I’ve already achieved two of my goals: work at a magazine, and live in New York City.
I did both all by myself.
Most people know me as “Amber J.” I’m a sucker for good quotes, and a funny story. I’m the ultimate people-person. I love to talk. I’m the friend who always has a listening ear, even when the train is rumbling loudly in the background. I’m more peace n’ love than urban. I’m that Southern chick sashaying my way through the big city. I like smiling at random people I make eye contact with. Anything less would be rude. I just wasn’t raised that way. I’m hospitable. I’ll happily feed you spaghetti and cornbread.
On the subject of how I was raised, I grew up, like most Gen Y’ers, being told that I can be anything I want to be. Told that I am a “possibility” with a capital “P”. All of these years later, I still believe that. I think we just have to work a little harder at figuring out what that “possibility” is.
When I moved to N.Y.C. I didn’t have a job lined up, or an apartment (stayed with my lovely ex-boyfriend for three weeks), and honestly, the only plan I had was BE SUCCESSFUL. Too bad that plan didn’t come with any instructions or bullet points.
Oh yeah, did I mention I moved during a recession? That unemployment levels were at an all-time high? I know a little something about waxing optimistic during the tough times.
My mission with The Fab Life Project is to document the things that puzzle, inspire, and provoke members of my generation. I aim to provide this info in real time. I’m six years into my twenties, and I’ve learned enough to reflect, but not enough to stop questioning. I don’t want to turn 30, look back and say, “Damn, my life was really great.” I want to recognize that now. Part of my mission is encouraging others to do the same.
I close with one of my fav quotes: “Happiness is a journey, not a destination.” Thank you for joining me on this journey.