Howdy, strangers

Okay, it has been a really really really long time since I have blogged. But recently I can’t shake the itch to start back up.

[I can definitely credit that itch to the lovely ladies over at TINT. If you are wanting to live a more creative life, or a life of your own design, follow Dani and Katelyn on their journey. If you’re like me, you will be looking forward to each and every post, and always walk away feeling refreshed!]

To catch those of you up who don’t know, I am now living in Austin, TX and am loving every minute of it. One of these days I’ll write a very overdue post on what brought me from the Big Apple to Central Texas, but for now, just know that ATX is home in a way I’ve never known. Austin has been home for the last 18 months, and I see many many more in our future.

One of the main reasons I have wanted to get back into blogging is to share my adventures. And for the next two years, my adventures are focused around my 30 by 30 list. I turned 28 in the fall of 2015, and at this point, I now have just over a year and a half to accomplish the 30 things on my list. And to my own surprise, I have already progressed on more than I thought possible at this point. I credit part of that to the fact that I decided to create a large chalkboard sign in my room with my entire list written out. It has been extremely encouraging to see my list each day.


Without further ado, here is my 30 by 30, as well as the progress I’ve made so far.

  1. Celebrate my 30th on a beach [I am thinking Costa Rica, any other ideas??]
  2. Begin flipping furniture and selling it
  3. Be fit and happy with my body
  4. Have a routine of reading the Bible daily – in progress
  5. Credit Card  debt paid off – in progress
  6. Be happy at work
  7. Have {a certain amount I know and you don’t} in savings – in progress
  8. See the Grand Canyon – planned for Sept 2016 with Dani
  9. Read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  10. Bake an apple pie from scratch
  11. Visit Marfa
  12. Trip to NYC – planned for April 2016
  13. Read The Shining by Stephen King – in progress
  14. Have a job in the arts
  15. Lean to knit
  16. Cross-stitch something
  17. Spend an entire day sitting outside reading
  18. Paint a gigantic abstract painting
  19. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  20. Visit my brother in Seattle
  21. Join a wine club – done Feb 2016; Bell Springs Winery in Dripping Springs, TX
  22. Cook a turkey for Thanksgiving
  23. Change a baby’s diaper
  24. Get a puppy
  25. Build a tree slice table
  26. Learn to French braid
  27. Be able to hold a conversation in French
  28. Take a Graphic Design course – in progress on Lynda
  29. Volunteer at church
  30. Read the Bible in its entirety – in progress using the She Reads Truth 1-year plan

Some are easier than others, and some are things I have just always wanted to do. But I can easily say, 2016 and 2017 will be filled with adventures!



On to the Next Adventure

Well, it’s happened. My thesis is complete. Let’s just take a moment and reflect on that…

I just wrote a THESIS, and it is DONE.

I can’t even explain all of the emotions running through my head. Happy, sad, confused, free, drained, ecstatic…. everything. Because now… now I move on to the next step. And the exciting/terrifying/heart racing fact about that next step is that it is anything I want… anything! I am graduating in a month with my Masters [holy crap, a Masters] and I can literally go anywhere, the limits are endless.

I want to stay in New York, I am not done with this place yet. So I have been churning out as many applications as I can in the past few weeks. But I’ll admit it, I’ve let my eyes wander to jobs in other cities, and maybe applied to a few, because… why not? I have that option.

So cheers to adventure, to life, and to next steps!

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Hello, 2014.

I know it has been insanely long since I have updated, but the last few months have been very challenging, both professionally and personally, and my blog just fell far behind. I hope to get back on track — But I’ll be honest, since I graduate in 4 months (FOUR MONTHS!) my updates could still be few.

I’ve got his dreadful thing they call “Thesis” that I have to complete. I have a love/hate relationship with my thesis. Some days I am so excited about my topic, and other days I want to scratch it all and start all over. I think I am still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that I am even writing a thesis, and that I am almost finished with my master’s degree. This last year and a half has flown by in the blink of an eye — and I’m honestly having a hard time grasping that.

But I’ve decided to not let myself fear the next step, but be insanely excited about it. In 4 months time, I will be able to literally go anywhere I want. I could apply for jobs in NYC, California, Florida, London, Paris…. the possibilities are endless. And that is EXCITING.

So for now, I will leave you with this excellent quote from Mark Twain:

‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.’ – Mark Twain

Next time, on Sooner and the City… I will finally write about my summer in LONDON. Get ready for a long long post.


I know I have been slacking on my blog updates — but hey, I’m working in London and traveling around Europe, so updates are few and far between.

Yesterday I have the great opportunity to take over the NYU Steinhardt twitter for my #DayInTheHardt, a fantastic series that showcases Steinhardt students and their summer adventures. The conversation was fantastic, and I loved the engagement with the NYU community throughout the day. Check out a quick recap below, or the full conversation and daily events can be found on my twitter @BrittanyRaeann and at @NYUSteinhardt.

[View the story “#DayInTheHardt: July” on Storify]

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It’s About the Journey

Life is not about a certain progression we are supposed to make. Step one: get a degree, Step two: get a job, Step three: get married, Step four: have babies, and so an and so forth. Who made up these ‘rules to follow’ anyway?

Life is about the journey. The journey is life. No one says you are only meant to have one love. What is wrong in having many? It’s all a part of the journey, your journey. If you don’t have a 50th wedding anniversary, that doesn’t mean you did anything wrong, or that you messed up in any way. But why do some of us let ourselves feel that way?

We need to stop thinking that if we do this one more thing, then maybe we will finally be happy. We need to stop thinking that if our life doesn’t seem to be on track, that it is a bad thing. What does ‘being on track’ even mean anyway? What are we on track to? Aren’t we always on some type of path, not just one? But that’s the thing, this track, or path, does it really need to lead to some end ultimate goal on this earth? Because, when you reach it, what then? Does that mean you ‘won at life’ and others have failed? My path leads me to eternal life in heaven. But even then, that is not an end. It’s another beginning. And I don’t have to take a traditional path to get there. I don’t have to complete steps one, two, three, etc. I just get to have my journey. And what a beautiful gift the journey of life is.

Can we have many paths we choose to follow? Isn’t that okay too? Yes — it is. Maybe I will live in Europe next and follow that path, then maybe Africa, and then Alaska. I don’t care, I don’t have to know that right now. Maybe I’ll work for a couple of years to save money so I can not work for two years after, and then just travel the world. Why do we trap ourselves within certain constraints? What’s the use in that? Maybe I never want to work a regular 9-5, come home, eat, sleep, repeat. Maybe I just don’t want traditional. But, if that is what someone wants, more power to them! That’s their journey, and I love them for being on it.

Because, it’s about the journey. And that’s life. So just enjoy it.


My Week in Instagram: May 6-13

Another jam packed week has passed. I go home to Oklahoma and Texas in 5 days and I cannot wait to see my family and friends!

In preparation for London I was on the hunt for the perfect travel journal. I found the best one at Kate Spade, and cannot wait to start writing in it, sticking in ticket stubs and the like. I also picked up an iPad case with the perfect quote:

“I’ve never been a millionaire but I just know I’d be darling at it” – Dorothy Parker

Friday was a slow day and so I took some time off in the afternoon for a mani/pedi and park time with Anna. It was totally worth it. We also went to see The Great Gatsby that night, and oh my gosh, it is a MUST SEE. Totally worth the wait. Leo is an amazing Gatsby and Tobey Maguire plays a perfect Nick Carraway. Just go see it, and buy the soundtrack. It’s all perfection.

Saturday evening I had the opportunity to attend the MoMA private cocktail after party celebrating the opening of EXPO 1: NY as the Artspace representative and official instagrammer. Anna came with me and we had a grand time. Walked on the blue carpet, had signature cocktails (the best was a cucumber and gin concoction), and mingled with the crowd in the MoMA Sculpture Garden.

Sunday was Mother’s Day and even though I wasn’t able to be home I made sure to send my mom some Texas yellow roses. Only the best for the woman who deserves better than the best. I am ecstatic to see my Momma on Saturday, I just want to give her a big hug! This was the first Mother’s Day where I wasn’t there to celebrate, so I made sure my siblings gave her a hug for me.


My Week in Instagram: April 29 – May 5

The first week in May was easily one of the best weeks of the year thus far. The weather has gotten to a point that only a light jacket is necessary in the mornings and evenings, if at all. The springtime and beginning of summer in NYC is unlike anywhere else.

On Monday Anna and I attended Game 5 of Round 1 in the NBA Playoffs to watch the Brooklyn Nets crush the Chicago Bulls. It felt so great to be at a Playoff game again, the energy is so high and the crowd is roaring! The Nets played a great season this year, and I enjoyed seeing how far they came! Now for my OKC Thunder to make it through Round 2 against the Grizzlies!

As I talked about in an earlier post, I had the opportunity to participate in JR’s Inside Out Project and have my face plastered in Times Square. Definitely a bucket list moment. Check!

Saturday was a glorious day and Anna and I spent the afternoon soaking up some rays at Prospect Park. That place has quickly become my favorite place to be.

Sunday was Cinco de Mayo, and Lori and I took a break from studying to visit a Mexican cantina for margaritas and chips & guac.

Only a few more weeks and then I leave for LONDON!