What’s your favorite food to eat in the morning?
I usually just drink coffee. Something I learned from my episode “Five Days of Hydration” is to drink a really tall glass of lukewarm water with lemon juice in the morning. I’ve been doing that right when I wake up; it helps me feel nourished and hydrated.
If you could change one thing about your bedroom, what would it be?
I actually just moved to a new apartment and I wish the bathroom would be off of the bedroom. As it is, the bathroom is outside of the room and down the hall and I have the tiniest bladder so I get in bed and then I need to pee again and I just keep getting up to pee!
You live in New York City. It must be really hard to find the perfect apartment that has everything you’re looking for—I guess you have to compromise.
Definitely. I wanted certain things in the apartment so I had to give up other things. One thing that I love about my new apartment is that it’s a really interesting shape. The living room is half curved with an angled wall and if you look at the floor plan, it’s just a really interesting room shape. I was actually searching for that when I was looking for apartments. Something about being in square or rectangular rooms makes me feel super uninspired and I feel more creative when I’m in round rooms for some reason.
When was the best sleep you’ve ever had?
I actually feel like one of the best sleeps I’ve ever had was on the second day of my episode of “Five Days of Waking Up Early.” The Monday I woke up and I was so exhausted and didn’t plan ahead. I had gone to bed late and then woke up early so I said to myself, “okay, I’m going to bed at 9PM” and my plan was to wake up at 5AM. I did wake up at 5 but went immediately back to bed. I think I slept well into work—I may have slept until 11 or noon. I truly felt like I was catching up on the whole weekend worth of sleep that I missed.
I used to actually have real trouble falling asleep in college during my senior year. Probably every two or three nights for 10 or 11 months I wouldn’t sleep. I don’t know if it was from stress about finding a job after I graduated or what the deal was but for a good chunk of my senior year, I had insomnia. I would lie in bed and be so physically exhausted but I couldn’t get my brain to shut off. I don’t know what fixed it—I guess it all just had to do with stress. Once I graduated and moved into the city, I was totally fine.
Do you remember a recent dream?
I do actually—I talk about it in a future episode that hasn’t come out yet (Editor’s note: It’s out now!). I had this weird dream where I was walking in New York and I stopped because I realized I had left my keys at home. I went back to get my keys but then somewhere on the way back I realized that the key was locked in the apartment so I wouldn’t be able to get in anyway so I just kept walking and when I turned back around to keep walking, all of a sudden I had french fries and I was eating fries. When I got to the bottom of the fries, I held up the last fry and it was my apartment key. Then I woke up and tried to dissect it. I had that dream in the middle of recording my episode “Five Days of Journaling” so I was keeping a dream journal. Does the dream mean that what I’m looking for is right in front of me? Maybe it was just telling me that I wanted fries.
How do you come up with the ideas for your videos?
When it started I was choosing topics that I wanted to try. As the series began to pick up, I pulled topics from the YouTube audience. At the end of every episode, I would tell people to comment below and tell me what they want me to try next week. I actually read pretty much all the YouTube comments and get tons of good ideas from them.
How do you like working in New York City for Refinery29?
It’s unbelievable. It’s such a fast-growing and young group of people. It’s a relief to be able to work at a place where I can come up with an idea and say I want to make a video on this and they say, “okay, go ahead” and just give you the resources you need. A lot of times they hire people who are multi-faceted and can do multiple things themselves. At the beginning of the series, I produced it, hosted it, edited it, and shot it. Now that it’s grown, we have more people. We have someone separate to shoot it and someone else to edit it and I take on the roles of producer and host.