What I Definitely Don’t Wanna Be When I Grow Up…

Hi, hello, I’m currently a freelance writer, editor, Jack(ie) of all trades…
but I’m very much still figuring out my life.

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I earned a BA in Journalism from Northeastern University back in 2013
but, over the years, I’ve considered becoming a flight attendant…
and I’ve been rethinking this pursuit lately.

In fact, I recently applied to a bunch of airlines and even landed a few interviews!

But y’all know me. I’m essentially George Costanza.

And I’ve since reconsidered.

And, sometimes, it’s easier to find clarity when you figure out what you DON’T want. 

I’m still not sure what I’m doing but I know
I definitely DO NOT want to be a… 

Doctor – blood? eek!
Lawyer – abiding by the law? eek!
Drug Dealer – not abiding by the law? also, drugs? eek!
Chiropractor – fake news! eek!
Baker – have you watched my insta stories? eek!
Coroner – eek? eek!!
Mathematician – numbers? (I had to Google 9×7 the other day) eek!
Toilet Attendant – smell ya later? eek!
Librarian – shushing people? (I literally cannot whisper) eek!
Candle Maker – SCENTsational headaches? eek!

So, like, I’ve basically got it all narrowed down. 😂
I left flight attendant off the list because it’s not a definite NEVER ever
but, like, never for now? Classsssssic Jackie.

“Why am I trying to become what I don’t want to be … when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am.”
– Death of a Salesman (speaking of which, I do NOT want to be a salesman either)

Truly, though, over the years I’ve realized the things that make me happiest are being outside and being around animals (the non-human variety, of course).

Anyways, I did a thing and made a YouTube video!
It’s been a minute and, as much as I LOVE writing, sometimes I just need to TALK to understand my own train of thought…

…because half of the time this train is choo-choo’ing out of the damn station before I have time to register that it was even there! 😂

As an INTJ, I live inside my head 99% of the time.
So, here are 3.5 minutes of me trying to decipher these thoughts of mine…enjoy!

 

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

23 Years: A Libra’s Review

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