There and Back Again: A Writer’s Tale


I know it’s been a while. Again, a lot has changed since I wrote last. This time, I’m fortunate enough to say that I’ve had my fair share of victories.

Since March, I’ve traded the sequined scene of the big city for one with a few more stars, a few less people, and a whole lot more dogs. New York taught me a lot of things, and I think it prepared me for the next stage of my life pretty damn well.

So now, I write to you from the comfort of my very own couch, in my very own apartment, in a city I can finally call home. I moved from Poughkeepsie to Rochester in the middle of May, in the freezing cold. Wouldn’t be Rochester without some weird.

And here I am! I’ve got a cozy little attic apartment, a rickety window AC unit, and a whole lot of fizz to get me up in the morning. I even have a job where they pay me to write.

They pay me to write! How cool is that?! I may not be writing poetry every single day, but I’m writing, and I couldn’t be happier. This job is challenging, and sometimes I don’t love what I’m writing about, but I take on every challenge with spark.


I can walk to this little cafe in less than ten minutes!

It might not seem like the most glamorous occupation, but I’m so proud to be there. The people I work with have blossomed before my eyes, and I hope I’ve done the same.

And Geneseo? Geneseo, that lovely little castle in the clouds. I can honestly say that my time, friends, and mentors there have all held a monumental role in where I am today. They have taught me strength, resolve, and perseverance.

The first time my sister visited, she told me she felt happiness in the walls. I believe her.

It’s hard to believe this isn’t all a dream sometimes. I still have that New York anxiety sometimes, still wake up at 4:30 in the morning & feel phantom train wobbles. But surely, slowly, I’m beginning to realize that this sunny little patch of the world really is mine, and I can do with it what I will.

Adulthood isn’t so bad, after all. There’s a new kind of shimmer in my world lately, and I can’t wait to explore it all. I hope you’ll stick around to see where the next adventure takes me.