I have moved to the nation's capital... it's absolutely unreal. With a playlist of the most random songs from throwbacks to indie pop and a car packed full with favorite possessions, I left Charleston to start my new life as a working professional.
Hold on, I'm not ready for that yet. Technically, I don't start my big-girl job until June 16, so let's pretend I'm not an adult quite yet.
It's been a weird transition from college to graduate and one by one I have watched my friends move on, start working, and begin this process to becoming a better version of themselves. Now, it's my turn.
I want you to be a part of this journey with me. When I find good music, a good book, my new favorite coffee shop... be ready for a giveaway so that you can enjoy it with me! (My first giveaway ever is at the bottom of this post, so keep your eyes on the prize)
In my first 24 hours in this brand new city, I have already discovered some great (and horrifying) things:
Discovery of... traffic
Big city = Lots of cars // Toto, we are not in the south anymore - people are not interested in letting you over when you miss your turn. Horns are blowing everywhere and you'll see more people in one line of traffic than you've ever seen in your life. GoogleMaps is great for letting you know where the more congested areas are. It's free and available on the App Store. When you see a lot of red, and you know you're in for a road rage marathon... a good playlist will keep you sane and I'm here to help! Here is my latest Spotify playlist for your own inspiration:
Discovery of... direction
With my new life beginning, a lot has been pushed off to deal with life. I've had to pack, drive hundreds of miles to a new city, unpack, move in, blah blah blah... I had put off writing to get my life together, and that's ok. Sometimes you have to take a break from what you love to get stuff done. But in the end, it's all worth it. Now that I'm back to the grind, I have had more inspiration for writing and for living than I have experienced in a long time. I have found that change of scenery can be good for the soul and it can spark ideas that you never could've imagined without mixing things up a bit.
That only means one thing... Stay tuned for some exciting new posts and projects to come!
Discovery of... music
I had been a resident of Washington, DC for roughly 4 hours when I left my messy, barely unpacked house to head to a concert (I mean, show, for you hipsters out there) with my Buzzfeed famous friend and sorority sister. I made my way to the U Street Music Hall to see Kris Orlowski and Ivan & Alyosha. I admit, I had never heard of this band in my life so I was a little hesitant to see how it would go. At the end of it all, I could not have imagined a better way to spend my first night in my new home. They made it worthwhile and have most certainly made the list of my favorite musicians. They're also incredibly kind. Kris (I'd like to think we're on a first name basis now) wished me well on my new adventure and even gave me a special gift for you -- whoever you are!
Music has the ability to speak to your soul, to pull out thoughts and feelings that you weren't even aware of, and their music did that for me. So of course, I want you to have the opportunity to have this epiphany and realize you've been missing out on beautiful tunes.
Between May 30, 2015 and June 4, 2015
From Kris Orlowski: 1 signed "Believer" CD, 1 post card, 1 sticker
From Ivan & Alyosha: 1 "It's All Just Pretend" CD
To win you must include all 3 of the following in a tweet --