Everyone Loves A Fresh Start

I think it’s safe to say everyone loves a fresh start. For as long as I can remember, September has always been that for me–maybe even more than New Year’s. It must have something to do with the start of a new school year. For ages, I associated the end of summer with new beginnings: crisp notebooks waiting to be filled, new stationery and supplies, and a replenished attitude. Another 10 months of classes? Bring it on! Even though I’ve been out of school for years now, my body still goes through this transition like muscle memory. And it’s a welcome feeling. It’s true: everyone loves a fresh start. A chance to do something over, a new routine, or a…

A Mid-Year Check-In

The last time I wrote, I was staring down the barrel that is known as The New Year. January—it’s a time for optimism or depression, I always say. It’s so easy to look at the new year with bright wide eyes and enthusiasm. It’s a chance to start over and focus on bettering yourself. However, it’s equally just as easy to dig yourself into a slump, to hibernate there during the snowy months. Sometimes you go so far down that it’s too difficult to climb back out without some help. Thankfully, I had some help. Though I dug a tunnel and hid there for a while, I wasn’t alone. Sometimes while you are healing, all you need is someone who…

Introducing Thursday, A Publication on Medium

When I discovered Medium last December, I instantly fell in love. A place for writers to thrive and share their work without dealing with annoying ads? Sign me up! Then, when I learned you could also create your own publication on the platform with a team of writers and editors, I knew I had to start one myself because, well, I did run a digital fashion magazine for 6 years. I have always loved curating content. Thus, Thursday was born. I created Thursday after my favorite day of the week. Thursdays have always made me feel both optimistic and pensive and I realized these feeling are among my favorites in the world. Now, I want to collect stories of mindfulness, self-betterment, and…

The Attention It Deserves: Looking Back on a Challenging Year

It has been months since I’ve updated this site, which has bothered me more than you can imagine. For years, I’ve loved blogging and having my little corner on the Internet to be creative, share my work and life, and express myself. But 2018 beat me down in such a way that I had no motivation to post here. I didn’t want to create new content or even write any new essays at all. It was an extremely rough, challenging year for me and I found myself shutting down a lot and closing myself off to many people. After getting hired at my new job in March, I thought I’d pull myself out of the funk I was in and…

With Endings, There Are New Beginnings

There’s no use beating around the bush: I’ve been distant, quiet, and almost nonexistent online (unless you follow me on Twitter, of course). But so much has happened in the past three months that I don’t know where to start. After leaving Cliché Magazine in December, a lot changed. I felt lost most of January without the magazine since it was basically on my mind 24/7 for the past six years. Going from running a publication to not was a relief, but it was also bewildering. There were some days where I didn’t know what exactly to do with myself. In a way, I felt like I had lost a piece of my identity. I struggled quietly for most of…

New Year, New Planner

My favorite thing about starting a new year (besides vowing to be a better person, of course) is cracking open a new planner. For Christmas, my boyfriend got me this gorgeous Riflepaper agenda and I adore it. In the past, I have gone with a binder-style planner, but found the spiral binding a bit intrusive. This traditional binding is exactly like my personal journal and it’s so comfortable to write in. Plus it photographs gorgeously, don’t you think? Several people have recommended bullet journaling to me as well, but I always get turned off by it somehow. I’m usually good for the first couple months and then I can’t be bothered creating layouts every month or remembering to track my daily habits.…

The Games I Enjoyed the Most This Year

By day, I may be a professional writer and editor, but by night, I am a shameless gamer. Video games have been a huge part of my life since the days of GameBoy Color and Playstation 1, and my love for games has only grown since. 2017 was a golden year for video games and Nintendo, in particular. I was so hyped to get my hands on a Nintendo Switch back in March and I still remember how loud I screamed after watching the Nintendo Switch premiere trailer back in October of 2016. Now, here are the games I enjoyed the most this year. PS. Don’t worry; no spoilers are ahead! Pokémon Ultra Sun (3DS) The Nintendo 3DS may be on…