Things I Wrote & Stuff I Did in 2017
What a year, amiright? Here’s a selection of various work I did throughout the past (exhausting, frustrating, weird af) 12 months.
I did words a lot this year.
More than ever, writing was an important outlet (and therapy) for me. As 2018 approaches, I wanted to compile some work I’m proud of, because otherwise it gets lost in the depths of the internet.
Ok yeah, I also want to prove that I don’t just take naps.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: I want to send a sincere thank you to everyone who read anything I wrote this year, or even just pretended to. Totally fine with you just pretending, btw.
I started writing to make the world feel a little smaller, to help people relate to one another, to make people laugh, to make people think, to help me organize my thoughts — and I am so extremely lucky and grateful that people continue to give me a platform despite the fact that I still have a lot to figure out in life and honestly still don’t even know how long to cook various types of pasta.
I also want to use this time to publicly defend my stance that Almond Joys are a top 7 candy. Thank you.
Random pieces I enjoyed writing throughout the year
I compiled the best spine surgeons in every state. Yeah, seriously, I did. It took a lot of time.
A video/writing collaboration I did for International Women’s Day.
Interview snippets with a variety of professional comedians and writers.
I tackled the “War on Christmas” (can we please stop talking about this?)
There's a movement happening, but to limit it to Christmas is missing the point. It's a broader ideological war on…www.huffingtonpost.com
I interviewed staff including video editors and managers from BuzzFeed, The Washington Post, CNN, MTV News and more to gain insight into a rapidly changing news industry.
Though the exact beginning point of journalism can be debated, one aspect of the field that remains a constant is the…www.huffingtonpost.com
Holy shiiit I attended inauguration this year in DC. It was so bad, but I ate like 4 hot dogs.
I helped brand and write an NBA player’s website with Punch Digital Strategies.
Tobias Harris is a highly talented Small Forward currently with the Detroit Pistons. Discover how Tobias Harris is…www.tobiasharris.com
Fuck toxic masculinity.
A playful collaboration combining writing and illustrations.
I just feel really good about doing this #noregrets
I went to Samantha Bee’s f’ing “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner”
I got a lifetime worth of Capri Sun
I talked to The Washington Post about my love for snacks
A selection of interviews I did this year
Author, Comedian, Host, People’s Choice Award Winner, etc.
The first social media star to pop from Facebook, People's Choice Award-winner Matt Bellassai muses on pop culture, the…www.mattbellassai.com
Hasan is one of the coolest and most sincere people I’ve ever met.
I took a look at how organizations are harnessing the internet to flip districts and encourage progressive political candidates to run.
Tough, but fair.
Despite millions of subscribers and billions of views, Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks still hasn't quite adjusted to…www.huffingtonpost.com
After the election I was feeling distraught and wanted to hear from others. I found Jess (from Minnesota) after she shared a powerful story in the Facebook group, “Pantsuit Nation.”
Laughing is important
“Putin and Tonic”
Surprise! Much like your twenties, this summer has been an unpredictable mess. Whether it's Trumpcare, Russia, Ann…www.huffingtonpost.com
They actually did send me a bunch of gatorade and some swag! I was featured in a bunch of outlets including HuffPost.
Someone had to do it.
This was a really fun piece.
This is a very concerned/smart citizen writing to you who definitely is not Betsy DeVos. Again, smart person, not Betsy…www.huffingtonpost.com
My reaction to White Supremacists marching in Charlottesville, VA.
I got banned from the contest, oops.
For some reason I never received an invite to interview. No idea why.
Some Cool People I Met
“Surround yourself with good people.” Here are a few people whose work, dedication, and personalities I admire
Tobias Harris (Forward, Detroit Pistons)
Hasan Minhaj (Daily Show Senior Correspondent)
Some Not Cool People I Met..
I Got Invited to Speak
I spoke at a handful of events — at companies, at universities, and more
280 Characters & Less
A compilation of tweets
Again, a huge thanks to everyone who is keeping up. I truly appreciate all