carrying around a secret your whole life has to be exhausting (mentally, emotionally, and physically). I couldn’t imagine living a lie, hiding behind a persona, running from the truth and what feels right. I really just can’t imagine not being myself.

ff29555a11270f0c08cd9989674eb779As I sit here and watch the first installment of E’s ‘About Bruce’, I’m all hopped up on emotions. I can’t help but have so much empathy for not only Bruce, but his family. If you’re not familiar with what ‘About Bruce’ is, it’s a two-part E special that uncovers the story behind how Bruce broke the news of his transition to his family.

Now, I am not a part of the “Kardashian Klan.” On the contrary, I find them to be repulsive, BUT I’m not turned off by how supportive, understanding and sensitive they seem to have been throughout Bruce’s journey. I’m sure they are full of questions, as any curious and protective child would be, but they are taking it like champs and you have to give them kudos for that. It’s not going to be easy, but at least they have each other.635587326593977924-bruce-2

I hate the word burden and I don’t think it’s very fitting in a situation like this, but in the episode, Bruce mentioned the process of transgender as being a burden on his family. Can I just say, to anyone who feels a similar way, you are not a burden and don’t ever think that way. You are a human being and your life can be rich, full, complete, fulfilling, and meaningful on that basis alone. You are not broken, defective, or lesser. Don’t believe anyone who tells you so, whether explicitly or implicitly. 

You may not agree with what Bruce is doing or how he has gone about it, but you have to commend him for his bravery. It takes amazing courage to come out at all, but Bruce came out in the spotlight. Bruce is an American hero, a gold medal Olympian and a reality television father. For Bruce Jenner to come out to the public, in front of all the cameras, to spread awareness and empower others… it’s an extraordinary thing.

It’s important to have respect for others, from one human being to another. People tend to be closed-minded. Lets all start to embrace difference, without being so quick to judge. It just goes to show that we are all battling something. Let’s love each other and love ourselves.

“It’s like having Bruce, with a little icing on the cake. It only gets better.”

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A little more kindness, a little less judgment #CoffeeTalk

32cf89aa5ab065cee80514ad99e83893I read a quote last night and it really struck me.

“None of us like judgmental people. But we are all, to a certain extent, judgmental people. After all, one must be judgmental to even judge others as judgmental.”

It’s a really interesting way to put it. Truthfully, I had to read it back to myself about three times before I understood (but that was probably just the wine).

I don’t consider myself to be a judgmental person. On the contrary, I’m that person who’s heart aches for those that are constantly judged and belittled.

Everyone is so judgmental and I can’t begin to understand, nor explain why.

The way I see it is, we are all flawed and we really must find a way to be patient with the imperfections of others. Everyone you meet will be slightly imperfect and that’s completely ok, because perfection is both unrealistic and unattainable. Sometimes, the smallest defect turns out to be someone’s most unique feature.

We are all human. You shouldn’t have to apologize for your flaws. You shouldn’t have to justify your mistakes or your past. As long as your growing and learning, just live to your own expectations.

Passing judgment on someone else doesn’t define them as a person, but rather defines you. I don’t care about your screwed up past, I don’t care if you have face tattoos or 20 piercings, I don’t care if you have a lot of money or don’t, I am in no place to judge and neither is anyone else. Humans by nature are not perfect and imperfections are what makes the world beautiful. 

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No matter how long the Winter, Spring is sure to follow.

I think we can all agree that Winter was long, bitter, and often too snowy. Most of the time, I was crept up inside like a hopeless hobbit. But, no matter how long the Winter, Spring is sure to follow. Although the weather is far from perfect, according to my periwinkle nail polish and the outbreak of floral blouses on campus, Spring has arrived. It was a long awaited countdown… No more snow, lots of green, and everyone just seems so refreshed and full of joy.

So, other than the array of pastel nail polish and vibrant floral fashion, what other reasons are there to love Spring?

6e4d3b17f8afeb8c7d12cce335c7c1b61. Daylight Savings – Losing one hour of sleep isn’t nearly as painful when you’re getting an extra hour of sun. It also provides solid purpose for a satisfying mid-day nap, without being called lazy. The sunsets? Amazing.

2. A valid excuse for bi-weekly pedicures – Know one wants to see bare and busted toes in a cute pair of flip flops.

3. Spring cleaning – As unappealing as it may sound, sometimes it’s nice to de-clutter. Maybe then, you’ll have room for this seasons new “it bag.”

4. April Showers bring May flowers – Who doesn’t love flowers? Their striking beauty and savory scent will dress up any room.

5. Suns out, guns out – After months of slaving away in that depressingly fluorescent gym, it’s finally easy to exercise without wanting to die. Go for a walk, ride your bike, shoot some hoops.

6. Less clothing – Everyone is practically naked. Woohoo. Feel that sweet and subtle breeze on your skin? That’s called freedom.

7. Easter candy – The Reeses eggs have been out for over a month and my addiction is well and alive. Peeps? Don’t even get me started… Easter candy is an obvious Spring blessing. That’s universally agreeable.

8. BBQs – It doesn’t matter if it’s Sunday, Wednesday, or Friday – They all rhyme with funday. Spring makes it perfectly acceptable to sit outside, double fist some wine, and indulge in a fat juicy cheeseburger. What diet?

9. Outdoors and music – I could sit outside and be entertained by virtually anything, but outdoor country concerts trump all. What beats watching your favorite artist perform, while sippin’ a guitar margarita, on a grass hill, overlooking the beautiful Philly skyline? Nothing.

10. The first trace of sunburn – Seriously, it only lasts about an hour, but it’s the best thing ever. You know what i’m talking about… After spending the day in the yard, washing your car, or whatever you do, you come inside with that ever so reddish Springtime glow. Pure bliss.

Whatever you do this Spring, live life in full bloom!

What does everyone else love about this glorious season?


To the first man I ever loved and the woman that gave birth to me.

1514195_10152505965373747_519905737_nI must say, I feel so blessed to have the most wonderful parents god could grace his children with. If there are two people in this world that I know I can count on, it’s these two. Not only are they the best parents, but they’re the best friends.

They laugh with me, they cry with me, they’re a shoulder to lean on, an ear to talk to, and a source of endless love. It’s not necessarily what they have done for me, although I appreciate every last ounce of it, but more of what they have taught me. They gave me the wings to fly and enough room to fall, but no matter what, they have always been there to pick me back up. There may come a day that they won’t be able to help me, but I know it won’t come without a try.

IMG_0685They taught me that not everything is going to go as planned, but everything will be ok. They have never stopped believing in me, and in return, I have never stop believing in myself. They have showed me the meaning of hard work and dedication. They have taught me to love myself enough to love someone else. They have never sheltered me from the world, but have always kept me within close distance. They were always strict, but after all of these years, you realize it was out of nothing but love. They taught me right from wrong and how to treat others with even more respect than I would expect in return. They have taught me to always stand for my beliefs, hold onto my values, and never lose my morals. They taught me the definition of self respect, how a man should treat a woman, and how a woman should treat a man. They taught me how to think, not what to think. They planted seeds and watched me grow.

You only get one set of parents, and although you may not agree with everything they have done or said, they’re your one and only set. Theres no refunds or returns. They brought you into this world. Respect them, cherish them, and never give up on them.

So, a message to my mom and dad… From studying my feet and watching me breathe as a baby, dealing with my hormonal tantrums as a teenager, to molding me into a strong-willed, loving, and caring woman… I can’t say thank you enough, but thank you for giving me the world. You’re my rocks. I love you both to the moon and back, ’til the end of time.