one year

Today is my one year blog-iversary! Not gonna lie, I wasn’t sure I was going to make it to this point when I first started The Purple Notebook; I was worried I might give up after a few months because of the difficulty of creating content. I’m still trying to figure out the direction of this blog, actually…but this last year was a pretty good year to start, because I went through quite a lot since my first blog post (but thankfully no more fires). Here’s a quick recap of some things that went down between September 14, 2013 and September 14, 2014:

1. I moved all the way across the state of Nebraska (twice if you go a couple months before September 2013).

2. I then moved halfway across the country.

3. I saw Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in theaters. (Yes, I am such a geek that I consider these events worth noting. Anyone else cry during a certain scene in Spider-Man?)

4. I made a major career change.

5. I performed in an improv show.

6. I got added to my mom’s Netflix account and all productivity quickly halted.

7. I watched lots of movies, read lots of books, drank lots of wine, and explored teeny rural Nebraska towns with friends.

8. I tried, and am still trying, to figure out how to live life post-college. Has anyone else figured that out yet? Any tips?

Whew, that was quite a year. I think I might need a nap.


reasons i’m excited to move to new york


Via Tamara Peterson

You guys, everything about my move has fallen into place so quickly. When I first left my job in order to pursue my dream of moving to New York City, I didn’t have a job or a place to stay. What was supposed to be a few weeks of staying with¬† my mom turned into a few months, a couple of possible living situations fell through, and there was more than one moment of panic and doubt.

But even though I took a ready-fire-aim approach, in the last couple of weeks I just got so lucky and everything is set! I now have employment and a place to stay (albeit a temporary one, but it’s still nice to have a place to set your coffee maker). Also, can I just give a shout-out to my parents for being so awesome and supportive of the fact that their daughter made a big, reckless (and possibly stupid–we shall see) decision to leave gainful employment so she could move to a new city for no apparent reason? Thanks M and D!

So, here’s to a new life and a new layout! (Do you like?) I hop on my plane tomorrow,¬†and here’s some of the reasons I’m looking forward to landing in NYC!

  1. Having actual New York cheesecake.
  2. Trying everything on this list.
  3. The beautiful photo ops.
  4. All the cool locally owned coffee shops I’m gonna find.
  5. NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY. (cough*geek*cough)
  6. Spider-Man lives there.