why i'm here
I recently found a letter I wrote to myself about a year ago, as part of a college course. One of the most meaningful segments of my college life was my involvement in Macalester's Urban Studies concentration, where my peers and I learned about what makes cities cities, debated issues like segregation and gentrification and spent our time out of the classroom jumping on public transit and bikes to explore the Twin Cities. My letter to me laid out some goals I'd set for myself - I wanted to live in a city, find a local bar or coffee shop to be a regular at, and get to know my neighbors and neighborhoods, among other goals.
Over 6 months into post-grad life, I've found I'm doing some of what past me was hoping for, but not everything. So in the hopes that I can get a little closer to having everything done, I've decided to keep track of what I am doing here - where it's easiest for others to see and keep me accountable.
My goal with this site is to document what I'm doing outside of work. My job is extremely important to me - but the things I need to improve right now are centered around changes that I can make outside of my 9-to-5 position.
So expect some pictures of food, details about new places I've explored, and lots and lots of talk about animals... and thanks in advance for encouraging me to try more new things.
what i do at my desk
I'm a criminal justice policy researcher by day, and a dog sitter by night.
I'm going to leave the policy research out of this site, but expect the dogs to pop up pretty often - they're not desk work!