Embrace Life

With all the tragedies hitting our news feeds lately, it’s easy to get caught up in all the sadness in this world. We must remember to band together and fight fear and anger with love and love and love and love and…puppies.

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How can that not make you smile? Pups have so much pure happiness, it’s so freakin’ heartwarming.

Embrace your friends.

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Get a tattoo.

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Recreate a childhood photo.

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Laugh at how awkward prom was.

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Send some snail mail.

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Give back to charity.

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Express your true feelings.

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And EMBRACE LIFE!

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Even if you fall down…

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…someone is always there to lift you back up.

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Spread kindness and cheer, xo

Jackie

23 Years: A Libra’s Review

Ahh September. Crisp fall air, crunchy leaves and a socially acceptable time to start drinking hot chocolate (even though we all know I drink that liquid heaven year round). The ninth month of the year has always marked new beginnings for me. A time for reflection and renewal. Not to mention it’s the month of my birth sooo that may have something to do with it. Google even acknowledges their my birthday every year; it’s fantastic.

I’m mere days away from turning 24 and I’ve been thinking tons about what I’ve done in my 23rd year on this spinning globe of crazy. Join me on this trip down memory lane…

September 27, 2014 – midnight. I had just turned 23. I also happened to be at work at ABC News in NYC.

I used my 23rd birthday to raise nearly $2500 for one of my favorite charities, charity: water, and was invited to their yearly gala event where I met so many inspiring, philanthropic folks.

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(I’m currently running a campaign for this year too! Please join in and donate to bring clean water to folks who really need it!  CLICK HERE!)

At the time, I was living on the Upper West Side.

I frequented the Silver Moon Bakery where they make the absolute best chocolate brioche. NOM.

I saw Mariah Carey’s Christmas show at the Beacon Theater. And then I saw JT at MSG in Feb.

Love love love them both.

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By the beginning of 2015 I was working at NBC. I moved back home. I left NBC in March.

I MET ANDERSON COOPER AND ANDY COHEN AT AN EVENT IN BOSTON!!

I grabbed some temp work here and there…

…And then I booked a one way ticket to California…on a whim…which turned out to be one of the BEST decisions I’ve ever made in my LIFE.

I’ve written about my travels, but it’s worth noting again how amazing that adventure really was.

I met tons of incredible people and even got to circle back with a few who ventured to NY after I was back!

Since getting back to NY, I’ve worked some temp jobs in an attempt to build my bank account back up.

But I still made time for other adventures, like hanging in the nation’s capital for a long weekend, trying kangaroo and randomly learning ukulele in Astoria…

I just got my first tattoo (!!!) by a very talented friend of mine. Click here to see more of Heather’s other amazing work!

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WOW. This year has definitely been jam packed.

 Despite all the times I felt lost and unsure of what the hell I was doing with my life in these last twelve months, it’s nice to look back and see all that I’ve done. I decided to take chances and live outside the confines of what our society deems ‘the norm.’

I can reflect on my 23rd year with such happiness in all of these amazing memories.

Cheers to all that 24 brings!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie