“Currently” Me


Since I did the currently reading list, I thought I’d do a “currently” about me, and what I’ve been up to. A lot has changed in my life (in all ways) since I started this blog way back when. I mean, this was the first picture of myself I posted on the blog:


HA OH MAN I’M GETTING EMBARRASSED. Obviously a lot has changed. l started this blog when I was still in college, back under a different name (Bookworms in Dresses) with a completely different theme/goal in mind. I was also in a completely different mental state back then. I was struggling to be independent, dealing with a rollercoaster ride of an eating disorder that flared up constantly (500-800 calories a day can’t sustain a person) , single/avoiding dating, working at Starbucks, wondering what I was going to do once I graduated, and you know, being a normal 21-year-old anxious student.

Now I’m 25, engaged, gainfully employed in my field of study, in a house in Texas, paying my own bills, have a tattoo, and have stable health insurance (even though I continue to avoid going to the dentist, which is a story for another time) Let me promise you that the Me that started this blog probably never foresaw becoming the Me of today. I have a fuzzy after-image of that old edition of myself, sitting at the Starbucks on campus, sitting at the window bench, looking out at the Chipotle across the street and watching the students pass by. If I would have sat down in the seat next to old me, and said “In four years you’re going to end up engaged to a co-worker and follow him to Texas. Also don’t date that drummer, he is an ass hat.” I probably would have 1. Screamed 2. Proceeded to run out of the store and 3. Not believed it and taken refuge in Kiva Han (While it was still in business) hoping the strange me-from-the-future wouldn’t find me again. Although future me would be all about drinking an Italian soda from Kiva Han, so I’d probably run into myself again. Past me should have seen it coming.

I’m even different from the me from last year honestly.


(This me is older than last year, I mean look at those bangs that I still wish I had!)

It’s interesting to look back at how much has changed since I’ve started this blog. I think I’ve really come into myself, I know who I am a lot more than I used to, and I feel a lot more content in my own skin.

old bookworm CAcoast


By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!

  • I am glad to hear that you are doing better than you were.

    • It always feels nice to realize you’re moving forward, while sometimes it feels like I’m stuck in one place, when I look back I can realize just how far I’ve come. 🙂 Thank you!

  • Ahh that last picture is too adorable! Also, the dentist. No. Ever since I got my first cavity two years ago I refuse to go back. If I’m not told bad news then bad news doesn’t exist.

    • Thank you!! 🙂 I am also going to live in denial, my teeth are totally fine! My wisdom teeth won’t be an issue! I’ve also avoided the dentist ever since I had my first cavity drilled/filled, it was awful and the novocaine didn’t help much D:

  • Love this! I like looking back on my life and seeing how far I’ve come, so I’m happy to hear you’re doing so well and having an awesome time in Texas! Ooooh, so curious about your new tattoo!

    • I’m going back to the tattoo convention again this year, so I’ll be sure to post about it (and possibly a new one!) then! 😀

  • Love this! It’s insane how much our lives change in our twenties…. we go from being baby adults to like… adults. And it’s crazy. I’m so glad to see that your life has taken you to places better than where you were before! Yay life progress!!

    • It’s crazy! I never realized how much I’d change in my twenties, I must have thought I’d say in the college mindset forever or something. It’s so weird to look in the mirror now and realize that I’m a real-life adult.

      • Right?!? Like… we pay taxes and vote and have to deal with home repairs and stuff. But then I combat all of that with cartoons and children’s books, so I feel a bit better.

  • Kay

    It’s amazing how things can change so drastically in a ‘short’ amount of time (I say short meaning in terms of the long run of life!) I’m so happy you are enjoying Texas and that these changes were all for the positive (though not without their struggles I’m sure.) Yay for life progress! It’s like adult leveling up. 😀

    Also, I’m with you on the dentist fail. D: I haven’t been in sooooo long and while I know I should, the bigger part of me has stopped caring haha. Oops!

    • I know!! I just can’t being myself to want to go to the dentist, it’s my least favorite of all the things I know I need to do.

      It does feel like a lot has changed in a short period of time! Especially when I realize I’ve been in Texas for a year, it’s flown by!