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Jam Baby, Jam.

My first cassette tape was Bryan Adams, “Cuts like a Knife”. I received it for Christmas one year, and from that moment on, I couldn’t (ahem–wouldn’t) fall asleep without it. Late at night, I’d even hear my dad tip toe into my room and turn the tape over. When my dad would pick me up from school, one of the first things he’d ask once I was in the car, even before “how was your day?”, was what I wanted to listen to. Sometimes he wouldn’t even have ask, because I’d already be begging him to put on one of the gazillion CDs that he kept in the center console. I’d slide the precious booklet out of its case and memorize the lyrics and pictures, and he’d reprimand me for creasing them far too often. Whether it was Fleetwood Mac, ACDC, Joe Cocker, Dire Straits, or The Eagles, those songs stayed with me long after the music stopped. At the age of 28, I still need music to do just about everything. Distracted by both silence and background noise, music always seems to …

Rule Breaker: Chiara Mazzucco

Renegades are a tribe who get shit done. We’re not about the easy road. We turn our pastimes into our full times. And we do it on our own terms. “Rule Breakers” is a series of renegade creatives who have strayed from the status quo, but not without hard work, self awareness, and some serious elbow grease. Chasing your passion is one thing, but wrangling it is an entirely different beast. These renegades are breaking rules and barriers, and redefining what it means to be successful by writing their own rules. —————————————— The first time I came into contact with Chiara Mazzucco was four years ago when LA Family Magazine contacted a handful of twenty-somethings to write a column about life after college. They asked us to each submit a vlog so the readers could put a personality to the articles. The first time I watched Chiara’s vlog I remember thinking, “This girl is a TOTAL BADASS.” Chiara has this “work hard, play hard, love hard” vibe, which I dig, because…SAME. She is unapologetically Chiara, no …

Findingravity, it’s been real. Fistbump.

I’m just going to cut right to the heart of this post: Sometimes I have these moments of panic where I’m like, “WHY AREN’T YOU WRITING?” Why is this not your career? Why aren’t you doing this thing that you love that you’ve been doing since you were four when your preschool teacher wrote in your student journal, “Carley spends a lot of time at the writing station, I think she’s destined to be a writer.” And that’s a scary thing to think about – that maybe I’m doing this whole thing wrong. I know there isn’t really a way to do this thing “right”, because really, we’re all getting out of bed every day and doing the best we can. Still, it’s a scary thing to consciously accept that there’s this gift that I’m neglecting. I don’t mean to say “gift” implying that I’ve been “gifted” with this incredible talent, because I haven’t. There are millions of writers out there who I admire, and are more talented than I am. There are millions of …

Two Years On This Spaceship!

December marked two years of blogging at Findingravity. It blows my mind to think about how much I’ve learned in the two years I’ve been steering this ship. Or…spaceship, if we’re talking gravity. Nevermind. Now, I’m not going to tell you that you “need a pretty blog design”or to “have a unique voice” because…Well, of course. Also, who am I to tell you how to run your show. This isn’t about “the hustle” or whatever trendy word people use for working really hard on something, usually between the hours of 10pm and 3am. But I am going to share a few things I’ve learned along the way, that have shaped the way my blog has played out. I’m not going to assign numbers to these to make it a little less list-y. I’ve also tried to refrain from telling you how to make your blog more successful. I’m not a guru/ninja/connoisseur/Harry Potter. I’m just a girl with a blog who likes to share things. (Things that are not Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Yo. Get your …

LIKE A BAWSE!!

A few weeks ago, my coworker and I were in Hallmark picking out a congratulatory card for a fashion blogger we regularly work with who has recently become engaged. We scanned the typical stocked card isles, browsing through the “Where’s Waldo” game of greeting cards that is the Hallmark section of any CVS, when we spotted it. NATIONAL BOSS’S DAY. At the same time, we both stopped and burst out laughing. WAS THIS A THING? We knew we had to do something. We tossed around a few ideas walking back to the office. A party? A present? A surprise visit to the office by our good friends of One Direction to personally serenade our bosses with an acapella version of That’s What Makes You Beautiful? Acca-WHAAAT? Just kidding. We don’t know them. Given that we spent an entire week over the summer (ahemmm probably more) blasting nothing but Katy Perry jams in the office, it only seemed fair that the final decision had to include our favorite Teenage Dream, and it had to include all …

Feelings That Never Leave You

“It’s going to be okay, honey.” “No. It’s not going to be okay. You still have another child. I lost my only brother.” I didn’t realize fifteen years after yelling those words across an empty room at my grieving mother, that those would be the words we’d both remember to this day. I didn’t realize I’d think my dad was joking when he told me Josh was gone, or that fitting a person’s life into a few cardboard boxes is a thing that happens when they disappear. I didn’t realize how small and empty I’d feel without him, or how hard it would be to accept that he was never coming back. Feeling small and empty, however, comes back every year. Those feelings never leave you. This year, on the anniversary of Josh’s death, I sat in my Brooklyn apartment in bed alone and stared at a picture of my dad holding Josh when he was a baby. It’s a picture I stole from a photo album years ago. I keep it at the bottom of my …

(Reader Question) Favorite Brooklyn Haunts Lately.

A while back I received an awesome question from Kelly over at Manhattan Red: “What are your favorite places in NY? I made a vow to do one “touristy thing” each week this summer, but I also have my appreciation for those little, unheard-of places.” I was just talking to somebody the other day about the difference between living in New York and visiting New York, a conversation which stemmed from my often talked about general disliking of Times Square during the day…Particularly in summer…It’s ACTUALLY like being stuck stationary in a car while a herd of 8,000 cows takes three hours to cross the road. It’s what I imagine Hell to be like. Hell, with Elmo, Spiderman, and Buzz Light-year. Except It’s not really Elmo, Spiderman, and Buzz Light-year, but rather sweaty people dressed as Elmo, Spiderman, and Buzz Light-year trying to take five bucks from you for a picture. Seriously. It’s my personal Hell. I’ll admit (reluctantly) that there IS something magical about Times Square at night when everything is lit up and …