A Brief Hiatus

I’m not even going to try to make up excuses to explain the brief hiatus. I haven’t written a blogpost in two months, and it is proving difficult to even start this one.

Let’s just say, I want to get back to the basics.

One of the reasons why I started this blog (and blogging in general) is because I have always loved to write. It has continually been my preferred creative outlet. I still have old diaries and entire notebooks that I’ve filled up with anecdotes, thoughts, dreams… WORDS! Truthfully, I am terrified to read them back. There’s a lot of teen angst that went into them. Silly 16-year old stuff, understandably. But it was how I expressed myself.. Maybe I’ll open them up one day when I’m bored, just for the lols.

I have spent the first couple of months this year really pushing myself to be happier. “Pushing” has a very aggressive connotation to it, but it’s better than saying I’ve been forcing myself to be more positive. That just takes away from the fact that I am genuinely happy. A place that I thought I wouldn’t get back to until I had finally made it. Whatever in the world that means.

Then I realized that I was being ridiculous and putting all this unnecessary pressure on myself. Boy, 22 sure isn’t the upbeat, bubblegum pop song Taylor Swift made it out to be.

What I am saying is that the journey through adulthood can be extremely stressful at times. It was super important for me to take these past couple of months to sorta feed my soul. I’ve actually started to volunteer at a local animal shelter as a dog walker. Quite possibly the best hour of the week. I’ve also been more committed to eating a plant-based diet, and working out more.

My January and February has been a much needed change in mindset and attitude. It’s been spent remembering what I’ve accomplished and what I still want to accomplish. To straighten out my priorities, which just so happen to be celebrating my 16 year academic career coming to a glorious end.

Over the next 3 months, I will be basking in the Costa Rican sunshine, channeling my inner Vanessa Hudgens at Coachella, (not)crying about my Disneyland annual pass expiring, and enjoying a week in the Bay Area with a best friend. As well as my shelter dog walking responsibilities. I want the celebrations to last forever, but the plan is to start working full-time this summer.

Many things to look forward to, and I’m feeling incredibly lucky.



How to: Celebrate NYE in Paris

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A year ago, I was in Paris, France, ringing in 2014. It was my first time doing something different to celebrate the new year, and it has left a lasting impression.

So, whether you find yourself in Paris this New Year’s Eve, or if you’re at home wherever in the world that may be, here is: How to Celebrate NYE in Paris.


  1. Preparation. The whole evening is centered around the dinner table, so the day is usually spent in full prep mode. The menu consisted of somewhere around 5-6 courses, with dessert at the end!
  2. Avoid hangriness. It varies by family, but the dinner is usually set to begin around 8PM, and will last until midnight and beyond. So, if you’re used to early dinner hours, make sure you get a snack in. No one likes to be hangry.
  3. Dress to impress. It is, after all, the French who we’re talking about. If it’s not their food, it’s their fashion.
  4. Greetings. The kiss on both cheeks that the French are also well-known for. Every time someone new arrives, you get up, say hello, and faire la bise.
  5. Bon appétit! The rest of the evening is spent at the dinner table, with the occasional toilet/cigarette/faire la bise break.
  6. Never leave a glass empty. I like to believe this speaks for itself.
  7. Converse!! Being stuck at the dinner table when there’s no conversation = hours of agony. If you’re the sole American like I was, try your hand at the language of love. It proves to be the best ice breaker there is.
  8. Traditions. A lot of families have their own traditions, so if you are ever so lucky to be invited, participate!
  9. The New Year’s countdown. I believe this is a NYE tradition that transcends all cultures. So of course, in France, it’s done in French: dix, neuf, huit, sept, six, cinq, quatre, trois, deux, UN! 
  10. More bises. Individually wish each other a Bonne Année/Happy New Year with kisses on both cheeks, aka les bises.
  11. Ring in the new year. At this point, it is just necessary to make a whole lot of noise.
  12. Dessert. The perfect way to end the evening, and don’t forget to have another glass of your beverage of choice.

Read more about my personal Parisian NYE experience here.