International Women’s Day & What This One Is Up To These Days

posted on: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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Hey friends! Its been a while, huh? I can’t believe it’s already March and my birthday is less than three weeks away (AND I’M TURNING 30…WHAT THE WHAT). I don’t understand how time seems to go by faster with each year that passes. I also can’t believe how many times I say that each year, but I digress.

First things first, it’s International Women’s Day! I’m thankful that I own one piece of red clothing (yep, just one). It just so happens to be a men’s flannel button-up from H&M, because I like me an oversized shirt (which makes it the most ironic piece of clothing), but it works. Solidarity, sisters! I have some amazing women in my family, including my Grandma Rita who is a holocaust survivor and my Gram who is 96-years-young and hasn’t lost an ounce of her spunk. My momma is also incredible and one of my very best friends. So thankful for all of the incredible women in my life! May we celebrate the beauty and strength of womanhood today and everyday.

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Okay, onto what what have I been to here in the city. Well, job-wise I’ve been focusing on pursuing my career in acting. Okay, not really just lately. This has been something I’ve been working toward, seriously, for about a year and a half, but have wanted to keep close for a while. It was a childhood dream of mine that happened to find its way back to me about six months before we moved to one of the best cities in the world to pursue it. I was in drama productions through high school and wanted to be an actor for most of my childhood until I got to college and believed I had to major in something more secure.

That childhood dream of mine faded away as I began focusing on other things. Of course, I ended realizing during my senior year that what I majored in was not what I wanted to do. It took a while to realize that I had it right the first time. I see the divine timing in it all, though. I’m glad I waited until now to pursue it. The fact that we happened to be moving to New York City right around the time I discovered this is what I wanted to do was not a coincidence.  I start a new class here in the city next week. I also had my first commercial audition last week, which was really exciting! I guess it feels real enough to finally talk about.

For money, I’m doing freelance social media work. Trying to find flexible work while leaving my schedule free for acting class and auditions hasn’t been easy, but the right doors are opening at the right time. It’s definitely going to be an adventure, but I’m in it for the long haul.

Anyway, as I’ve written a novel already, I’m going to sign off. To sum it all up: God is great, life is good, NYC is still a dream, and big dreams are scary, but always worth pursuing. Talk soon?

 

Goodbye, 2016!

posted on: Friday, December 30, 2016

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It was the best of times, it was the worst times, but here we are. We’re another year down staring into a much better one ahead of us (yes, I’m calling it early). As weird/sad of a year as 2016 was, I had so many amazing moments throughout it and, yes, also some of the hardest. Moving to my favorite city, exploring it, growing closer to Adam, settling into a chapter we’d been waiting so long for has been good, SO good. It’s no surprise that most of my top photos from Instagram were taken in New York, even though we spent more time living in Charlotte this year. I’m home here in Manhattan, I feel most like myself here, and I’ve already grown so much. This is the city where I paid for coffee behind an SNL cast member just the other day and got a pep talk from Tracy Morgan while walking the dogs. It’s the city where I work through fear often and continually push myself out of my comfort zone and will continue to do so in the coming year.

So yes, so many really, really hard days happened in 2016, but I have to focus on the good and be thankful that there was plenty of it to go around this year. All that being said, 2017 is really going to be amazing. In spite of some circumstances, it will be. More thoughts on next year to come but, right now, I need a little date with myf favorite guy in my favorite city.

 

Wishing you the happiest New Year. I’ll see you in 2017!

Opposites, Scrooged, and the Christmas Spirit

posted on: Friday, December 2, 2016

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Happy Friday, friends! I’m currently in sweats, watching Scrooged with Adam. Penny Lane, recovering from being sick all week, is happily laying in front of her space heater. Yes, it’s pretty much hers at this point. Our radiator does a good enough job for the humans in this house. Penn loves the warmest, sunniest spot in the apartment at any time and we oblige. Nola, on the other hand, is lying in front of a slightly cracked sliding glass door enjoying the little bit of very cold air wafting into our warm abode. She loves the cold and laying on the cold tile of our balcony when the sun goes away. Total opposites, those two.

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I’m heading out of town on Monday, so I’m looking forward to taking advantage of the Christmas spirit here in the city before I leave for a week. We’re going to see the windows, explore the lights, and maybe even visit the best tree in the country (Rockefeller Center, of course). You can follow along on Snapchat or Instagram stories (@iamkatyhill on both). I’ll report back on Monday. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Random Musings From A Rainy Tuesday

posted on: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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I wrote most of this yesterday, but never hit publish. Since today is pretty much the same (headache included, boo), I decided to go ahead and post it. So, this was my yesterday with all of its random musings.

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It’s a rainy day here in NYC and the jackhammers have begun, as they tend to do this time of the morning (it’s 9:30 as I write this). A townhouse is being renovated close enough to our place to elicit a headache if I wish to air out this apartment and cool down the heat the radiator can’t help but produce. Thankfully, I am up at about 6:30 or would be lulled awake by the soothing sound of construction.

Our living room gets some light when the sun is out, but hardly any the minute the clouds roll in and this morning is much more the latter. Cozy, dark, and beckoning me to make a cup of tea and work from under a blanket and to push off a shower and confining jeans for just another twenty minutes.

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It’s now almost 1 o’clock in the afternoon. I’m meeting a friend for coffee at 2, so I’m showered and flanneled which basically just means I’m wearing flannel, but “flanneled” is a fun word.

Side note: it’s actually a real word, and here I thought I was being clever. Fun fact of the day.

It’s a warmer, rainier fall day and I believe flannel is pretty perfect for that. See also: beanies. Just right for when you don’t want to walk in the rain, but have to. Let humidity do it’s thing to the lower half of your hair, the rest is contained in knitted bliss.

I’m battling a headache and just took some medicine because “don’t be a hero!” is sort of the battle cry of the Hill household when one of us has a headache. We wave our white flags knowing we will suffer from deep regret if we try to battle it any longer than we need to.

I’m looking forward to catching up with my friend in a bit, but oh, how I would be glued to this sofa if I had nothing else planned. The rain seems to have no plans to lighten up at all and I usually surrender to it, just like this headache. There might be a metaphor somewhere in there, but that also might be the headache talking.

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Tonight, we lit our first Christmas tree purchased in the city. More on her later. We still have to add ornaments and get her looking beautiful for the holiday, but you will be formally introduced soon. Until then, I hope you had a sunnier Tuesday than I did. If not, I hope you had a cup of hot tea to make you feel a little more cozy.