Julia Allison

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Julia Allison

<p><strong>&quot;But ... what do you <em>DO</em>?&quot;</strong><br /> <br /> Sometimes I have a hard time answering the seemingly simple question, &quot;What do you do?&quot; Depending upon when you ask me, I'd describe myself as a writer, a tv pundit, an internet talk show host, a blogger, an entreprenuer, a public speaker, a technology fan girl, a daughter, a friend, a night owl, a &quot;fluff mom&quot; to my six-year-old shih-tzu pup.<br /> <br /> Instead of a bio, I once made a list of aspirational adjectives I&nbsp;hoped to be: among them I&nbsp;had &quot;rambunctous, inquisitive, enthusiastic, loving, happy, positive, thoughtful, spiritual, kind.&quot;&nbsp; It turned into a sort of mantra.&nbsp; The more I remembered how I wanted people to see me, the more I found I&nbsp;embodied those traits.<br /> <br /> However you describe my vocation - or me - in the end I hope what I do resonates with people.&nbsp; I hope it makes them happy, entertains them, teaches them something, maybe even inspires them.&nbsp; But if it doesn't, that's okay, too.&nbsp; I love discovering new things, wondering about questions and problems and sharing those ruminations with others. I love what I do, and I want everyone to feel that way about their work, their relationships, and their lives.<br /> <br /> I hope I make people smile, or give them a bit of hope, or at least help them feel less alone.&nbsp; That's my goal in life.<br /> <strong><br /> Okay, here's what I &quot;do&quot;</strong><br /> <br /> Specifically, I&rsquo;ve been a columnist at Time Out New York for the past two years, where I covered dating and Fashion Week, and before that, I was the editor-at-large for Star magazine, where I would go on tv (mostly MSNBC, CNN, FoxNews &amp; Vh1) to talk about entertainment news.&nbsp; Now I co-host a fun chat show called TMIweekly, which you can find <a href="" target="blank">here</a>, or on NBC&rsquo;s new channel, &ldquo;New York NonStop.&rdquo;&nbsp; I also run my website, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, where I&nbsp;lifecast with my best girl friend Meghan.<br /> <br /> I've written for Cosmopolitan, New York magazine, Teen Vogue, and the Huffington Post, among others.&nbsp; I wrote the dating column in AM&nbsp;New York for almost two years, and before that, at Georgetown University, where I&nbsp;graduated in 2004.<br /> <br /> <strong>But more important, here's what interests me, gives me joy and inspires me</strong><br /> <br /> I pretty much like any conversation encompassing sociology, biology, psychology, philosophy, architecture, media, technology, feminism, personal growth and the absurd machinations between men &amp; women otherwise known as &ldquo;dating.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> I don't expect life to be &quot;all fun all the time,&quot; but I believe you should generally enjoy what you do - both work-wise and personally.&nbsp; Much of that comes from pushing your own boundaries, from not taking &quot;no&quot; for an answer, and for (cliche alert) going after what you want, no matter what anyone else says.&nbsp; I'm a risk-taker; I'm not fearless, but I&nbsp;try to live like I&nbsp;am.<br /> <br /> I don't have kids, a husband, a fiance - or even a boyfriend, but I believe everything happens in its own time, and my time for that hasn't yet come.</p> <p>I love my family - mom, dad &amp; little brother, my pet dog Lilly and my girl friends &hellip; but on the shallower side?&nbsp; I love <a href="" target="blank">Twitter</a>, the color pink, headbands, tutus, ballet, fleece pajamas, bubble baths, mascara which doesn&rsquo;t lead to raccoon eyes, tennis gear as daywear, tech conferences, the tv shows Gossip Girl, 30 Rock, The West Wing, and CurrentTV's Infomania, that incredible tension-filled moment before a first kiss, 50s style fashion, the Lacoste alligator, 5 inch heels which don&rsquo;t hurt, DVF, Betsey Johnson, Lilly Pulitzer &amp; Oscar de la Renta, &ldquo;Sunday check-in&rdquo; voicemails from my dad, bathing suits which flatten my stomach and A-line skirts which cover my derriere, girls who wear ribbons in their hair, my iPhone, my laptop, my digital camera, the blogging platform Tumblr, men who pop their pink polo shirt collars un-ironically, families who wear matching outfits in their Christmas card photos, spicy tuna rolls, 4 am, Starbucks hazelnut lattes, Martha Beck, PotteryBarn for Teens, chamois sheets, dresses as wall art, quilted Chanel bags, pearls, the silence that comes when it snows, flowers sent by boys, emails from my mom, handwritten letters from my 84-year-old Grandmother, and rap music.&nbsp; And I am <a href="" target="blank">absolutely obsessed with cupcakes</a>.<br /> <br /> My favorite song is Journey's &quot;Don't Stop Believing.&quot;<br /> <br /> I take that advice every day.</p>

Stories by Julia Allison

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