April 18, 2014

Friday Flashback: To Roadtrips.

The roadtrips when my parents packed my brothers and I in the backseat of their van with our pillows, our knitted blankets, and our buckets of games and toys. The ones that included Holiday Inns, Snickers bars, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the top of the cooler, and promises of seeing Winnie the Pooh and Tinker Bell.

The roadtrips taken to college with a van full of furniture, notebooks, sweatpants, and the excitement of another year with friends, classmates, and football games. And then the roadtrips driving back home in the middle of a snowstorm just to celebrate Christmas with my family.

The roadtrips with a significant other. Holding hands, singing obnoxiously, and talking about the weather, the past, and the future plans that would never come true. Taking a nap in a parking lot – our limbs wrapped around each other – before returning to the road. Of sharing fast food and stories.

The roadtrips to Boston – both of them – when I moved in with my brother and his roommate for the summers. The uncertainty of everything; of growing up, of moving on, of living in a city far from home. Not knowing where I would eventually live, how long I would stay, if I’d make friends.

The roadtrips that haven’t happened yet. The ones taken through European towns or southern cities. The ones with my future spouse, my future children, and the friends that I’ll someday make.

[keep on dreaming even if it breaks your heart].

April 17, 2014
"I’m like that. Either I forget right away or I never forget."

Waiting for Godot (via sowintergirl)

(Source: wordsthat-speak, via date)

April 11, 2014

This sums up my trip to London (when I wasn’t working).

I’ll be back to posting next week! Thanks for your patience :)

From the top:
I. Ape and Bird Restaurant
II. Green Park
III. St. James Park
IV. Big Ben

April 8, 2014
"Here’s the secret kids. None of us can vow to be perfect. In the end all we can do is promise to love each other with everything we’ve got. Because love is the best thing we do."

— Future Ted (via himym-life-lessons)

April 5, 2014
"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page." -St. AugustineOff to London, I go!

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page." -St. Augustine

Off to London, I go!

(Source: onefanstyles)

April 4, 2014

Friday Flashback

I got all the answers to your questions
I’ll be the teacher you could be the lesson
I’ll be the preacher you be the confession
I’ll be the quick relief to all your stressin’ 

-Aloe Blacc, “The Man”

In October, I attended the Frankfurt Book Fair. I was twenty-three years old, by far the youngest person in my company there, and I was expected to hold my own in meetings with international publishers. My situation was unusual, to say the least, and at our company dinner one night, somebody asked about my age. I simply laughed and replied, “I’m not telling you” which of course left people wondering. The rest of the dinner, they’d ask questions surrounding my age. When did I graduate, how old was my boyfriend, etc. Not once did I let up so they guessed. “Twenty-six? Twenty-eight? Come on, tell us.” I just laughed, “you don’t need to know” I said, because they didn’t.

What did it matter? Age doesn’t define experience or skill. It’s just a number. And here I am preparing for the London Book Fair as (yet again) a young twenty-something. I guess I must have done something right…

For all of you looking to succeed in your career, remember this: your age, your sex, and your personal life shouldn’t impact your ability to rise in the business world. If you do your job well, act professional, and recognize and promote your skills, you will go far. Be confident in that. 

Here’s to another book fair! And I apologize in advance for the lack of posts. Happy Friday!

April 2, 2014
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. 
Know the facts:
Every two minutes, an American is sexually assaulted.
Each year, there are about 237,868 victims of sexual assault.
60% of sexual assaults are not reported to police.
97% of rapists will never spend a single day in jail.
Approximately 2/3 assaults are committed by someone known to the victim.
And if you haven’t read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, go out and buy it. I read it in middle school and it was a really important read, especially for a teenage girl. 
[RAINN = Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network]

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Know the facts:

  • Every two minutes, an American is sexually assaulted.
  • Each year, there are about 237,868 victims of sexual assault.
  • 60% of sexual assaults are not reported to police.
  • 97% of rapists will never spend a single day in jail.
  • Approximately 2/3 assaults are committed by someone known to the victim.

And if you haven’t read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, go out and buy it. I read it in middle school and it was a really important read, especially for a teenage girl. 

[RAINN = Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network]

April 2, 2014

To learn more about sex trafficking in San Francisco, check out http://www.sfcaht.org/

April 1, 2014
"prank: noun \ˈpraŋk\
: a trick that is done to someone usually as a joke"

— Happy April Fools’ Day to all! 

April 1, 2014
Tuesday Tips: How to Enjoy Your Last Semester of College:

1. Make a bucket list and actually complete the items.

Do the things you’ve been talking about since freshmen year – like swimming in the school’s reflecting pond (check), doing a keg stand (no thanks), or sleeping on the campus “island” (check).

2. Go out at least once a week.

You don’t have a job. You don’t have to look nice in the morning. Take advantage of the bar scene while you’re young! Seriously.

3. Spend every single day with your friends.

When you graduate, your friends will scatter to different cities. Don’t miss out on quality time with them even if that means enjoying a hung-over brunch, cramming together for a test in the library, or sitting on the ground and munching on Doritos after a late night.  

4. Take lots of naps.

You don’t know it now, but post-college, naps become a novelty. You won’t be able to take naps during the weekdays and you won’t want to waste your weekends napping, so sleep now while you still can.

5. Drink crappy beer and play beer games.

Enjoy flip cup, quarters, Presidents & Assholes, landmines, and slap cup… these games won’t be a part of your weekly agenda when you graduate. In fact, you might even forget the rules. And I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you won’t enjoy Natty Lights after college. Your taste buds will change with age.

6. Go out dancing.

This one seems silly now, but it’s not. In college, it’s acceptable to dance with a stranger, kiss somebody in the middle of the bar, and break it down in a mini-skirt. When you graduate, well, trust me, things change…

7. Do Senior Week.

This is it; the end. You can drink all day, you can nap in the afternoon, you can eat dessert for breakfast, you can sleep on your friend’s couch, you can bar hop, and play beer Olympics. You don’t have a job. You don’t have homework or classes. You have one week of complete freedom. Don’t waste a second of it… even if you’re sick (bronchitis got the best of me senior week, but I pushed through it).  

8. Leave it all behind.

Do what you’ve always wanted to do and don’t look back with regret. I took advantage of so many opportunities – the internships, the dance classes, the friends, the bars, the parties. If I could go back, I’d probably study abroad, but otherwise, I’m happy with my experience. I enjoyed it wholeheartedly. And I miss it… but once you graduate, that’s it. There’s no going back. And graduate school doesn’t count. 

Stop stressing and enjoy it. Sure, finals are going to suck, but it’s not the end of the world. Life will go on. Your grades won’t really matter when you leave, so do your best, drink a lot, and let it go…