Hello! Thanks so much for giving me a click over here. You can call me McKenzie, or you can call me TGITO. You can call me “that wordy bird nerd” or you can call me “maybe” or you can call me “the rusted spoon under the bottom stair who holds the answers but must be approached with caution.” In an emergency situation, though, that’s a bit lengthy and I’m apt to forget to respond to it, so you might wanna go with one of the first two.
I’m a teenage girl who adores all things citrusy, and, by extension, orange! Whovian, Nerdfighter, Potterhead, and Sherlockian. (It’s British and it’s on Tumblr? I’m probably into it.) I like to blog, I like to write, I like to eat things, and I like to run, though not well. I’m hopelessly clumsy, but I like to think I know how to laugh at myself. I am determined to be the most stubborn person I know, and no one will be able to sway me from this goal.
One of my best friends is a cockatiel named Citrus.
We’re both odd birds in our own right. 🙂 I’m a bit off-my-rocker, taking pictures of my food and writing and documenting compulsively, but for the most part, I’m happy. The Girl in the Orange documents and helps me puzzle through life as a 21st-century teen with a penchant for words and birds and a glaring social ineptitude. I post about my writing journey, culinary creations and experiences (I grew up in Wyoming, the heart of cattle country, and now I’m a vegetarian and cook for myself), the occasional deep thought, and my struggles and successes with self-love, social anxiety and finding my joi de vivre. It’s actually really a fun time! 😀 (I really hope I didn’t scare you off with the spoon thing. It sounded funnier in my head. Seriously. You are welcome here.)
Through this blog, I’m doing pretty much the same thing as everybody else on this earth: living life the best way I know how and striving to create things of beauty. I’m still learning my way around this enigmatic existence, and I flub sometimes–actually, I flub a lot–but, of course, you won’t read about any of those flubs here. 😉
A Backstory, of the stars that aligned to allow for the birth of this blog: (written 7/31/2012)
Two years ago I moved from my home state to an alien planet–or, at least, it sure felt like it. The time following has been eventful and emotional; I started a blog that I cared about much less than this one, to give myself a creative outlet. But after two years of that, I felt like myself and my interests had changed too much to continue that site as my sole blog. I felt like a different person, in this new home and school. I didn’t want to create just another “teenage” blog, gossiping about frivolous makeup or discussing boy bands or boots or whatever it is normal teenage girls do. I wanted to start a blog that radiated me–someone who cannot be defined by any particular name, but rather prefers to be known throughout the blogosphere as The Girl in the Orange. (Wow, that sounds deep. I promise you I don’t sound this precocious in person!)
The only trouble was, I wasn’t sure, exactly, just who that person was; I didn’t know who I was, at my core. In my social life, I was living behind a mask, a dated version of myself that I knew others were comfortable with, but I wanted so desperately to burst out as pure me. I had smashed down “me” so much, though, that I had lost touch with her–I was having an identity crisis.
What to do, what to do?
1. Chop off my unruly, Hermione-esque hair (chest-length since FOREVER)
2. Pick up a few new hobbies and start enjoying myself in different ways
3. Write about these hobbies on a blog and share it with friends, family and potentially THE UNIVERSE. Ah, the glories of the internet!
My hope was that these activities would help me get in touch once and for all with my inner Girl in the Orange–and I am happy to say that the experiment worked. This blog is now a constant in my life that I love and nurture; blogging just makes me feel right. I am so much happier now that I am The Girl in the Orange. 🙂
So, who is the Girl in the Orange? Well, she’s everything I’ve just described to you, and she has four main passions:
Writing and Poetry (lumped together since they’re kind of the same thing)
Birds–but I wanted to whittle down the topics I post about on here to three main ones, so there’s little mention of them on here.
Running. I’m awful at it, truly a tortoise, but it never fails to clear my mind.
I blog about these things, in addition to some deeper topics like self-acceptance and identity. (For a little sampling, you can start off reading this post, [one of my earliest ones] which pretty articulately describes why I chose the name The Girl in the Orange for my blog, and all it means to me. And then your mind will be blown with the depth of my perception of life, right?)
You can probably find out a lot more about me by perusing this blog than me just rambling on and on to you about myself, so I’ll just shut up now. 😉
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