Welcome to As It Happens!! This website is the place to go for young professionals in DC, Maryland or Virginia that enjoy an active social life but want to take it beyond the typical “nightlife” scene. My name is Morgan and I am a native Washingtonian. This is my diary, the stories and adventures of a reluctant socialite. In this post Paris Hilton era, socialite has became a bit of a dirty word. However by definition a socialite is a person who is well known in fashionable society and is fond of social activities and entertainment. So let me be your city guide – follow me here or on social media to see some of the best that the DMV has to offer.
As a local, I am well connected to the active social scene and this all began because people were constantly asking me what to do in the area. At the suggestion of one of my Jessicas (I seriously have like 4 besties named Jessica, something about women named Jess), the blog was born.
For those who have known me since the start, first there was DCFunemployment. It was everything you see here but a bit amateur and with a title that needed explaining. After a few months, I joined CapFabb and met some incredible women that I credit with teaching me the bulk of what I know about blogging. During the next few years, I got more involved, made more friends and expanded my experience. I became the Events Editor for SpicyCandyDC became the Event Ambassador and then Event Coordinator for CapFabb, and began contributing for events with Guest of a Guest. During this period, after much debating, I decided that DCFunemployment would become the platform for my other love, female empowerment, and it’s content would be reborn as As It Happens. Thus the new blog was born.
So where did it all really begin??
My love of events began early when I was a child and my mother was working in the Smithsonian’s Center for African American History and culture (the museum that is now FINALLY being built). I was blessed to attend various gallery openings and dinners around DC and just precocious enough to charm any host. In middle school after our Mother Daughter book club was featured in the paper, we got an offer to write a book which we did (mom did most of it but I helped!!) and once released we did a 10 city book tour. I had the incredible opportunity to travel the country, talk to women and girls just like myself, and that is where I learned to speak up. Especially when due to a scheduling conflict (mom got double booked), I had the privilege to go with dad to North Caroline to speak at a feminist convention with Gloria Steinem! Incredible experiences, memories and moments like this are littered like constellations throughout my childhood. As a teenager it was back to events when I worked the City Museum (now known as the Carnegie Library) and it was magical. If you have never been it is a wonderful space that has the flexibility to be transformed to fit any occasion. I have seen after parties, weddings, food tastings and more pass through there and every time it looked different. In college the love continued to grow when I served as the Social Chair for my social group. So It was only natural to make the move to blogging when I returned home.
Since I returned home, I have been Unemployed to Overemployed (5 jobs) to Traveling Employment to Funemployed (blogging, day walking – my industry folks know what that means – and working with youth) and it has been quite a journey. I love going out to eat, shopping (when I can afford it), dancing (usually to the beat of my own drummer), making new friends (sometimes) and trying new things!! (and now sharing them… no one’s saying you should care but people keep telling me I’m funny).
This blog is a window into my life, my world, and my heart and mind. It is a chance to watch a journey that neither you nor I know where it will end but thus far it has been FABULOUS so sit back, watch and enjoy the ride. I believe in living life to the fullest and taking advantage of every opportunity that you can. I also believe in balance and I think it is important to have a fulfilling and meaningful life that you can look back on with no regrets and that is how I plan to live.
I hope you enjoy peeking into my window of life and I hope you are inspired to live fabulously as well. Its your life, take control of it!!