More About Me

Hello!  I’m a twenty-something living in Boston, MA and I just graduated with an advanced degree in school psychology. I unofficially entered the working world last fall, when I began a full-time internship as a school psychologist. Though I loved my graduate program and value the experience I gained from my internship, I’m still not sure if school psychology is for me and I’m hoping to explore some of my other interests in the coming year.

My famous food-blogging sister bugged me to start a blog for a while, but I really didn’t think anyone would want to read about my life considering that I’m still finding my way and I get more excited about drinking beer than eating oatmeal. However, I changed my mind about blogging after attending the BlogHer conference in New York last summer.  Over the course of the weekend, I chatted with several people about my frustrations with the transition from college to graduate school to adulthood and I was reminded that I’m not the only one facing the tests of the twenties. At some point, all of us will deal with a changing body, establishing a career, finding love, making new friends, saving money, and the inevitable aging of those around us.  And, on top of the serious stuff, our free time goes right out the window.

I love to wine and dine, travel, shop, read, attend concerts, play outdoors, and go out with friends, but it’s difficult to enjoy these things when you go to work all day. Learning how to balance it all and feel satisfied at the end of each day is no easy feat. If you’ve read my story about life since college, you know that  I’ve often found myself wishing away the ordinary or stressful days in an attempt to speed up time. I’ve realized that this is an unhealthy mentality so I’m on a mission to take back my twenties by enjoying each and every day, not just the fun-filled days. My goal is to incorporate my enthusiasm for food, fashion, fitness, and fun, into everyday life.

I’ve been in school since age 4 and have just transitioned to the 40-hour work week, so what better time than now to start a blog documenting my mission? I know that finding a healthy way to juggle work, personal life, and fun varies from person to person, so I’ll only be able to share what works for me.  My only hope is that my blog will inspire others to find balance and take back time in their own lives.

Thanks for reading!

Laura

32 Responses to “More About Me”

  1. allieatfood August 16, 2010 at 3:24 am #

    Congrats on starting your blog! I can completely relate to your feelings of wishing away the work week. It is such a big change from college life and its so hard thinking, is this what the rest of life will be like? I’m excited to continue reading your blog and your journey!

  2. brittany August 16, 2010 at 11:13 pm #

    i’m a new reader about to start my second year of college. I’m still getting used to living far away from home, adjusting to life with my roommate/ boyfriend, plus balancing work and school AND fun!! I think your bloggy will be a new favorite :)

  3. Michelle August 18, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    I’m starting Grad school this fall (in Boston) to eventually become a school adjustment counselor. I just finished a 1 year internship for my undergrad with Boston Public Schools.. Where are you doing your internship in the fall? So far I love your blog!

    • Laura August 18, 2010 at 4:38 pm #

      I was with Boston Public Schools last year and I loved the experience!!! I’ll be in Brookline Public Schools this year. Good luck with grad school this fall:)

  4. Grace August 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    Love your blog concept :) As a 24 year old Boston native now in grad school, I totally relate!

  5. Katie F August 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    School Psychologist Intern?! I just completed my internship in Minneapolis. I’ll finally be a full-fledged school psych this year, yay! Small world! Hardly ever hear of anyone else (outside my program) in a similar line of work. Good luck with the blog!!

    • Laura August 19, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

      Yup. Congrats on finishing!! Let me know how your first year goes…

  6. Veronique August 28, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    I really love your blog so far! I can relate too; I am beginning right now my graduate studies in psychology. I am studying industrial/organizational psychology and it’s really starting to feel like an in-between period. I really don’t feel like an adult just yet! And I don’t know if you are in the same situation, but my friends also have almost all finished school and have started their real work, so that’s something new to adjust to!
    Are you working on your thesis as well as doing your internship?

  7. AngelaOSG August 28, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    I’m so glad you started a blog! I was wondering if you ever would. :) It will be exciting to follow along your journey and get your perspective. I thought that NY Times article was so interesting too.

  8. Laura September 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm #

    Hi Laura – awesome name, by the way – congrats on starting the blog and your first full-time position. I love the ‘Taking Back My Twenties’ name and what you’ve described above, and look forward to reading.

  9. lindseymorningstar September 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    I’m a school psych too! I’m in my 4th year of a PhD program and recently started blogging to help destress and get some balance in my life, so I can completely relate. I’m excited to read about your adventures!

    • Laura September 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm #

      You’re ambitious:) I’ll def. go check out your blog!

  10. tropicaleats September 21, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    i enjoy beer more than oatmeal too! love your blog :)

  11. Lauren October 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm #

    Hey Laura!

    I’m so happy to see that you’ve become a part of the blog world! I’ve seen you so many times on Kath’s page that I feel like I know you already. I’m so excited to read more about you and follow you on your adventure.

    Take care always!

    • Laura October 17, 2010 at 8:39 pm #

      Thanks Lauren! I’m so glad you decided to stop by:)

  12. AshleyCarole October 18, 2010 at 6:11 pm #

    I just started my second year in a school psych program in NC. Just found your blog!

    • Julie @ Wearing Mascara October 18, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

      I’m a school psych too! Nice to meet you all :-) Maybe we’ll meet at NASP sometime? I know I’ll be at Philly in 2012! :-D

  13. Erin October 30, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    I can really relate to this. I went straight from undergraduate to law school, thinking it was the best decision. It’s just a very strange time in life.
    Oh, and I get way more excited about beer than oatmeal. Perfectly normal.

  14. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy December 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    I found the link for your blog through your sister’s blog, and was drawn in by your story. I’m a twenty-something, as well, finishing up my last year of undergrad. I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels that this age is a difficult one. Everyone always says high school is tough…I would like to disagree :).

  15. laurenthemightypeanut January 2, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    I’m with you, Laura. I just started my attempt at a healthy living blog yesterday in an effort to take back my life…from my couch! Good luck with everything!

  16. Michelle January 19, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    Hey! I found your blog recently, and I really like it. The school-to-work transition definitely isn’t easy… it’s great to see how you’re making it work :) Looking forward to reading more!

  17. Kaitlyn Dinsmore February 3, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    FINALLY! A perfect blog for me to follow! I just turned twenty to I will be inspired by the wisdom you share. Thanks for blogging!

    • Laura February 3, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

      Welcome!! I’m glad you like it:)

  18. Ayoung March 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

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    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    School of Information and Library Science

  19. Sarah Beth April 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    Hi! I’m new to blogging and just found yours. Love what you’re all about! I’m soon to be in the same awkward transition boat–I graduate this MAY!! oh my goodness gracious, I couldn’t be more nervous! So glad I stumbled upon your blog. It’ll be great to follow during these crazy times!

    • Laura April 7, 2011 at 9:17 am #

      Hi! Thanks for the comment. Best of luck with your graduation and life after:)

  20. happytalesblog May 30, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    Hey Laura! I absolutely LOVE the name of your blog… it’s so true, and is so something I’ve been working on, too! I actually went to school down in the South (I’m a Furman ’08 grad)and I’m excited that I came across yours. I started a program for graduate school about a year ago (Masters of Public Health @ Chapel Hill) so I didn’t go straight from Furman to grad school, but I still feel like I’m in a weird “transition” period since I’m working part-time and attending school. Looking forward to following your blog!

    • Laura May 31, 2011 at 9:02 am #

      Thanks for stopping by!

  21. Cait's Plate June 26, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    Love you site! I definitely relate to the feeling of trying to balance everything – it’s such a shock coming out of college when you have SO much time on your hands to working 8,9,10 hours a day! I’m four years out and STILL trying to balance it all!

    Can’t wait to read more.

    PS – as a Boston College graduate, I love seeing you visit some of my favorite places that I got to go to in college! I’m no longer in Boston and miss it so much!

    • Laura June 29, 2011 at 7:59 am #

      Thanks for stopping by!

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