Gilmore Girls: A Year of Finding Oneself

If you have yet to watch the Gilmore Girls revival, first of all, what are you doing?? And second, don’t read ahead if you don’t want any SPOILERS.

Ok, now that that’s out of the way… I loved the revival! I’m a huge Gilmore Girls fan (see post from February if you need more proof), and have been anxiously awaiting the revival all year for the past nine years. Instead of detailing every little thought I have about the revival, such as whether I liked the ending and THE LAST FOUR WORDS (I loved it) or if there should be more episodes (NO), I will talk about the one theme that stuck out to me the most: finding yourself. Continue reading

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How Rory can redeem herself

With less than a month (!!!) until the Gilmore Girls revival comes out, Netflix has released the official trailer for the highly anticipated return of my all-time favorite show. Here it is in all it’s fast-talking, highly caffeinated glory:

The first time I watched it, I was at work and had to suck in all my tears so I could maintain some semblance of professionalism. When I got home, though, I was free to cry as hard as I wanted. And I did. Just ask my boyfriend. He has the mascara-stained shirt to prove it.  Continue reading

Summer reads

I think there’s a pretty strong general consensus that this summer went by waaaaaaaaaayy too fast. It’s already September, and with Labor Day weekend behind us, fall is officially here. With that being the case, I thought I’d share what I read this summer, especially since I haven’t posted since May. Oops.

I always romanticize summer reading as some luxurious activity characterized by lounging by the water with a juicy read. Reading in the sunshine always makes me feel like I’m on vacation, even if I’m just sitting outside of my apartment. This summer my books didn’t travel far, but with stories set in New York City, Italy, and even Hogwarts, I ended up on some interesting adventures.  Continue reading

Reporting on the story no one wants to have

Last week I had a story published in The Forecaster called “‘Yes means yes’: Changing the way Maine looks at sexual violence.” I wrote the story in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which happens every April, and it ran in every edition of the paper.

Yes means yes

Although this awareness month happens every year, I found that sexual assault occurs at a much more alarming frequency – every 107 seconds. In Maine, which is where I focused my reporting, the numbers are thankfully lower than that.  Continue reading

Creating the future Leslie Knopes of the world

So here’s a fun game: Spot Kate among the 8th graders!

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Top row: Emma, Haley, Rachel, Hannah, Heaven, my co-mentor Carolyn, Olivia; Bottom row: Reagan, me, Mackenzie, Lauren, Anya

Last week I volunteered as a mentor for Girls’ Day at the State House with the Maine Women’s Policy Center. It was an amazing day, but as you can probably see from the picture of my group, I was often mistaken for one of the students. Continue reading

Feminist (magazine) issues

I recently did something I haven’t done in a few years… I bought a copy of Teen Vogue. It’s not that I don’t like the magazine (I follow it on every social media platform), but I thought I had outgrown it. When I saw Amandla Stenberg on the cover, though, I jumped on it.

Not only is the feature story in the February issue about Amandla, who is known for her video on cultural appropriation “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows” and for playing Rue in The Hunger Games, the whole edition is about feminism. I haven’t seen another mainstream women’s or girls’ magazine do this. Ever. Correct me if I’m wrong. Continue reading

Where you lead, I will always follow

In case you don’t watch Gilmore Girls… 1. Get out, and 2. This post’s title is in reference to the show’s theme song. As a die-hard Gilmore fan, I am overcome with emotion at the news that the show’s revival has been made official.

Me when I heard about the revival

In case you haven’t heard, Gilmore Girls (which ran for seven seasons from 2000-2007) is being brought back by Netflix for a four-part series set in the present day. The news was rumored a few months ago and confirmed a couple of weeks ago. I would have blogged about it sooner, but I was too busy hyperventilating over the announcement.  Continue reading

Girl Up does Black (women) History Month

As a white girl from a very small town in New Hampshire, I’m hardly an expert on the history and accomplishments of black women. Nevertheless, I ended up giving a presentation on this very topic to a group of sixth and seventh grade girls on Monday.

I recently started volunteering with Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation national campaign for girls. The organization, which “engages girls to take action,” has numerous chapters and clubs around the country, including one at a middle school in my city.  Continue reading

That one time I met Gloria Steinem

So this happened…

Gloria and Kate

Me and my new BFF. Be jealous.

This glorious encounter (pun intended, obviously) didn’t happen by chance. In fact, it required a lot of worthwhile sacrifice on my part. I drove almost two hours and crammed myself into the world’s smallest juice bar full of 75 passionate Hillary Clinton supporters. While waiting for Gloria to arrive, I spent a lot of time saying the following phrases: Continue reading

Finding my word of the year, and myself

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably ditched your new year’s resolution by now. We all make them each year knowing full well we won’t follow through. With this in mind, I started off 2016 not with a resolution, but with a word.

I’ve been noticing that more and more people have been embracing the idea of having a word of the year – something that you’ll keep in mind and try to live your whole year by. Your actions and words should reflect the word and over time the word will begin to guide you without you even realizing it. It should become natural. Continue reading