How To Prep for a Lana Del Rey Concert

  1. Listen to her latest album on repeat the week before the concert
  2. Sing the songs so you can test you ability to repeat the lyrics
  3. Look up what to wear, how to do your makeup, and what to bring for the day
  4. Hope she sings a throwback
  5. Keep up with her latest news
  6. Pack up, ‘cus you’re going home just to sleep

p.s. I bought my ticket to the city today, and am headed to Ms. Lana Del Rey’s Concert next Monday! She is an icon of a singer and songwriter. So blessed to get to see this woman sing with all her soul. Here’s to seeing a songwriter you admire in person!


Internship Takeaways

Say hello. See what you can help with. Observe what others are doing. Look up latest headlines and read them all. Have over 10 tabs open. Call a cab for a guest coming onto set from Cali. Constantly check your work and school email. Have the Player open to watch ongoing news coverage on your channel. Practice transcribing interviews. Write down questions. Pitch an idea from off-the-news. Figure out what your next day at the internship will look like.

p.s. On Tuesday, I worked on a couple of things at my internship even though I wasn’t told to. I gave myself projects to work on based on what my team was doing, too. Even though they didn’t need my help, I sent them research I found regardless. So, here are my takeaways!

My Campaign

Hello to all Readers here on my blog site! I am officially heading to Madrid, Spain next semester for spring 2018, and launched my campaign on Monday. Down below is the homepage for my campaign, and I’d love if you could read through it, watch my video, offer any advice, and donate if possible. Anything helps! And just know that in the next 3 months, I will be writing from Madrid, Spain. So, the times you see me post will be quite different than central time in the U.S. You’ll also pretty much read about my travel experiences. So from Jan -June, it will pretty much be a travel blog. We will see as it goes. Any suggestions to study abroad and/or create a travel blog, please don’t be afraid to drop comments and questions. I am open to ideas!

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p.s. Thank you so so much!

7 Years

of sharing my life with one another

of growing with one another

of going through challenges with one another

of achieving jobs, internships, promotions, travel, and licenses with one another

of preparing for a better future with one another

of being part of each other’s family one way or another

p.s. On Sunday, Joseph and I celebrated our 7-year anniversary as a couple. We went to the city, visited home for relaxing and a great meal, and then headed back to Manhattan to catch Aladdin on Broadway. It was so beautiful! Here’s to many many more years together to grow as individuals, and as partners. Thank you for making my life on this planet even more valuable.


A powerful application that can be time-consuming if you let it. But if used with care, a powerful tool to network, to reach out, and to share things about your life with people you want to share parts of your life with. I never used to use the Messenger app, until I found a unique purpose for it. I use it now to communicate with my international friends, and I cannot be more happy for the way it has allowed me to maintain special friendships from across the world. I am super thankful, and incredibly humbled by such a small, yet immense tool such as a free app. It means the world to me to get to talk to people who have made my college experience thus far even more wonderful.

p.s. Getting ready for my big trip. Stay tuned!

My Grandpa’s Letter

He writes me from Florida. His penmanship is a mix of Garamond and Georgia fonts. His letter is folded into three. And he starts with “Hi Dynee.” And ends with, “Sincerely your Grandmother Iris, and Grandfather, Anthony.” Days when I get his letters, I wish we lived closer. So I could say thank you in person. And see his reaction to mine. And talk to my grandmother more. He writes me from Florida, and I thank him for it.

p.s. I got home yesterday after a long day at MSNBC around 9 p.m., and was welcomed back home, to my little dorm, with a letter from him on my desk, neatly tucked in an envelope. His words made my Friday. Here’s to my Grandpa!

What Happened to Monday?









p.s. These are the questions that floated through my mind Thur. as Joseph and I watched, “What Happened to Monday?” on Netflix. Here’s to learning about dystopian societies, science, and sisterhood all in one movie.

p.p.s Thanks for the recommendation, sis! Incredible movie.

Music Video

Recruiting people for each role

Rewarding them with cider donuts and bottled water

Directing each character

Directing each shot

Checking off what’s been completed

Checking in on what’s needed

Feeling accomplished as a team

p.s. On Wednesday,  me and my partner created a music video for our Digital Storytelling class. We are so excited! We recreated “Bad At Love” by Halsey, and can’t wait to show you what we’ve done in post-prduction editing. Here’s to the fun in producing!

This World

continues to crumble in front of our eyes

everywhere we look there is something going on

some things we can control

others we can’t

some things we can defend

others we just can’t understand

This world

continues to crumble in front our eyes

it is unsteady and unstable

but it’s still our home

and though this world continues to crumble

I wake up each day


body aching,

hoping for better

p.s. On Tuesday at MSNBC, we covered the wildfires in Cali, the sexual allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, and Trump’s negative response to Puerto Rico. Some days I cannot understand why this world is so negative, so hateful. And maybe it’s been like this for a long time. But now I am seeing it. The best we can do is stay informed. And so, I just keep hoping and praying for better days across the nation and world.

Habits: Those which Make You Happy and Successful 

Thinking of long-term goals (not immediate achievement), and what must be done to get there in the process.

Going through those goals with a plan you seek to create.

Preparing to be amazed and smarter after a conversation with anyone.

Asking yourself: how happy you are doing this, how exactly you can get to your next achievement going forward, how important it will be for you to do this for yourself, and for others, and how this plan can transfer knowledge and create positive conversations to, for, and with others.

p.s. I read an article linked below, and it made great points about how to be content and successful simultaneously. Wishing everyone the best in finding this happy medium! #HappyMonday

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