The Essence of Writing

“The essence of the writer’s occupation was made clear to me. We write books because our children aren’t interested in us. We address ourselves to an anonymous world because our wives plug their ears when we speak to them. In the era of universal graphomania, the writing of books has an opposite meaning: everyone surrounded by his own words as by a wall of mirrors, which allows no voice to filter through from outside.”

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera (who I am absolutely enthralled with right now)

Revamping the Blog (and my life)

Out with the old and in with the new.

Since being back, I’ve felt like I’ve changed a lot of my priorities in life. I’m not as driven in my career as I was previously. For the past year or so I’ve been struggling to figure out which department I’d like to focus on in advertising – design, account service, copywriting – and I think I’m finding a better direction with that at least. I’ve also realized that being in a small agency is definitely where I’d like to work, as opposed to the big name agencies who suck the living soul out of their employees….in my opinion.

But see, here’s the thing. I’ve decided to put my career on hold until I get back from Europe.

Andddd I’ll be going to Europe in May 2014….indefinitely (and by indefinitely I mean until I run out of money…)

So until then I’m kind of figuring out what I want to do. I’ll obviously be working to save up money, but I’m not sure I want to get a job at an agency where I’ll become comfortable at because then I won’t want to leave.

My boss at one of my internships this summer suggested that while I’m off gallivanting in Europe, I should blog while I’m there and spin it as a ‘creative writing project’ and use it in my portfolio when I get back.


This blog has largely been about traveling and advertising (and some fashion, of course) but now I want to start using for more personal topics as well in order to start finding a voice for my writing since I’m starting to focus on it more.

All in all, I feel like “Young, Wild, and Free” pretty accurately reflects how I’m living my life at this point. I’m exploring myself and the world, without an attachment to a boyfriend or a career path for the first time. It’s an adventure to say the least. I still want to write about places I’m planning on going like Dublin, Krakow, and Portugal, but there will less emphasis on advertising.

What to Expect Now: stories, a little more humor, some booze, and a lot of self-discovery.

Sorry if that’s disappointing. But I hope it’s still interesting, if not more.