{me. rome 2011.}

In fourth grade I painted a “Laverne & Shirley” rendition of “American Gothic” and proudly displayed it in my room for many years after. I could be found collecting Toy Story toys until the age of 13 and how I wish I was kidding. I thrived on the laughter of my two big sisters and my big brother and I’d be lying if I said I don’t still get a boost from making them smile. I come from a big, tight-knit family, and by “tight-knit” I mean my cousins and I grew up in the same neighborhood, a few streets apart. And by cousin”s” I mean all 22 of them. My favorite memories include my family, which is, you guessed it, made up of approximately 100 people.
Early on in life, around the age of three, I embraced my inner-nerd (and outer, too) and knew I wasn’t the cheer-leading, sorority, student-body-president type. Though I would dabble in the idea of all three, quickly realizing my destiny as the sassy, glasses-wearing, professor’s daughter. (I did not, however, dabble in the subject of my pops the prof. me? engineering? The only calculators I like are a.) made of chocolate or b.) have obnoxiously over-sized keypads… if ya catch my drift.)
I started blogging to give my siblings a place to catch up on my life, but then, after I realized they weren’t reading it, I emailed them every time I posted. Needless to say, it wasn’t my best idea, especially seeing as how my first blog’s header was “big ups to all my haters.” 
I kid you not, blog world. I kid you not.
After I gave up on the three readers I was depending on as my sole audience, I decided to just write for me. I changed my header and didn’t look back.
In 2008, my sophomore year of college, I began to to blog on a regular basis. November of the same year my Gma Allen suddenly passed away. It was during that somber time that I grew in my writing and began to really start blogging about some of my more personal moments and thoughts. In 2008 this blog became “Little Reminders of Love,” and, as cheesy as it sounds, it has helped remind me of just that: Love.
I fell fast for the world of blogging and it’s helped shape me into the person I am today. (Go ahead, roll your eyes, I know I would.) But for real friends, it has. You have no idea. A lot has changed since 2008 and this little blog has come a long way.
In spring of 2011 I up and moved across the world to live one of my dreams: au pairing in Germany. It was a life changing experience and I met people I now consider some of my best friends and family. I made the tough decision to leave Germany in December 2011 to return back to college and finish my degree by May 2012. 
Though coming home early was one of the toughest decisions I have ever made, and though I miss Germany heaps daily, I know that finishing my degree was the best thing to do. (Update: I’m back. It’s year number four for me here in my beloved Germany. Life’s crazy. Beautiful, scary, wonderfully crazy.)
I accepted a job in Munich after graduating with a journalism degree and German minor in Spring/Summer 2012. I plan on starting a book in the fall and exploring any chance I get. (Update: I now live in Hamburg, working at an big advertising firm as a copywriter. I fall in love with the city a little more everyday…)
And for you, taking the time to read this blog right now? Thank you. Thank you for reading my words. For listening to my thoughts, and for giving me a chance. A moment of your time.
You will never know how much it means to me.
With infinite love,
“She had always wanted words, she loved them; grew up on them. Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape.” – Michael Ondaatje