If you thought that your Justin Bieber obsession was buried in the back of your closet with the Bieber mosaic poster you do not have the heart to throw out, might I consider an excavation and resurgence of past love?
Often when I am writing, it is in pieces. When someone once asked me to describe my writing process, the best (and most obnoxious) way I was able to speak to it was by comparing my writing methods to the way my grandma crochets. She creates individual, free-standing and complete rows that are eventually all strung together to produce a quilt.
Last night, honorary members of this exclusive world known as #BachelorNation (that’s us, the viewer), tuned in once more to watch Becca navigate the turmoil and angst that (I can only assume) comes with dating multiple people at once in hopes of finding someone to propose to her on an accelerated timeline all in the public eye.
Though Courtney Barnett, a 30-year-old singer-songwriter from Australia, released her second solo LP a couple weeks ago (Tell Me How You Really Feel, May 18)…that is not what I’m here to talk about. While it is a great album, I revisited the rest of her discography on a recent long drive and knew I had to write about an earlier release: 2013’s The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas.
Alexis Waters, perhaps best known (for now) as the Shark/Dolphin Girl who appeared on Season 21 of The Bachelor, greets life with boundless enthusiasm and optimism. She’s self-assured and confident in a genuine way, which makes it easy to root for her and hope that she succeeds. In an interview with her this month, we talked about this self-confidence, Cardi B, and the launch of her new accessory line, Hoop Nation by Alexis Waters.
Long gone are the days of employees exclusively wearing suits and pencil skirts to work, and good riddance! As businesses develop office cultures that are more casual, their dress codes have begun to echo that. Employees can more easily express their personality in the workplace through their wardrobes.
This morning, John Mayer posted a teaser video for his new single “New Light”, asking his followers to check out the full-length video. The single is Mayer’s first release since his 2017 album, The Search for Everything (which I had the immense pleasure of seeing live). The caption for the post reads as follows:
I needed to make a video for New Light but nobody could agree on a budget, so I went to a place downtown and made this with a company that usually does birthday and Bar Mitzvah videos. Link. In. Bio.
These are a few of the things I am passionate about (in no particular order): my family, stand-up comedy, day trips, and seeing others immerse themselves in what makes them happy. Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson, together known as comedy duo Sorry About Last Night, weave those things together brilliantly with their 2018 Bridget Bishop Tour. (Not to mention, another favorite thing, the added bonus of a bit of Salem Witch Trials history they provide).
One day as I was scrolling through Twitter, I came across a platform called Dream on Youth. The content was compelling: I had stumbled upon the account amidst their “Self-Worth Wednesday”weekly segment, where the platform encourages their extended reach to share photos of themselves complemented by an expression of self-love. I found myself inspired by the account’s bio. When I first found the account, it read: We are one community building an empire of social goodness. Welcome to your safe space to raise self-awareness and give a voice to the fight against stigmas. At the time of publication, it reads: We are the most bad*** empire of social goodness. Black-owned, female-led, all-inclusive community. Join the online during #selfworthwednesday. Awesome.
I’ve worked with a smattering of online publishing platforms in the past, and though all have dressy mission statements, often the agenda is driven by clicks and relevancy, leaving authenticity and connection on a secondary tier. It’s something that has always confused me about online publications – why publish pithy pitches (say that five times fast!) just for the sake of publishing? What is the lasting effect?
I did not get a flighty impression from Dream on Youth as an institution, and wanted to learn more. I reached out to the “boss lady”, Cydney; you can read my interview with her here. However, right now, I want to introduce you to the interns of Dream on Youth – all of whom possess ideologies rooted in the belief that while one person has the power to make a difference in someone’s life, it is together great waves of change are made.