Hi, my name is Heather Gioia [pronounced joy-a].
I graduated from George Mason University in 2011 with a degree in communications. All of my life I had planned on being a journalist and I wanted nothing more than to make my passion my career.
Fast-forward nearly 10 years and here I am – working in Human Resources.
I graduated school during a weird time for media, all of it was in an awkward and uncomfortable rediscovery phase. Positions I planned on taking no longer existed and my contacts dried up. I honestly took the first job that came to me to get me out serving, and boy was that an experience (see more here). I did also take the first big girl job I could get my hands on, which just happened to be in HR.
Around 2017 I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, which later became bipolar disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. It was “fun” and has been a roller coaster to get to where I am today. Curious as to what that is like? Check out Your Mind Tells You Lies where I talk about the challenges I face. The good, the bad and the ugly, but mostly the bad and the ugly.
I like to start up a lot of projects that I will never stay on top of – heads up, this is one of them.
This blog started as something else, long ago, so much so that I can’t even remember. Then, then it became this. It is a weird collection of my writing about whatever I want. Some about events or news, some silly challenges I put myself up to and some personal. If you read this section previously you’ll remember that I said this is a “spinoff” of my abandoned vlogging channel, also oohgioia. Regardless of the platform the idea was the same – anything goes.
For me oohgioia has become somewhat of a bullet journal blog. But, just as in the physical journal world, the idea of anything goes is so broad my mind fails to wrap around it. It possibly has contributed to the on-again off-again writing here, because what really goes here?
Why don’t we both find out?