Picnics and Conflicts: Life at 26

Hi y’all! Rapetti Review had quite the hiatus but is back with a fun rebrand — say hello to the new and improved Runaway Rapetti!

GUYS. My twenty-sixth year around the sun has been a little nuts – from dealing with my first break-up (See? I wasn’t kidding about being a late bloomer…) to moving back home after a short-lived stint in Astoria, I’m still very much figuring out what’s next for me. Life isn’t always the picnic folks make it out to be on Instagram (myself included), but it’s all a learning experience, amiright?!

Recently, I attended my cousin’s Sweet 16 party (sidenote: when did high schooler’s get so grown-up looking?) the other night and couldn’t believe my own was 11-years-ago this September.

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My Sweet 16, circa 2007

If somebody had asked me back then what I’d be doing 11 years from now, my answer probably would’ve been: “Living in NYC, working for a fashion magazine, aspiring to be the next Miranda Priestly.” If you had asked me a year later, during my senior year of high school, my answer would’ve been less fashion-y, more news-y (I became enthralled with Anderson Cooper and had high hopes of working alongside him as a broadcast journalist).

 

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My cousin Jess’ Sweet 16

Since graduating college, I’ve had a number of jobs…from working at Barnes & Noble…to ABC News and NBC News…in and out of NYC…trying to figure out what I liked and what I didn’t.

And there was a lot that I didn’t…😂 

I realized traveling was a true passion of mine and I didn’t want to be another cog in the machine, waiting for my vacation days to accumulate… only to jet off and come back to a dull desk job.

So, last year I decided to ditch the desk and work for myself, full-time! I’m a freelance writer, editor, and so-called ‘Jackie of all trades.’ I have tons of great clients and I occasionally write for travel sites, including The Vacation Times.

I’m always looking for my next gig so if you’re in need of a content creator, check out my ‘Hire Me’ page here

I originally started ‘Rapetti Review’ while working at NBC News back in 2015 and the reviews were to be food-related. That aspect of the blog faded as I traveled more and then turned towards a pescetarian diet in 2016. I’ve always enjoyed a good bite to eat but focusing my blog around it wasn’t me.

So, I welcome you to the new Runaway Rapetti blog! If you’re new here, check out my About page to learn a bit more about the gal behind the words!

I’m excited to share my adventures with y’all … in fact, I’m heading back to Europe this Friday! I’m flying to Scotland (with a 20-hour layover in Iceland) and then I’m off to Copenhagen, London, and wherever else the wind takes me!

Will you run away with me?!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

 

 

That’s Bananas

That’s Bananas

I say “HOLY BANANAS” a lot and Kate Spade is now all about the banana life and I’m just loving this bag…but it’s like mucho dollars and I’m all about taking that money and spending it on a plane ticket over a BAG. But I digress…

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ANYWAY. These past few weeks have been an emotional whirlwind for me. And really for no other reason than me getting in my own head about stuff and freaking myself out about a future that hasn’t even happened yet and allllll of the ‘what if’ questions in life — that’s bananas. Like. Why am I worrying about hypotheticals?! No buenooooo.

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At the end of the day, it’s not healthy to worry about a future that hasn’t even happened yet. Make the most of TODAY. Embrace and love and cherish all that you have right NOW. Follow your gut, listen to your heart and the rest will fall into place. I can’t promise that, but I really do believe it.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

p.s. Elite Daily picked up my Late Bloomers piece — check it out (and share!) here.

Happy Thursday!

Happy Thursday!

Hey y’all! About a month ago I published this piece on my blog about being a late bloomer and it was recently picked up by Thought Catalog! I’m really excited about it and think it’s an important read, especially for young women today. Please feel free to share it (CLICK HERE) and continue to live life with passion and positivity!

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Thanks so much for continuing to read my posts and follow my journeys – I appreciate all of you!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

For My Fellow Late Bloomers

For My Fellow Late Bloomers

Note: You can find an updated version of this piece on Thought Catalog, here.

Hi! My name’s Jackie and I’m a so-called late bloomer. The good folks at Wikipedia define a late bloomer as someone whose “talents or capabilities are not visible to others until later than usual.” My definition? Someone who played with Barbies wayyyy after their “fun and cool” expiration date. 

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Stuffed animals NEVER go out of style.

I recently found out that my 13-year-old cousin has a boyfriend. Naturally, it made me think back to when I was 13; I had just started 8th grade and was rocking some fresh braces. My wardrobe was largely made up of the latest Limited Too fashions and zero bras because, let’s face it, I didn’t need them. My “Aunt Flo” was still three years away, my first drink was six years away and my first relationship was still 11 years away. 

I watched my friends around me as they dated, and listened as they gushed over first kisses and everything else that I had zero experience with. I never had anything to contribute to these conversations and felt totally lame. But then I’d go home and watch Boy Meets World and believe that my Corey (or Shawn or Eric or Jack) was out there and I’d meet him soon enough. So I didn’t fret. I focused on other things like school and reading and writing and daydreaming…lots of daydreaming.

Graduating high school without ever having kissed a guy and without ever having had a drop of alcohol seemed to go against everything I’d ever watched on Gossip Girl. But then again I wasn’t living on the Upper East Side and my name was not Blair Waldorf (though I totally did dress up as her my senior year of high school — the irony now kills me).blair-waldorf

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Oh and remember that time I was Napoleon Dynamite during my freshmen year?

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Is this why I didn’t have a date to prom? lolz

I’m choosing to write about this now because I think it’s important. It’s important to know that you don’t have to compare yourself to others or feel weird because you’re “behind.” You’re not behind. You’re not missing out. You’re being true to yourself and that’s awesome.

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Me circa 2008.

I used to be so embarrassed about all of these “milestones” I still hadn’t reached. Like, oh my gosh I’m entering my second decade of life and have never been kissed! I’m Drew Barrymore! I realize now how ridiculous my worries were and I hope that someone feeling that way now will read this and feel better. We shouldn’t feel pressured to change because society tells us we should’ve done this or that by a certain age. That’s not fair to anyone.

Being a “late bloomer” ha1146550_10153160366260118_1918045206_ns actually given me more confidence today. I’ve learned over the years to be happy with my life and understand more of why I am the way that I am. I’m a patient person who doesn’t like to feel rushed into anything I’m not ready for. Why should anyone be embarrassed for that? I’m glad I didn’t waste years dating duds because now, at 24, I’ve found a gem of a guy who I love very much.

I’ll leave you with a quote from fellow LB Anna Kendrick: “When I was a teenager, I was an ultra late bloomer, and my mom would say it was a blessing because it means you never have to wonder if guys are only interested in you because you’ve got boobs.”

Amen, AK.
Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie