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How to move in New York City without Losing your Freaking Mind

Hey everyone!

As I mentioned in my last post, we got a new apartment! Now, some people hate moving. For them, it brings back feelings of sadness and leaving behind friends and family, but for me that's not the case. I've moved several times in my life. We relocated several times while I was growing up and while I was usually a little bummed about not seeing my friends anymore, the excitement at the prospect of the new, the unknown, almost always outweighed it. And when I moved into the dorms in August 2013, I couldn't have been more ecstatic. I was finally in college! I had literally been waiting my entire life for this very moment! And I was so lucky. My roommate, Emily, who I had been randomly assigned, ended up being a wonderful human being who I still consider a friend even though we're in different states. When she left WT, I lived with my soulmate, Maddie Todd, for a brief but amazing semester. Then I was finally relinquished from the dorms and Leilani and I move…
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Big Changes!

Hello friends!

We're moving quickly into spring (even if NYC weather fails to acknowledge it) and man do I have some great news to share!

First, I posted last time about how due to cut hours I had taken on the second job at Blue Balloons. It's not something I had necessarily been super excited about; it meant having 0 days off and being even more exhausted than normal. But I was willing to hustle if that's what needed to happen. But then my manager approached me about moving into a management position at Loft. I had been a Sales Lead at my store in Texas and we had spoken several times during my time at the Flatiron store about moving back up, but there had never been a position open. But now, due to a series of moves within the company, one was! I gleefully told her I was still interested and she sat up an interview with our District Manager.

And I am now, officially, the new part-time Sales Lead at Loft in Flatiron! I am so excited for this new opportunity. Being a SL pu…

Sunday in the Park with Jess: My 8 month New York-versery

Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I definitely did! Saturday dawned bright and early. Jessica was working a 1920’s themed event in the city so I helped style her hair in a braided Gibson half-tuck. Then I made myself some breakfast and headed to the gym. Now let’s be clear: I am not a gym rat. This is quite clear from looking at me. My idea of a good time is curled up with a good book or asserting my intellectual dominance in board games and trivia. Not squats. Not treadmills. And certainly not yoga. (My disdain for this particular activity deserves it’s own blog post.) But y’know, I want to be an actress. And I need a body that is up to the demands of physical roles. Also, I love sweets, and eat way more than any reasonable adult should. Therefore, I try to go to the gym when I have a chance. Afterwards, I showered and got ready and made myself a super yummy lunch. Then I packed up all of my stuff and headed for the train, ready for my first full day at my weekend job. It turn…

I live in New York City!

Hey.... It's me.

It's been almost an entire year since I've posted.

I want to be better at this! Good grief. This is probably one of my least favorite personality traits. Generally, if it's not school or work related, I have very little follow through. I have a lifetime's worth of barely begun journals and abandoned workout regimes to prove this point.

BUT it has to say something about me that I keep coming back to this blog. I have an underlying need to chronicle my life. So once again, I am here, vowing to be better.

Last April, I had posted about getting into the Stella Adler Studio of Acting Evening Conservatory. Everything was still up in the air about when I would come and where I would live, and it was a huge, anxiety inducing mess.


We opened Jane Eyre. And my god. What a beautiful, beast of a show. It will always hold a very special place in my heart as my final show at WT and the last time I was able to perform with some of my very dear friends.


A Day in the Life: Wednesday

8:00: I'm up! I think a mixture of excitement over filming in Acting IV and anxiety from my Spanish quiz helped me wake after just a few alarms.

8:30: After perusing social media and pouring a cup of coffee to cool, I jump in the shower.

9:20: Leilani comes in to my room as I'm doing my makeup in bed. I should already be done, but I got distracted while trying to find a Leslie Knope makeup tutorial on youtube. Instead, I watched alot of Parks & Rec clips. She brings me a few flannels to try for my costume and headed to school.

10:30: I drive to school, afraid that horrible parking will make me late for class, since I'm filming first!

10:50: Have I mentioned how abysmal the parking is at WT? I finally head across campus to the historical log cabin where we chose to film.

11:00: The scene goes great!

12:20: After filming the last four scenes, class is released. I head back to the green room to study for my Spanish quiz.

1:30: Off to Spanish, Buenas suertes!

2:45: I actua…

A Day in the Life: Tuesday

8:00: I blearily wakeup. I am usually the worst kind of morning person- up with the sun and automatically wanting to talk to anyone who will listen. But Jane Eyre rehearsals have been running anywhere between 10-11, and so I don't sleep until much later than normal. Thus, mornings have been a struggle lately. I put on a pot of coffee (cursing myself for not premaking it the night before) and make myself a bowl of oatmeal.

8:15: I start on my makeup, keeping an eye on my phone. I'm scheduled at 9, meaning I need to leave by 8:30, but my manager is even worse at mornings than I am so I know there's a good chance he'll delay until 9:30.

8:20: Huzzah! He texts asking to come in at 9:30. This means I get to enjoy my coffee in the warmth of my bed rather than spilling it all over myself in the car.

9:30: Work! My manager and I discuss today's game plan and I spend the next four hours styling clients and maintaining the store's visual standards.

2:00: I get off work a…

A Day in the Life: Monday

7:05 am: My first alarm goes off.

9:00: Seven alarms later, I finally wake up. I hang around in bed, checking social media.

9:30: I finally get up and get ready for the day.

11:00: My first class of the day, Acting IV: Acting for the Camera. We've been working all semester with becoming comfortable on film as well as working with copy and demos. This week we are are filming short scenes from existing TV shows and movies. I don't film until Wednesday so I mainly hang back and watch my classmates.
Here are some behind the scene pictures I took:

Don't they all look so cool? All of my classmates are super attractive, it's maddening. The first picture is Nikki and Tyler doing a scene from 'It's a Disaster', and the second is Ryan and Rachel doing a scene from 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World'.

12:15: Leilani and I jump in her car and drive to Amarillo to get Rosa's for lunch. Nothing in this world makes me happier than Mexican food.

1:30: Spanish class. I…