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22 Lessons for 22 Years

On October 20, 2022 I turned 22 years old. I have the most amazing friends and family in the world. I sit here exhausted and grateful, waiting for my sheets to finish in the dryer. The last year (21) was beautiful, challenging, and fleeting. It was the first year I felt fully Abigail, even though…

The year writing healed me aka where to next?

Two years ago, my life felt like the last 30 minutes of Titanic. I was a young woman, navigating a new place. My luxury cruise was a college experience miles away from home. Like young Kate Winslet, I was promised a fabulous, new life. Neither of us expected to be thrown off course into freezing…

Hell is a Sake Bomb: a short, true story

I simply adore crab rangoon. The Chinese food equivalent of chips & dip. I could eat my weight in Chinese food as a child. But crab rangoon was always my favorite. Three weeks ago, my friends Chloe, Eva, and I had a craving for all things crab rangoon related. We decided on a Chinese food…

Nail Art Investments as a 20-something “with a plan” 

No one wrote the roadmap for 20-23 years of age. So, there are essentially no rules. Every post-adolescent I know walks around like they were just released from house arrest. The beeping ankle bracelet is off and we are allowed to walk to Starbucks (way too often) because who the hell is gonna stop us?…

Dealing with rejection like Pete Davidson

Creative people beware! This business is not for the faint of heart! Writers should anticipate a lot of rejection!  If I hear one more warning about this industry I’m gonna move to Palm Springs and become a professional lounge by the pool girl. I’m gonna live on Vitamin D and spicy margs. Like c’mon! As…

Love + Higher Ed

“What is college? Stop going until we figure it out!”  John Mulaney was joking when he said this, but was he really? Because what is college, but a group of 20 somethings sharing YMCA-style communal living spaces and all of their secrets. College is the trophy we are awarded for finishing high school: the most…

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My Mind Is A Low Budget Film Maker

Most days of the week I am grateful that I’m not a psychologist. I have no interest in understanding the inner workings of my own brain, which is why I pay my therapist to do it all for me. However, I have always been interested in dreams. Why do we dream? What does this dream…

Adele in 2021 Vision

Let me set the scene, the year is 2010, I’m riding to school in the car with my mom. I’m a fifth grader probably wearing an Abercrombie Kids graphic tee and sporting a purple feather from Ellie Rogers’ 9th birthday in my hair. My mom turns on Kiss 108 Boston’s premier top 40 FM radio…

21 Lessons For 21 Years

On October 20, 2021 I turned 21 years old. The legal drinking age. The year some say one “really becomes an adult.” Has my life changed since turning the big 21, not really. However, I did spend $57 on Kendall Jenner branded tequila.  Last year I wrote one of these to my younger self. A…

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