And welcome to my little corner of the Internet!

I’m Mary Kate, or MK as my friends and family call me. I live in Washington D.C. as a freshman at Georgetown University, but I call central Florida home. I study Global Health on the pre-med track with the not-at-all-ambitious goal of securing the health of the entire human population. I love Jesus and am deeply passionate about my Catholic faith, and I am an introvert and the definition of a Type A personality. I drink way too many LaCroix, get way too little sleep, and spend way too much money at J.Crew.

I'm writing this post at much too early an hour as I await my flight home for Thanksgiving, but it has actually been in the works for quite some time. See, I've been wanting to start my own blog for a while now--a few years, to be more accurate--but there have always been sufficient excuses to continue avoiding it. Yes, maybe I was too busy, I despised writing, or I had nothing worth sharing with the Internet, but mostly, I was afraid. The idea of publishing any of the details of my personal life for the whole world to see seemed like as good of an idea as reading my diary aloud on national television.

So what changed my mind? Why am I finally committing these thoughts to a post? Well, all of those aforementioned excuses were just that: excuses. And as I was thinking about them recently, I realized that none of them were valid enough to keep me from doing what I've wanted to do for so long. So here I am, finally, biting the bullet, confronting my fear, finding my voice, and gracing the Internet with this essay of my thoughts.

Am I too busy to add blogging to my list of obligations? Most likely. Do I avoid writing at all costs? Absolutely. Do I even have anything worth posting for others to read? Maybe not. But I'm doing it anyway. As someone who likes to plan everything, this completely freaks me out, but I’m trying to embrace the spontaneity of figuring it out as I go.

What I do know is that I need this outlet. My dread of writing is not desired, so I’m hopeful that allowing my thoughts to flow freely here, without worrying about answering prompts or fulfilling rubrics, will cure my chronic case of writer’s block and maybe even make writing enjoyable for me. Even more so, considering that my spring semester schedule is comprised of one math and three science courses, I fully expect to need a creative space where I can escape the structure of numbers and processes, regardless of my love for them.

The goal here is simple: to share the things that are a part of my everyday life, whether that’s an outfit I’m wearing, a recipe I’m trying, a place I’m exploring, inspiration I’m loving, or thoughts I’m having. In doing so, I hope to start living more presently and joyfully as I notice the lovely details of each day. And I wish the same for you!

I greatly appreciate that you took the time to read this, and I hope you'll stick around with me on this journey! Enjoy the everyday!

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