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2014: A Year in Review

Hello hello!

Once again the New Year is upon us and it’s out with the old and in with the new. Or so we hope. Overall I would say 2014 was an amazing year and I cannot believe that 2015 is just hours away.

Some of 2014’s highlights:

  • Interned with The Dallas Morning News for 6 months; had two A1 stories.
  • Had an amazing 22nd birthday and celebrated with some of my closest friends and family.
  • Made some great new friends in Dallas and strengthened current friendships.
  • Met Nordstrom CEO Blake Nordstrom.
  • Met Georgetown professor and MSNBC political analyst Michael Eric Dyson.
  • Went to the On the Run Tour and saw Beyoncé live for a second time.
  • Went to Las Vegas with close friends.
  • Visited the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY with my parents.
  • Briefly met Alex Pettyfer.
  • Traveled to Houston as a finalist for the Hearst Journalism Fellowship.
  • Started taking ballet classes after a 6-year hiatus.
  • Began working as an assistant editor for trade publication Farran Media.

For some reason the thought of 2015 really scares me. I’ve been out of college for a year and I feel like this year will truly decide the course of my life (at least for the next few years). I turn 23 in 4 months and I feel like in a way I’m leaving my 20s behind.

I’m currently doing some contract work with Farran Media and I’m hoping this will turn into a full-time job. Although I lived on my own for 6 months in Dallas, I wasn’t 100% self-sufficient. I’m hoping that will become a reality in 2015. I want to maintain and strengthen my current relationships with friends and family as well as reconnect with people I don’t talk to as much as I used to.

I am so glad I started taking ballet classes again. Not only is ballet fun, it’s a great way to stay in shape. I wish I never took a break but I’m not taking another one any time soon.

In short, if 2015 is anything like 2014 I know I’ll have a great year.

Happy New Year everyone!

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Time flies when you’re having fun

It’s hard to believe that today marks my end of my 12th week at The Dallas Morning News. I’ve been in Dallas for almost 3 months. It seems like just yesterday I was at home in Scottsdale freaking out about the weeks ahead and packing up my belongings. I feel like I just moved into my apartment and my mom just left.

Now, I’ve had 15 articles published, met the CEO of Nordstrom (my favorite department store) and interviewed the CEO of Spanx. I wrote my first earnings story (yes it’s just as awful as it sounds) and learned about the vibrant startup community in Dallas. I celebrated my 22nd birthday with my family and closest friends and went to Houston and interviewed for the Hearst Journalism Fellowship. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the fellowship but I’m honored that I was one of fourteen finalists.

That's Blake Nordstrom! President of the popular department store, Nordstrom (obviously).

That’s Blake Nordstrom! President of the popular department store, Nordstrom (obviously).

Three months ago I thought today would be the day I was packing my bags yet again and moving back home to Scottsdale. Instead, I got the exciting news that my internship was extended for another ten weeks! That’s right, I’ll be in the Big D until the end of July. I know it sounds silly, but this exciting news made me a little sad. I was looking forward to going back to Scottsdale and reuniting with my parents and seeing my friends (I’m already looking at flights home for the Fourth of July as I write this).

I’m also happy that my editors and the internship coordinator really wanted to keep me here past the 12 weeks I was allotted. It’s nice to know that they enjoy my work and that they believe I am a great addition to both the paper and the business section. I’ve gotten close to many of my coworkers and I’m glad I don’t have to leave them just yet. Initially, I wasn’t even sure I was going to get the extension and it was looking like there wasn’t enough money in the paper’s budget to keep me here. But the journalism gods found a way to keep me here and I am forever grateful.

These next 10 weeks I’m going to push myself more than I already have and I’m sure I’ll have an extremely rewarding time at the paper. I’m also excited that I’ll be able to meet the other summer interns and participate in the internship activities. But now, I’m going to relax and enjoy this wonderful three-day weekend.

I hope you’ll do the same.

One Week Down

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

Whenever you think of something in terms of “one week” does the Barenaked Ladies song pop in your head? Well it does for me. Anyways…

Today marks the end of my first full week at The Dallas Morning News and my first week in Dallas. The drive into Dallas last Friday was a bit stressful. There are so many freeway interchanges and WAY too much construction! As soon as we entered El Paso (my childhood home for 7 years) we were surrounded by pick-up trucks. I guess everything really is bigger in Texas. Texan drivers are a bit…dangerous for a lack of better words. If you don’t pay close attention, you might get run over. About an hour or two outside of the Dallas city limits my parents and I encountered a drunk driver. The experience was scary but luckily we made it safely and no one was hurt.

It’s been an interesting seven days to say the least, especially in terms of the weather. If you follow me on any social media outlet you may have seen me freaking out about the sleet, snow, freezing rain and freezing temperatures on Sunday the 2nd. After living on the West Coast the majority of my life I haven’t had to deal with severely “cold” weather (although I think anything below 65 degrees is cold). When I moved into my apartment on the first of the month the temperatures were in the high 70s, low 80s. Yay! But then, a winter weather advisory appeared. Temperatures were expected to plunge 50 degrees overnight. My parents and I stayed in all day Sunday (with the exception of my dad going to get some more groceries. Thanks Dad!) because of the awful weather. The roads were icy and outside was no place to be. All of our plans were ruined. We didn’t get to drive by the office or visit one of my father’s childhood friends in Fort Worth.

Temperatures started to warm up for my first day on Monday but it was still pretty cold at a “toasty” 30 degrees. Luckily, my parents accompanied me to the office and my dad drove me to work. I met a lot of people in the office, got settled in at my desk and filled out some paperwork with HR. My parents and I were also able to visit my dad’s friend. On Tuesday, I drove myself to work with my dad in the passenger seat. I met my mentor and got assigned my first story. My dad drove back to Scottsdale on Wednesday and my mom is staying with me until next Saturday. On Thursday, I interviewed the founder of a tech startup for a story that should run in the paper on Sunday the 16th. My mentor is profiling two companies and I’m profiling one, therefore the story will have a double byline.

First day of internship!

Since Wednesday I’ve been driving to work by myself and even to the grocery store. Slowly but surely I am learning the enigma that is Dallas. On Sunday, my mother and I are going to visit The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. I can’t wait. It’s hard to believe that I live and work so close to such an important piece of history.

It was a great and busy first week and boy am I ready for the weekend!

Oh. Just in case you started to have a Barenaked Ladies craving I’ve got your back.

TTFN – Ta Ta For Now

Today is my last day in Arizona for at least 12 weeks.

Even though I’ve had roughly three months to prepare it seems as if this internship just snuck up on me. It’s hard to believe that I’ll be thrust into the workforce on Monday. I feel as if I didn’t have enough time to say goodbye to some of my closest friends but I did the best I could. After a series of heartfelt goodbyes it was time to prepare for the next chapter in my life. Right now I need to focus on packing and getting everything together for this expensive endeavor.

When I interned in Milwaukee things were much simpler. I was lucky enough to be able to rent a room from a woman who dealt strictly with female students and interns. The room was furnished and rent included cable, water and electric. The hunt for a place to live in Dallas wasn’t so easy. I ended up renting an apartment for three months and unlike my place in Milwaukee, the apartment didn’t come furnished.  I had to set up cable and rent my own furniture. I’m glad to have a place of my own but it definitely came with a high price. I’m very thankful to have my parents’ emotional and financial support because without them this move wouldn’t be possible.

My journey starts tomorrow. At approximately 8:30am my parents and I will begin our 15 hour trek to Dallas. We are going to make a pit stop in El Paso (we lived there from 1996-2003) and leave for Dallas on the 28th. I’ll move into my new apartment on Saturday the 1st and start interning on Monday the 3rd. My dad’s going to drive back on Tuesday and my mother will be staying with me until the 15th to help me settle in.

I’m not too thrilled about all this but I think once I get there I’ll feel a little better.

See you soon Dallas.