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this is a commitment I will most likely regret

Hey folks!

I just made an impulse decision for this year that I’m going to aim to post on this blog-thingy everyday! yes you read that correctly.

I’m tired of making excuses for this bad boy, and my schedule is actually very packed for this next semester of school… BUT I’m doing this because why not, and if I don’t end up sticking with it what else is new?

sounds like a good plan, no?

I think the reason I’m never inspired to write anymore is because I’m not actually challenging myself to do so. By forcing myself to write everyday, I’m challenging myself.

I really hope this turns out to be a good thing, and not just a couple posts about the music I’ve been listening too and the episodes of new girl that I like.

I’m also hoping that whether it’s a sentence of a post or a few solid paragraphs, I actually take this year to write and publish each day.

I guess we’ll find out.

2018, here goes nothing.

UPDATE: day seven in and I’m giving up (sigh). I will say however that I want to continue posting on a weekly basis because I did enjoy creating last few posts, and it got me out of my writer’s block for the time being. I think posting everyday is a little excessive for everyone so I’m dialing it back! okay that’s all continue with your days.

Thanks for reading,

RR

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Why did I ever stop reading?

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Written at 2 a.m. after calling pest control on a large, unidentified spider in my dorm room, which left me restless and afraid

I have to take a moment of pause from my NYU posts to brag on a read that has taken me too long to get around to. (If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been using this blog as my portfolio for the work I have done in my journalism course)

After being in New York for three weeks knowing nobody, I finally decided to head to the bookstore and pick up some light reads for my free time. I was drawn to the familiar cover of Maria Semple’s “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” which reminded me a lot of the illustrations from author Emma Straub’s collection, and also Kevin Kwan’s “Crazy Rich Asians” series. I purchased the paperback along with two other books, “How to Ruin Everything” by George Watsky and “Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures” by Emma Straub. I immediately began reading while sitting on a bench in Madison Square Park, Shake Shack burger in hand. I spent the rest of my day completely invested in the lives of Bee Branch and her mother, Bernadette Fox. I finished it about 12 hours later.

My point in noting this—other than to applaud and brag on Maria Semple—is to reintroduce myself, and possibly you, to reading something so valuable and brilliant that I cannot put it down for fear of facing a reality unlike the one on the pages. It saddens me to think that every year the short span from May to August is really the only time I have until life gets busy again, reality checks in, and this crazy-dramatic fantasy that has been occupying my afternoons and sleep schedule must be paused. We all know how that is.

But alas, I have a plan, a goal, and a rough beginner’s list as a start to a project I am doing with myself to get more in the habit of reading (and not just reading, but experiencing). I’m not even here to sponsor my own creative genius; I’m just letting you know that I have a plan, and if you want to copy me you totally can.

So maybe we can do this together? Maybe you can pitch me some authors, books, short stories, or your mom’s instagram caption from April fool’s day? I really don’t care. The point is that this is something I’ve wanted to dedicate more time to for a while, and I’m excited to finally do the damn thing.

Here’s the list. Beware it’s a short one, but I fully intend on adding on to it as I expand my opinions of authors and genres (other than Emma Straub, who is an obvious yes for me, always).

  1. Where’d You Go, Bernadette (check)
  2. Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures (check)
  3. How to Ruin Everything
  4. Fan Girl
  5. Eleanor & Park (check)
  6. The Stars in Our Eyes
  7. Americanah (check)
  8. The Versions of Us
  9. This One’s Mine (check)

So if you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to other than summer school and getting lost on the subway, voila!

RR

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2017: the year of green

It’s 2017 people!! Hallelujah, I made it this far. There are many moments and memories that took place in 2016 that made personal and public history for many of us, plus a whole lot of firsts and quite a few lasts fill my camera roll. All in all, 2016 was either fantastic or it was a wreck (I don’t care, you decide), and my goal for the new year is topantone-greenery exercise my comfort zone whether in the gym, in my wardrobe, or even in my color palette. Pantone (the paint swatch company thingy that you see at like home depot or on twitter sometimes, ya that’s the one) recently announced 2017’s color of the year.

I won’t lie and say that I wasn’t disappointed when I first saw the color with which I base my entire year off of (big shoes to fill lemme tell ya), but the more I’ve studied it the more I find myself intrigued.

Green is honestly a color that I take for granted, which is why I wanted to make this blog post. I wanted to prove to myself, and anyone wondering, that green is worth my time and obsession (at least for the span of 2017). So to my fellow color lovers, please enjoy and admire.

thanks @Pantone for the brilliant color inspo and thank you for reading,

RR

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