Hello, WordPress and the Internet!
This is my first blog post. I am an individual who is used to being very busy, and recently, I graduated with Masters of Public Administration. I was going to school online (We Are! Penn State!) while working full time and I suddenly find myself with much more free time in the evenings than I know what to do with! So, I have been looking for a couple hobbies. But, first, let me tell you more about myself.
My name is Victoria. No one calls me that. I really like my first name, but most people call me Tori. That’s fine. I am 24 years old and live in Pittsburgh, PA. Yes, I bleed black and gold. Currently, I work for a large financial institution in tax documentation. I am also a volunteer firefighter/EMT. At 14 years old, I became a junior firefighter and never left. There is nothing I love being more than a firefighter. It is truly an honor to be part of the fire service.
I’m a sorority sister who loves my sorority, my sisters who I miss dearly, and bows. I keep my hair in a pixie and love it. My style is an odd combination of sometimes pretty girly, sometimes tomboyish. Whatever.
When I’m not working or at the fire station, I have several hobbies to keep me busy. I have been trying to improve my fitness and have found that working out is a great outlet. That’s another thing – I am a huge advocate for talking about mental health. My other blog is all about that. The reason for that is that I have had, unfortunately, a few mental health issues over the past couple years. Officially, my diagnosis is major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety. It…sucks. That’s putting it lightly. People don’t like talking about it either. But I think it is really important to. The more we talk about it, the more people might go get treatment. And that’s a step in the right direction. Anyways, I love working out. Lately, I have been focusing a lot on kettlebell and yoga. I really want to learn more about meditation and get a handle on that.
What else? I’m an avid reader, of most genres, but lately with a focus on presidential history/history in general. Right now, I’m reading Hamilton which goes on forever. As well, I am starting a book club that meets at a bar. Books and booze, I like both. I love movies. There are no movies I love more than Star Wars (RIP Carrie Fisher). I also love most genres of movies, except horror. Love most sports too, do you notice a pattern here yet?
Like I said, I have a lot more free time. I’m somewhat crafty, so I’ve been trying to build up on that more. I make wreaths, which is fun but takes up a lot of room. I just started buttons art, which can be kind of weird. I’m also trying to learn to knit more, and want to get started on making jewelry.
Maybe you’re wondering, why is she giving me all of this? Well, because this blog is going to be about a little bit of everything. It’s my point of view. I also thought about calling it “talking to myself.” But I hope to have some interaction from my readers! If they exist? My opinions, reviews, books, what I want to do, learn, see, DIYs., a little bit of everything! What should I talk about? I’d love to hear ideas! I didn’t want something to just keep it stuck on one topic. I want variety, the spice of life.
Perhaps the most important thing about me. I am a writer. I have been writing since possibly the fifth grade. I hope to share some of my creative writing with you; I am considering writing poetry again. Around 7-8th grade, I was published in a local library periodical for some content, to be honest, I don’t remember the particulars. But I wrote a short story about a girl’s vacation to Nantucket, a place I had (and still haven’t) been. My undergraduate degrees in English Studies (Lets Go Bobby Mo!). My proudest accomplishment to date would be my publication in Fire Engineering magazine. I edited my undergraduate Honors thesis to a magazine article. Having an article published in a magazine is something I never expected.
So, with this blog, I hope to improve my writing. I hope to write about different topics, some of which I have experience with and some I do not. Now that I’m not in school anymore (Victoria M., MPA), I really have opportunity to explore my writing again. And I can’t wait. I can’t wait to hear your suggestions, and I hope you come along for the ride.
Have a fantastic day!
P.S. I’m new to this blogging thing. I hope it’ll get better? 😉