Bad on Paper Live Show – Podcast

Bad on Paper Live Show – Podcast

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I told someone recently that I had plans to go see a live podcast show. They responded, “how very millennial of you.” I laughed and moved along. Truth be told, I was not entirely sure what a live podcast show entailed, but I assumed it was a live version of the show that I listen to every Wednesday. Bad on Paper is a podcast I’ve talked about in this space previously, and it’s a podcast I’ve grown to wholeheartedly love over time. Grace and Becca, the show’s co-hosts, feel like friends who I grab coffee with every Wednesday morning. Their voices accompany me on my morning commute, I laugh with them through a sip of Nespresso, and I’ve heavily debated saving up for a night pillow after weeks of listening to them promise better sleep while simultaneously fighting the crook in my neck from sleeping weirdly. Continue reading “Bad on Paper Live Show – Podcast”

Book Buying Freeze: Why I’m Doing It & Exceptions

Book Buying Freeze: Why I’m Doing It & Exceptions

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Over on Instagram, I’ve mentioned many times that I am currently on a book buying freeze. I am not buying new books for the foreseeable future because, quite frankly, my TBR stacks in my apartment are out of control. I wanted to write this post for a few reasons, but mostly I was inspired to share why I’m on a buying freeze even though I recently started a bookstagram recently. I also wanted to share why I think it’s important to stop buying books periodically and read what you already have. I also want to transform my book buying habits and stopping all purchases for a period of time gives me the space to come up with more thoughtful goals. Continue reading “Book Buying Freeze: Why I’m Doing It & Exceptions”

Adulting Update

Adulting Update

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When I was in my first year of law school, I wrote a post about how the first year after undergrad graduation is really hard. About a month ago, I watched as influencer Brooke Miccio quit her corporate job to become a full-time influencer after only four months in an office. As a viewer of her videos, I witnessed the steady decline of her mental health as she finished college and started working in a new city, only to realize she was lonely, not thriving in the office atmosphere, and feeling generally unhappy with her career. There is a lot of literature available about working a corporate job versus leaving to pursue a passion. At the Bad on Paper live show, there was a lot of talk about what someone should do before taking the leap out of one career and into another. Miccio received a lot of comments on her videos that said something along the lines of “you didn’t stay long enough! You should have given it six months!” She resisted the haters, saying she’s in a unique position to ride the influencer wave until it’s gone and that because she’s been working since high school, she has money saved in case it’s a flop. She also stressed the privileged position she holds, saying she understands not everyone can quit after four months. Continue reading “Adulting Update”

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

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Attraction is illogical and is not always reasonable or controllable. Sometimes we encounter people who, for inexplicable reasons, create a sort of stirring in our gut, one that gets us excited and, sometimes, makes us a little crazy. When you find someone who makes you feel like the only person in the room, who generates a flutter of butterflies deep within you every time they say your name or their name appears on your phone, it’s sometimes hard to let them go. Continue reading “Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering”

I Passed the Bar Exam! – Some Thoughts

I Passed the Bar Exam! – Some Thoughts

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In August 2016, I moved across the country from California to Virginia to begin law school. I began my journey in a cloud of naiveté, convinced that my experience would be somewhere between Legally Blonde and The Paper Chase. A naturally driven person, I’d worked throughout my academic career and wanted to continue my academic journey at the oldest law school in the country. I had no reason to believe that my successes would be any less than they were in the past. Continue reading “I Passed the Bar Exam! – Some Thoughts”

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

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You know the books whose covers you recognize because they pop up everywhere for a period of time? Well, Katherine Center’s How to Walk Away was that book for me. When it came out, it seemed like everyone I followed was posting about it—raving about it! I wanted to read it but seeing as I was in the midst of finishing law school, I didn’t get to it. This summer, while studying for the bar exam, I noticed Center’s new book, Things You Save in a Fire, was a Book of the Month pick. I knew I wouldn’t get to it immediately but chose it anyway. Well, three months later and after receiving news I passed the bar exam, I got through this book and I’m so glad I did. Continue reading “Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center”

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

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Sometimes I think romance novels peaked with Austen and Bronte. The After series, a beloved romance series, references Pride and Prejudice almost religiously and Wuthering Heights acts as the model for the main relationship. Other modern romances often harken back to the Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy scenario. A man aching for a woman but utterly incapable of showing it; a strong-willed woman who mistakes his lack of game for pompous superiority. The story is one we’ve come to know well as a society, and yet it’s one that, when executed well, never disappoints. Continue reading “Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore”

Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

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Breaking bread, family meal before dinner service, indulging in the buttery goodness of a rich dessert–they are all moments in time that carry flavor triggers. When we smell the aroma of bacon grease from bed in the morning, when we sniff the hearty smell of cheese melted into a relative’s signature dip, when a cloud of the unique scent of smoke that comes from a brisket slow cooking all day hits our noses. Food connects people and great food is sensual. When we taste something decadent, we tend to inhale sharply, close our eyes, enjoying a moment of sensory pleasure unique to dining. Continue reading “Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl”

A Final Note on My Law School Experience

A Final Note on My Law School Experience

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In May, I graduated from law school. I finished my academic career. I expected something to happen–a sadness to wash over me as I exited my law school for the final time, a feeling of triumph as I crossed the staged, a sense of pride as I held up my degree for photos with family. The funny thing, however, is that I felt something different than I expected, something that I didn’t realize would be the feeling in my gut as I exited academia for the last time. The feeling was relief. I was so relieved to have survived law school relatively unscathed that I didn’t feel anything but relief that it was over. Continue reading “A Final Note on My Law School Experience”