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Ask Chelsea: A New Borderstan Column

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Chelsea Rinnig is one of Borderstan writers. (Courtesy Chelsea Rinnig)

Looking for advice on how to accomplish your goals and make changes in 2013? Email Chelsea at askchelsea[AT]borderstan.com.

Dear Readers,

My name is Chelsea and I love to listen and observe, and then to think and to write and I want to share that passion with you.

Here at Borderstan, we want to connect with you beyond the computer screen and address not only those topics that we’re contemplating, but also quotidian dilemmas you face. Because the truth of the matter is that we all need some perspective every once in a while on the trials that we commonly encounter every day here in our District bubble.

Allow me to nominate myself to be that friend who listens to you and gives advice. I have lived in Borderstan for over a year now — looked for apartments twice and figured out my subsequent standard commute routes and coffee shops.

I work downtown in the federal government, explore the nightlife of this neighborhood that I love and (most of the time) find a way to squeeze in the workouts and home-cooked meals that help me maintain my sanity.

I’m in my early 20s and find that what matters most is taking advantage of the opportunities — whether political, educational, social or personal — this city has to offer.

You may be asking yourself at this point, “What does some twenty-something, chambray-wearing, female runner who buys quinoa from Whole Foods and brunches on the weekends have to say about my life?!”

You’re right.

I don’t have a PhD in psychology, or frankly a PhD at all, to back up my insights. If you want a professional, then go to a doctor. However, I like to think of myself as not only a well-balanced and thoughtful person, but as a really great friend. And who listens to advice from their mother anyway?

I can give you the perspective of a peer — a bit less jaded from life and enjoying every moment.

Just like you all, I go on a handful of (pretty awful) dates every so often and navigate the romantic circles of DC. Despite my secure employment, I have been seeking my “dream job” since I moved here; I have written hundreds of awkward emails in the hopes that maybe this or that project manager will take pity on me to share a coffee and an hour with me in exchange for their experiences.

I have old friends, made new friends and have lost friends, too. But I have no regrets and believe strongly and confidently that we are all on our own individual, proper path.

Like I began: I love to listen, to think and to write. Now it’s your turn.

Let me hear where you’re at these days and allow me to empathize—drop an anonymous question in my inbox at askchelsea[AT]borderstan.com, tell me what’s on your mind.

Trust me; I give great advice.

Your loving neighbor, Chelsea

Note to readers: Under DC Law, Chelsea Rinnig is not licensed to practice, and does not represent that she practices: psychiatry, psychology, social work or professional counseling of any kind. This column is written for entertainment purposes only.

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Rinnig moved to Borderstan in Fall 2011 from Baltimore and hails originally from Los Angeles. Her dedication to the local food movement and commitment to eating simply and nutritiously have led her to both develop her culinary skills and write about her tasting new dishes both in her new city as well as her own kitchen. You can find Rinnig working downtown on weekdays, selling stone fruits and berries at the Dupont Farmers market on Sundays and splurging at fine restaurants here and there in-between. Email her at chelsea[AT]borderstan.com.

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