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4 Podcasts I Love

I'm sorry for writing such a millennial post, but it had to be done. To be honest, I am not the biggest T.V. and movie person and would much rather watch a short online video, read or listen to a podcast (in addition to watching episodes of The Office on in the background). In traveling for work/summer the past couple of months, I have found myself on the Apple podcast app frequently. 

A good podcast requires a lot of elements to work in unison- a good "shtick," quality guests, engaging topics and a good dynamic between hosts. These are some of my personal favorites- I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

The Daily | This is a podcast produced by the New York Times daily that discusses one major news topic per episode in roughly 20 minutes. The Daily is one of the most popular news podcasts out there, for good reason. The host is interesting without taking away from the journalism- in my opinion, this is the most accessible, interesting way to understand what is going on, and can be done during my commute. 

TMG Podcast/Insanely Chill  | Cody and Noel are hilarious and Cody Ko may be one of the only people I can listen talk for 45 minutes solo about life. This is definitely the guilty pleasure of the bunch, and a great way to block out the world. 

In Line with AmeriBerry | Pretty typical formula of two friends, Sara and Katherine, who are also recent graduates. I love this one for the topics especially, ranging from consumerism to social media. 

51 First DatesThis was the podcast that got me hooked at the beginning of the year. Hosts Liza and Kimmy discuss dating as a late 20's/early 30's woman as Kimmy embarks on going on 51 first dates weekly throughout the year. 

Have a great weekend!

A Note on Reliance

Note: I would like to preface with the fact that these are the experiences of one person, who despite having struggles and challenges here and there is very lucky. Part of this platform is to keep logs of the present day, and these are mine. 

It's been a little over a year since graduating college and the past year has been by far the most challenging year of my life. It was a perfect storm of a lot of changes at once, combined by bad timing and generally dealing with growing up very quickly from a small college town. One of the hardest parts of finishing school is experiencing the feeling of finishing something that you've been working towards for over 20 years and realizing that you are only at the start of your "real life." Throw in a new environment and take away a roadmap and community you've been in for four years combined with life changes that happen as you get older (ie: a family move, death of grandparents ect.) and elements of a new life that most are fairly unprepared for (navigating finances, moving and a new schedule) can make things feel overwhelming at times. 

I have come to know the importance of making a community in the adult world. I may not have a million friends and have a much smaller, tighter group of friends than at Bucknell, but it works for me, and those people are my rocks and voice of reason. 

Of course, it's important to put things into perspective as well. Living in New York, it's easy to see that there are plenty of people who deal with issues that many of us cannot ever imagine. For example, this morning, after a long week and a day off, I found out that my wallet was left in my shopping cart because I was distracted last night while carrying 5 bags and being on the phone. I had a moment of crying on the phone to my mom, and tried to move on. However, at least I had a wallet to lose and the ability to replace everything within a week. It could be a big issue or something smaller, but also frustrating like losing a wallet and thinking that you can never catch a break (aka me a couple of hours ago). It's also really easy to think that where you are now is the only place you will ever be in your life. My boyfriend Luc, often reminds me that the problems now will be irrelevant in a year or two. 

Being young is often discounted as not knowing much, but I couldn't disagree more. I think being young and less established in the "real world" means being able to bring fresh prospective. We are a little less tainted by the establishments that slowly creep into adult life. I don't want to be jaded, and I hope you don't either. 

It's ok to struggle- and to ask for help when needed. What isn't is to not keep on going. Of course, for your own success, but also for anyone who may be looking to you for inspiration to succeed. It may mean having to call someone trusted and let it out. Something that has been extremely comforting is the knowledge that the transition to life after school is difficult for everyone. Everyone goes through sketchy apartments, difficult jobs and keeping financially afloat, whether they admit it or not. As long as we can lick our wounds and keep going, that's all that matters and come out better from it. {Image}

Hello Again!

Hello there! It's been a little while since I have posted a blog. The reality is (unfortunately) working full time, it's more difficult to keep up with hobbies from school. The past few months, any free time has been either exploring New York or going to the gym. However, I have always loved having a platform to post my writing. 

To be honest, some of the practices I have seen in typical lifestyle blogging I'd like to stay away from here- I'd like to stick to writing and photos for the most part. If you are a friend or family member who checks this space out, expect a blog a few times a week over the summer!

Have a great start to the weekend! I hope you are having a wonderful summer Friday.

Friday Eve Links

Woah- it's been a while since I've posted here. A lot has been happening since! While I do sometimes miss the flexibility of a college schedule, I am loving the perks of living in a big city (like having Trader Joe's nearby at all times). My job keeps me very busy- but in the best way! {Image}

New York |  Even though it does it sometimes kick you when you're down, I love living here and am so looking forward to the warmer weather. I'm really looking forward to a lot more runs and getting to see Central/Battery Park a bit more.  

Moving | It has been a long time coming, but Luc and I both finally have the keys to apartments downtown! I am living in the Financial District with two friends (including Soch, who has made cameos on here several times) and could not be more excited to have a shorter commute. Luc is living in a one bedroom in Little Italy. The process of finding our places, moving out and managing a six floor walk up have had their moments, but overall it's an exciting change!

Summer | I will be posting more on this soon, but there are some big changes happening in our family (good ones that I know of!) and this summer is going to be really exciting because of it! I am very fortunate to have a nice chunk of vacation and personal days, and will be tacking them on to a lot of weekend trips in the upcoming months.

I think this is the sweetest engagement video- I look up to Lucie a lot professionally and personally! 

Is anyone else into the polka dot trend? (I say "trend" but my mother would greatly disagree.)

I am obsessed with this podcast- it makes my Tuesday morning commute go by so quickly.

iPhone Shots from Miami

Two weekends ago, Luc and I took a trip down to Miami for a long weekend. His family has a place in South Beach and he grew up taking many trips down from North Carolina. My family loves to travel to the mountains and if we make it to the water, it's usually a New England beach. My aunt and uncle lived in Miami for many years and my cousins grew up there. They now live on the West Coast, so it's been a while since my last trip!

We had a great time and the sun was a perfect escape from the cold of New York. The warm air off the plane was quite welcome. Since we packed in only carry-ons, I decided to leave my DSLR behind and just use my iPhone (or both phones- the life of an assistant). I am not even going to pretend to make a "Miami guide," but I hope you enjoy some of these shots. 

Big Pink in South Beach is one of the most photogenic restaurants I've seen and has amazing food! Side note: I have been trying to get through this book and it's been such a challenge. I know it's been on the bestseller list forever, but I wasn't loving it. (Additionally, my best friend Holly and I have been in a long distance book club. Will be posting on that soon!)