I hope you are all enjoying the last bits of summertime while it’s here. We have some exciting things on the agenda in the coming weeks, but first I wanted to catch up on life.
Grab a cup of coffee or a cocktail or forty (as long as you aren’t driving), and let’s chat.
I started a new job.
I have chatted quite a bit about career changes, jobs hunts and everything in-between. In all honesty, moving to DC wasn’t easy for me. I left behind a job with benefits, my friends, my family and the familiar one-way streets of New Orleans with all its pothole-y splendor and landed in the political capital of the country.
Although I started working a few weeks after moving here, I have been searching for full-time work for about a year now. I finally landed a job as a writer for a local non-profit, and that’s where I’m at.
So far, so good. I’m thankful for it. It’s a bit of a drive from the apartment, and I will admit that working 9-5 is not easy for me to do (I get so restless – anyone else relate?), it’s what I have for now, and I, along with my bills, are thankful.
I’m still (mostly) meatless.
Four months and counting on the meatless train and going strong. This month, I’ve started experimenting more with tempeh, which is such an incredible food. For those who don’t know, tempeh is naturally fermented soybeans compressed and shaped into a rectangle, resembling a cake of naturally fermented soybeans, and holy hell that sounds AWFUL, doesn’t it?
I promise it’s not!
I love nutty flavors in my cooking, so I’m a huge fan of tempeh. One of my favorite ways to eat it currently is to dice it up into cubes and lightly fry it in oil (I use olive, but coconut could work too) and toss it with a light coating of sauce. I used hot sauce, chili sauce, and even a combo of soy and peanut sauce. I eat it over a bed of sautéed cabbage, brown rice and veggies and top it with more sauce and most likely avocado, because avocado goes on everything.
Have I eaten meat? Yes. I had chicken curry from my favorite spot, Thanida Thai, and I ain’t even sorry. I also eat eggs regularly.
A new blog redesign is on the horizon!
This one is a long time coming, but it takes a lot of time and a moderate amount of money to really redesign and rebrand a blog, but it’s now in the works. I recently teamed up with a super talented New Orleans friend of mine on a brand new logo for the blog, and I am SO EXCITED at how it turned out. His talent, along with the visionary support and help of some of my best girlfriends and dude really helped me hone in on the look. I can’t wait to show you guys.
I’m also in the process of swapping blog hosts and refining my brand. If you’ve had experience with this before, you know how horrifyingly difficult it can be. I’m all ears if you have words of wisdom! At the same time, I’m also really excited to open up my blog and be proud of how it looks and know that it showcases my personality, mission and undying love of Tina Fey.
(Tina will not be in my blog’s new design. She is forever in my heart, and that is good enough for me. Or should she be the background wallpaper? Check yes or no.)
My birthday is right around the corner.
I’m turning 26 in a few weeks, and I’m indifferent, as usual. For some reason, I’m never really super jazzed to celebrate my birthday. I actually feel kind of awkward about the attention, which is strange because I’m a writer and actor and 100 percent dance around in the grocery store specifically to call attention to myself embarrass Felix.
But I’m thankful. Thankful for a new year to celebrate, thankful for all I’ve learned this year, and thankful for the friends and family I have that support me and love me, even though I can honestly be a lot to handle sometimes.
A plus side to birthdays? Having an excuse to escape to NYC for the weekend!
Felix and I splurged on tickets to both Dear Evan Hansen and Dave Chappelle w/ Childish Gambino in NYC the weekend before my birthday, SO IT’S GONNA BE LIT. < Do people still say this? Let me know. I want to be cool.
I’m dabbling with the idea of hopping back into acting, and by hopping, I mean diving.
This past year, I have really made an effort to sit in silence with my thoughts and desires and to focus in on who I am and who I’ve always been. One of those things is an entertainer, and I’ve honestly been doing it since I entered the world back in 1991.
You’re welcome, world.
Entertaining, whether it be in writing or performing, is in my blood. My father was a pianist, along with my grandma and great-grandma, and my entire family has one hell of a sense of humor, so it’s there; the entertaining gene is there. Did I use that semicolon correctly?
Acting is hard and scary and makes you think you’re a pile of poop sometimes, but the feeling of booking a show and performing on a stage or in front of a camera is incredible enough to make me push my pride aside and occasionally feel like a turd.
But anyway, the acting bug is back and strong, and I’m rolling with it, because why not? I also don’t want to be 117 and on my deathbed exclaiming, “I wish I woulda at least tried to be like Rachel Bloom!” Because I will live to be 117. And I will also be friends with Rachel Bloom someday.
People around me are growing up, and I’m becoming okay with growing up too.
WOW! PLOT TWIST, AM I RIGHT?
Okay, so the idea of being an adult is kind of inconvenient at times. Like, forking over $300 for two tires is not cute, and I honestly wish I didn’t have to pay for unlimited data (which is why I don’t, and which is why my phone is incredibly slow two weeks out of every month), but growing up isn’t all bad.
For starters, I can mostly do what I want. Secondly, it’s kind of nice seeing my friends with their babies, and I feel my heart actually growing, kind of like the Grinch’s. Three, seeing people in long-term relationships that turns into marriage and witnessing them growing and loving each other through the good times and bad gives me hope.
And I like hope.
I’m feeling less and less derpy about my physical appearance.
I have struggled with body image issues my entire life, and that is a topic I’ve wanted to elaborate on for years. Since moving to DC, I have completely transformed my physical life and taken it to the next “level”, whatever that means, and that gets me EXCITED.
Because of my work schedule, I’m awake at 4:45 a.m. most mornings and at the gym by 5 a.m. I work out, and I push myself harder than I ever have, and by 6 a.m., I’m sitting pretty in my living room with my beverage trifecta (if you watch my Instagram stories, you know what I’m talking about) and feeling accomplished.
I love the way I feel when I exercise.
I love the endorphins, the sweat and the progress.
Lifting heavy weights and seeing results makes me feel powerful and in control of my body and my mind, something I’ve lost control over time and time again in my life.
I’m currently following a plan called Project Mass via Bodybuilding.com and it’s kicking my butt in the best way. I also track my food on MyFitnessPal regularly, just to make sure I’m fueling myself with enough protein and carbs.
It’s working for me, the lifestyle. I’m in bed my 9 p.m. most nights, I sleep soundly and I’m feeling great.
So, that’s it! That’s life lately on my end of things. How’s it been going for you? What’s been a highlight of your life lately and what’s something you want to improve on?
Lemme know! Let’s chat.