Hot Dogs (Yes, Hot Dogs) —Am I Doing This Right?

I often wonder how many miles I’ve clocked on highways. When I was a baby my dad lived 100 miles away, taking care of his cancer-ridden father. My mom and her sisters loved a good family road trip. I went to college just far enough way to be out of state, but not so far…

The Mom Method— Am I Doing This Right?

About this time last year, I was in my best friend’s car, rolling down the highway singing along to Fall Out Boy’s greatest hits. Earlier this week, I got to do the same thing. It felt… cozy. Can a big ass Chevy Impala even be cozy? I felt like the secure, confident collegiate version of…

Passion —Am I Doing This Right?

Passionate. I’ve generally regarded it as an empty adjective used for resumes. Nobody is truly “passionate” about Microsoft Excel. Nobody. Yet we are (hopefully) all passionate about something. In my humble opinion, I think we are taught in this capitalistic society of ours that the things we are passionate about, aren’t supposed to be the…

A Crappy Day —Am I Doing This Right?

I’ve read lots of inspirational Pinterest quotes that remind me that a few bad incidents do not make for a bad day. Bump that noise. Some events suck so bad they taint the whole day. That’s life. The unexpected blows are the worst. Can I rant a bout my crappy day for a quick sec?…

Self-Help Books —Am I Doing This Right?

By definition, I’m in the midst of my quarter-life crisis. It’s expected; It’s whatevs. But what I didn’t expect is the books. I have become a self-help book person. Not only do I read them, I take notes. My current favorites are adorned with neon sticky notes, highlighting the sections that might provide me the…

Up All Night— Am I Doing This Right?

I took this photo of myself at approximately 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. I had been begrudgingly awake for about an hour. As evidenced by my darker-than-normal dark circles, I had not gotten a lot of sleep. This isn’t news. I’m bad at sleeping. It’s just a fact. Some people can’t dance, others can’t cook; I…

Playing Tough —Am I Doing This Right?

It’s not a secret that I’m a hot mess. I share it online (soon-to-be) weekly. Although I thought I was pretty good at hiding all of my falling apartness from the people around me. Apparently not. I’m lucky to have lots of loving friends and family in my life. But not everyone gets the same…

New Year’s Resolutions—Am I Doing This Right?

‘Tis the season…for New Year’s resolutions. Generally, I’m not the resolution type. My method of self-improvement usually involves a little berating, followed by a rousing pep talk, both administered by me. But 2018 has been a doozy. I traveled to Thailand, was almost killed by my PR capstone, contentiously ended one of the most significant…

Home For the Holidays—Am I Doing This Right?

Being home for Thanksgiving was…weird. My mom officially converted my room into “guest accommodations.” I no longer have a social life in my own hometown. And I flew to Missouri from Vegas, so I had no car during the day. I guess I hadn’t realized that combo would throw me off. But it certainly did….

Gratitude List— Am I Doing This Right?

Below, is a list of things that make me realize my life is not that bad. It doesn’t include the big stuff like my health and my loving family. These are the little realizations that make me feel good about moving to Las Vegas: I’ve never had easier access to tacos. My parents can (and…