Monthly Archives: July 2013

My Family Isn’t As Bad As I Used To Think

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve seen many different kinds of families; some similar to mine, some very different. One thing we all have in common is that we are stuck. No one can choose who they’re related to—which is good and bad. Growing up I spent a lot of time with my friends, meaning I […]

How To Trick People Into Thinking You’re A Grown-up Without Really Trying

Despite the fact that I’m a 21-year-old college senior, have had a number of jobs, lived (somewhat) on my own, and have been a legal adult for three years now, most of the time I feel about as far away from being a grown up as humanly possible.  And I like to think that I’m […]

Throwback Thursday: Alayna’s Summer in California

Today’s #tbt is my poem about all the things I did and experienced in California this summer, complete with pictures! Enjoy it with me one more time… I hopped out of the car in West Hollywood Had no idea how bomb the summer would be. From beaches to hills And office space to traffic– California […]

16 Dating Tips we Learned From the TV Show “Friends”

I attribute all of my dating skills (or lack there of) to the TV show Friends. I’d like to thank Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, and Ross for giving me some of the best and worst dating advice ever. 1. Always compliment the body 2. Always be mature. 3. Sentimental stuff is for wussies… …Sometimes. 4. […]

Life in China

I believe we are about 3 months in on this blog and here I am making my first appearance! I suppose I don’t have an excuse other than I don’t have much to talk about. But in the last few weeks I’ve had experiences that I would like to share. For those of you who […]

Friday Top Five

TGIF, right? Especially because this Friday we are thrilled to announce a new feature on Born & Raised, Friday Top Five! Every other week, we’ll be putting together a list of our favorite things, sometimes themed and sometimes completely random. We’re so excited to be able to work on something all together (as opposed to […]

5 Things I Miss About Texas

I’ve been in NYC for a little over a month and a half, and I’m having a great time so far. I’ve got a kick ass job, I love the people I work with, and I get to live in one of the greatest cities in the world. But, admittedly I have been a little […]