Born and raised in Illinois, I traveled far and wide to go to college- all the way to Iowa. Best four years of my life. Well, more like 3.75. The whole global pandemic thing kind of threw a wrench in my plans. So now I’m back home with my parents, trying to make the best of things.

I would usually say that in my free time I enjoy hanging out with friends and going antiquing. But, there’s not much of either of those things happening nowadays. So instead I spend my free time applying for jobs, watching Grey’s Anatomy, and trying to learn how to cook. I am passionate about social justice and helping others. One day I want to run communications for a large scale non-profit and do a little good in this crazy world.

As I sit in my childhood bedroom, I see the world on fire through a small screen in the palm of my hand. I can’t help but feel overwhelmed with angst. My family is taking more COVID-19 precautions than most. We leave our shoes in the garage. There are inside clothes and outside clothes. Everything that comes through the door goes through a quarantine process. Every grocery gets quarantined, either in the secondary fridge or in a cabinet, organized by type of packaging. Cans get a full week, paper only needs three days. My parents open my mail and any packages to discard the packaging and put the items in quarantine. I don’t even know when they arrive. I’m not allowed to go protest. I’m like god damn Rapunzel. I recognize my privilege and how lucky I am to worry about a loss of autonomy and not loss of life. It tears me up.

This isn’t something that I would usually write in an about me page but since March I have lost myself. Everything seems so upside down. For so long I knew what I wanted from life and how that looked. But now, I don’t know what my future looks like. I don’t know what I look like, metaphorically speaking of course. My eyebrows are grown out and I am as pale as Queen Elizabeth I. But that’s besides the point.

The point is that I don’t know what is going to be next for me, and I don’t know who I am, but I am taking it day by day. I am making the best of it and I am going to make it through to the other side. This is just me manifesting it into the world.

For reference, this is what I looked like pre-quarantine. I will not be sharing the quarantine look for the whole world to see… sorry ’bout it. If you would like to hire me and put me out of my misery please visit my resume page or my LinkedIn profile.