A Note to the Recently Elected

You did it. Check it off your bucket list. America chose you to lead the country for the next four years. As crazy as it is to believe, you are the President of the United States of America.

You are certainly unique to any other candidate, ever. You are unexpected. You are different. You are change. You have confidence in your beliefs.

But don’t you forget, you are the face of our country now. You are the voice of millions of human beings. You may have supporters, but you have so many…non-supporters…

There’s a lot of doubt in your qualifications, not to mention…

The media blows up in concern for what you might do or say. The comments of your prejudices and negative behavior towards humans of your country and those of other countries create disbelief in your abilities to “Make America Great Again.”

We need someone to trust. And to reach that point…well…you have your work cut out for you. My freaking facebook wall and twitter feed is a bunch of angry hate mail addressed to you. I’ll take the food videos, baby announcements, gym pics and the relationship over-shares back.

America voted. Though not everyone is happy with the results, the country did their part. Now you must do yours, prove that you deserve to represent the people. Prove that you care about the well-being of humans, every single one.

This great universe gave us Earth to thrive on. We are one, and who knows how long we have to make this life everything we want it to be.

Please, don’t mess this up.





Throwback “Selfies” of the MySpace Age

Throwing back on this fine Thursday, to these gems. I think all of these photos were taken pre-smartphone with my Nikon D40x and yes they were all, at one point, my MySpace profile photo. How do I know this for a fact? Because my Myspace still exists and I totally just downloaded all of these from MySpace.


This first one here was my favorite for a while, the United Girls Group shirt is classic (and old, even in this photo), a group of girls at my elementary school decided to rebel against Brownies and start are own group.


The second photo, my hair is red. This was the first (technically second) time I ever dyed my hair….let’s just say it didn’t go quite right the first time.That was a Spring Break moment I won’t ever forget.


The third photo is clearly about the time I figured out how to isolate color in the good ole Photoshop Elements and I am 99.9% sure my shirt says, “Party Like a Rockstar.” Gosh, I was cool.


And the fourth photo…what am I doing with my hand? This is straight up selfie mode. Oh, and look at that, another Photoshop masterpiece, the time I figured out how to change my eye color.

What many phases we go through in life, it’s fun, weird, sad and fascinating…all at once.

Have a thrilling Thursday everyone!

21 Day Challenges

Twenty-one days doesn’t guarantee the make or break of a habit, it takes a lot of effort to keep at it during the twenty-one days and beyond. And apparently the “21 day myth” was a disproved theory and a habit is actually better formed after sixty-six days. I believe twenty-one days will still test my ability to commit to something, and really push myself to do more or less of certain things. This is all a part of my plan to become the ultimate me. Some of these things aren’t necessarily habits I plan to keep either, like 21 days without makeup for example, this is just to test myself and learn from the experience.

Twenty-one is also just a much more interesting number, than say…thirty, there are so many 30 day challenges, and then sixty-six, that is just too long, for tracking purposes anyway…I’m going to track (publicly on twitter @kellitynan) for twenty-one days and, for the challenges like 21 days of working out, I hope that I have it in me to continue to sixty-six. Two days ago, I hit my 66 day mark for recording my food intake on MyFitnessPal! I am confident, for a lot of these challenges, I can do this!

My first challenge is to reach my Fitbit goal of 10,000 steps a day, every day for 21 days. Today is Day 3.

Future Challenges might include:

  • 21 days of working out
  • 21 days of french practice
  • 21 days of guitar practice
  • 21 days of wearing my hair in different ways
  • 21 days of meeting someone new
  • 21 days of film watching
  • 21 days of Lynda videos
  • 21 days of learning something new and blogging about it
  • 21 days of keeping my room clean
  • 21 days of poems
  • 21 days without sweets
  • 21 days without alcohol
  • 21 days without makeup
  • 21 days of learning new songs to sing
  • 21 days of cooking new meals
  • 21 days of waking up at 6:00 a.m.
  • 21 days without watching TV shows
  • 21 days of reading a newspaper
  • 21 days of vocabulary enrichment
  • 21 days of not pressing snooze
  • 21 days of portrait drawing
  • 21 days of making my bed
  • 21 days of Yoga

And the list could go on but I’ll start with these and keep you updated!

The Never Ending To Do List

  1. Get a Bachelor’s Degree  May 18, 2014
  2. Get a Master’s Degree
  3. Live in Chicago  August 2014 – Present
  4. Start a blog  April 9, 2014
  5. Learn how to play the guitar
  6. Learn how to play the piano
  7. Watch my name scroll by in the credits of a successful Feature film
  8. Be the Sound Designer of an Animated Feature
  9. Be the Sound Designer of a Live-action Feature
  10. Score a Film
  11. Be a part of a film that wins an award at a film festival
  12. Hold an Oscar…or win one…
  13. Write a feature length screenplay
  14. Go to Europe May 22, 2014 – June 4, 2014
  15. Go to Europe with my parents and brother
  16. Live in another country for at least a month
  17. Ride in a Gondola
  18. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower  June 3, 2014 
  19. Go to Vatican City
  20. Witness the Pope’s Blessing
  21. Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain
  22. Kiss the Blarney Stone
  23. Go whitewater rafting
  24. See and photograph St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  25. Go on a cruise
  26. Be the President of a club 2013
  27. Learn another language; French and/or German
  28. Improve my Spanish
  29. Learn Sign Language
  30. Be in a Talent show  2010
  31. Be in a Play  2009, 2010
  32. Sing in front of an audience of over one thousand
  33. Perform a monologue
  34. Sing on the street/Street Perform
  35. Get a Tattoo
  36. Go to all three days of Lollapalooza
  37. See the Musical Wicked in NYC
  38. Make Thanksgiving dinner
  39. Ride in a Chicago Water Taxi
  40. Run a 5K
  41. Attend a Tigers game
  42. Attend a Red Sox game  Summer 2013
  43. Attend a Yankees game
  44. Attend a Cubs game
  45. Attend a World Series game
  46. Run through a Waterfall
  47. Throw a surprise party
  48. Go to Hollywood
  49. Read all of the Harry Potter books
  50. Read all of the Lord of the Rings books
  51. Give an important speech
  52. Take a Ballroom dance class
  53. Go to Hawaii–
  54. Visit my Grandma Fran in Waimea Valley
  55. Make something awesome with my movie ticket collection
  56. Make a film about my family
  57. Watch all of Tim Burton’s films
  58. Watch all of the Best Picture Winners
  59. Get my own apartment
  60. Go on a road trip across the country
  61. Teach an exercise class
  62. Achieve my ideal body weight
  63. Be proud to wear a bikini
  64. Start a tradition
  65. Become a regular somewhere
  66. Start a business
  67. Eat oysters  Summer 2013
  68. Eat calamari   Summer 2012
  69. Eat frog legs
  70. Eat escargot
  71. Never eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
  72. Buy a record player
  73. Buy an entirely new wardrobe
  74. Volunteer at PAWS
  75. Adopt a dog; perhaps a Goldendoodle
  76. Be a Bridesmaid  October 5, 2013
  77. Get Married
  78. Make a difference
  79. Sing in a church choir
  80. Buy a house
  81. Buy a car
  82. Fold 1,000 origami cranes and give them to someone special
  83. See the Northern Lights
  84. Make a quilt
  85. Fly first class
  86. Photograph 100 churches
  87. Learn more about Political issues
  88. Vote for the President
  89. Do something I am afraid to do
  90. Leave a $100 tip
  91. Find a whole sand dollar
  92. Find a Starfish  January 2014
  93. Live somewhere where it doesn’t snow
  94. Go to my high school reunion
  95. Have children
  96. Host an elaborate Oscars Party
  97. Track down all of my family recipes, especially Stewghetti
  98. Find my magnificent obsession
  99. Send someone an unexpected gift
  100. Give myself a fake name for a restaurant or hotel reservation
  101. Reach my step goal on Fitbit for 21 days straight
  102. Take a class in (or learn as much as I can on my own about) Special FX Makeup
  103. Take an Improv class at Second City
  104. Be the lead singer in a band
  105. Become an expert in something
  106. See Lifehouse in concert
  107. See The Breakfast Club in the theater  March 26, 2015
  108. Read a book in one day
  109. Take a self defense class
  110. Be part of a flash mob
  111. Be able to go to a fancy dinner with family and friends, grab the check and say, “It’s on me”
  112. Order room service
  113. Ride an Elephant
  114. Reach ideal bedroom organization
  115. Learn to say “hello” in 50 languages
  116. Have a signature dish
  117. Learn to ski or snowboard
  118. Go camping
  119. Invest
  120. Visit all 50 United States
  121. Sleep in a hammock 
  122. Record an album
  123. Get a fish pedicure
  124. See the Mona Lisa 
  125. Ride a mechanical bull
  126. Plant a tree and watch it grow
  127. Learn CPR
  128. Learn how to sew
  129. Go to Oktoberfest in Germany 
  130. Own a Player Piano
  131. Have a library in my home
  132. Have a properly calibrated home theater and surround sound system 
  133. Learn to drive a car with manual transmission
  134. Go to Harry Potter world 
  135. See a concert at Carnegie Hall
  136. Ride a Segway
  137. Read the Bible 

It’s Temporary: The Legal Clinic

Living in Chicago has been a blast. I’ve met so many new people, been to cool places, and I love my program thus far! I am almost done with my first film project! The tough part has been finding a job.  I applied to many different places in retail, restaurants, studios…nothing was working, until last Friday! I had an interview for DePaul’s Student Temporary Services and I was offered a job that day! I started work this past Monday.

What this means is I am basically a Temp worker for the university. My manager is contacted by different departments around DePaul’s campus when they need extra help in their office or on a project. If it works with my schedule then I could get assigned to that department for the time needed. My first job has been at the DePaul University Legal Clinic as a receptionist. Today is my third day, it’s been an experience. I don’t know much about legal advice or how law school is structured but I’m beginning to learn. One thing I know for sure is that the DePaul Legal Clinic does not take walk-ins!! The number one kind of call I have been receiving is people looking for legal council. Part of my job is to refer these callers to surrounding clinics..so if you need a legal referral in the Chicago area, I’ve got your back.

It’s challenging to be a temp…getting to know a new office, learning the best way to contact each person in the office, knowing who to ask what, knowing who comes in when, relaying messages, answering different types of phone questions (that usually I have know idea how to answer..especially legal advice, thank goodness for the trusty binder they gave me) and basically just figuring out their office flow.

Nobody likes change, I can imagine having a temporary receptionist or office person is frustrating…they are supposed to know things..and their the one asking questions? Fortunately, I’ve been lucky at this first job. Everyone has been really nice and helpful. I will definitely learn a lot as I float around to different departments; about different topics and about different styles of office life…it’ll be an educational experience and kind of a human experiment at the same time.

The best part about this job now is that it is in the building next door to my apartment building. I currently exist among four buildings and they’re all within a block! I hope this continues throughout the Winter!

This song doesn’t totally apply…but like me, It’s Temporary.

I Am From the Mitten

Another poem, for National Poetry Writing Month.

One cool way to start writing poems is to write a copy-change poem. You start with a poem that already exists, maybe your favorite poem or a famous, well-known poem. Then you begin replacing words and phrases to make it your own. You can be as close to or as far and opposite from the original poem as you want. For this poem below I took George Ella Lyon’s poem “Where I’m From” and started changing words…then I basically changed the whole format to make it my own. I did use some elements and ideas for content from the original poem but I changed it to fit where I’m from. And for those of you that don’t get it right away this “mitten” that I’m from is also known as Michigan!

This one is for my family.

I am from the mitten–
from Log Cabin syrup and JIF peanut butter.
I am from a three bedroom ranch, family room addition, with a school and grandparents as neighbors.
I am from acorns and piles of leaves
left by the abundance of trees in our yard.

I am from Tynan Table Talk
from Patrick and Linda,
a big brother named Brad and a dog named Cookie.
I am from a town filled with lakes
called Waterford.

I am from burgers and beer and Christmas caroling.
I am from baseball games and bonfires.
I am from the Irish and the Italian
from stewghetti, corned beef and chicken and a vegetable.

I am from church at Our lady of the Lakes
followed by breakfast at Village Place.
I am from the smells of coffee
and fresh paint.
From the tears of  laughter
and the making of to-do lists.

I am from the stories–
told by my uncles and my grandfathers.
I am from the memories and the moments
in the photos tucked away in our garage,
or a folder on the computer.

I am from the love,
from the support,
from the courage,
from the silliness,
of a family
that I wouldn’t trade for the world.