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

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


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Embrace your youth.


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There comes a time in your life where you begin to reevaluate your friends, school, work, love, life (everything really.) This spell of over-thinking usually results in a mental breakdown and an empty bottle of wine.

Am I nearing the end of a beautiful era? …heart pounding… Cue the anxiety attack.

How are we expected to know what we want to do with the rest of our lives, during our final years of youth?

Well, I’m here to tell you, it’s not gonna happen (or at least it hasn’t yet.) I’m almost 23 and still lost. As scary as it sounds, there’s a sense of beauty in being lost. I’m fully embracing my youthfulness. You’re only young once, you have plenty of time to sort it all out, later. Make mistakes, take chances and regret nothing.

Don’t stress the “shoulda, coulda, woulda.”

Life is full of trials and tribulations. You’re not going to have the answers to everything, you won’t have everything figured out and you’re not always going to get it right the first time around. So, go with your gut, take a risk and see where it steers you. Sometimes, the wrong choices lead us in the greatest and most unexpected directions. Regardless, everything happens for a reason and although it may not be ideal, you have to trust the journey.

“Nothing will ruin your 20s more than thinking you should already have your life together.”


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Anything is possible with hope.

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“A Beacon Of Hope”

For those of you who don’t already know (which is probably all of you) as part of the service learning aspect of my advanced public relations class, I am working closely with a non-profit charitable organization, David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation.

During the course of this semester, my team and I will be hosting several events on campus and a charity concert off campus, in order to raise funds for this more than deserving foundation.

David Caldarella, the founder and CEO of the organization is both inspiring and motivational. David is a stage IV head and neck cancer survivor and since winning his battle, has dedicated his life to helping others fight this terrible disease.

Donations are used towards a maltitude of services for the family battling a cancer diagnosis including financial assistance for medications, treatments, transportation, rent, mortgage and utility bills. David spends most of his time being with these families and has been an amazing support person in all of their lives.

Cancer is something very near and dear to my heart. I think we can all sympathize, as Cancer is a disease that has probably affected all of us in some way shape or form… whether it was family, a friend or just someone close to your heart.

Thank you in advance for the support – anything you can donate means the world and will truly serve as a life-changing contribution! http://davidsdreamandbelieve.org/donations/


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Valentines Shmalentines.

So, what does everyone have plannea97f6f9baa7c91c1c9185117d24ba323d for Valentine’s Day?

For me, a heart shaped pizza & a bottle of your cheapest wine (the essentials) will suffice.

What can I say, I’m a low maintenance kind of gal.

I feel like when you’re in a long term relationship, Valentines day isn’t significant anymore – especially when your boyfriend treats you like a princess every day of the year (if he doesn’t, ditch him.)

Personally, I think if you need a silly holiday that consists of overpriced flowers and heart shaped chocolates to justify your relationship, you have bigger problems.


Singles Awareness Day

To all of my single ladies, chocolate binges and pity parties are acceptable (why not? we’ve all been there.)

WHATEVER you do, don’t lye naked on the floor, with a bottle of vodka in hand, while screaming Adel songs to your cat(s).

A list of what to do & what not to do on this dreadful and overrated holiday:

  1. Give thanks for the ones that got away – they did you a favor.
  2. Don’t feel sorry for yourself – you’re better than that.
  3. Don’t drunk dial your Exes – it’s never as good of an idea as you think.
  4. Don’t be ashamed of being single – you just haven’t met the one that makes your heart happy (and thats ok.)
  5. Throw an anti-Valentines Day party – misery loves company & you can’t finish all that bought wine by yourself (just kidding, you probably could.)

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Now, for all of you ladies with high expectations of what your boyfriends/fiances/husbands are going to do for you… why not switch it up and surprise them with something special? Let’s not be selfish.

Last year, after endlessly searching Pinterest, I bought my boyfriend new Nikes with a note attached saying “You walked into my life and made me realize why it never worked out with anyone else.” Corny? Yes. But it’s all about the thought and preparation you put into it – even the men need to feel appreciated!

That being said, I took the liberty to search Pinterest for what I think is one of the best DIY gifts to make for your man (remember, it’s the thought that counts.) Keep it cute & easy!
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An emotionally devastating plane ride.

Ok, this short post is solely dedicated to the emotional devastation I’m experiencing after watching The Best Of Me (still sobbing.)

Btw, I was watching it ond9c746746398ed30837f939725a8b464 the plane, so you can only imagine what the lurking on-lookers thought (constant sniffles & tear wiping.)

I promise I’m not emotionally unstable, (maybe a little) but these love stories really tug on my heart.

Has anyone seen it? I’m so blindsided by the ending! Seriously, why does Nicholas Sparks do this to me (every time.) My heart hurts.

And can we just talk about James Marsden? Lord have mercy for my thoughts.

Speaking of Nicholas Sparks & his never-ending love fest, are you all aware he’s getting divorced? Ironic, right?

The only thing that ruined the romantic ambiance (as romantic as it can get on an airplane) was the lady sitting in front of me stinking the place up.

“I blame you for thinking it was you who knew what was best for me when it was you thats best for me.”


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Don’t lose your edge.

A little mid-week (or shall I say, hump day) motivation…

“You will always too be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy. If you round out your edges, you lose your edge. Apologize for your mistakes. Apologize for unintentionally hurting someone – profusely. But don’t apologize for being who you are.”

– Danielle Laporte

Seriously, how spot on is this quote?

It happens much too often that people want to “conform” to the norm. (yes, that unintentionally rhymed) What is the “norm” anyway? Are any of us actually normal? (no, because normal is painfully boring.)

Always be yourself, unless you can be a majestic mermaid, then of course always be a mermaid.

No, but really – I think it’s the biggest cop out in the world to change who you are for another person, (for the wrong reasons.) If someone doesn’t like you, screw them – that’s their loss. 

Be you, (whether people like it or not) embrace what makes you different and appreciate your unique qualities. Don’t adapt to that silly little thing we call “the norm.”

Lastly, don’t sweat the petty bullshit, because I’m almost positive it’s literally impossible to please everyone (or really anyone for that matter), so there’s no point in trying.

After all, “no one truly interesting is universally liked.”

Repeat after me – I am who I am & your approval is not needed (nor relevant.)

Don’t lose your edge.

Love your badass.

xo


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Here’s to 2015.

Well, as promised — the holidays are over & I’m back, y’all!


I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas (or whatever holiday you & yours celebrated.)

I can’t believe how fast the it went… Wednesday is already New Years Eve – what???

Looking back on the year, there were highs & then there were lows. But hey, that’s life, right? All you can do is learn from your mistakes and realize that no one is perfect. Sometimes, the wrong choices bring us to the right places.

“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.”

I know my number one resolution is to continue to chase my dreams – do good in school & work even harder to achieve total greatness and just flourish.

Speaking on terms of the new year, what are everyone’s resolutions?

Whatever you do, don’t say “omg, new year, new me.I will slap you 10 ways to Sunday. I don’t know why that statement irks my nerve so much. I guess because in my eyes, it’s not about being a “new you” per say – it’s more about bettering yourself, building upon your flaws, and working towards prosperity.


Happy New Year – wishing you all good health & happiness for the year to come! xo


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Throw kindness around like confetti.

Kind of a follow up to one of my previous posts…

Be kind to everyone you meet – no matter what, no questions asked.

Always be kinder than necessary. 

Compliment people, make them feel special – magnify their strengths, not their weaknesses.

You never know what your positivity can do for others. Make someone’s day – be someone’s sun and shed your light upon them.

Be the reason behind someone’s smile.

“How do we change the world? “One single act of kindness at a time.””


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Forever missing Joey, the limo driver.

Some days are worse than others, but around the holidays are when times get tough.

I had a special relationship with my grand pop – one that every little girl dreams of. Matter of fact, I rarely ever referred to him as “grand pop.” It was always Joey (and he loved it.) Joey’s grandchildren (all 21 of us) were his world, he lived & breathed for us… his pride & joy.

Although Joey passed away over a year ago, I constantly feel him around… especially when I wear his favorite flannel (which happens to be right now.)

I miss him immensely & wish for him back every day, but there’s something so unspeakably comforting having him up there, rooting me on, guiding me in the right path, watching me accomplish my dreams.

P.s. When I start to feel him around, the lights go dim… Ironically, as I’m writing this post, the lights suddenly went dim.

Shout out to my favorite guardian angel xo


“Having loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.”

– J.k. Rowling


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All We Have Is now.

We as humans, (some more than others) are so focused on our future that we actually forget to live in the moment. Don’t get me wrong, our future is everything & I’m not making light of that, but 20 or even 10 years from now, looking back we’re going to regret it. We’re always counting down the days to something – summer, falling madly in love, next month, next year etc. Why not just live our lives day to day and enjoy the little things? You will never truly know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory (been there, done that). It is said that true happiness will be achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of “right now.” It’s so true – “what screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be.”

We (I especially) need to stop living in our (my) head and start living in the moment.

So, lets all make a pact to stop analyzing the past, stop planning for the future, stop trying to figure out how we feel, stop trying to pinpoint exactly what we want, and just see what happens.

After all, life is a beautiful mystery and what fun would it be to know everything leading up to the end?

“We waste so many days waiting for the weekend, so many nights wanting morning. Our lust for future comfort is the biggest thief of life.”

Joshua Glenn Clark


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Here’s to Diem.

Have you ever watched a television show and felt like you really knew the person/character/whatever? Not in like a psycho-stalker way, but in the way that you’ve watched them for so long and have watched them grow as a person, that you feel like you kinda know them… even though you don’t.

I’m sort of at a loss for words (which never happens.)

Diem Brown, what a true inspiration – the girl never gave up, the definition of a fighter. Always full of positivity. Unfortunately, after a long vigorous bout with cancer, Diem’s beautiful soul has lost it’s fight.

I’m not going to make this long, I just felt a need to acknowledge the life of a courageous woman. Rest in Peace, angel.


On that note, remember how blessed you are. Life is a gift & can be taken away from any one of us at the blink of an eye. Don’t take anything for granted. The things you take for granted, someone else is praying for.

“It’s my personal perspective that you live as hard and as vigorously as you can.”

— Diem Brown