#Goals and Step One – Again

“I haven’t blogged in months!” – Me in May

“I haven’t blogged all summer!” – Me in August

“I should really write a blog post.” – Me in October

“It’s been nearly nine months… I should keep Not Blogging. It’s easier.” – Me, yesterday

Well, hello!

I want 2017 to be the Opposite Of Easy. I want it to be hard and to challenge me and this is the first obstacle/hurdle I’m overcoming. 2016 has been wonderful to me, but now it’s time to turn it up to 11 and see how far I can push myself.

It’s easier to sit down at night and mindlessly cruise BuzzFeed. It’s easier to read post from bloggers I admire and think “okay, yeah, I can do that. That will be me.” But that’s a funny thing about hopes and dreams and goals – you have to actually take initiative and steps to get from point A (here) to point B (there).

So, here we go. Ready?


Over the past year I got serious about fitness, health and nutrition and have discovered a community of women on Instagram who are IG-ing their every ‘booch, Perfect Bar, oat bowl, roasted veggie and avo oil spray. And I’m trying to join them. And run a half marathon. And continue with my ever-increasing (a good thing!) workload.

I’m excited. Let’s go.



The most important anniversary

Last week marked my one-year anniversary living in New York City. It’s a testament to how busy I’ve been/how exhausted I’ve been that I haven’t found the time to write about this yet. The side hustles have picked up steam a bit — yes, that’s plural, #NeverStopHustlin — and the full-time job is kicking into high gear. But, it’s all good because it has all been so much fun. 

Let’s reflect. Among other achievements…

  • I’ve had three very different jobs in three very different industries
  • I’ve lived in two apartments in two different neighborhoods
  • I’ve just now started getting comfortable with the subway. I largely avoided it as much as possible this past year, walking to and from work and generally walking everywhere, but with this new job comes a new subway ride. I’m getting used to it.

I am also amazed at how much there is left to do. I’m planning my first trip the American Museum of Natural History. I still haven’t been inside Lincoln Center.

Before I moved up here, I told everyone I needed at least one year in this city. Well, obviously I need a little more time, but over the past couple of months, a thought has been gnawing at me Los Angeles.  I’m not a West Coast person. I’m strictly East Coast. In fashion, culinary tastes, attitude, preference, everything. But I want to live out there. year. I won’t move tomorrow, but maybe in a couple years.

For now, here’s to one more year in NYC.


Rabbit, Rabbit, February


Whether conscious or not, I have been adhering to Newton’s first law of motion for about four months now and I think it’s explained a lot of positive changes in my life. Being active — whether physically, participating in a rotating list of workout classes*, or socially, JHRTS, or mentally, reading more in my spare time — has led me to be the happiest I’ve ever been.

And I started a new job today. (I really need to invest in some tchotchkes.)

Resigning myself to my apartment night after night throughout college was sad. There wasn’t anything to do in State College. In New York, there is no excuse to not find something you’re interested in at least once a week. I’m aware that I won’t always feel like this. For now, I intend to seize every opportunity offered and carpe that diem (or noche, both apply.)

If I can stay up for 22 hours, why shouldn’t I? There is no excuse not to, and that reminder gives me more energy. For next time. (Plus, I got a solid six hours the next day.)

With this new full time job, which is perfect, and my two side gigs – Hypable, and some social media management for an author I adore – and my resolution to try to read more (four books in January!) I am the busy. 

This year, I am not wasting my time. I’m not hesitating or wondering or fretting. I’m unapologetically asking questions and getting answers. I am an object in motion, and I’m staying in motion.

* Classes include: SoulCycle, Pure Barre, Shadowbox, CityRow, yoga at The Movement, FlyWheel and soon: Barry’s, Y7, ModelFit and Bari. 

2016 Resolutions

Happy new year! 2015 was a pretty good year to me, but I don’t think it’s any surprise when I say I am so looking forward to 2016.

I have been trying to write this blog post for a few weeks now and some mental block has been stopping me. So, instead of waiting for this post to magically appear somewhere, I managed to get this posted by sheer will before midnight on the first of the year.

This year, I’m not in the business of setting lofty resolutions, but rather, realistic ones. Goals and resolutions that stretch and challenge me but don’t break me. I’d rather set an attainable goal, and exceed it, than set a wildly aspirational one and fail at it. Goals need to be S.M.A.R.T., that is, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound.

That being said, here are a few of resolutions/goals I’m putting on the board for 2016 (and I’m putting them in writing so I can revisit in 365 days and see all that I accomplished. It’s short, but, it’ll grow):

  • Read one fiction book every month
  • Read one non-fiction book every month
    • Note: I have a Goodreads challenge to read 30 books – which is more than the 12 fiction/12 non-fiction, but here’s where the “accomplish then exceed” part of my resolution comes into play. Side note: know a good book that’s missing from the growing list? Tweet me and I’ll throw it in there.
  • Try three new exercise classes (aerial pilates, Bari and… a third)

I love revisiting the past. I check Timehop daily, and am obsessed with track important dates and times. On January 1, 2014, I created a ‘100 in 1001’ list. That is, 100 things I want to do in 1001 days – which ends sometime in September 2016. Revisiting the list for the first time in nearly two years, it’s also pretty humorous to see the fears and aspirations I had back then.

Stuff such as “get a passport” and “visit the Newseum” were done within that year, “be interviewed for a blog or magazine or website for a good reason” was accomplished just a few months ago. (Granted – it was the Penn State PRSSA newsletter, but it still counts!) Some items I know are unlikely to be accomplished – “climb Mt. Nittany,” but who’s to say that doesn’t become some other hiking-related goal?

October –> November (Goodbye/Hello)

September was my New York City wake up call to start getting involved. After realizing the last concert I had been to was in early December 2014 (Billy Joel at Penn State) I felt like I to start doing something to show I was actually enjoying New York. So, I got to Googling, found some events, and signed myself up. Turns out: you can have a lot of fun here.

October was a whirlwind. It started with a Jon Batiste concert at Webster Hall (first time there!), then a Billy Joel talk/impromptu concert as a part of the New Yorker Festival, then the book launch party for Sara Bareilles (in Brooklyn), and, yes, followed by a concert. I Instagram’ed all of these events, naturally.

I experienced New York Television Festival for the first, but certainly not the last time. It felt weird to volunteer for something, having no clue what I was getting myself into. But every night after work I rushed to the west side, the SVA Theater, and would help set up and run green rooms for people like Dan Harmon, usher people to their seats, and just generally be a good addition to the very small team. The NYTVF has been around for a decade, and has helped numerous people launch their television careers — an annual pilot competition often leads to development deals with studios and networks. I have so many wonderful things to say about NYTVF, that I’m saving it for another blog post.

Moving on through the month, during NYTVF I turned 22. I woke up at 5:30 a.m. on my 22nd birthday and went to a 6am SoulCycle class. We jammed to a remix of Taylor Swift’s ’22′ and the entire class and sang me happy birthday at the end while the SoulCycle instructors brought me a cupcake with a candle in it. Let me tell ya – it’s really interesting to get cupcake at 6:55 in the morning after torching calories in a spinning class.

After learning about the J/HRTS through NYTVF, I signed up and promptly found myself shaking hands with the EVP of U.S. Scripted Programming at Sony Pictures, Kim Rozenfeld, twenty-four hours later. I’ve also committed myself to getting more involved with this society too, so we’ll see where I can go with that.

It’s amazing how different you can feel after just 31 days. I’ve experienced so many different kinds of events and met amazing, incredible people. The summer was nuts, but this month was the one to really revitalize me and the things I want to do. I’m focusing on my passions and the stuff I like for the next few months — starting with NaNoWriMo this month — and it’s proven to make me a happier person and more content with life overall. Who’d thunk?

Maybe I just get bored too quickly

Moving to New York City was always The Plan. I couldn’t get here fast enough. It was — and is — my belief that this stupid little island has everything I could want and more. And anything it doesn’t have, I clearly don’t need. I’ve believed this for the past decade, until now.

People say, if you want to be serious about making television, you have to go to California. I’ve disagreed. I’ve tuned out the naysayers and the professionals who have been in the industry longer than I have been alive. I’m not particularly fond of the West Coast. It’s too far away from my east coast roots, too warm, too weird, too this, too that. When asked what I would do if a television show I ran would set up shop in Vancouver or L.A., my answer is simply “move it to New York.”

I’ve been living here for about nine months now, I’ve experienced every season and just about every emotion you could have. I’ve been to the tallest point in the sky (One World Observatory), have walked dozens of miles, been to countless bars and restaurants, etc. Going into fall, the air crisp and holiday season about to get under way, my affection for New York City is consistently renewed.


I’ve been thinking about the West Coast lot lately. About the studios, production companies, and general qualities of California that do give it an edge over New York.

There’s abundant potential to work my way up the totem pole in a writers room. Writer’s assistant, staff writer, script coordinator, and so on. It is undeniably easier to get my feet wet there than it is over here. But what’s more, I’ve also become more interested in development and programming schedules. There is something about working in development, helping multiple shows launch and succeed, versus working on just one, that gets excited. It makes complete sense given my personality: I like to have my hands in all of the pots. I’m naturally nosey. I like having multiple plates spinning at once.

This past week, I joined the JHRTS (a story for another blog post) and saw the EVP of U.S. Scripted Programming for Sony, Kim Rozenfeld, give a talk. He was incredible and definitely furthered my interest in development and working for a studio. Naturally, when talking about east vs. west coast opportunities, he said something along the lines of “if you’re serious about working in this industry, you’ve got to go out to Hollywood. At least a little while.” He said that, although television production is now global, Hollywood still reigns supreme in terms of job quantity, and quality.

A switch flipped in me. I thought — and think, not even a week later — that, yeah, I could spend some time in L.A. Not next year (my apartment lease doesn’t end until May), but, maybe depending where I am in life, I could reevaluate where I want to go in the summer of 2017.

I still love New York. Living here hasn’t diminished my love for the city much, but it has made me realistically reevaluate what I’m doing here, and where I want to go. The thought of maybe, someday moving to California also made me realize just how serious I am about television production as well, which is something I hadn’t realized before. It’s one thing to say, someday, I want to work in TV. It’s another to put a plan into action and make it happen.

Stay tuned.

October 1

I had been meaning to post this since the beginning of October, which tells you how busy I’ve been. It’s already the 13th (almost the 14th) and I’m acting like it’s the first of the month.

Change is unpleasant. But sometimes it’s necessary. Sometimes, it’s vital in order to make some headway in life. I use to be really bad with change. I still am. But I realize that there are some things I cannot change, and trying to fight against those circumstances is exhausting. It’s easier to accept it and figure out the best way to proceed. You cannot go back into the past and wish events had happened differently, you just end up wasting time and energy that could be better spent moving on. Trying to fix or heal or undo or improve upon the past.

You get knocked down sometimes. You face setbacks. But an arrow needs to be pulled back in order to soar (something like that…). You bounce back stronger than ever.

I’ve got some really exciting events lined up over the next few weeks that remind me why I’m doing this. Why I’m choosing to do and be instead of wait. I’ve been living in the city for seven months now, and I think I’m just starting to appreciate all of the opportunities that are available to me.

In the span of four days earlier this month I was front row for Jon Batiste and Stay Human (the Late Show Starring with Stephen Colbert’s band), then the next night I was a foot away from Billy Joel after his discussion at the New Yorker Festival, and then two days later, I attended Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Sara Barellies’ book launch event. I saw her having an amazing talk with Ben Folds, preform a handful of songs and I was one of the first twenty people to get her book signed.

Coming up next week: the New York Television Festival!

Summer 2015: An update

Let’s all think back to Memorial Day for a second. After a relentlessly cold winter and damp spring, the weather had finally warmed a bit, melting the dirty lingering snow banks around New York City. The air was crisp in the mornings and balmy in the evenings. And, most importantly, we had a summer of possibilities ahead of us.

This summer was interesting and intense for a lot of reasons. It was so incredibly fun and my head is still kind of spinning a little bit from everything that happened, in a really good way. However, once again, the iced coffees have started to give way to extra-hot soy cappuccinos during my morning commute to work. Instead of bracing myself for a suffocating heat during a lunch break, I am pleasantly surprised to walk outside to a nice breeze. The air conditioning doesn’t need to be on full-blast and pumpkin-flavored foods are back on store shelves. My favorite season is here again!

If my schedule for the next month is any indication, this fall will be even busier than this summer was. I think I’m finally embracing the opportunities New York City has been trying to give me for the past eight months. There are events to attend and places to eat and an energy that never lets up. There’s an unexplainable buzz, there’s never a reason to be bored in New York City. If you’re bored, there is a book to pick up from the NYPL, limited-release movie to see in Union Square or some event happening somewhere.


Having survived my first summer living in the city full-time, I will say, it was a whirlwind. The other day I was looking back through my Google Calendar, wondering “what the heck did I do for the past twelve weeks?” Well. I met a lot of great people at the job I started in June, I reconnected with some old friends from Penn State, I saw a lot of great television and movies, read some fantastic books and think pieces online, languished in the long, sunny days by grabbing after-work drinks of rooftop bars, saw the Macy’s fireworks from an incredible water-side spot, tried – and liked! – some great food for the first time, and just generally had a really good time.

For now though, I’ll enjoy the spot on my couch, watching NFL football and later tonight, I’ll watch Andy Samberg host my favorite awards show, the Emmys.

I will say though, I’m already bracing myself for the holiday season and unconscionable influx of tourists that will descend on the city from the moment the Rockefeller Tree goes up to the second the ball drops in Times Square. I’ll just have to avoid central Manhattan at all costs, never venturing west of Lexington. We’ll see how that goes — I am a sucker for all things Tis the Season.

🎄 #soon #fromwhereistand #30rock

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My grandfather, on dieting

My grandfather was a jolly man. It’s the best way I can describe him. He was one of the nicest, most outgoing men I’ve ever known, striking conversations with anyone – families at the park or waiters at a restaurant. He would always take the time to ask people about their life stories. It drove us insane sometimes, when we were in a rush to get to a soccer game (my sister’s) or a basketball game (Maryland’s) or trying to let people go on with our lives, but we always tolerated it because people loved talking with him.

More than a few times, whenever we’d get together for a birthday or holiday dinner, there’d be some time of insane dessert. And while my grandfather was never one to turn down a piece, he always said his diet would start ‘tomorrow.’ One time, I vividly remember him saying “I always say the diet will start tomorrow. But then it’s Thanksgiving, and you can’t turn down pie on Thanksgiving. Then it’s someones birthday, and it’s rude to not eat a piece of cake on someone’s birthday. There’s always another reason to eat dessert and to push off dieting until tomorrow, and suddenly before you know it, a year’s gone by and you never started!”

It’s silly, but I’ve thought about that a lot over the years. He passed away in 2009, buried in Arlington thanks to his time spent in the Navy and service to our country (his attempts to teach me morse code were futile, no matter how many times he’d sound out my name for me). Whenever there’s dessert, no matter how healthy I’m trying to be, I always think of him, and say ‘the diet can start tomorrow.’

Happy Memorial Day

The Precarious Relationship between ‘Video Technology’ and Advertising

An interesting article popped up in front of the WSJ paywall earlier this week about television and digital content. Imagine my surprise and utter delight when I realized Linda Yaccarino was the author of it. As president of Ad Sales for all of NBCUniversal, she not only has a busy few weeks ahead of her (Upfronts!!!), she also is a Penn State alum (We are!) and has been one of my professional idols for a few years now.

As one of the leaders of the television advertising industry, she has a front-row seat to the developments and changes that have happened upon consumer’s television consumption and watching habits, making her a bit of an expert on the matter at hand: consumers, their viewing habits, and how it’s changed the television landscape. In her article, she proposes the interesting theory that TV has become VT – “video technology.”

What that means, essentially, is that your TV is just another device for you to plug into. Just another device for you to use as to watch content on a streaming platform. I’m even hesitant to call it ‘watching television shows.’ Because what is the definition of a ‘television show’?

What differentiates ‘television’ like New Girl from a ‘Hulu show’ like Resident Advisors. Are they both TV? Or are they, as Yaccarino proposes, all ‘video content’? But, regardless of all this, there is one necessary constant: advertising.

The entire ecosystem of television and digital platforms has been built on the mutual relationship between advertisers and content creators (whether that be network studios or Grace Helbig on YouTube). The latter need money and have people watching, the former have the money and need people watching to buy into whatever product, service or idea they’re selling.

She says that “VT” is the “future of our industry” and she is able to distill the complex idea/debate in to a 600-word article. Basically, it’s much better than any way I could articulate the ideas within the post. I get excited and start rambling on tangents about Nielsen measurement and content creation.

Definitely check out the whole article, Outside Voices: In Defense of TV – It’s Actually ‘VT’

We know there are a few certainties in life: death, taxes and my loyalty to NBC. What or how NBC chooses to reinvent itself next as, you can bet I’ll be ready to jump on board.

Thinking about it now, this transition from television to online platforms doesn’t really feel that different than decades ago, when NBC, CBS and ABC were radio stations. People crowded around a radio in their living rooms to listen. Then they huddled around a television set to watch. Now they’re everywhere. On trains and airplanes, lying in bed and killing time in a café, watching on multiple screens. It certainly is a far cry from ‘the good ole days.’