Lights, Camera, Action

I'm kind of obsessed with television shows, and seeing as I am working towards a career as a television producer, one of my favorite things to do is visit tapings of my favorite shows.

Obviously photography is not allowed during the taping of a show, so most of these photos occurred before or after the taping.

I love the experience, the lights, all of the cameras, watching the crew work together, the applause of the audience, all of it.

I've seen The Late Late Show with James Corden (twice), The Chelsea Show, The Ellen Show, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and I interned at Good Morning America for a summer.

Each show has its own experience and I don't think I could pick a favorite. 
Left on my bucketlist is Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Show, and Live with Jimmy Kimmel.

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I'm struggling to finish '13 Reasons Why' because I can't stop thinking about my classmate who ended his own life

I'm struggling to finish '13 Reasons Why' because I can't stop thinking about my classmate who ended his own life

It didn't hit me hard until yesterday.
I hadn't thought about Thomas since 2015 when I received the email that he had died. 
I can't say me and Thomas were the best of friends. We had a few classes together at Auburn, and we worked on a few group projects together.
I would see T at work every so often as well.

Watching '13 Reasons Why' makes me question, could I have done something to save him? Were there signs that I missed? Could I have been a better classmate? A better friend?
When someone passes, people often say nothing but nice things about that person, but I can honestly say that Thomas was one of the nicest and happiest people that I knew...or at least I thought he was happy.

It makes me sad that this person was in so much pain, that he decided to take his life at the age of 22. Yesterday oddly enough was the two year mark since his funeral and also the first time I've thought about him since he died. I thought about changing his name for the sake of this post, but Thomas deserves to be remembered and talked about.

His death really didn't hit me until I walked past a plaque in the Student Center. Auburn made a certificate in memoriam to him, to basically take place of the degree that he would have earned.
That plaque ate me up for awhile, and I avoided that part of the Student Center. 
We should have graduated college together. We should be messaging each other about how terrible and harsh of a grader Ms. Jessica was and how impossible our Public Speaking final was. We should, we should, we should be:

I left that intentionally blank because there is no time for should anymore.

I'm hoping that with this post comes a release of the confusion of emotions that I've been feeling.
I also encourage anyone reading this to reach out to a friend that you haven't spoken to in awhile, you never know what a person is going through.

Adulting made easy

Adulting made easy

Everyone loves foodstagrams.

I signed up for one of those meal prep plans that you often hear about. 
Most people who sign up for these either rave about the meal service or rant about it.
I'm just here to share pictures of delicious food I made. 
To be fair to the other recipes, these are the only pictures I took in account of I usually ate all of my food before realizing I didn't capture the moment.

Sweet n Smoky pork chop over Basmiti rice

Seasoned chicken with Brussel sprouts, parsnip, and carrots

Ginger beef with asparagus over Basmati rice

Sausage bologenese

I love cooking and baking, and since you're here, let me share with you this yummy pasta.
**But I had to like, go to the store, and purchase the items myself, what a challenge, omg**

Garlic shrimp pasta

**obvious sarcasm

GRAMMY SUNDAY

GRAMMY SUNDAY

It's award season! Award season is one of my favorite seasons, coming in a close second, after the holiday season.
I've been excited for Grammy day since Beyonce dropped her visual album Lemonade last April.
If you're reading this, know that I am undoubtedly one of the biggest Bey fans, so between the nominations, her performance, AND the Beytwinsey announcement I might faint from all the excitement.

Let's take a moment to reflect on how music was MAJOR in 2016.
I purchased a handful of albums last year, you read that right, this millennial PURCHASED ALBUMS.

Anyways, below are some of my Grammy predictions.
We all know this year's show is going to come down between Adele and Beyonce.
And while I absolutely love them both, I feel so bad for Justin Bieber.

Purpose is a GREAT album, I know the world likes to give Biebs hell for his mistakes, but this body of work was actually fantastic.
Not to mention, the 13 music videos that accompanied the album are superb, I encourage you to check them out.

I can't wait to see all of the dresses, performances, awkward acceptance speeches, political shade, subtle shade, and hilarious jokes from Sir Corden.

(Is anyone else thinking Drake is skipping the Grammy's because of Rihanna, no just me?)

I would like to take this moment to also say that I will be severely disappointed if James Corden does not use his Grammy hosting air time to ask Beyonce to do Carpool Karaoke.
GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT JAMES

#Sorry #Don'tBeSorry #NoNoNahh

This week I met the stranger who unknowingly helped me get my first job

This week I met the stranger who unknowingly helped me get my first job

Talk about coming full circle.
We all know the job search is TOUGH.
The cover letters, uploading your resume, manually typing your resume out and then the worst part:

(Some people even like sing for jobs...what has the world come to?)

Back in September 2016, I came across a LinkedIn post from a Mr. Jason Meucci.
I didn't know Mr. Meucci, but I saw that he had previously worked at CNN and his LinkedIn posts were always being shared across my feed, so I followed him. What a blessing it was that he shared a post for an open video production position at where? You guessed it USA Today.

I immediately reached out to the contact provided for the position, and was scheduled for an interview. And then a few weeks later I learned I had actually gotten the job!

So what a coincidence it was yesterday when I met Mr. Meucci for the first time! He is actually the former boss of one of my coworkers. As my coworker was introducing Mr. Meucci to all of us at USA Today, I was like....wait a second. I KNOW THAT GUY! Well kind of...
So after the introductions, of course I had to thank him for sharing that LinkedIn post back in September because it changed my life. He changed my life and he didn't even know me.

One of use has our eyes closed, but you'll never know which one of us thanks to these cool shades.

One of use has our eyes closed, but you'll never know which one of us thanks to these cool shades.

So the point of this blog post is you should talk to strangers more (kidding).
The point: is really you never know how much of a blessing you can be to someone else.
And I hope that I can be a blessing to someone like Jason Meucci was to me.
THANKS MEUCCI YOU'RE THE REAL MVP.

My Life in GIFs

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My Life in GIFs

The best part about being me is, I know what I want. The worst part is, knowing what I want haunts me at night.

If I could describe my current state of mind, it would be Satisfied from Hamilton.
I am never satisfied, I am always thinking about the next step, and the next step, and the next step. 

I think I've watched too many Disney movies (did I mention I also worked in Magic Kingdom), because here I am at 24 thinking, there's got to be more to life than this. And to be honest my life isn't terrible, I mean it could be better (it's just not what I pictured).

**Me every morning when I wake up***

But actually me

Ya girl is real life Princess Tiana. Except my froggy prince isn't coming any time soon, but I have run into a toad or too before..(we'll come back to these similarities later).

The real question here: Is it bad to go after what you want?
Are you crazy or determined for doing so?

Do you ever get the feeling people don't want you to go after your dreams, because they didn't go after theirs? I'm generally curious and finding myself asking this question all the time.

I am often told to take it one step at a time, but let's be real if you could walk before you could crawl, wouldn't you?

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Tiffany's Millennial Dictionary

Here lies a group of words that I and people my age may use, and their definition, this post will be updated throughout time.

Real Adult - An adult who has their sh*t together.
example: Omg my taxes are due, let me ask a real adult what this code means.

**Kanye Shrug** - The body language for "sorry I'm not sorry"

Quavo-ing - Reference stems from Quavo of the trio, Migos.
Quavo-ing means to ad lib words in the background.

 

The Beginning

Welcome to my blog!

I'm really just here to throw some words together, tell some jokes, and occasionally document my life in a song.