I cannot believe the time has finally come. I am 21!!! Tuesday, November 5th, 2019, I turned 21 surrounded by amazing people. I have been waiting for this day since my 18th birthday, and let me tell you, it hasn’t disappointed. Since my birthday I have made my first wine purchase at Target and enjoyed my first happy hour at Slipstream in Logan Circle. I enjoyed a Vanilla Latte and a Twilight Nitro: a drink with tequila, hibiscus, and cold brew. I am now sitting in the airport getting ready to go home to renew my license. It will no longer say under 21! One thing is for sure: I’m loving this.
To commemorate this moment I was going to compile a list of 21 lessons I have learned, but instead I am going to share my goal for my 21st year. My one and only goal is to live without fear! As I reflect, I realize that fear has held me back and kept me stuck. As I enter my 21st year of life, I am promising myself to live fearlessly. I am cared for by God and supported by so many loving people (some pictured above). There is nothing that can hurt me.
I will be embracing senior year, job hunting, and graduation without an ounce of fear, because I am strong, but my village is STRONGER!
Today I stopped by The Potter’s House. It is a non profit organization with books and meeting rooms. It is a place where you can grab a cup of coffee while staying engaged in the community. I had a vanilla latte.
Being in a bookstore always gets me excited! I have always loved reading ever since I read my first chapter book, Junie B. Jones. I am so grateful that the people who I grew up with made reading cool and stressed the importance of staying informed. Books made me think critically and question the status quo. They have encouraged me to dream big dreams. While the books I read now have changed, my thirst for knowledge and a good story remains the same.
This year I read a very transformative book.
The Defining Decade by Dr. Meg Jay was one of the best books I’ve read for 20 somethings. She gives real tangible advice grounded in her experience as a Psychologist to 20 somethings. I am so grateful that I came across that book because it transformed how I think about money, relationships, and the most defining decade of my life: my 20s.
This has been quite the semester for me. Busy doesn’t begin to describe it, but maybe the fact that I am drinking coffee at 10:30pm will. When in need of a late night coffee break, head on over to Tryst in the heart of Adams Morgan. I had a classic latte, what is your drink of choice?
Football season is among us, and while I am not a sports fan, I know one thing: teams all across the country are preparing their playbooks for the upcoming season. For many 20 somethings we will inevitably have to deal with roommates. I have put together a roommate playbook, to help you prepare for the upcoming season!
I am honestly tired of roommates. As an only child, coming to college and experiencing a roommate was almost traumatic for me. Out of all my roommate experiences, nothing compares to staying in a roach infested 2 bedroom apartment with 9 people in New York City. This summer I had an internship in the big apple, and I wanted the cheapest housing option possible. BIG MISTAKE! Let’s just say someone drinking my Whole Foods Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice was the final straw (I’m still mad about that).
While your roommate experiences hopefully won’t be as crazy as some of mine have been, I hope these tips can help you navigate the unpredictable waters of sharing space with someone.
Create boundaries upfront!
R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (not an acronym I just love the song)
Don’t be afraid of (healthy/necessary) conflict
Actually fill out the roommate contract
Sharing your space can be scary at times, but use this roommate playbook to ensure you and your roommates create memories and not nightmares!
It’s beginning to look a lot like fall! Today I had my first hot drink of the season at a gem that has taken the coffee industry by storm. Blue Bottle coffee shop is quiet, modern, and sleek. I had a cappuccino and my heart instantly felt at peace. For me, drinking coffee brings a stillness that my Type A Personality needs. After a crazy emotional week, there’s nothing like a good cup of coffee to bring me back to center.
Today I have been reflecting on the amazing people in my life. I am literally so blessed to be loved by so many. I have lifelong friends and college friends that love me like we’ve known each other forever. I can say this with every fiber in my being: without friends I would have never made it! I am always amazed at how many people have my back on a regular basis.
I often take my friends for granted, and for that I am truly sorry. Think about the friends in your life. Do they make you feel loved, respected, and cared for? Mine do! And I wouldn’t trade them for the world.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Cherish your loved ones today. Let your friends know how much they mean to you and don’t be afraid to be lovey and gushy!
Ain’t nobody messing with my clique! Because if they mess with my friends, they mess with me.