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You’ve Got a Friend

The other day, I was sitting by the pool reading Eat, Pray, Love for the second time. The first time I read it was shortly after it came out, I was in middle school, and I hated it. But now, reading it at 19, I can see myself in some of the stories Liz tells, I could see myself in some of the situations she found herself in… hopefully not all of those situations, but I’d be okay with the Italian getaway parts.

“Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a friend.” -Elizabeth Gilbert, (author of Eat, Pray, Love)

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Summer 2017 Book List

Happy Wednesday! I got a request last night for this post, so instead of waiting until Monday, I decided to go ahead and get it our for you today. If you follow me on any of my social media accounts, you’ll know that if I’m not writing, I probably have my nose in a book. And since it’s summer, I’m by the pool with my nose in a book. Someone asked for a post with recommendations so here it is! These are some of my favorites, all by female authors (because that’s my form of resisting the patriarchy, duh.) Leave any more suggestions or requests in the comments and I will get back to you! (All descriptions are from google books if you want to read more!)  Continue reading “Summer 2017 Book List”

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Traveling as a College Student

I’ve had a lot of requests for a post like this, and I think it’s a good one for the summer, so it’s finally happening! Thank you to everyone who sent me messages and emails requesting this, I really appreciate being able to write something you guys asked for! I hope this helps you figure out what you want to do and where you want to go this summer! Continue reading “Traveling as a College Student”

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Keepin’ it real in a world that’s not

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My friend, Alia, and I engaging in a deep conversation about the mysteries of the world. Actually, we were probably talking about ice cream but this post needs a picture, so here you go. (Berlin, Germany)
I’ve been told to “be myself” my entire life. Be myself? Of course I was going to be myself, how could I be anyone else? Well, it’s possible. Just ask anyone who was ever in middle school, or even worse, high school. I always thought I was doing okay in the “be your own person” department while I was making my way through school. I was a good kid: got straight As, stayed out of trouble, played sports, was the president of French club (no, I can’t speak French anymore), volunteered anywhere that would let me… I thought I was doing all of that for myself, because it made me happy. Wrong. I was doing it because it was what I was expected to do. So, be myself? I’m not so sure I was doing that as well as I thought I was. Continue reading “Keepin’ it real in a world that’s not”

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What You Didn’t See

DISCLAIMER: Mom, if you’re reading this, and I’m sure you are, you may want to grab some tissues. You told me last time to warn you before you read a post that will make you cry, and this one probably will.


People ask me all the time about my dad. People ask me all the time what it’s like to grow up with a single mom. I don’t blame them for being curious, how could I? It’s human nature… we all want to know everything. What I don’t appreciate is the pity. I don’t need it and I don’t want it, so don’t give it to me. I’ve learned that that’s not an easy request to fill… I can see it in your eyes when the topic comes up. But it’s ok. I get that it’s hard to not look at me differently once you know.

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It’s Berlin, Baby

Since I’ve been home for over a week now, I figured I should probably get this post up. Whoops. My bad. Although, seeing as I’m still waking up before the sun decides to shine, I think I’m entitled to be a little sluggish on the whole blogging about Berlin situation.

I’m not going to take you through a day-by-day recount of the entire trip because it was for school. This was not vacation. This was Jordyn trying to remain sane while 100 years of German history is being shoved into her brain in 18 days. What I’m going to share with you all is the stuff I did alone! The things I did that had nothing to do with the whole schooling situation, because let’s be honest… I already forgot most of that anyways.  Continue reading “It’s Berlin, Baby”

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The bucket-list for creative living

I don’t usually do these kinds of things, make lists to follow. I’m more of a go with the flow type of person, but I feel like this is a very go with the flow list. Nothing has a deadline (well, I guess sometime in September…) nothing has to be turned in for a grade. It’s not for you. It’s not because someone told me to do this. It’s for me. Because I want to do this. Maybe you’ll join me.  Continue reading “The bucket-list for creative living”

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Grey’s Anatomy 13.24 Episode Review

Season 13, episode 24: Ring of Fire (Written by Stacy McKee)

First off, I want to say thank you to Jerrika for breathing life into such a complex, strong, badass character for the past five years. We will all miss you and Stephanie Edwards. And Stacy, what a beautiful ending you gave her. (More on this later!!) I have said it every time and I’ll say it again: every time I see your name as writer, I know I’m about to have one hell of an hour, and this one did not disappoint.

So, back to normal. This review is going to be spent mainly inside Stephanie’s head. I’m going to try to work through her thoughts and fears in the next couple of minutes, and if you could all play along with me, that would be great.

“When life forces us to do something impossible, an explosion happens inside the body. A rush of hormones blasts through us; making us stronger, making us faster. Biology overrides fear and that makes the impossible possible.” -Meredith Grey

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Grey’s Anatomy 13.23 Episode Review

Well, my European adventure is over and that means it’s time for real life! First up is this post because I know you’re all antsy for it to be posted.

Season 13, episode 23: True Colors (Written by William Harper)

“There are moments when all the stars align, when everything seems as it should be. Your life seems to have sorted itself out. It’s not like all our problems go away, it’s just that the problems are suddenly manageable. You feel so good you wonder if it’s real, and if I’ve learned anything, I can tell you, it is. It’s very real… but it will not last.” -Meredith Grey

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On Set at Baywatch

Have you ever wondered if The Rock is as tall in person as he appears on TV? Well, let me answer that question for you: he is. And Zac Efron looks just as good in person as he does on TV. These are the things I learned when my spring break happened to be during the filming of the new Baywatch movie in March of 2016. You all know I’m super into this kind of thing, so this was a dream come true for me. I had planned to share this post the day the movie premiered, which is May 25, but I will be in Berlin with limited wifi and no laptop.

Surprise! It’s dropping early.

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Grey’s Anatomy 13.22 Episode Review

Season 13, episode 22: Leave It Inside (Written by Elisabeth Finch)

As soon as this episode started, I knew people would have some intense reactions. Why? Because the first thing we see is Meredith hauling the tumor on the wall out of her bedroom. That’s sacred MerDer property right there… it’s big. If that right there doesn’t set the scene for Meredith in this episode, I don’t know what does.

I’m going to keep up with the whole writing from a character’s perspective, but there’s too many storylines going on in this episode to choose one, so we’re going to go with Meredith, Alex and Arizona. And let’s go ahead and start with Meredith.

“Our skulls protect our brains. Our ribcage guards our hearts. The body is built to protect our most vulnerable parts. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work.” -Meredith Grey

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Grey’s Anatomy 13.21 Episode Review

Season 13, episode 21: Don’t Stop Me Now (Written by Andy Reaser)

So… I’m back. This review was posted three days ago and I’m going to do something I’ve never done before. Anything you see in red has been added today (May 1). I set this review up almost like a test, to see how many people could hold more than one perspective and unfortunately, most of you failed. So, let’s go back through this episode from Meredith’s POV. 

DISCLAIMER: This review is going to be different. I’m not going to be so gentle on Meredith Grey… why? Because right now, I’m Maggie Pierce. And she’s pissed. I’ll pull a little bit of Meredith Grey sympathy at the end but don’t quit on me before you get there!

So, I put up a poll on Twitter and asked you guys if you’d like this new format. For the last episode review, I focused on Meredith’s perspective. I got inside her head and wrote my review that way. And I think it worked. (Oh, you missed that review? No problem! Click here!) So, that’s what I’m going to do this week, only from Maggie’s perspective this time. My twitter feed Thursday night was full of Maggie hate. That’s when I knew this is how I wanted to handle this review. So, here we go! Continue reading “Grey’s Anatomy 13.21 Episode Review”