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

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

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The Beginning Of The End: A Beautiful Era


Have no fear, the end is near. That was cringe-worthy corny, but I’m going with it. A week from Wednesday, I will be done school. Three weeks from this Sunday, I will be a college grad. That is both an overwhelming, but wondrous feeling. Is this real life? Someone slap me if I’m dreaming.

As the semester comes to a close and my college career comes to an end, this will be my final post as a student. This last post doesn’t come without a bit of nostalgia, a dose of thanks and a lot of pride. It almost feels like I’m writing my own obituary. I guess, in a way, I kind of am… This is my educational obit. I mean that in the least morbid way possible.

Although I am graduating and leaving this chapter in my life behind, it doesn’t represent the end of the road in my never-ending journey of learning. It’s in our nature, as human beings, to never stop learning. “If you’re not learning, you’re not living.” Side note: You’ve probably heard me refer to that quote at least a dozen times by now.

This semester has been full of trials, tribulations, extreme highs and extreme lows, followed by tears of joy, tears of fear and of course, tears of stress. I’ll spare you the gory details of the miserable lows, but I can’t help but brag about the wonderful highs. I’ve accomplished the unthinkable – at least MY unthinkable.

It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally completed all of the requirements to wear that fancy cap and gown and snag that pricey diploma. This semester, numerous professionals recognized me for my “impressive work”. I was honored to accept the 2016 Communication Studies Award in Recognition of Overall Academic Achievement & Program Excellence, which I was nominated for by two of the most impactful professors I’ve had the pleasure of being taught by. I was chosen to be featured in one of Stockton University’s publications for being an outstanding graduating Senior (to be released June 1st). Last but not least, I was offered a job in my intended career field, that I gladly accepted and am beyond excited to start, immediately following graduation!

A message to those of you struggling to cope with the unavoidable change prior to graduation: Relax. All of the emotions you are feeling right now are completely normal. You’re not alone. Change is coming and making that adjustment is easier said than done. Everything takes time and whatever is meant to be, will be. Embrace it – Live it, breathe it, love it. Trust the fact that everything happens for a reason. One day, you will be in the right place, at the right time and everything will make sense. Until then, trust your journey.

“And suddenly you know… it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”

A huge thank you to everyone that believed in me, supported me and kept me grounded this semester and for the last five years. You deserve the real MVP award!

*drops mic*


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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?