20 Things I Learned Before Turning 20

20 Things I Learned Before Turning 20

At five years old, I wanted nothing more than to skip right over the dullness of childhood and embrace the life of glamorous freedom that only a teenager could embody. Teenagers, I supposed, had boyfriends, carried purses and always wore sparkly, hot pink shirts (I know this because I refused to wear any article of […]

Eighty Years

In the year 1937, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was sworn in for the second time, the Golden Gate Bridge opened and Amelia Earhart made her first attempt to fly around the world. Oh, yeah—and my grandpa was born! Today, my grandpa—more commonly known as Poppy—turns eighty years old. EIGHTY! I keep staring at the number […]

A Herstory Lesson with U2

Almost one year ago, just moments after the final echoes of applause finished resonating through crowd at Columbus’s Nationwide Arena, I embraced the magical aftershock I experienced following the Coldplay concert I had just witnessed and took a (somewhat) solemn vow to never attend another concert as long as I live. Nothing, I concluded, could […]

Like Mother, Like Daughter

As I thought about writing an obligatory “My Mom Is The Best” blog post to share for Mother’s Day, I was plagued by an intense writer’s block triggered by flashbacks of The Excessive Social Media Posts of Mother’s Days Past. I couldn’t figure out a way to adequately word a clever anecdote that would make my […]

One Year Later…

Inspiration has always struck me at the most inopportune times. I have piles of notebooks filled with half-finished stories and nonsensical elementary school ramblings jotted down in the dark as I tried to clear my mind before falling asleep, and my high school swim coach once bought me a waterproof notepad so I could spend my […]

Little Things to Love

Valentine’s Day is just one big, pink, glittery hullabaloo. Now, don’t get me wrong– I enjoy a good glittery hullabaloo, particularly when it involves copious amounts of chocolate and gigantic teddy bears. Truthfully, there really is nothing wrong with devoting an entire holiday to love. After spending so much of the last year focusing on the […]

If I Had But One Day Left of Break…

There are few experiences more satisfying than pulling on a pair of shorts, breathing in perfectly chlorinated air and basking in the glory of an 80-degree natatorium while the rest of the world faces the 10-degree January afternoon with thoughts of windchill and frostbite. I’ve spent more blustery winter days at the pool than I can […]

The Naughty List

Thirteen Christmases ago while on my seventh annual pilgrimage to see old St. Nick, I went down in history as the worst sibling in, well, the history of siblings. I put my adorably innocent three-year-old brother on the Naughty List. Trust me, I’m aware of how horrible of a person that makes me. I know […]

Free Hugs

On a chilly Thursday afternoon following my final class of the day, I shoved my hands in my coat pockets and began my usual speed walking routine, eager to dump my backpack on my bedroom floor and trade in my jeans for a pair of sweatpants. I had reached the end of a week-long marathon of […]