Why this question stopped me in my tracks and made me think about the way we interact with each other.

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I recently moved to a new neighborhood in Brooklyn and realized how few times there are in one’s life that we get to explore brand new places without ever having seen them before. So I’m soaking in every last corner of this new neighborhood before it becomes routine.

I found two new places that I love so far: a baseball field doubling as a dog park before 9AM and a French cafe.

After a glorious morning at the dog park with Beezy on our first weekend in the new apartment, we stumbled upon a French cafe with a coffee window…


It goes beyond no business communication outside 9–5 and unlimited vacation days.

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I graduated in May 2019. Over the last couple weeks, I’ve had conversations with close friends about this post-grad life we’ve been living for about a year and a half.

Most of these conversations have centered around the idea of the “dream job” and what that’s supposed to entail. In college, students are so hyper-focused on getting a job for after graduation, that we hardly had time to think about what life would look like outside of work when there’s no school (and Tuesday Trivia nights at our favorite campus bar) to keep us occupied. In my head, I imagined…


It was no surprise when Shawn Mendes’s fourth album dropped at midnight last Friday. The last time I saw this much press for something was… well, I really can’t think of a time I saw more press for anything. ( Zane Lowe, Netflix, Netflix again, a bunch of other interviews, and a suddenly very active Instagram.)

I was concerned that there wouldn’t be surprises because of the ~load~ of content we got in the weeks leading up to the debut, but I was pleasantly caught off guard with some of the songs and the turns they took.

Mendes is very…


Obviously, 2020 hasn’t turned out the way any of us expected. While it may have been the most turbulent while simultaneously the most stagnant feeling year of my life (everyone’s life?), I’d be remiss to say it wasn’t one full of lessons. Some of these aren’t necessarily learned but lessons reiterated this year.

  1. I won’t combust if I’m not productive for many, many days in a row.
  2. But that will make me sad.
  3. An emergency fund is non-negotiable.
  4. TV is more entertaining with friends. At the beginning of the year, Lauren and I watched ~everything~ from Love is Blind to…

I have a hard time creating habits that stick so when I decided to try a few new things for my well-being during this uncertain time, I told myself I just need to do these for one week instead of creating the idea that I “must do all these things every day for 30 days if I want to see any benefits.” Here are the small actions I added into my life for 7 days and how they changed my brain.

  1. Meditating for 10 minutes: I’ve gone through waves of meditation the last few years. As I said earlier, I…

I am a sucker for a happy ending. If I spend the time to watch a movie or ~gasp~ an entire tv series and there isn’t a happy ending then what was the point??

While I love an ending that ties everything up together in a neat little gift-wrapped box, I think what I love most is the endless possibilities that can come after the “end.”

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I recently interviewed my mom for a project I’m working on where I asked her a series of questions. One of the questions is along the lines of “What is one of your happiest…


At the beginning of March I packed up my life and drove from Chicago to New York City with my dad. We pulled up to my Brooklyn apartment, and in the pouring rain, unloaded the boxes and dragged my mattress up the stairs to my new room. After unloading the car, we walked down the street to pick up sandwiches from the deli and ate them on the living room floor — this was a literal dream of mine, and I could not believe it was real life. I AM IN NEW YORK! The next day, we had breakfast and…


After my freshman year of high school, my two cousins and I flew from Chicago to LA for a long weekend that just happened to be the same weekend One Direction’s debut tour passed through the City of Angels. This was the beginning of my interest in the group which has sustained until now — nearly 10 years later. Needless to say, I was thrilled when all members of the band released solo music within a few months of each other.

Harry’s album, Fine Line is spectacular. The musicality and the story line along the tracks give you a painful…


Even though a tour doesn’t look promising for the near future, we can still talk about the music we can’t wait to see live, right? Here is my exceptionally late review of Harry Styles’ newest album:

Overall, I LOVE it. I think the order of the songs tells such a beautiful story. We travel from infatuation to love to heartbreak to acceptance to moving on. The vibe of each song reflects the mood he’s going through which is all connected by the lyrics. …

Christine

“when you look around annoyed all the time, people think you’re busy”

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