Bye, 2017! Hello 2018.

Ok, this year totally flew by! This time last year, I was so excited to see 2016 come to an end, and honestly, I feel the same way about 2017. Although this year was full of huge life changes and new beginnings, I still feel like the best is yet to come. (Which I suppose is a good feeling to have!)

I'm currently in Orlando with my family for a football bowl game, and then Universal on Friday! I'm soooo excited to go to Harry Potter world! For now, I wanted to share some highlights from the year.

3 Months in Stillwater

I moved to Oklahoma three months ago! Well, technically a little over 3 months ago. I'm late getting this post up because I was busy over the weekend with friends (!!!) and decided to focus more on building those relationships than drafting this post! (OK, that and binge-watching Parks and Recreation Sunday evening.)


(I only go to the same three restaurants in Stillwater, but can you blame me? I mean look at that burger!)

Reflecting on 22

I turn 23 today! I don't consider myself a big birthday person, but I love reflecting on the past year and looking forward to a new one. This past year was also my "golden year" - though it wasn't too golden most of the time, ha!

Book Review: The Hearts of Men

One of the first things that I did after moving to Stillwater was get a library card. I looooove the local library. I feel like I could spend hours wandering the aisles and trying to pick out books. The library in Stillwater only checks out books for 2 weeks at a time, so I have to be a little picky.

I chose to read The Hearts of Men after it was on a recommended shelf and because it was pretty different from what I usually read (books written about women by women). It did not disappoint!

Two Months in Stillwater

It's been two months since I moved to Oklahoma. Since my one month update, I feel like nothing has really changed, but at the same time like so much has.

Weekly Recap

I did a terrible job of posting this week. I've been trying to tell myself "quality over quantity" but I wanted to post something this week so I decided to bring back an oldie but (hopefully) a goodie.

My inspiration has definitely been lacking in Oklahoma, especially since all I do is watch TV and go to work. I have no plans this weekend (except church on Sunday)... so let's hope that those two days re-energize me.

I still want to do a Q&A for my birthday next month! So far I have a grand total of.... zero questions. So if there's anything you want to know, drop it in the comments below.

10 Things

Good morning everyone, and happy Friday! I unexpectedly have today off for fall break, so I'm using it to visit my friend Kelsey in Dallas! I'm excited to get out of Oklahoma and have a fun weekend with a familiar face.

I've had a few thoughts rolling around in my head recently so I just wanted to put them in the universe.

America's Greatest Homecoming Celebration Photo Diary

One of the things that Oklahoma State University is known for across the country (ok, in the Midwest) is their Homecoming. It's the biggest in the country, with over 80,000 alumni returning each year for the weekend's events.

Since the week is put on by the Alumni Association, I had a first-hand look at everything going on! I worked most events and wanted to share some of the pictures here with y'all.

Learning to Love the Wobble

I used to hate yoga. I don't even have a good reason why! I started doing more in the Spring, and after doing a 30-day yoga challenge, I do it multiple times per week! Even a simple flow makes me feel sooo much better after sitting at my desk all day long.

One Month in Stillwater

How crazy is it that one month ago I packed all of my earthly possessions in a budget truck, got in my car, and drove with my parents halfway across the country to move to Oklahoma?! It has been a whirlwind one month full of life transitions and lessons.

3 Ingredient Banana Protein Pancakes

I have been on the struggle bus recently when it comes to my diet. I'm a big breakfast person but generally get hungry way before lunch at 11:30-ish. And if I eat that early, then I'm hungry way before the end of the day! This leads to me snacking on unhealthy foods that leave me wondering why I spend time in the gym if it's not making a difference! 😉

I've been wanting to find a quick breakfast that keeps me full for a long time. Enter: simple banana pancakes.

101 in 1001 Update

I've been slowly making my way through my 101 in 1001 list. I know that I realistically won't be able to cross off all of the items, but I'm proud of myself for trying anyway! (Usually when I know I won't accomplish anything I just stop because I hate failure- which is a terrible habit that I'm trying to break.)

I recently crossed a few milestones off the list and I wanted to share with y'all!

Career Series: 3 Emails to Send to Your Network

When it came to networking during my job search, I honestly felt at a little disadvantage. Neither of my parents worked "traditional" 9-5 jobs, let alone had any contacts in my field.

My mom, however, did have a friend who knew friends. So my networking was a lot of emails... and a lot more trial and error.

Today I wanted to share with y'all the three emails that got me a response every time (!!!).

Chambray Dress

Happy Friday! This week went by so quickly for me. I got permission from a friend to use their Hulu account which meant I could finally start the Handmaid's Tale. Oh. My. Gosh. I can't pull myself away from the television!! I totally get the hype and now fully understand how it won so many Emmys.

I definitely need to find a balance so I can start spending more time outside and soak up the first few days of Fall. It's still really hot here (as in 100 degrees when I leave my work at 5 😅) so I've been allll about transition pieces.


It's officially been one week since I moved away from Atlanta. It feels so weird that the city I grew up in is no longer my "permanent address." However, Atlanta will always be my ~home~

I decided to make a guide to the city I know and love in case anyone ever decides to make the trip to Hotlanta! (Only don't really call it that 😉)

Dancing in the Streets

Is it just me and my friends, or is love in the air? Let me rephrase... is it just my friends? I feel like almost every one of my close friends is in a serious relationship and about to get engaged. And I CAN'T WAIT! (Editing this post really quick to add that one of my dear friends got engaged last night! So excited and so happy for her and her fiance! Feels weird to say!)

Bring on the chance to shop for wedding guest dresses like this PERFECT option from Tobi!

Career Series: Staying Organized

Welcome back to part 2 of 4 of my career series! Today I want to talk about staying organized throughout the process. With tons of applications, stages of interviews, rejections, etc. it can be really hard to stay organized and know what you're looking at.

During my job search, I created one giant spreadsheet (well, technically two if you count pre-internship and post-internship) where I stayed organized. Hopefully, this technique will help you, too!

(And don't worry - this post is a lot shorter and a lot less rambly than last week's!)

First Day of Work!

I'm officially all moved into my apartment in Stillwater and tomorrow is my first day of work!

Career Series: Intro

I’m so excited to start a brief little career series with you guys. I think my job search was pretty normal when it was all said and done, but I know during my search I loved to read other peoples’ experiences. There’s comfort in community, and when you don’t know where your life is headed, there’s nothing more comforting than knowing that other people have been there and survived it all.

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to detail my job search: how I stayed organized, how I networked without having a network, and the biggest things I took away from the crazy processes. Today, however, I want to detail my background and how I got my job!

Farewell, Atlanta!

I can't believe I leave for Oklahoma tomorrow. These past couple of weeks have gone by so fast with furniture shopping, stocking up on orange (slowly getting used to it), and soaking up my last few moments on the couch with my dog.

While my sister was in town this weekend, I knew I wanted to stroll along the Beltline one last time.

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

There's something about Fall that makes me crave anything warm and creamy. With football season coming up, one recipe, in particular, comes to mind: buffalo chicken dip. But what if I told you that buffalo chicken dip could be made even better by sandwiching it between two slices of cheesy, buttery bread?


I have huge news to share with y’all!!!!

If you missed my Instagram post yesterday…

Rompin' Around Decatur

Can I just say that I'm SO GLAD the romper trend is back? It's been back for a while now, but does anyone remember the dark years between 2013-2015 that nobody wore them?! What were we thinking?! I have been loving rompers recently, and this embroidered piece from Target is no exception.

Total Solar Eclipse

I've always found myself totally fascinated by the natural workings of planet Earth. Waterfalls, mountains, constellations, sunsets and sunrises... you name it, I could spend endless amounts of time enjoying them. (Which is funny, because I am definitely not "outdoorsy" and love a good city skyline.)

Weekly Recap

Happy Friday! I had such an exciting week, lots of things started to fall into place for me! I finally feel confident about my job search, and with that comes more confidence about the future. I hope to be able to share some good news soon, and with that will come some job search advice and more about what I went through.

Today starts a long week of traveling for me! I'm headed to Raleigh this weekend, then stopping through Charlotte on Monday, then a flight to Dallas that night, and back to Atlanta Tuesday afternoon. Although I'm sure I'll be tired there at the end, it will hopefully all be worth it!

Jumpsuit? Jumper?

I love Old Navy. I can never go in and not purchase something (I have the same problem at Target if we're being totally honest with each other). Old Navy is great for basics, but they also have so many trendy clothes too.

When I was looking to branch out with a jumpsuit, I knew that Old Navy would be a great place to look for one that was stylish but would blend in while still standing out. That's a pretty weird set of requirements, but when one is breaking out of the t-shirt and shorts style with a jumpsuit, the last thing you want is someone staring at you. This one did not cause my social anxiety to go up in flames, so I deem it a winner!

Weekly Recap

This week really flew by for me. I want to take a quick second to thank everyone for their kind feedback on Wednesday's post! I'm so glad to hear that I'm not alone in how I was feeling and that even some bloggers that I admire the most have felt this same way too! It definitely made the latter half of the week much smoother.

I was feeling pretty frustrated when I published that post, because how can one apply for upwards of 70 jobs and literally not hear anything back? But it was almost funny - Wednesday morning I literally scheduled 4 interviews for today and next week. Kind of ironic how that all works out, yeah?

Real Talk

I originally had an outfit post planned for today, but I decided to switch around my calendar in favor of some real talk. In the spirit of being totally candid, I’ve been struggling recently. Struggling about my future, my friendships/relationships, what the heck I’m going to do with my life, how I’m going to make a difference in the world, how I can separate myself from other people who are exactly the same as me… I mean, the list goes on and on and on. I can just feel my anxiety flaring up at that list.

When I look at my life even a year ago, I thought everything would be so different. I’m smart. I’m (relatively… most of the time) easy to talk to. I make a great first impression (so I’ve been told). I’ve always had jobs and internships and volunteer experience, even if they were in the wrong fields. So where did it all go wrong?

Baked Chicken Fingers

Y'all, I love chicken fingers. They're a staple in my diet, especially when I go out to eat. Unfortunately, restaurant chicken fingers are so many calories! Don't get me wrong, I'll still splurge on them from time to time, but can't a girl enjoy her chicken fingers in peace while still feeling healthy at the end of the day? Enter: homemade baked chicken fingers.

Weekly Recap

Ahhhh another week come and gone. This year is really flying by, it feels like just yesterday was the 4th of July! I had a couple of meetings this week, a couple of job interviews, and a whole lot of job applications sent! Today I'm having a minor oral surgery operation, so I'm planning on spending the weekend on my couch watching Netflix!

Printiki Prints (Promo Code!)

I've always loved picture prints. When I was younger, I must have gone through dozens of disposable cameras and picture books. Then, when I switched to digital pictures, I almost always ordered prints at a drugstore to hang on my wall. There's just something about physically holding a picture in your hand that I will never get over!

Even though I don't carry around a camera as much as I used to, I still love being able to print off pictures of the places and people that I love, especially after a vacation or when moving into a new living space (my dorm room had SO MANY PICTURES!), so when Printiki reached out to me for this post I was 100% on board.

3 Book Recommendations

I love books. One of the best parts about having graduated college is that I feel like I finally have more free time to spend reading than I have had in the past 4 years! I always managed to find time to read a few books over summer and winter breaks, but they were usually books I had read before. (My go-to is To Kill A Mockingbird or any of the Harry Potter novels.)

It's been a while since I've read a book that I couldn't put down - and this summer I've found THREE!

Denim Phase

I'm a huge fan of denim. Give me a good pair of jeans and I'm all set. Not to mention, my allllll time favorite accessory is my jean jacket. I've had it for YEARS and I wore it almost every day to work during my internship. But since it's been SO HOT in Atlanta recently I've had to find a new way to wear my denim obsession.

Weekly Recap

Hello and happy Friday!! I've been SO TERRIBLE at posting this month, but I'm really hoping to turn that around in the second half. I feel like I say that every month, but now that my internship is over and I'm only working two days a week, I should have more free time to spend here. Then again, job searching is a full-time job, AND I'm studying for the GRE... so who knows.

One of the things I want to work on this weekend is getting some generic pictures for blog content. The only problem is, I don't have a tripod and my sister is going out of town! Hopefully I'll be able to figure something out (or just go ahead and buy the tripod, which I probably will eventually).

Podcast Recommendations

I've been really into podcasts recently. I get tired of listening to music after a while (people get really upset when I say that... so I apologize if I have offended you) and I really dislike some audiobook readings and much prefer seeing the words. Podcasts are a great in between. There are several I like that tell stories and keep me entertained, and are told in a such a great way that I don't feel like I'm missing any information by listening instead of reading.

Weekly Recap

This week went by really quickly for me! Since I got home from Portland on Monday morning, I didn't go into work until the afternoon and the day went by really quickly. I think since it felt like a 4 day week that it felt like it flew by.

I'm looking forward to just relaxing this weekend! It's supposed to be kind of gross weather, but I'm hoping that maybe it'll be sunny enough for a few hours that I can go to the pool to read or take a walk outside.

On a disappointing note, my "huge life decisions" that I thought I would have to make about a week ago ended up not being a thing. That being said, it's probably ok if it's raining this weekend so I get some job applications started and done. (P.S... if you're hiring... hi!) ;)


I got to visit my friend Stephanie in Portland, Oregon last weekend!!! Stephanie and I studied abroad together in Salzburg over two years ago. She was able to make a quick trip to Atlanta on her way to visit family, but this was really the first time we've seen each other since then! It was so much fun - I loved Portland!

My flight got intoPortland on Thursday night later than expected, but still with enough time to rest up for a full day of seeing the city on Friday while Stephanie was at work. (Side note: 6 hour flights are such a pain!!! What do you do to pass the time?)

Bratislava in 24 Hours

One of my major goals when I studied abroad (2.5 years ago... what!!) was to hit as many “off the beaten path” countries as I could. I figured that I could always convince myself to go back to Austria, Germany, France, and Italy, but that the lesser-known countries would be a little harder to go back to. Slovakia was definitely one of those countries, but let me tell y’all… Slovakia is awesome.

Slovakia is relatively new (it became a country again after the fall of the Iron Curtain), but it has so much to offer. It’s also a member of the European Union, so it’s not hard to travel to. Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is also just a short train ride from Vienna, which makes it an ideal day trip!

Travel Inspiration

I've been hit with a serious wave of wanderlust. I'm itching to go on a dreamy, adventurous vacation sometime soon... I have a few ideas as to where I want to go, but I can't help feeling inspired by some of these places too.

Here are a few places that I'm absolutely dying to visit.


ICELAND // Because, duh. How is this place even freaking real?! I've been wanting to visit Iceland for forever, but I want to wait until I can do it properly. (AKA have money to spend on the best trip itinerary ever!)

CAPE TOWN // Every picture I've ever seen of South Africa is absolutely jaw-droppingly beautiful. My sister studied abroad in Cape Town last summer and loved it, and I also had a couple of friends in college study abroad there too. While I have absolutely zero desire to cage dive with sharks, I have a ton of desire to hike up Table Mountain and go on a safari!

CHEFCHAOUEN, MOROCCO // Also known at the Blue City, this beautiful city in Morocco has been calling my name for years now. Almost every piece of clothing I own is blue, which I'm pretty sure is a sign. I just want to get lost on these streets.

PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA // Patagonia has been on my list for a while, too. It's up there with Iceland in terms of "seriously, is this even real?!" I just love these mountains and I want to spend a good bit of time hiking and taking in all that the area has to offer.

THAILAND // I've wanted to take a trip through Southeastern Asia for a while now, and Thailand is at the top of my list (though I'd be happy with any country, really!). I love the colors, the delicious food (I'm assuming), the culture... just all of it is so wonderful and makes me want to buy a ticket now!

Ok, that's enough for now. I'm pretty much ready to pack a suitcase, board a flight, and never come home.

If you have ever been to and written about one of these places, please share with me!!! I want to live vicariously though you until I can go there for myself!

Weekly Recap

This was a really short week. I ended up being sick on Monday (I think exhaustion after traveling so much, does that happen to anyone else?) so it felt like another 4 day work week.

My friend Erin is visiting for the weekend and we're going to one of my favorite ATL neighborhoods on Friday and the lake on Saturday with my family. My aunt bought a waterski for our boat and I've never waterskied in my life, so I'm nervous but excited to try it out!

On the other hand, I have a feeling that this weekend will be the weekend where I have to make some huge decisions about my future. Hopefully I'll be able to share details soon, but in the meantime, I'm just hoping to keep my sanity while my friend is in town. (Though it will be great to have her around to talk to in person about all of this!)

Mandy Harvey, America's Got Talent // Holy. Crap. This is exactly the kind of inspiration I needed heading into the weekend. I watched this the other night and I really had to keep myself from crying - though on second thought I should have just let it out! I absolutely love this quote that she said, "I wanted to do more with my life than just give up." YES GIRL. I might have to watch AGT just for her!

Homemade Basil Lemonade // I was thinking the other day about a coffee shop in Atlanta that had the best basil lemonade, but I think it closed. Basil lemonade is SO GOOD and so refreshing on a hot summer day (especially in the South when it's 100 degrees and 80+% humidity!). I've never made homemade lemonade but I might have to try this recipe for the infusion of basil.

Amal, The Perfect Mother // Amal Clooney, resident badass human right's lawyer, gave birth to her twins on Tuesday! Of course, they're probably the world's most perfect children. I mean, their mom is one of the greatest women on this earth. I guess their dad is fine too, but Amal is better. Also, this definitely means that Beyonce has given birth to her twins, since her pregnancy announcement was first and she was farther along when her and Jay Z announced that they were expecting... classic Bey keeping it a secret, but we'll hear it soon enough.

Bachelor in Paradise Cast // ABC announced the Bachelor in Paradise season 4 cast (how have there been 4 successful seasons of this...?) earlier this week. I would say that so far the cast is pretty much what we all expected, with the exception of a few. Like, DeMario... what are you doing? Go home my dude.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

4 Books to Read When You Have No Idea What You're Doing With Your Life

I'm so jealous of the people who graduate college and immediately know what they're going to do next. I definitely thought I was one of those people coming into college, but as the years went on (AKA 6 weeks away from graduation) I realized that I had no idea what direction I wanted to go. Luckily, I majored in a pretty versatile subject (broadcast journalism for those curious!) and once you learn how to communicate effectively, you can pretty much do anything with it... but was it really what I wanted to do?

I spent a lot of my first few weeks (ok, months) after graduation trying to figure out my life. And even after two internships, I still have no idea what I'm doing. Here are four books I've read recently that have helped me narrow it down/realize it's ok to have no clue what's coming next.

24 Hours in Colorado Springs

I had a crazy week of traveling last week! I went to Colorado on Tuesday night, stayed for work in the morning on Wednesday, flew back to Atlanta Wednesday evening, and then back out to Colorado Friday afternoon and back home again on Sunday! It was definitely exhausting, but also amazing! I just love being surrounded by the mountains and able to breathe in the crisp, dry mountain air. (Anyone who lives in a place with a ton of humidity can attest!)

My mom and I flew out to Colorado Springs this weekend and spent all day Saturday touring around. (P.S.: Taking a trip with just my mom was on my 101 in 1001… I can cross that off the list now!) There’s a lot to see in the Springs, but you can do just about all of it in one (very tiring) day.

We started out by going to the Olympic Training Center. Colorado Springs is “Olympic City USA,” and I’m a total nerd when it comes to the Olympics so there was no way I was going out there and not touring the training center! It was amazing. At the start of the tour, they show a short video montage about the history of the modern Olympic games focusing on Team USA and I started crying almost immediately because of how much I loved it. (I wish I were kidding, but there were real tears shed.)

After the training center, we drove up to the United States Air Force Academy to see their famous chapel. It was so beautiful and certainly did not disappoint! That being said, next summer it’s closing down for a 4-5 year renovation, so if you’re dying to see it, be sure to get out there sooner rather than later!


For lunch, we really wanted to go to Old Colorado City (the old mining city) but missed it on the map by a block. But it ended up working out because we got to go to Manitou Springs instead! Manitou is also a mining city at the base of Pikes Peak (the mountain that inspired “America the Beautiful” …casual.) In Manitou there is a ton to do, like taking the train (or starting the hike) up to the summit of Pikes Peak, visiting museums about the miners that used to live there, and they have beer and wine festivals some weekends throughout the year. We decided not to go up Pikes Peak because it was kind of rainy and cloudy and weren’t sure the view would be worth it, but if it’s sunny we definitely would have! (The drive can last anywhere from 2 to 3 hours, depending on traffic, weather, time of year, and how many stops you make for pictures!)

We ended up eating lunch at the Manitou Brewing Company. It was AMAZING. We got two “shareable plates,” (nachos and pulled pork and homemade beer queso and their specialty fries with truffle oil, parmesan shavings, and chipotle sauce) and both of them were huge and so good.  We were both absolutely stuffed but couldn’t stop eating! Luckily, Manitou Springs is a great place to walk up and down the streets, so we did that and enjoyed looking at all of the local stores and jewelry makers.

After lunch, we went to the main attraction of Colorado Springs: Garden of the Gods.  Garden of the Gods is a national landmark park that will always be free (!!!) to the public. However, you can book horseback riding tours through the park and I think that would be a really neat way of seeing the formations. We weren’t prepared to go hiking, so we stuck to the road through the park with just a couple of exceptions, one being balanced rock. Definitely one of the most popular stops, there were TONS of people, but with a little bit of patience and good timing, I was able to take some great pictures on the rock. And the ledge I was standing on was a lot higher than it looked! If I’m ever back in COS I would definitely wear better clothes and follow the hiking paths around and up some of the formations.

By this point, we were pretty tired so we drove to the downtown area and got a drink on the rooftop bar of Phantom Canyon. Then we walked around a little bit (still full from our amazing lunch!) and explored the Springs before getting dinner closer to our hotel on the east side of town.

Colorado Springs is definitely an interesting little place! You can literally see people from all walks of life just walking down the streets. It’s also the second biggest city in Colorado, but I don’t think you’d be able to tell if you didn’t already know. There’s an interesting mix of old and new, run down and just now being built. It’s also only an hour and a half away from downtown Denver, and a little over two hours away from the skiing at Breckenridge, Vail, etc. It would make a perfect day trip if you’re ever in Colorado!

Have you ever been to Colorado Springs?