• New York City Job Hunting
    You Can Do It!

    Swimming in a Sea of “No”: New York City Job Hunting

    New York is like an Ocean . . . it’s big and it’s filled with creatures of different shapes, colors, and sizes. Like a large wave, New York is forceful and can knock you on your ass when you least expect it. New York is like an Ocean because it’s beautiful and a place where dreamers flock. During my three weeks in New York, I’ve come to realize the city is many things, but mostly it’s like an ocean. Moving to New York City Discovering this analogy has helped me to understand why I so badly wanted to come to New York, I’ve always gone to the ocean for peace…

  • Inspired

    All the “Crazy” Ladies

    When Cate Blanchet won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Blue Jasmine (2013), she became the fourth actress in four years to win the coveted award for playing a woman suffering from mental health issues. She joined Natalie Portman, who won for Black Swan (2010), Meryl Streep, who won for The Iron Lady (2011), and Jennifer Lawrence, who won for Silver Linings Playbook (2012). It could be a coincidence, but four years in a row suggests something, doesn’t it? During these years, Nicole Kidman was also nominated for Rabbit Hole (2010), Rooney Mara was nominated for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Michelle Williams was nominated for My Week with Marilyn (2011), Emmanuelle Riva was nominated for Amour (2012), and now…

  • On Relationships

    The Kind of Nights You Write Stories About

    It started off with a campaign; well, it actually started before the campaign, on the car ride back to Kentucky. I was visiting my old stomping grounds and had two weeks to spend with the people who most inspire me in this world: my friends and family. My car ride home, in the wee hours of the morning, as  I travelled along the curvy mountain roads of North Carolina, I made a decision. I decided that I wanted to make every moment of my trip count. I wanted to soak up all of the possibilities around me and use them as fuel for the flames of my imagination. I wanted…

  • On Relationships

    Now and Then

    It’s often said that “You can’t go home again,” once you leave, it’s no longer the same. I’ve never found this to be true. For me, returning home is always the same – a glimpse of the past. Despite everything and everyone changing, it always feels like no time’s passed. I spent a lot of my youth and young adult life despising the place I grew up. From the time I moved there, I couldn’t wait to leave. But now, having been gone for nearly a decade, I’m able to see the beauty of the place I call home. My recent trip home was a special kind of oddity. My trip landed…

  • On To Adventure

    When in Savannah . . .

    Next time you find yourself wandering beneath the charmingly scary Spanish moss trees, taking a break from the shops and sites of River Street, or between ghost tours and carriage rides, slow down and experience these gems and unique gifts of Savannah, GA.             Trustees Theater  Watch a movie on vacation? When you visit the Trustees Theater, you’re not just watching a movie; you’re taking in an experience. The breathtaking theater, which was completely renovated last year, is home to the Savannah Film Festival, Savannah Music Festival, and SCAD Fashion Show. Throughout the year, the theater also hosts the SCAD Cinema Circle, a revival of…

  • On To Adventure

    The Southern Sun’s a Settin’ | On New Beginnings

    It was one of those moments that stays with you for a lifetime. It was uncommonly early and  I hadn’t medicated myself with quite the right dose of coffee. I needed to leave my warm bed before the sun rose. I had exactly 28 minutes to beat the sun to the beach; this, according to Jenny, my GPS. Once there, I needed to carry my blankets onto the sand, nestle myself beneath them, wait for the sun to make her appearance, and then I needed to believe that that year would be a sunrise in my own life. I needed to believe that everything would be all right.