RE: A Letter to 26

Five years ago I wrote a letter to my 31 year old self and today I’m finally looking back at it. Talk about restraint. I’m smiling as I get through it because my 2015 problems definitely weren’t anything and they weren’t ready for 2020 social distancing. Adulthood is still one big panic after another. Not…

Your Plate is Way Too Full for Impasta Syndrome

Women rock! We work (sometimes multiple jobs), volunteer, sometimes have a hobby, and even parent at the same time. We still make less than our counterparts and if you have a little melanin in your DNA, you make way less than what you’re worth. There’s a lot of us out here smashing goals and barriers…

Confidence, Choas, and Childhood Clarity

From the moment the sun kissed my skin my mom knew I’d be a little different. Her only girl who seemed to live a world of my own. I fell in love with words as a library kid visiting worlds before I could even ride a bike. Every kid got in trouble but my mischief…

Inflight Entertainment: I Was a Flight Attendant

“I’ve never been to Texas. I hear they have good food.” It didn’t take much to talk myself into interviewing for a flight attendant job. It was the year 2013 and after getting laid off from my first full-time job and finishing an AmeriCorps term, it was time for next big adventure. Once I found…

Timeless: For My Pappy’s Birthday

Staring at him laying in the hospital bed that the nurse had set up began this emptiness in my stomach that I knew would not be temporary. I thought about how he was battling cancer and pneumonia and the doctors sent him home saying there was nothing else they could do for him.  I thought…

I’m a Millennial Mayor

It was our parents that told us that we could be whatever we wanted. I’ve been a secretary (fun), an AmeriCorps member (proud), flight attendant (interesting), IT Business Analyst (weird right), and now I can add millennial mayor to that list. On February 11th, 2019 I was sworn in as Braddock’s youngest mayor. I went…

We Need to Talk About Salaries

In college I was a bit of a “trouble maker” but I was taught to question everything. Unhappy with the food options at my university I questioned why I was paying thousands of dollars for a meal plan that was mediocre at best. No one bothered giving me an acceptable answer and when I encouraged…

& Halloween Happened

I landed in Pittsburgh on October 30th not the 31st. This was done intentionally. After spending the 30th stressing like a crazy person, trying to make sure my TV would be shipped in a timely and cost effective manner, and making sure I had everything settled with my security deposit, I was ready to go…

& Highlights of My Day

I voted this morning. I did not get a sticker. I wanted a darn sticker! I got a job today and it’s kind of sort of using my degree. I went to Joe’s Crab Shack. Apparently on Tuesdays select drinks and appetizers are $2 I helped my aunt create a resume and apparently that was…