Read. Write. Edit. Repeat.

img_1244.jpgSo, today was my first day at my new job with Houstonia Magazine and I don’t think it could be more perfect. Let’s just jump right into it! (Click the link to visit their website) Or here is a link to their Instagram!

First: If you’d like to Subscribe to the magazine and receive it monthly (which you can do from anywhere!) this is the link to do it! CLICK ME. You can receive 12 issues, 24 issues, or 36 issues. They get mailed directly to your house each month! You guys gotta do it so you can see what it’s all about over here.

As you all know, I moved to Houston specifically for this opportunity. Writing is my passion, obvi, and traveling is too. This was the perfect fit. I work with 3 other interns for the Editorial side of the magazine. And let me just say, these people are the most amazing individuals I’ve ever met in my life. They are driven, passionate, creative minded people, which is going to make this experience even more rewarding. There’s so much I can learn from each one of them.

The magazine comes out monthly, and formatted similar to DIG, it’s just bigger. It’s gotta be, right? This is Houston we are talking about. My boss, the Editor-In-Chief, is an absolute angel. It’s all around the ideal work environment. Our office is located inside an actual house within The Heights. If you aren’t familiar with this area of Houston, it’s just about as funky and cute as it gets for a location.

Most of my work will consist of editing the articles within the magazine before it gets sent to print and pitching ideas to the head writers/editors on the team. There are so many opportunities within this job that I can’t even focus on just one. I’m making it a goal to publish as much as possible in my 6 months here. Let’s hope for a success rate like I had with DIG Magazine!!!!

Today consisted of orientation, going over the job duties, and everyday tasks followed by lunch at Pi Pizza which was delishhhh. Working for a magazine is the best, not only because I’m doing what I love most by writing and editing everyday, but also because I get to experience aspects of the city I probably never would have if I wasn’t in this line of work. I get to meet tons of new amazing people who I wouldn’t have met otherwise. It’s such a gratifying feeling.

Tomorrow we will put the last few touches on things and I’ll have my first real day of learning the ropes. I hope all of you choose to subscribe to the magazine so you can follow my journey the closest way possible. I’m so excited to see all of the things I accomplish from this.

Every single day I fall more in love with living. Isn’t that crazy? 2019 is going to be awesome.

xoxo. ❤

Fresh Start.

We did it. We made it to 2019. How does it feel? Have any plans? Any goals?

So, 2018 was single-handedly the best year of my life. I’m not sure how I’ll top everything I did, but I’ve got a few ideas that you will all watch unfold gradually. Make this year epic. If you’re struggling with something, battle it. If you are lost, spend time finding yourself. Strive to be more. Become the person you’ve always dreamed of being.

I’ve been in Houston for 2 and a half weeks today and it seemed fitting to do my first blog post since being here. I can say that my life has been brighter ever since I got here. There’s something about moving to a new place where nobody knows you that is exhilarating. I can be whoever I want to be. It’s a weird feeling.

Of course, I get lost going to the grocery and the freeway has never intimidated me more in my life, but hey, adventures are never easy. I’ve already successfully went to my local Walmart looking homeless and bought wine from a corner store, so you could say things are starting to feel like home haha. I’ll post pictures at the end of this, but I obviously have to get the talking out-of-the-way.

I’ve got my apartment completely set up…… and have since my second day here because I’m crazy. You guys, its honestly my dream apartment. I see the city skyline every time I drive away from my house. I have a whole wall dedicated to shoes (let’s face it, that makes it all worth while). My neighbors are nice. I get up in the morning and open my windows and drink my coffee. It’s the most at peace I’ve ever been.

Going Downtown is the most fun. Everything is so beautiful there, gosh especially during the holidays. I picked the perfect time to move to Houston. There are lights everywhere and huge Christmas trees and the neighborhoods you can drive through to see lights are absolutely insane.

More exciting news is that my Blog, my little bean of a website, turns 1 whole year old tomorrow on January 3rd. A whole year. It doesn’t even feel like I’ve been doing this for that long. I remember my first post, I Was Feeling Epic., and I think back to how nervous I was to open up to the world in a way I’ve never done before. The response I get on each post just reiterates the feeling that I’m touching more lives than I ever thought was possible. As you all know, I got the title of my first Blog post tattooed on me while in New York. So, I guess you could say this little project of mine means the world to me. I’m so thankful for everyone who supports it.

NOWWWWW, the fun part. Pictures. ❤

 

I start my magazine job next week, so of course I’ll post about that as soon as I’m done with my first day.

xoxo. ❤

In The Blink of An Eye.

Today is the start of the rest of our lives.
That’s the opening line of every graduation right? It’s so true.

As I sang the Alma Mater for the last time swinging back and forth with my friends, it hit me.
This is it. I’ve finally did it.
We screamed L S U and confetti shot from the ceiling and tears started pooling in my eyes.
It’s over.
In the blink of an eye, the last four years of my life have come to an end.
And the next chapter is just beginning.
It’s a bitter sweet moment looking at this piece of paper that has defined my existence for so long. It’s everything I could’ve hoped for.

Next stop: Houston.
Even more unbelievable then getting my degree. This time tomorrow I’ll be in my new home preparing to start my dream job.

I have found a home in LSU that I’ll never find anywhere else and that’s something I’ll hold close to my heart every single day.
Thanks for the long study nights in Middleton, the thousands of dollars spent on coffee, the 10.2 miles of walking to and from classes, and most importantly, for filling the holes in my heart with amazing people that will be by my side forever.

xoxo.

The Time Has Come.

The time has come for me to flip the final page in this chapter of my life and begin a new one.

When this post goes live, I’ll be walking across the stage receiving my degree in English Literature.

This month… this whole year has been so eventful, so crazy. I can’t even fathom it all. So let’s recap shall we? At the start of 2018 I began my blog (does it even feel that long ago?), I became vegan. I started working at Mod Salon, which has turned into such a blessing. I have visited New York and Chicago. I have published 6 articles within DIG Magazine, and also interviewed Lauren Daigle. I have successfully applied to 12 English PhD programs for the Fall of 2019. I ran a 5K through LSU into Death Valley. I have accepted a job with Houstonia Magazine, and finalized my first apartment in Houston, Texas. And lastly, I have earned my Bachelor’s of Art at Louisiana State University.

Not only am I leaving my home to start a new chapter in Houston, but I’m saying goodbye to 3 jobs, 4 years worth of memories, and 4 years worth of friendships I have made along the way. As I pack up my apartment piece by piece, I can’t help but remember every single detail of my life leading up to this point.

Let’s recap 2018 with pictures?

When I moved here 4 year ago, I did not think I would be where I am at now. I am so thankful and feel so blessed day after day to be living my absolute dream. I’ve become a writer. I’ve become an editor. I’ve offically become the person I always dreamed about being. I have healed myself and learned to love myself so much throughout this year.

Change is scary. I’ve never been more terrified to do something in my life, but I know this is exactly where I need to be and I’m doing exactly what I’m meant to be doing. I can’t wait to see what 2019 has instore for me, and where my career will take me. I can’t wait to see where I end up for grad school and to take on the stress of moving once more. There will be countless blogs and so much more to come, I can’t wait to share it all moment by moment.

I live every single day by the title of my website.

Living is epic. I’m definitely making my own Epic Existence. 

 

xoxo.

And I Hope One Day..

And I hope one day you become the version of yourself that you always dream about.
You find yourself.
You learn to love yourself.
When you are alone and the world is silent, what do you think about?
One day you will find exactly what you are searching for.
Your purpose. Your path.
One day you will wake up and notice everything has fallen into place.
All the things holding you back will let you be free.
The demons inside of you will be at rest.
Hold onto the things that make you happy.
Let go of the things that keep your mind from being at peace.
Aspire to be great.
Accept that things don’t go as planned.
Not everything is meant to be.
Let people go. Keep people close.
Learn to make your own happiness.
I hope one day you become the version of yourself that you always dream about.

This Is Home.

Happy Sunday!!

So, let’s jump right into my trip to Houston, and the fact Graduation/Moving day is 3 WEEKS AWAY!!!! 

This week is my last full week of classes EVER for undergrad. How absolutely crazy is that? It honestly feels like I started my freshman year at LSU yesterday after moving down here from Alabama. Now I’m getting my BA in English Literature. These have been the best/worst 4 years of my life so far. I’ve experienced heart break, too much stress to fathom, happiness, fear, literally every single emotion you can think of. I’ve met people who will be in my life for the rest of my life. I’ve lost people who I thought would be in my life always. Life is so crazy and works in such weird ways. College has definitely been an adventure, but I’m so ready to start my next one.

Speaking of next adventures, Houston is absolutely PERFECT and I’m even more excited to move in just THREE WEEKS!!!! Moving day will be here before I know it and then I’ll be off to a whole new part of my life. I went to the Galleria, got the keys to my new apartment (which btw has an entire shelf wall for my shoes…… O M G), and went everywhere downtown and saw my new job! It is exactly where I want to be. I have a perfect view of the skyline of downtown at all times which just makes my entire heart melt. Here are some pictures if you don’t have me on social media (which you should btw ). I really just fell in love with everything about Houston. I felt at home. Also, I will live so close to every designer store known to man….. SOS I may DIE !!!!!!!!

I bought furniture for my new apartment today and I have this entire vision in my head (that prob won’t even turn out how I think it will) but hey definitely worth a shot right?! I have so much stuff to fit into 3 short weeks I don’t know how I’m gonna do it all. I can’t wait to write more, take tons of pictures, and make the most out of everything I’m about to go through in life. It should be amazing.

 

xoxo. ❤

My Next Chapter.

Gosh, where do I even begin? I’ve been holding in all this information to share with you guys at the right momemt. I’ve typed up the draft over and over again. So, here it goes….

I will be moving to Houston in December to begin the next chapter of my life. WOW. That feels so good to get out into the world. I am so beyond excited to begin this next step in my life.

Next thing on the agenda: not only am I moving to Houston, but I have also accepted an internship with Houstonia Magazine while I’m there… YES!! You read that entirely correct!!!

This whole experience is so terrifying, but the good kind of terrifying. I have no idea what is going to happen, but I know this is definitely where I’m supposed to be going.

I have never felt more blessed than I do now. 2018 has been so full of happiness. I have  visited places I never thought I would, published articles, graduated college, and now I am moving to a new city with a new job doing what I love most. Baton Rouge has been my home for far too long. I have grown so much as a person and a writer in this city.

As far as grad school goes, I’ll get all the decisions back between February and March, then I’ll decide where I’ll be moving next. (Nyc? Chicago? Let’s keep our fingers crossed!)

I can’t begin to describe how thankful I am for everyone that supports my writing and encourages me on a daily basis to follow my dreams. It’s because of you guys that I have built up the courage to share my words, to share my life, and to push my limits each and everyday.

I’m so excited to be able to bring all of you along with me on this journey. More blogs. More instagram posts. Tons more writing. So so so much to share.

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xoxo. ❤