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Thursday, October 6, 2016

"I am in charge of how I feel and today, I choose to be happy."

Moving out on my own has shown me so much about myself. From this experience, I've learned that  for a student, living in the city is crazy expensive and that to make it work, you have to "hustle." I've learned that we only have one life to live and that its important to make EVERY second count. On more than one occasion, I've been caught at the crossroads between these two: "surviving" and "living life." 

Just last week, I had a teeny tiny quarter-life crisis about the whole thing where I asked myself: What are you doing? I mulled about my latest decisions in life and the situations I've placed myself in. I realized that its near insanity to move out when only working a part-time job and having only a couple grand to my name! (A couple grand hardly covers initial moving costs in NYC!) I began worrying about how I was going to figure out my future, my job, my near and distant goals. I even cried a little over the exhaustion that had seeped into my bones after working seven days a week! I told myself that I didn't want to deal with it anymore, didn't want to "adult" anymore and, I'll admit, complained about having to do things for myself. 

It was on the corner of Bedford Avenue and North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that I decided that I'd be happy! I realized that, yes, happiness is a feeling and feelings come and go, but its also something that I could decide to feel. I decided not to let the craziness of my life effect my life. Yes, there may be nights where I'll shed tears and days when I'm "so over it" but in the midst of all that, I decided, in advance to be happy. 

How? After making that resolution to be happy, I then mulled over how I was going to choose to be happy. How could I decided to be happy when my world was falling apart? How could I choose to be happy when I felt alone or afraid? I came to the conclusion that all I can do is think on a all that is going right for me right now!

Why be happy? Because I'm alive! Because even though I'm in a weird stage in life when I'm unsure of what I'm doing, I'm making strides to figuring things out. Because I have friends and family who support my dreams and push me to achieve them. 

So, will you decided to be happy? I know, it won't always be easy, but its always worth it

xoxo, Kianna Rose


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.
I think that quote summarizes my sentiments quite clearly. Lately, I've been overwhelmingly busy with quitting one job, applying and getting another, balancing a crazy schedule and making time for the things in life that I'm passionate about. My photography, videography, and writing have most certainly been neglected lately with no time allotted for them. It wasn't until just a few days ago that I remembered my little corner in cyber world where I could document and share all that is on my mind and heart.

It was in one of my rare "quiet times" that I began to consider ALL that I was really feeling and thinking. When life has you bound to it's worries, its honestly, really hard to stay grounded in faith and purpose. Speaking from personal experience, prayer and Bible reading have definitely taken the back seat lately as I've struggled to juggle my responsibilities. More often then not, I found myself incredibly overwhelmed and hesitantly admit to an unwelcomed breakdown or two.

It's here, on my blog, that I feel free to document my journey. It's been one heck of a ride, that's for sure but a process that I'm proud to claim as my own and tell to others. Since I haven't written in FOREVER, I felt it necessary to "re-launch" Kianna Rose Etc. with a set posting schedule. I know, I've made a similar promise in the past to keep up with posting, pictures and videos, but this time, I hope things will be different. Now, more than ever I feel to document my life and the ups and downs of it all.

Life has certainly taken me by storm and A LOT has been changing since my last update.

I quit two jobs, started another, contemplated moving to Kansas/Missouri, went to the beach, ran a 5K, started my second year of college and a bunch more that I can't wait to tell you all about really, really soon. Suffice it to say, as is the truth in EVERY chapter of EVERY story, things have not always been easy, but most definitely, worth it!

I've said ALL of that to say: Welcome back to Kianna Rose Etca lifestyle blog and personal journal of my life's journey. Here, you'll find tidbits of my everyday life, the good, the bad and the ugly. It'll be fun, I promise!

What do you hope to see on the blog? And what on earth have you been up to lately? I really, really want to know!

xoxo, Kianna Rose


Monday, July 25, 2016

A few weeks ago, I flew (for the first time alone!!!) out to Kansas for a few days. Since my dad moved out there for his work a few years ago, I hadn't gone to visit and thought that now was the perfect time to take the trip out there. 

Being from New York, I had no idea what to expect. Sure, I've seen the Wizard of Oz but my dad said  that Kansas City is nothing like the Wild Western frontier depicted in movies. 

Thankfully, my dad was right! Kansas City is actually pretty hip, with tons of cute cafes and modern bistros. 

On my trip, I got to spend some really special time with my dad, his finance and daughters-to-be. I met up with the amazing Haley Jane and even had a mini driving lesson.

Without further ado, here's a short video of my travels

Do you like video posts? Should I do more of these?Also, have you gone anywhere this summer?

xoxo, Kianna Rose


Friday, June 17, 2016

Since moving to Harlem, I've found a ton of really great coffeeshops, cafes and restaurants that I absolutely love and can't stop talking about. I had never considered myself a foodie, but something about Harlem's vibe and culture has really tapped into the inner foodie within me. With it being summer vacation, I've had a ton of extra time on my hands to explore the neighborhood and discover a few really awesome places. Here's a list of my top three favorite cafes so far:

Love Café - 283 Pleasant Avenue
Love Café is a really cute spot not too far from my house. When I walked inside for the first time, I fell in love with the bold orange on the walls and the hustle and bustle of the place. Being within walking distance with several elementary and high school, Love Café seems to be the hot spot with the local kids and teens. The menu is super cute and is what you would expect from a local café or deli. I ordered a vanilla chai latte with a slice of chocolate cake and it was all so delicious. Because the bar was full, I wandered to the back of the café where little tables were.

Crepe Café - 1642 Lexington Avenue
One word: AMAZING! This cafe was a bit of a walk for me... probably a 30 minute walk in platform  sandals, but it was well worth it once I walked in and ordered. Angel taught me that when going to a new restaurant it's always a good idea to ask the people who work there for their recommendations; naturally, they know what everything on the menu tastes like and have a good idea of what's popular. Just last week, we tried out an Indian restaurant and since we were both unsure of what to order, we asked the waiter and he helped us make a wise deacons. Point of the story: ask the staff for their recommendations! When I got to the cafe, I asked the girl at the front what I should order and she pointed me in the direction of something with chocolate so I ordered the Banana Nutella crepe. It came stuffed with warm, sweet and sticky bananas, and on top was a generous drizzle of nutella and a finishing dusting of powered sugar. To drink, I ordered one of their natural orange juices and sat down to do some work on my laptop. Each bite of my crepe was a heavenly experience, one I'd repeat everyday if calories and carbs didn't exist.

Evelyn's Kitchen -  2317 1st Avenue
Evelyn's Kitchen is a Harlem landmark! I mean, they were even featured in O Magazine! Anything with chocolate is always a good idea, so of course, I was all over the devil dog pudgies. Let me explain what exactly a pudgy is: it's a soft baked cookie that tastes like a delicious blob of cookie dough. I've been to Evelyn's Kitchen three times and each time, I've ordered several sweets (not all for my self of course... ) and it's a spot I'll continue to go often.

What are some of your favorite local spots? Have you ever been to NYC? Tried any of these places?

Also, I need to take more pictures!

xoxo, Kianna Rose


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Life has been incredibly and completely crazy as of late! Before I go into detail about the last semester and where on earth I've been, I'd like to say "hello." This post proved to be incredible long- or should I say, incredibly detailed, and so, grab yourself a cup of coffee and read about what's been going on.
Since my last post, I've finished my second semester in college, started a relationship with a really great guy and moved out! These past few months have been a whirlwind of wild, new adventures and I've learned so much about myself. I honestly don't even know where to begin explaining everything so I'll start with my second semester of college. If you want to read up on everything college related, click here.

The Spring 2016 semester was definitely a wake up call for me. Having done so well my first semester and finishing off with a 3.98 GPA, I expected my second semester to be a cinch! I took eight classes the first time and this past semester, I only took seven. My class schedule included Old Testament Literature, New Testament Literature, Global Literature, General Psychology, Fine Arts for Educators, Health Issues for Educators and Physical Education for Educators. Most of my classes were enjoyable, except for General Psychology. This class was incredibly boring and the three hours seemed to drag on. Thankfully, Debora, Brittany, Raphe and Ali made the whole thing slightly more bearable.
Aside from taking classes, I also went out with a couple of friends for lunch and coffee and then a synagogue visit for one of our classes. It was wonderful to meet other people who love Jesus and the friendships I've formed with so many of my classmates are ones that'll last a lifetime, I just know it. 

I also mentioned starting a relationship with a great guy, Angel. Telling our entire story is a bit much for an update post, but suffice it to say, he's my favorite! We met at school, during my first semester. We never had any classes together so our initial interactions were limited to meeting up in the library, and passing each other in the hallways or elevators. Since starting our relationship, it's been wonderful going to church together, meeting each other's family's and exploring the city together! 

Also!!! I moved out! I know... its a big step, but its one I made with several factors in mind. I've always been a curious person, fascinated by the world and people around me. I've always been intrigued by experiences and hoped to have my own one day: to learn from my mistakes, to find out who I am and to discover what I was meant to do. I've dreamed of living in a cute apartment in the City with brick walls and an industrial feel and that's exactly what I got! So far, since moving out, I've explored cute neighborhoods like Soho, Spanish Harlem, Williamsburg and Ridgewood. It's when I walk though these neighborhoods that I am most happy- exploring cute shops, meeting new people and buying little mementos that will remind me of my journey are what I've longed for for so long- and now, it's my reality! Plus, with Angel as my tour guide, I'm eating a ton of really delicious food! Like yes to falafel sandwiches! 

Since life has been super crazy lately, I made a couple of goals for myself to make sure I stay focused while enjoying summer. 
  • Take ALST (my first "teacher test") 
  • Volunteer with the Relief Bus regularly   
  • Post weekly on my blog 
  • Invest in a 50mm lens 
  • Film and publish a vlog 
  • Study for and take my driver’s license test
  • Go to Washington D.C
  • Participate in marathon run 
  • Workout at least 3x a week
What have you been up to lately? What are some of your summer goals? 

Kianna Rose