Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tavern on the Green: calmness in the city

It can be a little bit insanely exhausting being in the city. Between commuting long distances, walking everywhere, not smiling at people, and just being in the midst of the hustle and bustle of New York City, it can absolutely wear you out. 

I'm absolutely loving my job because it's everything I ever could've wanted in an internship. But it's very much about hitting your own goals, which can feel a little overwhelming, and I've forgotten to go and do things in the city. To live here and not just stay in the work zone. Guys, I'm only 20 years old.

Anyways, I was so happy that I had some family in town this weekend! They were here on a fun trip so we went out to lunch at Tavern on the Green, which was absolutely beautiful and too cool to actually see.







How cute is it?! I sadly didn't get any photos of my meal, which was an awesome eggs benedict florentine, but the experience was even better.

New York is getting HOT, and walking through Central park may have been a sweat bath, but it was beautiful.

It's days like these that make it all worth it again and remind me that I am truly the luckiest girl on the planet to get to spend my summer living in the city.

xoxo,
Meredith

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Is your school on this list??

Hey friends!

Life is getting super exciting in New York City and I absolutely love working for Odyssey. It's unreal to be able to work for a company that is so dedicated to democratizing content and making sure everyone's voices can be heard. Everyone here is so kind and caring and genuine and I have yet to meet someone who isn't willing to help me in a heartbeat.


With that in mind, my main job this summer is to help schools that don't currently have Odyssey communities get going and get published. Exciting stuff.

Please comment below, Tweet me, Instagram me, email me, aaaanything if you know anyone at these schools!

Randolph College

Rhode Island School of Design

Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana University East

Bluegrass Technical College

Columbus College of Art and Design

Sullivan University

King University

Kentucky State University

Swarthmore College

Antioch College

University of Wisconsin- Stout 

Seminole State College

Stillman College

Art Academy of Cincinnati 

Cleveland Institute of the Art 

University of the Potomac 

Empire College

Johnson University

Miles College


Please help a girl out! Interested in writing for Odyssey? Apply here!

xoxo,
Meredith

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Welcome to New York

It's now been five days since I got to New York, and long story short, I LOVE IT.

I was really nervous about the whole thing because it's just so different than what I've always grown up around, but as it turns out, the different parts are my favorite. My love of wandering and exploring is exemplified in a city that has something cool around every corner with the convenience of a subway station everywhere possible. My need for people to hurry up has been carried out through the quick food orders and the hustling when walking. I can completely see why people just crave this city, and I know my love for NYC will only grow as the summer goes on.

But here's my recap of my first week!




I flew up with two checked suitcases and one carry-on suitcase. Right now, all my clothes are still in my suitcase, but when I move into my new apartment in a week, I'll post the full packing deets!


I feel like SUCH a tourist taking photos at every point, but I don't know how you couldn't. It's always been fun to see photos of the city but there really is no photo that could ever capture the beauty of the hustle and bustle of the city.


My mom had requested a "first day of work" pic, so I was thankful that my sweet friend Juliana took one for me. My cheesy smile captures how freaking excited I was for our first day!


The corner near my office: I swear I just feel ~so New York~ with fun photos like this.


I'll definitely be geeking about my actual job later because I could ramble on for days about how much I love being at Odyssey. But GUYS, this is the view from the bathroom of our office. I swear, it's all just so insta-worthy.


Confession: I could actually never be a food blogger. I mean, look how weird this looks! Why does my food never look as good as it could?! This was at Dos Caminos, where all the other 14 interns went after our first day.


Normally the office's dress is pretty casual, but the second day, we had an event later at night that was more business casual, so I paired a summery black dress with this jacket from Ralph Lauren. Super fun and light! (Also, shout out to my sweet friend Amanda for giving it to me :))


This was the panel we got to listen to at #OdysseySpeaks: absolutely amazing group!

Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer of The Met; Jonathan Jackson, co-founder of Blavity; Aziz Hasan, VP of product experience at Refinery29; Kelly Wallace, digital correspondent at CNN 


Friday, we had to wear our new Odyssey t-shirts, but I was super proud to rep them... along with all the other interns. 


Is not the best-looking group of editorial interns?!






Hollan, Justin (not pictured), and I got to take over the Odyssey's Snapchat for a few hours for an intern assignment.



Afterward, we enjoyed some ah-mazing ice cream sandwiches at Madison Square Eats at Melt Bakery. How cool is it to be right next to the Flat Iron building?!



Christian and I proudly repped our 90s jeans with our t-shirts, too.




It was crazy fun to have a mix of my Richmond friends and new Odyssey friends!


I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF THIS CITY. I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

Lots of more updates to come!

xoxo,
Meredith

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Here we go, NYC.

Well, today's the day! By noon today, I'll be a few hundred miles away from my old Kentucky home in New York City.

It's all really weird to think about because it's just not something I ever thought I would do. When people at home asked me what I was doing this summer and I said I was working in New York, everyone was shocked. Heck, I guess I was a little shocked myself at the words coming out of my mouth. It's just that not many people from Kentucky go to New York like they do in other places. I've always just thought I would end up in a city comparable to Lexington, or even Richmond, so the prospect of such a big city scared me.


While my mom and I were packing up the last of my things last night, it reminded me of the very first time I ever flew and the first time I went to New York. I was 12, going on my "12-year-old trip" with my dad. He allowed us to pick a place wherever we wanted and travel, just the two of us. I chose New York and so, on that night before my flight, while my mom and I packed, we sat on the floor and I cried because I was scared. I had never flown before and the nerves were setting in. She reassured me that we would be completely fine flying and that it was safer than driving a car, and I felt better.


Since then, my mom and I have become packing pros. I didn't fly again until I was leaving for a program in San Francisco in high school and we packed my many suitcases for me to fly all by myself across the country. We've moved on from the simple fear of flying to scarier things for both of us, like frequently flying all by myself, or dealing with airport issues alone, and now moving to New York City all by myself.

That night when I was 12 and had cried, I was scared about the physical things that could happen to me: our plane crashes, my dad and I get separated, something happens to the rest of my family. In that moment, I never imagined that I would eventually be working in the city for the summer someday. On this night before my big trip, I am scared, but not for the fear of my plane crashing.

Over the years, I've moved into lots of new situations and each time, I've grown a lot. I remember the feeling specifically of going from a small middle school to a huge high school, and then from a high school where I knew everyone to a college where everyone was smarter than me. And I'm realizing that this is exactly the same scenario: being the little fish in a big pond. Though it used to terrify me, it now excites me.

We are pushed to be the best people we can be by those around us.

I will never stop thinking that, because it has been because of situations where I was challenged that I grew. I could have chosen a different situation where life would've been easier and I was the smarter one of the group, but I never would have learned. I am thrilled to be going to the biggest city in the country where everyone around me is unique and different and smart. The world is my oyster, and I hope to learn and grow more than I can ever imagine.

Though it seems so odd to be saying I'll be in New York this summer and I've had my fair share of laughs about the idea of me, a girl from Kentucky, trying to make my way around, I feel ready. As I drove through the streets where I used to go to high school, it didn't feel like the same me as when I was in high school. New York City didn't seem like it was "me", but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I needed something that wasn't "me".

As much preparation as I've done, I'm in no way prepared for the ways that this summer will change me and the incredible opportunities that will arise!

Keep staying tuned for this wild ride.

xoxo,
Meredith

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Mod & Soul

A few months ago, I discovered a shop on Instagram called Mod and Soul, and they were based in Richmond! I was super excited to see that such a cute boutique was local. After exchanging emails with Jasmina, Jessica (I mean, who else?!) and I headed downtown to check it out.

And I was in love.

I swear, there are so many boutiques out there that either cater to too trendy, too conservative, too weird, just too much of something. But I've never found a boutique where I genuinely do like just about everything in there. Jessica and I were in shock at how much we loved all the pieces and had a blast talking with Jasmina about the store and its background.




Jasmina started and runs the store all by herself, and listening to her background as she talked about her passion for entrepreneurship and fashion had me in awe. We see so many boutiques floating around that are run by money-- not passion. In this whole journey of trying to figure out ~what I'm about~, the issue of throwing money into stores with trendy clothes has popped up a lot. I feel uneasy about supporting people and companies with no passion, so I feel so great about Mod and Soul. 

While there, Jessica and I tried on a few things and she got a few things and I got this super cute romper!











I wore it for this Bluegrass and Brews event in Richmond and it was so perfect!

Be sure to check out Jessica's post about it-- she is too stinking cute in what she got!


What do you think?! It's packed in my suitcase for NYC-- I leave tomorrow!

xoxo,
Meredith

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