Hey, you stayed with us

It’s no secret that I’ve been relatively quiet over here on my corner of the internet. Even the last piece I wrote really at all was pretty short — kind of a surprise to me, too. Especially because it was about my first marathon, which I could talk about endlessly. And after the fact, I wanted to write something commemorating how I felt…but I couldn’t do it. I’d open the word document, write a few sentences, and very quickly lose interest, or find that I simply couldn’t go on anymore. When it came to writing, I had nothing left to say. It persisted through almost every aspect of my life, it seemed. I couldn’t write about music, I couldn’t get things done, and it felt like I was just stuck in a constant rotation of a little bit of school, a lot of work (which was also starting to feel too monotonous and exhausting), running when I could, and cleaning my impossibly messy room all of the time.

After aging out, I think that the events from last spring finally caught up to me. I had gone so long without thinking about the loss my family had endured, because I had so many things I knew I had to finish out strong. Graduating from Columbia, and the entire summer with Spirit; all truly wonderful, amazing capstones to the last four or five years of my life. But then it came time to start something new.

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What You Haven’t Read about SXSW

Here’s what you haven’t read about my trip to Austin, TX for SXSW so far…

Last week, I had the pleasure of spending seven days in Austin, Texas. Not only was it great being in Austin, but it was also a pretty popular time to be there. South by Southwest (or SXSW) is the interactive, film, music, and comedy festival that completely takes over the city for almost two full weeks. As part of the completion of my interdisciplinary degree at Columbia College, I was able to attend the festival as part of the AEMMP Digital Distribution & Promotions Practicum course. For my project in class, I was able to incorporate something I was planning on doing down there, anyway. I got to write about all of the bands (good and bad) that I was able to catch, and it was published over on Atwood Magazine. If you’re interested in the music portion of my experience, click on the day-header for those ramblings. This post will serve more in the nitty-gritty of the trip, and what you won’t find on a publication. Thus, “What You Didn’t Read about SXSW Already”

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A Few of my Favorite Things 2014

It’s time. “Best of 2014” lists, albums, records, everything is coming out. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve, and I’ve already told you a few of my favorite records I found this year (well, this summer, but that’s when most of them came out anyway, so…deal with it,) but 2014 has been a year of discovery for me. I’ve decided to share eight of the material-world things that have made my year both easier and interesting…don’t worry, a more touching post is on the way. It’s going to be emotional and full of pictures and memories. Thanks for staying with us for the past year, there’s still plenty more to come.

Unfortunately, it took me awhile to get turned on to Spotify, and weirdly enough, it was after Airwaves. But I’ve found it and absolutely love this music service. I’ve been able to listen to almost every artist/band/record I found this year, and reminisce without taking up a bunch of space on my computer or phone.

Saucony running shoes
As some of you may know, I kind of became a runner this year. I’ve ran in Asics, Nike, Saucony, and Brooks so far, but Saucony has been my favorite so far. A wonderful spring/summer/fall shoe, I’m doing my best to kill off these Brooks (which is still a great shoe, but not as much of a fan as the Sauconys) so I can purchase another pair of my purple mountain majesties, as I like to call them.

Gingerbread Cliff Bars
Snickerdoodle and gingerbread cookies are tied for first place when it comes to deliciousness for me, and since we hardly ate in Iceland, I lived off Cliff Bars. So much so that my love for them rekindled (a weird thing to think about after realizing how much I relied on them summer 2013, come to think of it,) and I ended up craving the suckers. I hit Target once we got back to the States, just to see if they were on sale, and was hit with a beautiful thing: Gingerbread. Cliff. Bars. And they were on sale, too. Since then, my food cabinet has not been without these gems.

External Hard Drive
Another Iceland lesson, I wouldn’t have been able to make it through the end of the semester without my new baby. $60 on Amazon, it holds everything I need it to and more. I no longer worry (too much) about my computer crashing, as long as I back it up often. This ties in with Spotify, too, but we won’t get into that too much.

Tervis Tumblers
Definitely an obsession, these cups keep the hot things hot and the cold things cold. Most of the Christmas gifts I’m giving this year are Tervis Tumblers, but it’s because I can’t imagine life without mine any more. They have some awesome designs and they are much more earth-friendly than getting styrofoam cups wherever you go.

Of course I’ve got a machine to make the coffee I love to drink from the Tervis Tumbler – this bad boy has been my saving grace this semester. And I love finding different types of k-cups to test out or give as gifts. It’s a fun little machine that was also about $60 at Target…and I saved some extra with —

The Cartwheel App
…Not proud of this one, but it’s already starting to save me money. I’ve saved over $35 throughout the course of the five months I’ve been on it, and I’m not apologizing anytime soon. If you frequent Target, I highly suggest this one.

And finally, the website I’ve been spilling my heart out to you at least once a week since late January/early February… this has been a cool place to reflect on the week or certain events that happen or share my favorite things or drop all these run-on-sentences. Thanks for following, clicking, reading, and staying. More to come in 2015 — it’s going to be worth it to stick around.