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Hello Weekend: 5 great stories from around the web

It has been a while since I’ve shared some of the great stories I have been reading around the web. But, in my defense, it hasn’t always been the easiest thing to consume as much content as I’d like, while on my 4 month extended vacation with my husband. WiFi has been spotty in many of the places that we’ve been. We’re now in Ethiopia, and I find myself constantly scattering around the hotel room, waving my phone (and laptop) in every imaginable direction to get that one more bar of WiFi that I know will make my life easier, several times a day. However, when I did manage to get the angle just right, I was able to find these interesting reads. Here’s your (and my) reminder that you don’t have to seek permission to live your life the way you want. I decided not to change my last…

Is Christmas even Christmas without these six songs?

I love Christmas, it’s my absolute favorite time of year. It’s just something about the season, the decorations, the music, and the movies that makes me feel so warm inside. But, being abroad during this time of year, and not hearing my favorite Christmas music over the speakers in the mall, or in the radio of the taxicab as I move about, has me considering: If Christmas even Christmas if you don’t hear certain songs? It’s similar to the age old question, ‘If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound?’ Obviously Christmas comes regardless, but if no one is celebrating the way (I believe) it is intended to be celebrated, does it even make sense? Many have attempted to create Christmas tunes that would leave us with cravings each year, and many have failed. Keep your Justin Beiber Christmas album, we don’t want it. Actually, let’s…

Happy birthday to me!

If year 27 has taught me anything, it has been to take ownership of my life. The last year has been one of the most transformative years of my life. I began this blog, left a job that was no longer serving me, shaved all my hair off, and embarked on a travel journey to places that I never imagined that I would ever see. There will always be obstacles in the way of what you dream of doing. There will always be people to tell you why you shouldn’t. You will be tempted to shrink yourself, and your goals, and your wishes to be more in line with what everyone else is doing. But, don’t stop dreaming. Dream big dreams. You deserve everything you want and more. I am incredibly proud of how far I have come, even through all the doubts, fears, and worries that continue to haunt…

Oh shit! I cut my hair

In life, you are bound to encounter “oh shit” moments. Moments that, no matter how prepared you think you are, will always catch you off guard, eliciting an “oh shit” response or some variation of it (Ie. “Oh sheeiiiiiiit”, “Holy shit”, “Oh shit what am I doing,” “shit, shit, shit, shit”, etc.). Cutting my hair was one of these moments. I have cut my hair three times in the last month, each time going shorter and shorter, and I have yet to become adjusted. Each time I hear the low hum of the clippers and feel those first chunks of hair begin to fall, I get that sinking feeling in my stomach, and I begin calculating all the ways this could go wrong. Will they go too low? Will they try to shape up my edges? What if they sneeze or cough or blink at an inopportune time? Wait -…

Do minimalists have more opportunities?

In just over one week, nearly everything that I own will be in one carry-on sized backpack. Everything I will need for my day-to-day living for the next four months (and potentially beyond) will be in this bag. And if I’m being honest — this terrifies the bejesus out of me. This process of preparing for travel has taken my minimalism journey to new levels. At this point, it’s not exactly an active choice that I’m making – I just don’t have the space for anything else. But oddly, as terrifying as it is, it also feels equally as rewarding. I feel that my ability to be unattached is unlocking so many opportunities. While I may feel free as a bird now, this is a stark contrast to one year ago. At this point, my husband Robert and I had recently upgraded to a two-bedroom apartment, a place where we…

July faves

As another month comes to a close, I am again in awe of how quickly time goes by. July has been quite an active month for me — My last day on my job was June 29th, and I capped it off with a two week vacation at home in the Bahamas. Now that I’m back, the real world has kicked in and I actually have to face the fact that I don’t have a job anymore. On the upside, I am also extremely excited because the end of July means that there are only about four weeks to go before Rob and I take off on our trip. Whoot whoot! via GIPHY You may notice that a few of my favorites this month are island-themed. I thought it would be fitting because of my vacation. Food | Sun and Ice icecream Sun and Ice icecream – I spotted this company…

March faves

My first monthly favorites segment. It’s crazy how fast time is flying — I can’t believe we’re already a quarter of the way into the year! It feels like it was just yesterday that Rob and I moved into our new apartment, and this was last year June, and it’s nearly a whole year later, and we’re preparing again to move. I’m overjoyed that Spring has finally sprung…although it sure doesn’t seem like it around here. We were blessed with a Nor’easter on the second day of Spring (Mother Nature seems to be very familiar with practical jokes). This month also marks my first edition of my monthly faves segment, where I’ll share things about travel, or life in general that have brought me joy, or made life easier, in the hopes that it will bring some sunshine or have some usefulness in your life as well. Video |…

Hello Weekend: 5 great stories from around the web

Happy Friday! A very happy Friday for me, because it’s a holiday — Good Friday, and I’ve been in bed basically all day recovering from a stressful week at work. What’s weird is that the week before a holiday always feels a whole lot longer than regular weeks. But, I suppose it’s the excitement and the anticipation that makes it feel that way. I stumbled across some really cool links and articles over the past week, and thought I’d round them up to share with you. Below are my top 5 reads from the past week. Break free from these seven limiting beliefs that could be holding you back.   When was the last time you checked in with yourself? Self reflection is a major component for growth and ultimately, happiness. Now that we’re officially in Spring, Summer is just around the corner. Take a look at  what you can do…

20 things that make me happy

In a world where everything is so fast-paced and big picture oriented, it’s easy to take for granted things that bring joy into my life. No matter how much effort I put into embracing the special day-to-day moments of life, I will admit that, I often overlook these joyous moments, and focus solely on the negative events. I think it’s important to take the time to slow down, and reflect. So, in an effort to embrace the joys in my life, I am writing this list – 20 things that make me happy. Here we go: My family (especially seeing them after it’s been a while). Moments with my husband Rob – because of a million and one reasons. #Bestieday with my favorite friends. Mainly when it involves food and some sort of alcoholic beverage…but really, we could be doing literally nothing, and I’d still be in heaven. SLEEP. I’m somewhat…

I survived a social media detox

I have a confession. I have actually referred to myself in the past as an insert-social-media-network-here stalker. I think I realized this couldn’t be healthy somewhere around the time I was scrolling a year deep in the social timeline of the cousin of the boyfriend of a person I had never met in real life. Let me repeat, for the people in the cheap seats: The cousin of the boyfriend of a person I had never met.  Shamefully, this wasn’t my first time. I had jumped down this rabbit hole several times before — delving neck deep into the lives of friends, colleagues, or strangers who were, in the words of Wendi Williams, “‘friends in my head.” I would also spend so much of my day mindlessly scrolling, I would scroll on the bus on my way to work, intermittently through my work day, then on the ride home, before…