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 […]

Perspective

Memorial Day weekend has traditionally been such a tease: The long hours frolicking around Atwood Lake followed by late nights with perfectly-toasted marshmallows result in the first shades of sun-tanned skin– disguised as sunburn and mosquito bites, of course– and hold the promise of a seemingly infinite number of carefree summer adventures yet to come. This year, […]

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 […]

#70: Will I Become a Coffee Drinker?

This week, a wave of nostalgia struck when I realized that I’m officially halfway done with my college experience. (I’d say that I’m “over the hill,” but fortunately, I go to Ohio University– I’m going to be walking up a hill for the next two years of my life.) I took a mini break from studying […]

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 […]

Empowering

If you’ve never had the opportunity to sit in a room filled with hundreds of Type A personalities who share a common enthusiasm for busy schedules, jam-packed resumes and business casual attire, allow me to enlighten you: The tables are cluttered with more coffee cups than hours of sleep collectively received by any member of […]

Village Bakery and Café

Restaurant: Village Bakery and Café Address: 268 E State St. Athens, OH 45701 What We Ate: Belgian Waffle, Rancheros Verduras If I was a character in a ’90s sitcom, there’s a pretty good chance my storyline would be centered around my hangout of choice: Union Street Diner in Athens, Ohio. As much as I love a good cookies ‘n […]

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 […]