Hello, 2015!

10299922_10152448988573386_4155779792611196313_nI can’t believe how fast 2014 flew by. It’s been quite a year. When I think of all the things I’ve done, all the obstacles I’ve faced, and all the places/friends I’ve visited, it’s overwhelming.Through all the ups and downs I’ve always felt immensely blessed. God has truly seen me through one heck of a year. Here are just some highlights from 2014.

January:

  • I traveled to Europe for a study abroad trip and visited Budapest, Amsterdam, Hamburg, and London. I absolutely loved my time in these cities and long to go back.

February:

  • My beloved Abuelo passed away. I can’t begin to describe how much his love and support shaped my life. His influence is so present in his children and grandchildren and I strive to have a faith as strong as his.

March:

April

  • Said goodbye to my sister who moved to Japan to teach English. Funny to see that out of the two of us she would be the one to move to another country. But I’m so proud of her and how much she’s challenged herself and grown.

May

  • Successfully finished writing/editing my novel, passed my defense, and then graduated with my master’s degree in Professional Writing.
  • Moved out of my apartment in Oklahoma and said goodbye to my roommate of 2 years.
  • Also said goodbye to the longest place I’ve ever lived: Oklahoma with 6.5 years.

June

  • Moved to Indianapolis, IN.
  • Started my second publishing internship with Pearson. (I also interned with them last summer) It was great to return and work as a Project Editor Intern.

July

  • Had one of my Buzzfeed posts promoted to the FRONT PAGE of their website: 18 Quirky Literary Items You Can Buy On Etsy.
  • Said goodbye to my childhood pet lizard, Kevin, a Blue Tongue Skink. We were tight for 12 years and I was sad to see him go, but I rehomed him because of my uncertain job/living status.

August

  • Moved to BROOKLYN, NY.
  • Started volunteering for the Floating Library, a pop-up literary and public space exhibition. I helped launch their Twitter/Instagram pages. I met so many awesome people during my first few months in NYC because of this experience.
  • Joined a fabulous new Church, Liberty Church, started setting down roots, and embraced a new community.
  • Had a second Buzzfeed post promoted to their front page: 16 Gloriously Zany Temporary Tattoos.

October

  • Started a temp job as a Video Assistant for Pearson. It was awesome to be working with the video team again.

November

  • I scored a ticket for the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and got to be on the show.
  • Met Neil Gaiman. He was as delightful in person as he is on twitter.
  • Traveled to Texas/Oklahoma for Thanksgiving – saw all of my extended family, well, all that were in the country.

December

  • Traveled to Texas/Oklahoma to spend Christmas with my family.

This year has been one for the books. I can’t believe how blessed I am. I had so many wonderful opportunities to see old friends and make new ones. I also traveled SO much this year and that was awesome. It was also a hard year with lots of goodbyes and tough decisions.

I’d probably say the most drastic/biggest change this year was my decision to pack up everything I could carry in my sedan and drive across the country to move to New York. But as tough as that decision was, it’s honestly been one of the best and I’m so excited to see what 2015 brings in this new city.

Here’s to the new year!

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A Week interning in Indy: first reflections

So I’ve been here just a little over a week. It’s crazy. I feel that I’ve settled in well. The apartment is really close to a variety of shops/stores (which is great!): Panera, Barnes and Noble, Chick-fil-A, DSW shoes, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Target, Paradise Cafe, Five Guys, Noodles and Company…I mean, seriously, there’s SO MUCH within a 15 minute drive!

But I’ve been enjoying my work for Pearson. I’m working in the IT video department. So I help edit the videos they produce, as well as developing some content and overseeing the production of the videos. I was worried I was in over my head (since I’m not a super tech-savvy person, though I do love my keyboard shortcuts) but it hasn’t been a problem at all. I have really enjoyed seeing the other side of video production and I’m looking forward to learning more! I’ve only done a couple of projects, but I’m going to get started on some new ones this coming week.

I’ve also gone exploring – how could I not? I love cities and I love photography. From the moment I unpacked my car I was itching to go out with my SLR. And I did, briefly, that first weekend. But yesterday I went exploring to my heart’s content. I visited the heart of downtown Indianapolis and brought my camera. It was great! The weather wasn’t too hot and it was a little bit cloudy (which is perfect for taking pictures) and I just wandered around spazzing out over monuments/memorials/statues.

I strolled through downtown for several hours, visited the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, and stopped by el Dia de la Familia Festival. Um, Mexican food? Yes. All the yes. I got a yummy plate of freshly made enchiladas. Though I was a little sad I didn’t have enough cash to grab a churro as well. Note to self: carry more cash so I can buy everything I want. Note to self: moderate how much cash you give yourself and control the urge to buy everything.

Also, last Friday, some of the interns got together and we went to the First Friday Food Truck Festival! There were SO MANY FOOD TRUCKS. It was fantastic! I wanted to try everything. And I don’t know about you, but there aren’t very many food trucks where I’m from, so this was exciting and somewhat of a novelty. Pretty much everyone tried something different. This Food Truck Festival happens once a month and I’m pretty sure I’m going to be attending again.

Sorry this post just showcases a little of what I’m been up to. I’m working on being better at blogging…though we don’t have Internet at our apartment, so that’s a little tricky. But I’ll leave you with a photo I took at the Soldiers & Sailors Monument in downtown Indy. I’ll be going through the pictures I took with my SLR and posting some soon! I also have more pictures on Instagram.

Soldiers & Sailors Monument