10 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ME
I can’t believe I’m writing this sentence, but it’s been nearly 4 years since I started this blog. It’s incredible how the time has flown. Recently, I realized that I haven’t ever written a true “get to know me” post for the blog. Since there have been some new faces around recently, I felt compelled to write one. Happy reading and can’t wait to see if we have anything in common!
I moved to New York City over 5 years ago because I’d always dreamed of living here and working in fashion! People always ask me if I plan on moving back to Virginia (where I am from). For the time being the answer is no because I love NYC so much! It’s incredible to be surrounded by so many diverse people and have access to amazing events! That being said living in New York ain’t always easy - things are expensive, winters are brutal, and grocery shopping is a pain. Honestly, I think it takes a solid year of living here before you feel comfortable and make good friends. As much as I love NYC, there have definitely been times where I was so d@mn over it and wanted to move somewhere warmer like LA!
My first job out of college was working in the corporate buying offices for Macys.com. Since Macy’s didn’t recruit from my college, I had to cold call HR to even get an interview for their EDP program. This was after being rejected from their internship program the previous summer. When I got my offer, I was ecstatic! Getting rejected the initially taught me what I needed to prepare for better when I interviewed for a full time job. So my advice is if you want something go for it, even if you fail the first time.
For undergrad, I went to the University of Virginia (not far away from my hometown). I was in the business school and majored in Marketing and IT. While in business school, I always felt like an outsider because I wanted to go the fashion route after college while most of my peers planned on working in consulting and finance. The reason I decided to major in business was because I thought it could be used as a positive force for changing the world. If I didn’t major in business, I probably would have been a psych major because I find it super fascinating! Furthermore, I feel passionate about people taking care of their mental health as I have struggled with it myself.
I’m single as a pringle. I’ve been single for most of my adult life (post high school). The longest adult relationship I’ve had was 3 months...lol! It’s mostly been for personal reasons that I’ve stayed single. However, I low key love it though because of the independence and time it’s given me to get to know myself better. It doesn’t mean I think being in a relationship is bad. Part of me wants one someday. For now, honestly being single is just what I’m used to.
If I could eat one type of food for the rest of my life it would be Mexican food! Seriously I’m an addict - it’s the one food I never get tired of. My only wish is that there were cheaper Mexican restaurants in NYC!
Exercise has always been a major part of my life. While I initially started out exercising in high school because I wanted to be thinner, I now use exercise as a way to de-stress and stay healthy. For me it’s been much easier to maintain the habit of exercising by making the core purpose a positive one versus needing to change myself. One of my favorite workouts I tried last year was boxing! I can’t punch worth a d@mn, but it sure does make you feel powerful and bada$$!
I’m an introvert. While I love talking to people, I do much better in one on one settings and often get overwhelmed in larger groups. Spending time alone is necessary to recharge my batteries. When I first started out working in fashion, I often felt that my introverted nature was holding me back. So much so that I started taking improv classes while working in my first job to appear more confident to my colleagues and peers. The one book that helped me better understand the beauty of introversion was Quiet by Susan Cain. If you’re introverted and haven’t read it, go read it now! It was so helpful!
I LOVE music, especially live music! I’m pretty opened minded when it comes to music and will listen to just about everything at least once. The first few years I lived in New York, I used to go to concerts all the time because you can generally get tickets to shows for $30-$40. I’ve had the chance really amazing people like Charli XCX and Odesza. I’m also a music festival junkie and have gone to one every summer since living in NYC (minus this past one). I’m always on the hunt for new music to listen to because I often find myself listening to the same songs over and over again so feel free to send suggestions my way :)
I have a really hard time paying attention (my mind is always in a million places) when I read so I mostly listen to audio books and podcasts. In the last year, my favorite books I’ve listened to were Essentialism and Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck. On the podcast front, I love anything about music and how song are constructed - Switched on Pop and Direct are amazing! For business stuff, I love How I Built This, Tim Ferris and Hidden Brain. To make up for my lack of relationship experience, I love listening to Dan Savage. Relationships aside his podcast is honestly just a life education on setting boundaries, being yourself and communicating honestly with other people.
The scariest thing I ever did was quit my full time job last summer without anything lined-up. (A different job, not my one at Macy’s. I had moved on from Macy’s 2 years prior to this.) As someone who is super type A and a serious planner this was really hard for me. I’m also a perfectionist so the thought of having a gap on my resume was horrifying. However, I’ve learned that life goes on and at the end of the day I’m just a human being. I was the first person in that situation and I won’t be the last. It’s definitely the one life event that truly put things into perspective for me. Additionally, it was a period of time where I was finally able to do things for fun and not have every activity be directed towards achieving some goal. I’m good at achieving, but not always so good at slowing down. I’ve learned it impossible to always be productive and working harder is what leads to burnout not taking breaks. More on this topic in a future post.
Thanks for reading!