Monday, June 15

It officially feels like summertime, even if I’m not able to do my usual favorite summer activities. The weather has actually been really nice here in Boston- not too humid, and not frigid either. Today it was perfect outside, so I ate my dinner outside on my front doorstep and just thought about my life and the world and the universe in general. My hormones and my anxiety definitely took a little bit of a dip this week, so I spent some time crying, doubting myself, feeling angry at the world, etc., but I pulled myself out of it as usual. I think it’s honestly okay to feel however you need to feel, even if it’s not completely sunshiney all the time. I find that the more open I allow myself to be with my emotions, the faster I move on from those funks. So I had my little cry, vented to some friends, and now I’m feeling much better.

In a nutshell, I’ve just been stressed about the same old things. I still cannot find a job, and I’m running out of money to buy food, so I had to ask my mom if I could borrow $40 (and I HATE asking people for money.) When you reach a point of broke-ness that you can’t feed yourself anymore, it’s a scary place to be. However, I am very fortunate and lucky to have my support system, and my good friend MJ venmo’d me $20 so I can buy groceries for the week. Thank you, MJ!

For those who have asked me how they can support me financially, buying a journal from my Etsy shop helps me to pay my bills!

So obviously financial problems have been the root of my stress and anger lately. I know money doesn’t solve all your problems, but it would certainly make my life a lot less stressful. Despite that, I’ve been feeling very creative and generally upbeat lately. I spend my days applying to jobs (I applied to 25 jobs yesterday,) making journals, painting, and of course, writing. Writing has always been my rock, and in a way, a great, healthy, self-soothing mechanism. 


Wednesday, June 17

I’m still in go-go-go mode, so I’ve been utilizing this burst of energy to apply to more jobs, make more journals, and get more writing projects done. Sometimes I go through days where I just can’t be bothered to do anything, and then there are days like this, where I feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done!
Like I said, I applied to six jobs today and my fingers are crossed that one will contact me back. I also put together a list of interview questions for a new story I’m conducting, so that will probably be out at some point in the next couple of weeks. I absolutely love interviewing other artists and writers, so it’s been a real joy to be in contact with so many amazing people through the journey of my publication. 

It’s about 4:30pm right now, so I’d like to photograph some journals to put on Etsy before the sun starts to go down and I lose that natural light. I am very proud of my animal-themed collection- what do you guys think?

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Friday, June 19

These past couple of days have actually been very successful and relieving, for a couple of reasons. For one, I was approved for food stamps, and that’s really going to help me afford groceries while I look for a job. Secondly, I finally switched over to a universal bank after struggling to get that done for weeks! I was also able to deposit my savings bonds while I did that, so that took a huge weight off my shoulders to have savings again. Now, I can finally buy things I need again, that I couldn’t afford to buy before, and I can pay my utilities bills without stress for a couple of months. Speaking of essentials, my mom very generously sent me a package the other day with toothpaste, new underwear, pads, and face wash. I almost cried; it was like Christmas to have those things. Not trying to sound dramatic, but seriously- I could not afford any of it until I took care of my bonds. I feel like a huge relief has been lifted off my shoulders.

The third wonderful thing that happened this week was that I had the privilege of interviewing one of my all-time favorite authors- Wendelin Van Draanen. We had a lovely hour-long conversation and discussed everything from rock and roll to the nitty gritty details of the Sammy Keyes series. Then, she told me she was going to send me a couple of her books, and my heart absolutely shot out of my body. How cool is that, that my favorite author is sending me more of her books?

So anyway, I’m feeling really good and much more secure today than I was earlier this week. I’m so looking forward to my little vacation with Nathaniel at the beginning of July, and I will be sure to take lots of pictures for you guys. Stay safe and please keep wearing your masks!

Wednesday, July 10

Hi guys, hope you’re having a great week so far. I’m doing really well myself, and I’m actually feeling very busy despite not having a job right now. Yesterday was sort of stressful; I took the T out to Cambridge to find a new pair of shorts at my favorite thrift store, and then I decided to go to Target to get some groceries. However, at some point on my outing, I lost my wallet! The interesting thing is that I didn’t even realize I lost it until the man who found it several hours later called my cell. I was sitting in my room, getting work done, and suddenly a very kind stranger called me to tell me he found my wallet. And incredibly, the first thing I said was, “I lost my wallet?”

So then I had to get back on the train, go all the way to Roxbury Crossing, get my wallet back (thank you, kind stranger for returning it!), and then I didn’t get back to my apartment until 11pm. It was long and stressful, but obviously I am SO happy to have my wallet back and my faith in humanity is slightly restored. 

So I didn’t get a lot done yesterday because I was busy running all over the place, but today was more productive. I woke up and did some morning yoga, took a shower, and then went back to the thrift store to return my shorts because they didn’t fit. And then, of course, I found three other things I wanted in the process! I’m going to be posting a thrift haul on Analog next week, so keep your eyes out for that.

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This is a set of journals I just finished!

It’s about 9:45 right now, and I’m just finishing up all of my writing for the day. I uploaded an Analog article and finished a draft for a blog, and then I applied for a couple of jobs. My mom suggested I go to a temp agency, seeing how I’ve applied to almost sixty jobs and I’ve heard back from almost none of them. It’s stressful times, but you do the best you can and try to stay positive.


Thursday, June 11

Hi friends! It’s been yet another productive day, and I’m feeling really good. It’s also been quite temperate here in Boston for the last few days, so I haven’t really been struggling with humidity or anything like that. Today I took the light rail to my old internship location so I could return my door tag and pick up my things, which was a really surreal experience. I haven’t been to my old workplace since March, so it was very strange to step back in and see all the offices closed down due to the virus.

Anyway, I got quite busy watching Dead to Me and binding journals for the rest of my afternoon. I haven’t listed anything for a little while, but having seven books bound in one day is a huge task and I’m really proud of that. Afterwards, I cooked a healthy dinner of vegan lemon ‘chicken’ and broccoli, and now I’m getting some writing done. I just finished writing a fashion article for Analog, and now I’m going to write an album review for the music blog I started with Nathaniel. 

So it’s been a busy, happy day, and I’m looking forward to eating the ice cream I ordered via uber eats in a few minutes. I’ve been running around like crazy for the past few days, and it’s summer, and I’m on my period, so I’m not going to feel bad about enjoying an ice cream today.

Tuesday, May 26

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all doing really well. I’m doing pretty alright, albeit, I have been better. Sometimes I just go through a bit of a funk where I feel off or lonely, and this is just one of those times. Being in a pandemic isn’t helping very much either, but I feel like I’m adapting to the changes decently. It’s hard to be away from all of my loved ones, and since I can’t find a job, I mostly just sit at home all day and wonder what I could be doing to be better.

Anyway, I am doing pretty well, just bored, I suppose! I’m a very goal-driven person and I enjoy being busy. The ways I’ve been keeping myself occupied are with my Etsy shop primarily, and I’ve also been trying to read often and get chores done around my apartment. I absolutely love making journals, but I’ve decided I’m not going to buy any more supplies until I sell the journals I currently have in my shop. If you’d like to take a look at my stock, head over to this link!

I’m going to keep drinking my morning coffee and try to knock out a couple of next week’s articles. I’m also looking for ideas for Analog stories, so drop your suggestions below!


Wednesday, May 27

It’s about ninety degrees Fahrenheit here in Boston, and I am definitely not a fan of this weather! I normally try to avoid the humidity, but today I actually walked to the Starbucks down my block and ordered an iced coffee, which I don’t do habitually. I also found out that they’re hiring, so I submitted my application immediately when I got home. My fingers are crossed for good news!

In the afternoon I went on an errands trip with Erin, and we got groceries and Chick-fil-a. I have to say, I definitely should have gotten a size large of the macaroni and cheese. That stuff is god-like! I don’t feel bad about loading up on iced coffee and macaroni every once in a while, because I do feel like I generally eat very healthy. If you read my meal prep article coming out on Thursday, you’ll know that I love preparing salads and overnight oats on a daily basis. Cheese, however, is my weakness. What’s your ‘weakness’ food?

It’s still pretty humid out even though it’s almost 9pm, so I hope it cools down a bit more around the time I’m getting ready for bed. Until then, I’m going to do some writing and internet browsing, and maybe start a new show on Netflix. Sorry I don’t really have anything exciting to update right now; my life is pretty standstill at the moment.


Sunday, May 31

Hi friends, I hope you’re all doing really well. The weather has cooled down here today, so I was able to sleep through the night without a fan for the first time this week. I’m doing much better than I was a few days ago- I’m not really in a funk anymore, and I’m trying not to be so hard on myself for my current circumstances. I’m applying to about ten jobs per week, so I can’t say I’m not trying, you know?

Yesterday, Erin and I went for a drive because it was so nice out, and we ended up at this cute little quiet beach about 30 minutes from our apartment. It wasn’t very populated, so we decided to get out and spend a few minutes getting our toes wet, taking pictures together and just appreciating the beauty. I’m glad we’re spending a lot of time together, and she’s been such a rock for me these past few months. Speaking of rocks, we painted rocks together last night when we got home. Check out Steve, my humpback whale, my rock cactus, and my very hungry caterpillar.

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Tomorrow Nathaniel is coming to pick me up, and then I’m going out to spend time with him and his family for a few days. He doesn’t come to Boston as much as I go out there because parking is such a hassle here, and it would be nearly impossible for him to park overnight without getting a ticket. Besides, I’m eager to get out of the apartment and enjoy time with my ‘other’ family. He’s been going through a tough patch, mental health wise, so I bought him some sunflowers and put together a little care package with CD’s and clothes. We have a lot of fun ideas planned for our little visit this week, and I’m excited to update you on what we’re up to.

As a closing note, I’d like to encourage all of you to partake in the sweep of action for George Floyd this week. Whether it is attending a protest, donating to the cause, or simply just educating those around you on racism, there are ways that all of us can help. Please don’t be afraid to make your voices heard!

Since moving into my new apartment, I’ve been spending a lot of time discovering new hobbies, recipes, and tv shows while in quarantine. I’ve certainly had a lot of time on my hands, and I’m so excited to share everything I’ve been loving this month with you!


Music | Grateful Dead

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First of all, let me preface by saying that Nathaniel is the biggest Grateful Dead stan on planet earth, so it’s impossible for me not to like them. In the past three months, I’ve probably listened to about 100 hours of the Grateful Dead, and I’ve genuinely grown to love the band dearly. It’s definitely an acquired taste for some, but there are a handful of songs that I always have stuck in my head. Usually, I cycle through the same six songs when I’m making my dinner every night, starting with “Sugar Magnolias” and ending with “Touch of Grey.” I think my favorite Dead song right now is “Hell in a Bucket,” but I honestly can’t pick a favorite.


TV & Movies | American Horror Story

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Considering how much I enjoy watching dark, twisted television, it was a shock to even me that I never really got into American Horror Story before now. If you read my Apartment Tour article, then you know that Erin and I have been watching the show almost every single night. I just finished watching Asylum last week, and while it was absolutely gripping and outstanding, I’ve also been joking that I think it “damaged my psyche.” If you’ve watched the season yourself, then I’m sure you can agree with what I’m saying. I think I’m going to watch 1984 next, though I’m open to other suggestions. 


Food | Overnight Oats

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I’m pretty sure my friends and family are sick to death of me talking about overnight oats. I’m sorry that oats make me so happy, but the possibilities with this recipe are endless. You can customize them with tons of produce, from frozen fruits to ripe bananas, or you can make dessert-like flavors using yogurt cups and dry toppings. My personal favorite overnight oat recipes are strawberries + creme, mint chocolate chip, and s’mores. Tune into my meal prep article next week to learn how I make them! It’s quick, it’s fun, and it’s easy to prepare an entire week’s worth of oats in just a few minutes.


Health & Beauty | Eylure ProMagnetic Liner + Lashes

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After I saw Jenna Marbles use magnetic eyelashes in her “Get Ready with Me to go Nowhere” video, I knew I had found my new holy grail makeup product. I love wearing false eyelashes, but I hate all the gluing and mess that comes along with it. Then, when I went to Target a couple of weeks ago with my boyfriend’s mom and his sister, I knew I had to pick up a pair while I was there. I mean, they were only about $15, and considering you get an entire tube of liquid liner as well, I thought it was a pretty great deal! They work relatively well for only 15 bucks, and I’ve been wearing them almost every day since I bought them. Definitely a worthy purchase.


Hobbies | Painting

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Like I said, I’ve needed to get back into a few hobbies now that Boston is in quarantine and I don’t have a job at the moment. I’ve always loved painting, but a few weeks ago, I had the idea to paint a jean jacket and I haven’t looked back since. I LOVE painting clothes! After I painted the jacket, I also went ahead and painted a button-up (which is on my Etsy shop, by the way,) and this secondhand suede jacket. It’s a great way to individualize your clothing, especially secondhand items, and I’ve really loved the way everything has turned out!


Food | Fruity Salads

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I think I’ve officially reached peak suburban mom energy: first the overnight oats, and now this. I wasn’t really a huge salad lover until recently, but now that I’ve realized you can put fruit in your salad, I’ve been preparing them every single week. For a while I was mimicking the Panera strawberry poppyseed salad (blueberries, oranges, pineapple, and strawberries,) but for the last couple of weeks I’ve been really enjoying an autumn-themed salad (apples, craisins, kale, and pecans.) Probably not very interesting to people who aren’t foodies, but for me, I really love coming up with new salad recipes and meal-prepping for the entire week.

Anywho, that’s going to be my monthly favorites for the month of May! I hope you guys found some inspiration from my list. Stay safe during these strange times!

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I’ve been in my apartment for about a month now, and in that time, I think my housemates and I have really made it feel super homey and comfortable. I’m not going to be showing you their bedrooms for privacy reasons, but I am going to guide you through the rest of my place! I love that everything looks so clean and fresh, and I also love that my apartment is right next to the train, so I can easily get places I need to go. 

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This is my living room/dining room, which is probably the biggest room in the apartment. I only really spend time here in the evening, because my housemate, Erin, and I like to watch American Horror Story together before we go to bed. I really like the curved wall with the three windows; I think it’s really interesting and gives the place a true Bostonian touch. I also really like the way we decorated the wall shelf, particularly with pictures of our parents on their wedding days. 

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The kitchen is nothing fancy, but that pantry? SO gorgeous. We each have our own shelf in the pantry, and mine is the one on the far left. I’ve stocked my pantry with the usual staples- dry pasta, soup, nuts, etc. I tend to make a lot of salads and overnight oats, so dried foods and perishable goods are things I always like to have on hand.

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We all share one relatively small bathroom, but it has everything we need, so there isn’t much to complain about. I miss taking bubble baths back at my old house, but the shower is big, and we keep it very organized and tidy. We have these cute little cubicle things to organize our shower supplies and our bathroom cleaning supplies, which I think has really helped us to optimize the space.

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Speaking of my bedroom, I am absolutely obsessed with the way it turned out! I’ll start with my bookshelf and move my way around the rest of the room. I’ve had this bookcase for years now, so of course I knew I wanted to bring it into my new place. The top half is mostly dedicated to my artist side, as I keep all of my paints, watercolor paper, and art books up there. I also decided to hang up one of my favorite paintings, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, because it makes me feel especially peaceful and inspired. In addition to my entire collection of books, I also have all of my eyeshadow palettes and my handmade journals lined up on this shelf.

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In the back corner of my room I have my clothing rack, a very large plant, and my bed. I’ve always loved the feeling of sleeping close to the ground, which is why I decided to opt out of having a bed frame. I really love the way my bed setup turned out, especially with the mountainous tapestry and the fairy lights. I love mountains and rustic areas, so I feel happy and relaxed every time I look at the tapestry. On my back window, I’ve decorated the sill with pictures of me and my boyfriend and my photography equipment.

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My desk is one of my favorite areas of my room, because it’s where I do all of my creating. It’s also where I keep most of my makeup, as I’m sure you can see! On this wall, I also have a beautiful painting that was created by my boyfriend’s grandfather- a fellow artist. He knows how much I love art, so he very kindly gifted me one of his original paintings. It’s one of my favorite things to look at every day. You can also see my tiny stash of Barefoot moscato on the end table, right behind my handmade photo album and a picture of my good friend, Eli. 

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The final wall of my room has my walk-in closet, which is quite spacious, and this little wiry shelf thing where I keep my shipping supplies and my Keurig. It’s very convenient to have my morning coffee so close to my bed! (Side note: I had to blur out some of my closet because my wedding dress was visible.)

I hope you guys enjoyed this little tour of my apartment! I think it’s so cute, fresh, and cozy, and I’m really looking forward to spending the next few months here. I don’t know where I’ll end up next, but I have a feeling it won’t be Boston.

Sunday, May 10

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all doing well. I’ve had a surprisingly productive/busy day for a Sunday; I went grocery shopping, helped my roommate deep-clean the apartment, meal prepped for the week, applied to three jobs, started a story for Analog, and now I’m blogging! I also touched up my roots with some bleach, but that didn’t turn out as 100% as I wanted. Nonetheless, I think I did a pretty good job.

I feel pretty well adjusted to the groove of my apartment life, but I’m still not 100% settled. For one thing, I’ve had a little bit of a writing block when it comes to blogging. Projects with my hands are fine, like painting and book binding, but I honestly haven’t felt settled enough to really sit down and type since I moved in. I know this sounds dramatic, but I’ve only just been so focused on survival that I haven’t really thought about my blog or Analog. That’s why tonight I’m trying to really buckle down and get an article or two done, so I don’t fall behind.

I think after I write this, I’m going to make some grilled cheese and soup for dinner, and watch some more Love Island. I think I’m going to see Buck this weekend, so that’s exciting! I miss him tremendously. 


Saturday, May 16

Hi guys! Hope you’re all staying safe and happy. I know I haven’t sat down to write in a few days; I’ve been preoccupied by visiting my boyfriend in his hometown. I hadn’t seen him since before I moved, so it was really nice to catch up again and spend some quality time together. We’ve been spending a lot of time at home, of course, but we’ve also been out on a few drives, and we even went for a lovely nature walk around the mountains the other day. I also learned he makes an amazing grilled cheese sandwich, so I’ve been requesting that a lot for dinner lately, haha! The other way we’ve been occupying our time is through watching tons of movies and ordering takeout. I love my new apartment, but it’s always nice to come out here and spend time with his family, too. In fact, it’s pretty likely I’m going to break my lease within the next 6-8 months and move out here to be with him. We already know we want to get married, move to Vermont, and have little babies someday, so we’re definitely ready to take that next step and move in together.

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Speaking of that, I’m not planning on getting married anytime soon (not for at least 2-3 years,) but I did find my absolute dream wedding dress on Etsy and I am dying to order it now, since it’s a vintage item and once it sells, it’s gone. It’s a gorgeous seventies off-the-shoulder lace dress with a deep back, and I’m absolutely nuts for it. It’s only $275, so if I scrape together some savings, I think I can buy it before it sells. I’m also probably going to receive some graduation money (today would have been my graduation if it wasn’t for coronavirus,) so I can put that towards the dress as well.

Anyway, I’m going back to Boston tomorrow (sadly,) and from there I need to do some meal prepping, open a new bank account, and continue my never-ending job search. I’m going to celebrate so hard the day I get a job, even if it’s just doing retail work or bussing in a restaurant. I’ll be sure to update you guys on how that process goes. Enjoy these pictures from my beautiful week in Western Massachusetts! 

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Literally the happiest day of my life

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