Life Beat Lead at MTV News
Previously: Senior Editor, Young Voices at The Huffington Post and TEDxTeen Speaker
WHAT SHE DOES FOR LOVE: We're rushing all the time -- rushing to make a train, rushing to meetings, rushing to the bar to make happy hour after work. On the weekends, it's so nice to not have to be anywhere. I love nothing more than waking up on a Sunday, getting coffee and walking over to the dog park in my neighborhood -- and doing it all on my own time.
HER BEAUTY: Two words: Power brows. And I'm all about a gorgeous red lip.
HER 2015 GOAL: I think Kurt Vonnegut says it best: "I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.'"
HER ADVICE FOR FELLOW LADY GUNS: Don't trivialize your accomplishments. As women, I think we're afraid to talk about our successes, but we're doing a disservice to ourselves when we downplay them.
ON DOING IT: I'm the first person in my family to put myself through a four-year college and when I graduated, I moved to New York City by myself with a suitcase. It wasn't easy, but it was extremely validating.
ON PAYING ATTENTION TO THE NEXT GENERATION: Teens and millennials aren't the apathetic, texting-obsessed narcissists our culture makes them out to be. Instead, they're using social media platforms to drive important conversations on mental health, body image, feminism and beyond -- and we need to be paying attention.
A LADY SHE ADMIRES: Christina Anderson, who I worked with at The Huffington Post, is a true lady bo$$. As the editorial director of Lifestyle, she's one of the busiest people in the newsroom, but when you're speaking to her, she has a way of making you feel like you're the most important person in the room and that you're valued.
ON PLACES SHE LOVES IN HER CITY: I love The Bean in Williamsburg (it's where I get some of my best writing done on the weekends) and St. Balmain is an uh-mazing brunch spot with the most bomb dot com breakfast bowls.
IN FOLLOWING HER OWN ADVICE: Here are a few pieces I really loved writing:
And this was something that went crazy viral -- all because of a conversation I had with my teenage cousin during Thanksgiving: