I’m Tamara! I’m originally from Long Island, New York and I’ve lived here all my life with my parents, my older brother and my little sister. Most of my extended family lives down South so usually it’s just the five us spending time together, which has made us an extremely close unit. I’m very big on family and they are my favorite people on this Earth, so going away to school was definitely a challenge for me, especially because I went to a school 8 hours away. The past three years have been a wild ride but I am grateful for every experience I’ve had thus far and there are so many lessons I have learned and will take with me after college. I’m currently attending the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, studying Communications and English Writing with an anticipated graduation date of April 30th (we thank God). Majoring in English Writing was not my first choice but it reminded me of why I’ve always loved to write. Since I was in elementary school, I always kept journals and diaries and loved to write down my thoughts. I also dabbled in writing short fiction stories. I loved to create things, and still do to this day. Writing allowed me a certain level of honesty and transparency that I didn’t yet master in my everyday life and this kind of honesty was compelling to me; it’s what drew me to the idea of making a blog. I’ve always wanted to start a blog since I started using social media. I used to be very active on Tumblr—a website that merges the idea of social media and the blogosphere together. I loved posting selfies and reblogging images of fashion and beauty, and really anything that stood out to me. The one thing that I never had the confidence to do on Tumblr was share personal details about my life. I was one of those people who just reblogged other people’s images onto my page, hoping those images and texts would accurately represent me. With 2016 coming to an end and 2017 just beginning, I want to strive to be more open and honest with myself and with others. At a time where my life is changing so rapidly I think it’s important to stop and reflect on how I feel and what I’m thinking, especially in the moments when I feel lost. The easiest way I know how to do this is to write. After a long family discussion after dinner the other day, I decided to go forward with the idea of this blog, “My Cup of T.” The purpose and goal of my blog is to always spill the “T(ea),” or being honest and open with myself and with anyone who reads my content in hopes that my experience might help someone else going through the same things.
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