Category: Life & Times

9 Things No One Will Tell You About Working in New York City (Because You Learn Them Anyway)

New York has always represented the ultimate dream, at least to me. The bustle of city life, the way the whole place never really sleeps, and the absolutely incredible music market here is what makes New York the holy grail in terms of places I want to work. Somehow, with the support of my amazing family and friends, I managed to land myself an internship in the city this summer – an internship in music publicity, the field I absolutely love. I think it’s time we lay out the ground rules for working in NYC. Are you ready?


Owlting: The Ben Franklin Bridge


Around the office, we joke that whenever a bunch of us Owl Ambassadors go out, it’s an “Owl-ting”! I love a good owl pun so this really tickles my fancy.

Some of the best Owl-tings are the unexpected ones. Last weekend, after having a really great weekend with a wildly successful Open House (3,800 attendees! Come visit us!), Billy B, a fellow owl and I wanted to unwind.

We started by getting a late brunch at Morgan’s buffet style dining hall, which I have yet to eat at this year. Not having a meal plan means I usually cook or just grab food on the go, but Billy happens to be my favorite person ever and gave me a meal swipe to join him for unlimited breakfast.

I really love breakfast.


Told you. Look at that face.

As we were chatting, Billy asked me if I wanted to go down to Old City to walk the pedestrian path along the Ben Franklin Bridge. If you aren’t aware, that’s the bridge that connects us directly to New Jersey. I had no idea you could walk along it, and I also sort of hate bridges. Ask any of my friends from home about how I used to put my feet up if we drove over one! Either way, I NEVER say no to a trip to the city, so of course I went!

I feel like these pictures really speak for themselves. I’ve never seen so much of Philadelphia’s skyline all at once… absolutely. insane. I almost teared up actually, because I was just so impressed by seeing all of the city at once. I totally owe Billy, because I had no idea this view was even an option as far as getting to walk the bridge. It’s one of his favorite spots in the city and I’m so happy he let me see it too. 🙂

Because when it boils down to it, I am as much apart of Philadelphia as every building on the skyline and every person on the sidewalks and every car that drove past us while we walked the bridge up and down. That feeling was so rad – after three years of school here, and as I get ready to depart for London in 53 days, nothing was more peaceful than to know that I really do have a home here to come back to.

Sorry about the sap! Please enjoy the photos. I’ve also included a panorama of the view from the Race Street Pier, which sits just next to the bridge itself. We walked to the end, sat and talked, and watched the Duck Tour boat/cars come into the water. I waved to them all – I’m sure those duck tourists absolutely loved it.

Later today is my pre-departure meeting for London Spring 2015! It’s getting so much closer, I can’t believe it. Can’t wait.

Have an amazing Friday, world!

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The Long Road to Happy

Holy. Moly. 

Looking at the calendar, I can’t believe that summer has come and gone once again! Sunday means moving back in to school, Monday marks the start of my junior year (STOP. PAUSE. JUNIOR YEAR PEOPLE. JUNIOR. WHERE DID THE TIME GO) and a whole new semester of work, school, and fun. 

Am I sad that summer has come to a close? Most definitely. Am I ready to go home to Temple? Emphatically yes. 

Looking back on this summer break, I have to admit that there were moments when I felt like I was in over my head. I went home with the intentions of working full time, and I had a very tricky time landing employment. I wanted to focus more of meditation and yoga, but I kept finding myself putting it off for something else. I had a whole list of tasks I was hoping to accomplish in my free time, and I often forgot to even glance at it. What I really mean is, I had an idea of what I thought this summer needed to look like – and I was anxious when it didn’t seem to take the shape I thought it would. 

But you know what?

I’m so glad it didn’t. 

A few months ago I wrote a post about how college is the best time to do something else with your time. I finally took my own advice on that – and I started a small business!

I am so, so, so proud of this venture. My partner, Kelsey, a great friend of mine from high school stood side by side with me as we realized a dream of ours – designing and selling our own headbands. The Spark Keeper, our new accessory brand, debuted this summer and is sold online, and in two boutiques in our hometown. 

Was it time consuming and a bit tricky? Yes. Am I glad I did it? YES! I would never have had the confidence to do this on my own if it weren’t for the skills I’ve learned about branding, PR, marketing, and presenting a product to the public via my coursework. And I never would have found the time to follow this dream if it hadn’t been for the roadblocks I hit along the way this summer, those same things I was anxious about when they first crossed my path. 

So this year, a sewing machine is the newest addition to my apartment! I can’t wait to see how this experience shapes the way I absorb information in my classes, and how it fits into my crazy wonderful schedule at school, but I cannot wait to find out. 

So Temple, this summer was amazing. It’s time to top it. BRING IT ON, FALL! We’re back!

Why I am Happy Today. [+Finals Week, Graduation, and Summer Trips]

Finals week was long, strenuous, and packed with activity. I have never been so on the go in my whole life. With the process of moving out and back home to York for the summer, cleaning my current apartment, saying good bye to all of my friends, working some final shifts, and of course finishing my classes, I really lost track of time! So sorry for the late post. This semester absolutely flew by, and I can now proudly say I am a JUNIOR. Where in the absolute world has the time gone?

Now that it is summer, however, I am taking time to reflect on all that Temple has given me.

Without Temple, I’m not quite sure where I would be.

And I mean that very literally. One decision really did create a whole ripple effect of life events. Had I not picked Temple, I would not have the network I have collected, the friends I have made, or I might not even be finished school right about now. It’s amazing to think about the web of connections that life decisions create.

For example, I am happy today because I am so fortunate to live close to my best friends from school, even while we are at home. This weekend I drove about 2 hours north of York to Montoursville, because one of my very best soul sisters, Becca, was dancing in a recital for the first time in three years. After seeing her dedication to driving back for practices, and all the time she put into this, I could NOT miss it.


It was phenomenal, and she did SO well. I could hardly believe how gracefully she danced, especially considering all the times we have tripped each other up, or fallen, or jumped on each others backs and broken a wrist. (I wish I was joking about the last one…ooooops).

I also got to see Emily and Steph, and we hung out, did a Dairy Queen run, got to catch up on the whole week we were away from each other, and just generally enjoy each other’s company. I couldn’t get over how happy I was just to be able to so easily jump in the car and two hours later, be with my best pals.

And that’s why I am happy today. Because without Temple, I wouldn’t have the three of them, my aboslutely fab room mate Tess, or any of my other friends at all. And beyond the learning, and the networking, and the real world skills, I am also getting to meet my friends for the rest of my life.

And for that I am so thankful.


As a side note, I just want to say a HUGE CONGRATS to the graduating class of 2014! My biggest personal congrats goes out to my absolutely FLAWLESS mentor, Tirzah. She taught me everything I know, and I would not be the Owl Ambassador, Temple student, or person I am today without her. Tirzah, you are going to do such great things from here. I love you!

This summer is about to gear up, so strap in! It’s gonna be a great ride.


Little Victories. [life in pictures]


Owl Ambassador Gemma is quite an artist. [Saturday Preview Day!]


Honeygrow is too delicious for words and all organic. This is maple yogurt, bananas, blackberries, apples, grapes, honey granola, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, and organic wildflower honey. It literally cannot be beat. On 16th Street between Sansom and Chestnut. They have made to order stir fry also! I’m just a crazy fangirl for the honeybar.


Our pal Emily (in the back, note the hat) turned 20. We went out to the city for a classy little birthday dinner and then we had cake. I love them, I loved dinner.


The final ETD of the year – J & H Crew!!! (Minus a few). Tirzah is graduating – my mentor and very great friend. I’ll miss her, but I couldn’t be happier that this job brought me into her life. Yay Tirzah!


Couldn’t resist the classic sunset on Polett Walk. Look at the beauty here, people!


City Hall at night after two mile run


This one just makes me smile. My best pal Becca being weird and cool all at the same time.


My friend Kellie turned 23 this week, so I baked her a three layer, gluten dairy egg free cake. It came out shockingly good, but it was mostly just exciting getting to experiment on such a large scale. I’m starting to feel even more at home in the kitchen.

What was your week like friends? 🙂

Finding Your Personal Asana

Hi pals! Last weekend, Admissions had our largest and most successful Experience Temple Day in the history of ETDs! Over 3,400 students and family members joined us on campus for a taste of what it is like to be a Temple Owl. Needless to say, every one of the Owl Ambassadors worked hard to make the day a success. We have another ETD approaching quickly: April 14th. One thing we always joke about in the office is the “post-ETD coma” – the recovery period we all inevitably take to let ourselves recharge after a big event.

SIDEBAR: This semester, I’m taking a yoga class. Having something so centering on a regular schedule (twice a week) has given me a really remarkable perspective on how to stay positive and balanced, even when life gets crazy. During a yoga practice, the very last pose is called an Asana – sanskrit for ‘sitting down’. You quite literally just lay down and center your mind. Most often, it is Corpse pose:

Okay, so where am I going with this? I have been doing a lot of personal reflection lately about what the benefits of this yoga pose are, and how they relate to our daily lives. During the Asana, one’s whole goal is twofold:

1. Take time to thank yourself for the time you have spent focusing on doing something positive for your body, mind, and life. 

2. Revitalize and prepare to re-enter your daily routine with a sound mind. 

This is so, so vital to our attitudes! Everyone gets bogged down sometimes. Life is distracting. We have responsibilities, obligations, commitments, wants and needs, and just general stuff we need to do. That is life. But we all deserve time to focus on ourselves and our personal happiness. However, this should not just be a yogi concept. It should be for everyone, all the time.

What I have been really thinking about is how we can all have our own personal Asanas.

For some people, that might mean actually practicing yoga. But for others it could mean something radically different.

Perhaps your Asana is taking time to listen to your favorite song without interruption or haste. It could be treating yourself to a treat at Starbucks and letting yourself savor it without guilt. It could be running outside instead of on the monotonous treadmill. It could be walking down a scenic route to class, even if it takes a few minutes extra. Or, it could be going to bed an hour early to make sure you’re well rested. Anything counts.

I think we all deserve a time to recharge. How will you find an Asana this week? As you go through your daily routine, seek opportunities to say “THANK YOU!” to yourself for doing all that you do.

Let me know how it goes…. and Namaste!




How to Reset Yourself: Spring Break 2014

Hello there, blog world! As I write this, my Mom is milling about the kitchen, my Dad is just coming home from my brother’s hockey game, I am drinking coffee out of my Goofy mug, and I haven’t gotten out of my pajamas yet (it’s noon).

Welcome to Spring Break.

This year, break fell a bit earlier than usual and I have to admit it sort of crept up on me.  In fact, I didn’t even feel ready to leave school yet. Usually, I’m coming in hot for break. This year, I didn’t think I was desperately in need of a week off quite yet.

What I realized, though, as soon as I stepped foot in my home again last Friday evening, was that I really did need to recharge. I could literally feel the tension in my body relax the more I settled back in.

Even when you don’t think you are, you are always ON. You are always working, and moving forward, and putting in effort, and succeeding, but most of all burning up energy. And that’s a great thing! But it’s also great to take a step back and relax. Spring Break means going home, staying at school, a fresh tan, relaxing on the beach, family vacations, friendship trips, travel, doing everything, doing nothing, or like me, just going home. It’s different for everyone! But one thing Spring Break is for us all is a chance to reset.  

So how have I been resetting? For one, I have been blessed enough to sleep in my home bed again! I’ve also had the time to spend with the people I always miss the most: my family. My brother had a VERY exciting hockey tournament (final game tonight!) and my grandparents treated me to lunch. My mom and I got to spend some quality time together. I even totally revamped my hair – from red to black! These are all the ways I have been taking time for myself to turn off, relax, and reset myself. My suggestion for you? Do. what. you. want. Like I said, it’s different for everyone! If you want to take a whirlwind trip to the beach, pack up and go! If you want to sleep fifteen hours a night…do it! It’s all about doing what you feel is best for you. There’s nothing better than a little self love sometimes.



Weyhey my hair is black!

Going back to school on Monday means time to jump back into the daily, wonderful grind of school. I feel totally recharged for the final portion of my fourth semester at school (don’t even get my started…WHERE DID THE TIME GO, PEOPLE?!?!)

Here’s to a fabulous March, people!