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May 15, 2014 / laurencox12

Goodbye Cristina Yang

After 10 seasons, there are few TV shows I enjoy more than Grey’s Anatomy; and of all the twisted characters on Grey’s, Dr. Cristina Yang holds the biggest place in my heart. She is smart, sarcastic, damaged, blunt, and generally amazing. There are parts of Sandra Oh’s character that resonate deeply with me. There are lines that seem to perfectly fit my own thoughts. There are moments when I will shout out the screen (and/or text a friend) “Oh.My.God. That’s me!”

So, as the world says goodbye to Cristina on tonight’s finale, it will strangely be like I’m saying goodbye to a part of myself.

With that being said, here are some of the reasons I love Cristina Yang…my (fictional) person.

 Cristina Yang is a fantastic friend.

Sure, she and Meredith had their issues, but at the end of the day…they are there for each other.

Cristina Yang always speaks her mind.

Really, sometimes..nobody cares. And Cristina isn’t afraid to let you know that.

Cristina Yang will make you demand more of yourself.

Because “good” is not good enough for her, and it shouldn’t be for you either. Get your life together!

Cristina Yang isn’t overly emotional, and she doesn’t want to talk about it.

She keeps her emotions hidden. She doesn’t want to chat about her problems and have a good cry.

Cristina Yang is damaged.

Cristina doesn’t usually cry, but when she does….man! Her breakdowns make her human.

Cristina Yang understands the importance of alcohol.

Seriously, there are certain occasions in life when wine (or tequila) is necessary.

Cristina Yang knows that brains are way more important than beauty.

Take note guys.

The most important thing I learned from Cristina: Sometimes, you need to just “Shut Up!”

And “Dance It Out!”

Goodbye Cristina Yang. Thursday nights won’t be the same without you. 



April 29, 2014 / laurencox12

5 Thoughts From My First Yoga Class

On Sunday, I finally forced myself out of the apartment and into my first yoga class. I’ve wanted to try yoga for some time now, but for a number of reasons it never happened. Thankfully, my new gym offers a bunch of group exercise classes, so I was able to check #24 off of my “25 Before 25” list!

Since I have literally no experience with yoga, my first class was definitely interesting. Here a few of the things that ran through my mind during the hour-long session:

  1. Wow, definitely not as flexible as I thought I was. After years of cheerleading, I always considered myself to be fairly flexible. WRONG. I am still sore from stretching muscles I never knew existed.
  2. This is way harder than I thought it would be. My vast knowledge of yoga (read: a few brief conversations with friends/co-workers and whatever classes can be seen in rom-coms) led me to believe that this would be a simple, relaxing experience. Again, WRONG. Yoga is an intense work out.
  3. Seriously, how is this guy bending his body like that? My tiny little male instructor was twisting his body in ways I didn’t think were humanly possible.
  4. Why are we going SO FAST?! Am I the only one who expected yoga classes to be slow, soothing and focused on meditation? Apparently. The class I went to on Sunday was super fast-paced. After 15 minutes, I thought we had gone through every existing pose…I was wrong.
  5. I guess I’ll come back again… Even though my first experience with yoga wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be, I decided that it was worth another shot. My plan is to try out a few more classes with different instructors and determine which one works best for me.

Have any tips for yoga novices? I’d love to hear them!

April 9, 2014 / laurencox12

Letting Go


Sometimes you need an extra push to get you going, to send you in the right direction. Sometimes the push comes from a friend or family member. Sometimes it comes from a self-help book. Sometimes it’s a “sign” that appear in your life out of no where. And sometimes it comes from a comedy/musical on network TV.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m slightly obsessed with Glee (even though the last season and a half has been kind of ehhh). I’ve been down with Glee since Rachel Berry placed a gold star next to her name and delivered that first note of “On My Own” in the pilot episode. There have been hundreds of quotable lines and tons of memorable moments (let’s not talk about the fact that every Cory Monteith/Finn Hudson mention has me in tears), but after four and a half seasons, there is only one line that still sticks with me.

“You can’t change your past, but you can let go and start your future.”

– Quinn Fabray (Michael, Season 3)

Letting go is probably one of the hardest things we are ever asked to do (read: forced to do for our mental health), but it is a necessity. We can’t continue to blame ourselves for mistakes we’ve made. We can’t keep waiting around for people who don’t deserve to be a part of our lives. We can’t hold never-ending grudges.

When I developed my 25 Before 25 List, several of the items placed on that list were added as a means of letting go of some piece of my past. I want to intentionally leave some of my negative experiences, feelings, etc. behind and use them  to affect positive change in my life.

What have you let go of recently in order to start your future?

April 5, 2014 / laurencox12

Never Miss An Opportunity To Network

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of returning to Temple University to attend the TU Invitational, hosted by my old PRSSA chapter. To say I was excited would be an understatement. Not only was I happy to see some of my friends that I hadn’t seen in a while, but I was genuinely interested in the event itself. The line-up of speakers was fantastic, and I was especially looking forward to the networking portion scheduled for the end of the program.

Since graduation (and even before if we’re being completely honest), I’ve always been eager to share my experiences and advice with students – particularly my little Temple Owls! I’ve been back to Temple to speak twice already, and I find myself constantly talking to my interns about my time in college, what I’ve learned since, and what they can do improve themselves while they are still in school.

The first portion of the event was amazing. I enjoyed all of the speakers and Temple PRSSA did a great job of keeping the sessions flowing. They even provided all of us with yummy food and drinks (shout out to Neuro for the two cases of beverages still sitting in my fridge!).

Once all of the speaker sessions were done for the day, it was time for networking. What was originally supposed to be a speed-dating style networking session was switched to a less formal “walk around and get to know people” thing, but despite this change, I still saw the end of the program as a great opportunity for the students. There were several alumni in attendance, and each of us represented a different area of the industry. Not to sound ridiculous, but there was a lot for these kids to learn! I was shocked when only a handful of students (maybe one student for each alumni present) decided to stick around and ask questions. I applaud those who did because they were able to have significant one-on-one conversations and get more feedback than they normally would.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that networking can be awkward (especially when it isn’t in a formal, structured setting), but that doesn’t mean you should let the opportunity pass you by. No matter how old you are, what industry you’re in, or how much experience you have, it never hurts to expand your personal network.

Even though I’ve been out of school for nearly two years (side note: when the hell did that happen?), I still made a point of introducing myself to several of the speakers that were at Temple that day. Although these people are now my peers (and in some cases my competition), I knew it was important to get my face out there and connect with them. As a relatively new professional, I know I still have a lot to learn, so I’m always determined to make connections with my fellow PR professionals.

With all of that being said, if I could give one piece of advice to those students who chose to skip out on the networking portion of the TU Invitational (and really anyone), it would be to never miss an opportunity to network! You never know what connections or wisdom you could be missing out on.


March 27, 2014 / laurencox12

Truth Challenge Thursday – Change

I started the 30 Days of Truth Challenge a while ago, but since my blogging was non-existent for several months so were the final two posts for the challenge.

Day 29: Something you hope to change about yourself, and why.

I want to be healthier, more active. It is way too easy to come home from work every day and binge on my favorite TV shows, but I don’t want to keep doing that. Am I still going to stay in on Thursdays and be glued to the screen during Scandal? You bet. But I want to make a serious effort to change my habits. I’ve never been the skinniest girl in the world, and I’m not looking to lose 50 pounds, but I do want to feel healthy. I recently signed up for a local gym, and now I am determined to put that membership to use. Going to the gym regularly is also part of my “25 Before 25” list, so now it has to happen!

Seriously, can someone get me this? I will be much more motivated to go to the gym if I have it!


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