Two-Month Wrap-Up: Published Poems, Half Marathons, & Protests

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Hellloooo there, faithful TN7 readers! Welcome back. I went on a lil unannounced hiatus. And it was unannounced because I didn’t really plan it and didn’t really realize it was going to happen until it was already happening. Continue reading “Two-Month Wrap-Up: Published Poems, Half Marathons, & Protests”

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Weekly Wrap Up: Puerto Rico Explorations, Book Writing, And Ice Skating

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Hola, amigos! Today I write to you from the warmth of Puerto Rico!

If you know me in real life you may know that I am half Puerto Rican, although I don’t appear Hispanic at all. Most people think I’m your regular ol’ white girl, which I pretty much am in my physical features. But you know I got that Latina blood in me.

Being here these past few days has been a much needed escape from the hustle and bustle of winter city life. It’s as warm as my summertime dreams and as beautiful as paradise. My family and I spent a few days on the beach in the southern part of the island, and now we’re up in the mountains on the east side with extended family.

But more on this later. For now we have lots to catch up on! I’ve been crossing off a few things from the bucket list and I’m pumped to share with you.

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Epic Parties, More Poems, And Cheesy Thoughts On Living In New York

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The first week of the December has come and gone, friends! How are you doing with the December Reflection Challenge? It’s been helping me slow down for just a few seconds every day to reflect on all the good things that happened in 2016 – my happiest memories, biggest accomplishments, and favorite milestones.

And now we’re coming to the end of the week, which means it’s time for me to do a Weekly Wrap-Up and account for what I crossed off my bucket list over the past seven days. Only this time I’ll be looking back on the past two weeks, since last Friday I posted my Winter 2016-2017 Bucket List instead of a Weekly Wrap-Up.

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been feelin’ the lazy bug lately. My fall semester of grad school is wrapping up and that means it’s finals time for me. Which means all I want to do is wrap myself up in some cozy blankets, pour a nice glass of wine, stare at my Christmas lights, and ignore any and all responsibilities I have to be a real person.

(I may or may not be doing that very thing as I sit here on Thursday night typing this. Hello, Pinot Noir. You are my friend. Please don’t make me do a single thing.) Continue reading “Weekly Wrap-Up: Epic Parties, More Poems, And Cheesy Thoughts On Living In New York”

Winter 2016-2017 Bucket List!

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Goodness gracious, time has FLOWN. It seems like just yesterday I posted my Fall 2016 bucket list, and now I’m already gearing up for winter.

Winter doesn’t teeeeccchhhnically start until December 22, but like, let’s be real. We all know as soon as December hits, it’s winter. Get with the program, official calendars.

I’ve been thinking a ton about what I want to include on my winter bucket list. I had a few setbacks for items on my fall bucket list, so I’d like to revive those and give them another go-around. I do really want to accomplish those items I wasn’t able to complete before, but time constraints inhibited me from going at them full-throttle. I forgave myself for it though.

Items off my Fall 2016 bucket list that will be making an appearance in my Winter 2016-2017 bucket list include writing one poem every other day (#6 on the fall list, #5 on the winter list) and submitting a piece of writing to a literary journal twice a month (#7 on the fall list, #6 on the winter list).

I’m also planning to continue building off of items I was able to complete on my Fall 2016 bucket list. For example, I was able to train for a half marathon as part of my fall goals, and this winter I’d like to continue training and eventually run a half in January.

Similarly, I took a Spanish class during the fall, and I’m going to take another one this winter. Hopefully I’ll get even more fluent in the past tense, which was one of my aspirations last season.

I’m going to be pulling from my long-term bucket list, too. This will finally be the year that I spend New Years Eve in Times Square (#82). I’m really excited for that, because it’s been on my list for a reeaaaallly long time, and this is my chance!

Other things coming up off my long-term bucket list include doing one act of kindness every day for a year (#18) and protesting for something I truly care about (#17), which I feel is pretty appropriate lately considering the political climate.

As far as the length of the list goes, I know it’s a bit shorter this time. Honestly, I’m not worried about that.

At first I was like, Hey, this list is kinda short. Maybe I need to add some more stuff to it. And then I was like, No, that’s stupid. I don’t want to add more to the list just because I feel it’s too short. I only want to make goals I actually want to achieve.

So here it is! My short lil Winter 2016-2017 bucket list! Let’s do this thang.

Winter 2016-2017 Bucket List (December – February)

  1. Spend New Years Eve in Times Square
  2. Run a half marathon (without stopping!)
  3. Take a Spanish class
  4. Gain more confidence in my Spanish-speaking abilities
  5. Write a poem every other day
  6. Submit one piece of writing twice a month to literary publications
  7. Protest for something I truly care about
  8. Throw an epic party
  9. Go ice skating at Rockefeller Center or Bryant Park
  10. Check out a Free Friday at the Knitting Factory
  11. Participate in the No-Pants Subway Ride…or at least go see it. 🙂

Did you cross off any bucket list items this fall? What’s on your bucket list for the winter? I’d love to hear all about it!

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Comedy Shows, Plane Tickets, & Finding Peace

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Haaaaaapppy Friday friends! Technically I have Fridays off so it’s already my weekend, and I’m more than thrilled. My plans for today are to take a really long run and to spend time with Kemp’s family – they get into NYC this morning for a quick visit. It’s their first time in the city so I’m super excited to watch them explore all the best sites!

This week went by super fast. Did anyone else feel that way? I feel like last Friday was just yesterday.

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Weekend Trips Away, Scary Things, and Bucket List Failures

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Welp. Here we are again. Two whole weeks have gone by without a weekly update. But I’m trying to just be okay with that. Because yo, I’m human, and there are tons of balls in the air right now, as you’ve probably noticed from my overdramatic Instagram captions. A girl’s gotta let a couple things slide every once in a while and there’s nothing wrong with that.

So here I am, back in action and ready to do this thang we call a Weekly Wrap-Up ’round these parts. Only this time it’ll be a Two Week Wrap-Up, which doesn’t sound half as catchy, but we’re rollin’ with it.

These past few weeks, I… Continue reading “Weekly Wrap-Up: Weekend Trips Away, Scary Things, and Bucket List Failures”

Weekly Wrap-Up: Trips Abroad, Racial Justice, And Pumpkin Carving

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Happy Friday, friends! It’s a great day to have a great day! And the weekend is HERE!

As we speak (or read? or in my case, write? what? help), Kemp and I are on our way to Williamsburg, Virginia. It’s homecoming weekend at our alma mater and I am SO excited to see our gorgeous little college town all alight in red and orange leaves for the fall. Plus I’ll get to see some lovely folks who I haven’t gotten to spend time with in a while. Smiles all around.

Anyway, this week, I… Continue reading “Weekly Wrap-Up: Trips Abroad, Racial Justice, And Pumpkin Carving”