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A Love Letter to California
The silence in the morning, if you wake up before the morning rush. The aroma of coffee at Coffee Connection on the corner. The euphoric feeling of dancing at an outdoor concert. The smell of the beach on the first day of summer in Santa Monica. The line of palm trees driving down the street in Beverly Hills. The idea of immensity while walking around the tallest buildings downtown. Blasting your music in the midst of traffic. Smelling old books at the Last Bookstore. Donuts at three am from Yum Yum. Walking on the beach at night in a sweater and shorts. How a salad can actually change your life on Abbot Kinney. Late-night burgers and pizza. Disneyland during Christmas time. Eating pasta at Eataly in the Century City Mall. Buying wine on Rose Avenue from France. The parents cheers from the community baseball field on a Saturday afternoon. Sitting underneath a heater at dinner when the Santa Ana winds come for Fall. Christmas Tree Lane in the Valley once November first hits. Authentic Tacos from a truck that are better than any restaurant. A drive with an iced coffee through the Hollywood Hills. The backroads of Mulholland at night. The search lights during a concert at Hollywood Bowl. Getting a tattoo on Sunset Boulevard at 11 pm. Being in the moment, with traffic, beaches, and the best years of my life.
22 Facts for 2022: Halloween Edition
Two years ago, I shared 21 Facts for 2021: IMDB Edition because I have a weird quirk. Every time I watch a movie or television show, I read every fun fact, trivia, casting clue, behind the scenes extra that they have to share. Since it's been a while and fall is coming - here's a part two for all my pumpkin spice, leaves changing, sweater wearing, spooky lovers.
The 3 Lessons I Learned at 24
I always thought that I had a pretty good grasp of who my mom is. My mom, or Judy as I may reference her, is the woman who cries at just about everything - movies, videos of puppies, and of course, any proud moment with her children. She is the woman who drove across the country by herself so that she could see what else was outside of her tiny town in West Virginia. She is the woman who still dances around the kitchen like a professional if I turn music on and the woman who plays every single instrument when I put on "Who Loves You" by The Four Seasons. Trust me, that's a performance you don't want to miss. She is still all of these things, but as a woman who has always shown me her strongest, most hardworking side, I learned who my mother truly was in 2019.
21 Facts for 2021: IMDB Edition.
21 fun facts to share, and 1 specifically about myself. Fun Fact about me: I'm obsessed with the trivia section of IMDB. Anytime I watch a movie or television show, I read every fun fact, trivia, casting clue, behind the scenes extra that they have to share. Today I'm going to share my weird quirk with you all.
Small Town Television
You know how people keep saying that our phones are listening to us? I tested that theory recently and kept Instagram open while I talked about lawnmowers, obviously I wanted to try something out of the blue, and then I shut off my phone. I came back 15 minutes later and I had six ads for lawnmowers on my Instagram feed.
How Will Smith Helped Me Through 2020
I got a call from my Mom today talking about unemployment. For some background, I may live in Los Angeles, but everything paperwork, insurance, and ID wise, still goes to my parents house in Oregon. During 2020, I lost my job, a job that I absolutely loved. I was finally making strides in my bank account, feeling good about myself, and getting things on track after a really tough time. Then came - 2020. I was forced to move back home into my childhood room and apply for unemployment. I applied in March. I didn't receive my unemployment until end of July. 5 months of making lists, applying for jobs, and hearing nothing back. Was I not qualified? Did I need to edit my resume again for the 20th time? Maybe it was my cover letter, I just couldn't figure it out. I started to get scared. Terrified, actually. I was dipping into savings and finally, got a job at the restaurant I worked at when I was 16. As a 24 year old college graduate, that was debilitating for my mental state. At any other restaurant, I would have been fine, I would have said, "Yes, finally a paycheck!" But, I was brought back to be a server and I ended up in the back as a dishwasher because the restaurant couldn't keep anyone long enough and I felt like going backwards had a brand new meaning.
10 Lessons I Took from Rewatching Gilmore Girls
During the past year, I can say with absolute certainty that I've watched more Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Apple TV (jesus, there's a new form of streaming daily isn't there) than I would like to admit. I not only have devoured new shows likes Flight Attendant, SnowPiercer, Bridgerton, and Queen's Gambit, but I re-binged shows. Gossip Girl, Nashville, Jane the Virgin, One Tree Hill and of course, Gilmore Girls all came back onto my radar.
The Anti-Valentine Anthems
I think I've had one successful Valentine's Day with a significant other. I'm in a commited relationship currently, and we decided early on that Valentine's Day wouldn't be made a big deal. However, I was driving to the Los Angeles Flower Market with my best friend, Caitlin, today and she said to me, "I'm gonna use this holiday as a self-care day. A me-day. A girl power day." So, we drove and put together a playlist of all-female artists from all eras, singing about self-love, female empowerment, and you guessed it, sex. Warning - explicit language.