After thinking about using my writing to create a blog for a while, I have finally decided to bite the bullet and put something together. The last time I had a blog was for my senior project in college, which was about 3 years ago. Needless to say, it’s been quite a long time! But no matter how many doubts I have had in the past few weeks, I think I’m finally ready to start sharing my writing with the world again. Even if the things I talk about reach one other person, I think that would still make it worthwhile and successful. So, with that, I decided to start my first blog post off by sharing 10 random facts. Here we go!
- Although I currently live in New Hampshire, I actually grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania. Among other things, my hometown has been known by such names as “the mistake on the lake,” and “dreary Erie.” Growing up, I thought Erie was the most boring, small town I could think of, and my friends and I used to dream about the day we’d be able to leave. Despite that, I miss it now that I’ve left and I only have fond memories now. There’s a cliche, “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” and while I think that’s pretty cheesy, it definitely applies here. At the same time, I still love living in New Hampshire, but I have a new found respect for the city I grew up in.
- I am a self-proclaimed “crazy dog lady,” and I am completely unashamed of that fact. My family has two dogs, Lucy and Tia, a chihuahua/yorkie mix and bichon frise. I think the best part of having pets is experiencing the unconditional love and affection that they have for you. Plus they’re just adorable!
- Along the same lines, I was a vegetarian for three years, which stemmed from my love for animals. Unfortunately, for me at least, being a vegetarian in college was not the easiest endeavor I took on, and my adventure into vegetarianism ended swiftly one day with a buffalo chicken sandwich at our on-campus cafe. My friend even documented the moment by taking a picture, mostly because she was so shocked that I was actually eating meat. To this day, I still have a hard time eating more than chicken and turkey, just because I think I’ve lost the taste for anything else, and there’s still a good chance that I might go back to being a vegetarian at some point. I think the most important thing I gained from that though was to have more compassion for others, especially animals. Who knows, maybe you’ll be seeing some posts about vegetarianism in the future!
- Something that has become important to me in the last year is the idea of eating healthier and focusing on leading a more healthy life. At the end of college and even after college, I was definitely not focusing on that. I didn’t really think about what I was putting into my body, and as a result, I often felt sluggish and just plain not well. This fall, I felt myself losing purpose and really struggling with figuring out what I wanted to do with my life. As selfish as this may sound, I decided to use my energy and my purpose toward bettering myself. Slowly but surely, I started working out again and eating more whole grains and vegetables. I’ve only managed to lose about 24 pounds so far, but I would love to be able to share my weight loss tips and tricks as well with this blog. I am by no means an expert or professional, but I understand what it’s like to have low self-esteem and feel helpless because of weight gain. I would love to able to give advice and even lend a hand of support to anyone who is going through the things that I am still going through to this day.
Like many people, music is another thing that means a lot to me. I am not, and never have been, musically talented (I leave that to my little sister,) but I appreciate and love the people who are talented in that way. I listen to all types of music, but I tend to lean more toward alternative/indie music. That’s not because I’m some hipster who only likes listening to obscure music by the way! That’s just the music I’ve always been drawn to, and that strengthened when I had a radio show with my friends in college. Like I mentioned above, I’ve struggled recently with finding purpose, and music has helped with that. At the moment, my favorite music to listen to is Twenty One Pilots, which I heard about at a time when I really needed that kind of hopeful music. I love hearing about new music, and I’m open to any and all suggestions!
6. Another one of my loves is makeup. I’m by no means a makeup artist or obsessed with looking perfect, but I mostly enjoy the process of putting on makeup and being able to create whatever you want with your face. I think a lot of people scoff at the idea of makeup as art, but I think it’s one of the most beautiful art forms. I’d love to be able to share what products have worked for me and what makeup I’m interested in, so keep on the lookout for that!
As you might guess because of my love of writing, I am also an avid reader. In fact, I think the reason why I became so interested in writing was because of my love for books. I’ve really made it a point since the beginning of the year to read more books, because it’s not only enjoyable, but I also think reading other people’s work makes me a stronger writer. The last book I read was The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. I will pick up anything if it sounds interesting, but I often go back to Jodi Picoult’s books, partly because she also lives in New Hampshire. It gives me hope that someone from this tiny state can find success in writing. I am planning on writing posts in the future about my monthly reading.
8. In addition to being a proud native of Erie, I am equally proud to be a graduate of St. Bonaventure University. Olean, New York is by no means the most exciting and bustling town in the world, but the four years I spent there were some of the best of my life. I have had to make a lot of decisions since graduating from high school, and I can honestly say that picking that school was one of the best I’ve made. The town wasn’t exciting, but the friends I made and the people I met made it all worth it.
9. This is truly a random fact, but there are few things that I am obsessed with more than the brand Patagonia. I enjoy putting together outfits and getting dressed up, but there is something about a nice Patagonia pullover and its comfiness that I love. I also like the fact that its a sustainable brand focused on social and environmental responsibility and helping solve the environmental crisis. And at the very least, that makes me feel better about having so many clothes from Patagonia!
10. Finally, something else I find important is a love for family. I am very close with my family, and that is part of the reason why I find it so important to stay in New Hampshire, even if there are much better opportunities elsewhere for someone interested in the liberal arts like me. After my dad got a job in New Hampshire during my sophomore year in college, we’ve been here ever since. I can’t imagine being more than an hour or two away from my family. Although I know a lot of friends who have moved far away from home and don’t mind only coming back for the holidays, I know that I wouldn’t be happy doing that and I know that I will stay close with my family even as I grow older.
So that’s it: my first post! I hope if you’ve made it this far, that you’ve enjoyed it. Feel free to leave a random fact about yourself in the comments, I’d love to hear from you! I’m looking forward to starting this new endeavor in my life and creating valuable posts that will help people. I’m planning on starting off with a couple posts a week, so stay tuned!