What’s in a Name

Happy Monday y’all! It’s Blogtember day 7 already & this month is flying! I did not blog yesterday because it was my first day off in nine days & I was really excited to do literally nothing. I did go to church for the first time since last Christmas so that was fun. And the music was beautiful. And prayers were offered for the under-employed AKA me.

Anyway, onto today’s topic – which is the name of your blog! My little slice of cyberspace is, obviously, called Another Apple Another Day. If you’ve read any of my posts ever or happened to encounter me in real life, you know I am low-key obsessed with a beautiful show called Next to Normal. The overarching theme of the show is that there’s always a little glimmer of light flickering on the horizon of a terrible, but temporary, situation. The opening song is called Just Another Day and showcases how we adopt to “new normals” when something goes wrong. I was thinking that I wanted my blog to be about wellness and staying positive in tough times, so “an apple a day” came to mind. Combining physical health with mental wellness brings you “Another Apple Another Day” or how to be happy you’re still breathing even when nothing else seems to be going your way.

Enjoy reading!


Music gives a soul to the universe

It’s Blogtember Day 5! Today’s challenge is to put our music on shuffle and list the first ten songs. If you’ve read my posts before you’re probably aware that almost all of my titles are taken from song lyrics. When they’re not taken from the “quotes” section of Pinterest. I’ve already written a “soundtrack to my life” post here.  Now, shuffle is on, and we shall begin.

  1. Cold Coffee. Ed Sheeran.
  2. The Guilty Ones. Spring Awakening OBC.
    Side-note, at this very moment in eight days, I will be in my seat for the Broadway revival of this show. AAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!
  3. The Girl Who Drove Away. Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, performed by Laura Osnes.
  4. Just Another Day. Next to Normal OBC.
    One of my all time favorite songs and shows.
  5. Super bass. Nicki Minaj.
    I love Nicki Minaj, and everything she stands for.
  6. My Only Wish This Year. Britney Spears.
    Christmas music flows through my veins year-round.
  7. You Belong with Me. Taylor Swift. #TBT
  8. Shut up and Dance. Walk the Moon. #basic
  9. A Quiet Night at Home. Bare: A Pop Opera, Studio Album.
  10. Safer. First Date Cast Recording.


Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire

Blogtember Day 4 is upon us! Today, we have the opportunity to share our passions. To everyone’s shock, I’m providing another list.

  1. Feminism. Empowering women. Educating women. Protecting women. Celebrating the accomplishments of women. Trans women. Women of color. Women with physical disabilities. Women coping with mental illness.  All of us. We need feminism because women still get asked what they were wearing or drinking before they were sexually assaulted. Because people still post nude photos of women against their will on the internet, tarnishing their reputation forever. Because trans women are perceived as a some kind of “threat” in a women’s locker room or bathroom. Because of the wage gap. Because every election the legality of abortion is STILL a talking point. Because women matter.
  2. Access. We live in a world with so much, yet so many peoples do not have clean water, food on their table, quality schools or educators, efficient and affordable healthcare, and the list continues. I’m pursuing an MPH degree in hopes of working on programs in under-served communities to improve access to the vast resources we have and often take for granted.
  3. Art. Theatre. Visual arts. Poetry. The things for which I live. I talk about my love for theatre constantly on this blog, but I’m going to take a second to express that the moment when the curtain goes up is magical. There’s just something so remarkably special about seeing a performer in their natural element, doing what they love up on the stage. I can’t think of a show I made it through totally without tears. Wandering around museums is like being in church. You’re in this building with the pieces of the artist’s soul right there in front of you. Be quiet. Be respectful. Take time for each work you find yourself drawn towards. Obviously, I also care deeply about the written word and that traditional form of storytelling.

I’m also passionate about pumpkin coffee, discounted shoes, taco trucks, my supportive family, and my beautiful, wonderful friends.


The Best Days

Blogtember day two is almost over, but I’m getting this post up before bed! Today’s topic is the ideal day. Today was pretty stellar because I went to my first grad lecture – although the 90 minute commute either way was less than perfect.

My ideal day would begin without an alarm.

Brunch with my lovely friends would be involved.

Ideally this would be happening on an island, but I’m not picky.

If I’m home, seeing a show in Manhattan would definitely be at the top of my ideal day activity list – one of the many joys of living in New Jersey is access to New York theatre.

I wouldn’t say no to a margarita…or a plate of tacos.

The prettiest part of this day would be captured for Instagram & my wittiest commentary will likely end up on twitter.

At the end of the day I like to brainstorm writing ideas, or take some quiet time to read and let inspiration strike.

Speaking of the end of the day, I’m sleepy! Can’t wait to catch up on everyone’s posts tomorrow!


Blogtember Day 1 – Hi Friends!

I get really enthusiastic about September first. Probably because I also get really enthusiastic about going to school, wearing scarves, eating all the pumpkin flavored things, and breaking out Christmas Pandora stations. This September, I’m participating in Brave Love Blog’s (braveloveblog.com) Blogtember Challenge – so I’ll be writing every day this month! Day one is about introductions, so here are ten random facts about me…

  1. My first graduate class is tomorrow evening! I’m super excited to start the MPH program and hope to work in health education in under-served communities one day.
  2. I have an unhealthy obsession with Hallmark channel original Christmas movies. The cheesier the better, obviously, preferably with a guardian angel or elf involved in a life-changing epiphany.
  3. If I say no to macaroni and cheese, please alert someone to make sure I’m not dying.
  4. I took French in high school even though Spanish would’ve been SO MUCH more logical. Oh well. I should probably invest in Rosetta Stone.
  5. Feminism. I’m about it. #yesallwomen #pizzarollsnotgenderrolls
  6. Chipped nail polish gives me anxiety. So do birds. And crowded parking lots.
  7. I live in a constant cycle of wanting to cut off all of my hair, doing it, and then wishing it would grow out long enough to cut off again. I’ve donated hair 3 times, so some good was done in the world thanks to my ambivalence.
  8. I could spend irrational amounts of time and money at any bookstore.
  9. I’ve become one of those people who gets a pounding headache when I don’t drink enough coffee.
  10. Hashtags and emojis are the best part of social media, even though Apple STILL hasn’t given me a much-needed unicorn. #SLACKERS

Can’t wait to meet more of the bloggers out there & hear the stories they have to share!!


“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall”

I live in a beach town and I’m encountering a lot of people who are sad about summer coming to an end. Since I live here all the time I happen to be very excited to not be stuck in an hour of traffic when I try to go anywhere. I also adore fall. Give me a PSL, a chunky scarf, and Mariah Carey holiday Pandora, and I will be the happiest of all campers. When the leaves change it feels like anything can happen, so in no particular order, here are the reasons I can’t wait for summer to end:

  1. I’m going back to school! One year fully immersed in the “real world” was more than enough, so one week from today, I will begin graduate classes in public health! I’ll still be working full time and commuting, but I can’t wait to take classes again, make new connections…and even write papers! School supply shopping is also my favorite. I committed to a planner that comes with stickers and fancy gel pens, because I am an adult. 
  2. I just bought my tickets to the Broadway revival of Spring Awakening and I AM SHAKING WITH ANTICIPATION. This production features both deaf and hearing actors, incorporating sign language into the choreography. It will be stunning, emotional, and I am beyond ready to cry for two hours. Is it September 13th yet????
  3. Sweaters. I like sundresses as much as the next basic bitch, but my sweater collection is much, much larger than my summer wardrobe. Winter clothes are just so much more comfortable. End of story.
  4. It’s more acceptable to Netflix binge on Sunday. In the summer there’s constant plans of going to the beach, or doing some other outdoorsy activity on the weekend. When Sunday is your only day off sometimes you want to sit around doing literally nothing for a few hours – and in October people won’t judge you as hard for chasing that dream.
  5. Winter food. I really like soup…and mac & cheese…and anything in a crock pot. Those things just taste better when you’re wearing fluffy socks and it’s cold outside.

Good Luck to everyone going back to school, and power to those of you grinding away at the nine to five lifestyle all year long.