How I Travel Often On A Budget (With A Full Time Job)

If you follow me on instagram or snapchat, you probably see that I am fairly often in an airport, on the road, checking into new locations, and utilizing various geo-filters. I get a lot of comments from friends like, “You’re such a jet-setter now!” and, “I don’t know how you do it.” I just got home from a weekend trip to Nashville and it got me thinking that I should share some secrets on how I do it so hopefully you can do it too!

Travel is hard work. It’s not always a vacation. It’s exhausting. It takes planning, research, time, money, and energy. I pay a lot of money to pack my suitcases, sit in uncomfortable seats, experience jet lag, eat bad food, sleep in unfamiliar places, and at the end of it all… I’m still exhausted with a suitcase full of dirty laundry on a Sunday night.

I know, sounds like so much fun, right?

Well, I’d rather be tired from travel than well rested from staying home. Yes, travel is hard work. But, it is worth every reward. I love meeting new people, seeing new cultures, and pushing myself to learn about our country and the world. It takes a lot of planning and budgeting, but here are some things I’ve learned over the last year… Continue reading

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How To Fail at Adulthood: A Cautionary Tale

A little over a year ago, I wrote a post about how I forgot my entire suitcase when I flew to Florida for my cousin’s wedding (but ultimately prevailed as the ultimate maxxinista).

Anyone who knows me knows that I have, what I like to call, a carefree spirit. Everyone else likes to call it absent minded-ness… semantics. I don’t know why, but something is wired incorrectly in my brain to make me lose my possessions constantly.

When I say possessions, I don’t mean the cheap pair of sunglasses that I left in a restaurant. I’m talking about electronics, documents, credit cards, and precious jewelry. If you’re thinking, “Well, that’s very frustrating and concerning” I AGREE!

However, instead of getting frustrated with the things I can’t change, I figured the next best thing to do is share my latest tale of forgetfulness and let people laugh at my expense. After all, what else is the internet good for?

Without further ado, please enjoy the following story about how I lost all of the most important items I need to function in society on the Washington DC Metro system and learn from my mistakes…

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My Juice Cleanse Experience

I feel like I am always hungry or at least looking forward to cooking/eating. For the past few years, I’ve always thought about doing a juice cleanse and wondered what it would be like not to actually eat anything for a few days.

Well, I finally tried it. It was actually my mom’s idea to do it together so she asked me to research it and come up with a “meal” plan. My research pretty much consisted of a two minute Pinterest search where I landed on trying The Dr. Oz 3-Day Detox. With our Nutribullet ready to go, and three days to kill, we completed it, and here’s what I learned: Continue reading

Staying Educated After You’re Done With School

Welcome to my nerdiest post yet! If you haven’t caught on by now, I have a strong obsession with self improvement. Whether it’s physically, emotionally, mentally,  or spiritually, I always see room for improvement when competing with myself. I think it is so important to always be learning. Some of my new years resolutions got me thinking about how I try to continue to learn new things post graduation.

There are so many ways to be smart in this world and everyone has a different area of expertise. Many people consider this their field of work or their college major. I am very proud of my Communication Studies degree and have invaluable knowledge from those classes but self education is what will separate you from your peers in your career and relationships. It’s also a really good way to use your free time.

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So, you graduated. Some people decided to go to grad school, some people will after a few years. I am always baffled and amazed by those people who make a life of being a student. Because I learned to never say never, I haven’t completely written off grad school, but for the time being, going back to school is not something I am interested in.

The biggest tip I have for being self-educating is to find subjects that interest you. Everyone is different. Some people will read 20 books about Coding or spend hours studying a new language. Other people, like me, will read a random assortment of books sometimes unrelated to each other. The best part is it is meant to be fun. I find it important to spend my free time doing something besides binge watching the latest drama on Netflix (even though I do that too.)

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End of Year Favorites & New Year’s Resolutions

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I know that we are almost half way through January so I am a little late but, it is 2016! I was surprised at myself (not to mention embarrassed) when I looked back to realize that my last post was from the summer! Which brings me to one of my first new years resolutions: to blog more. I have some great post ideas in my draft folder waiting to be shared so expect more coming up. Since it had been a long time without posting, that also made it a long time without favorites, so I decided to share my recent favorites along with some of my goals for the new year and how they are going so far.

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My Healthy Summer

Today is the first official day of Autumn. That means this crazy summer has come to an end and I don’t think I’ve ever felt better!

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After graduating, I knew I wanted to “get my life together.” I had a plan to clean out my closet, delete old emails, and to get healthy again. Truthfully, I spent the last months of my time in college skipping the gym and hitting the drive thru. But as soon as I moved home, I wanted to be kinder to my body. Now, I’m not a health and fitness expert and I don’t have the perfect body, but I do have some tips that I want to share because they made such a huge change in my life.

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