Hi! My name is Samara, and I am a twenty-something living in New York City. I grew up in sunny South Florida, went to college in Atlanta, and then ended up in New York by way of law school (for someone who doesn't particularly like cold weather I just kept moving further north hehe). I love anything involving music, film, fashion, art, and travel (hopefully there will be more travel for me in the near future!). I believe that any bad day can be cured with a good solo dance party coupled with an awesome playlist. In my spare time, I enjoy being crafty, playing soccer, practicing yoga, and going to music concerts. On the weekend you can probably find me at a local coffee shop, dabbling on my computer or devouring my latest read as I enable my coffee addiction.
I started this blog as a way to push myself to try new things and develop new interests and hobbies. I'm grateful to have so many wonderful people in my life, including all my friends and family. I look at this blog as a way to increase that wonderful circle of people and embrace new experiences
About this Blog:
Welcome to Deconstruct the Girl, a lifestyle blog created in an effort to navigate the confusing waters of adulthood and reclaim some of the childlike wonder and introspection that can get lost as responsibilities creep in and bills need to be paid. We live in a fast paced world, where other people’s expectations, long work hours and relationship obligations play so steadily in the back of ours minds that they can begin to define us. The goal of this blog is to push the pause button on life and be able to evaluate the many parts of what makes us each unique.
The title “deconstruct the girl” came about because the definition of to deconstruct, “to take apart or examine in order to reveal the basis of,” seemed like the perfect verb to describe my intentions for this blog. I want to dismantle and examine the many aspects of my life in an attempt to live in a fuller and more satisfying way, hopefully growing as a person who is better able to recognize the things that truly make me happy. Also, to deconstruct something in literature is “to analyze a text in order to show that there is no fixed meaning within the text but that the meaning is created each time in the act of reading.” Like the literary theory of deconstruction, who I am as a person is never static but constantly changing, evolving …. Sometimes it just takes a purposeful action, or blog, to be reminded of that.
For the latter part of the title I chose to use the word “girl” because I think it is important to be reminded of childhood and how open and fearless we are as people during that time. When we are children, our biggest job is to find out who we are as people and develop dreams that can help us attain those visions. As we get older, that job can shift from discovering what we want for ourselves to figuring out what people want from us. That seems like a shame because our dreams are what make us who we are and striving to find ourselves through those dreams does not seem like a job that should have an expiration date. I want to always be reminded of the unrestricted and unlimited feelings of childhood, tap into them and have a constant reminder that anything in life is possible as long as I keep pushing toward my goals.
The way this blog is organized is in the vain of a balanced life worksheet. There will be five broad categories focused on and examined weekly. These categories I believe are wide-ranging, enabling increased awareness about one’s quality-of-life satisfaction. The schedule will be as follows: Monday – Fashion & Beauty, Tuesday – Health & Fitness, Wednesday – Career & Professional Development, Thursday – Friends, Family & Relationships, and Friday – Creativity, Inspiration & Spirituality. Weekends will be free for alls!
I hope that you all enjoy the blog and its message. I am happy to explore the many aspects of my life with you, and with a bit of luck gain some new readers and friends along the way. I look forward to new sources of inspiration and would love to hear from you with ideas for the blog! Hopefully you will come along for the ride and get “deconstructed” with me!