One of the reasons why I blog is simply to have the space to write: getting things “on paper” helps me to process my feelings and organize my thoughts. I also love having a record of my life over the past few years: a place that holds all of my stories, my photos, the ups and downs of travel. But sometimes, I also just want to remember and share the little things that brought me day-to-day joy. Every Friday, I’ll give you a peek into the book I currently can’t put down, a great restaurant discovery, a fun new product or an inspiring quote: a few things that I think you might enjoy before we all take off into the glory that is the weekend!

Christine Amorose and Gertie the Pug by Tutes   I feel like this week has been a good reminder that good things come to those who make them happen. We’re totally starstruck by Gertie right now: my boyfriend and I keep looking at each other like, we can’t believe she is all ours! We own a dog! We’ve both wanted a pug for so long that it really does feel like a dream come true, but then I remember: we emailed a million breeders and drove out to meet them and organized our budgets and basically made it happen. An adorable baby pug did not just fall into our laps! That said: I feel like I’m just about to burst with happiness every time I see her, although this week has certainly not been without its challenges. Fun fact: puppies like to eat their own poop! Side note: promise the constant puppy updates will cease soon. :)

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Introducing: Gertie the pug!

We brought home our pug puppy on Friday, and we are over the moon in love with her! Her official name is Gertrude Rose, but she shall affectionately be known as GERTIE from here on out. She’s super chill and funny and honestly, I’m pretty sure she’s the perfect pug specimen. We’re settling into life as […]

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Of the moment // 6.17.16

One of the reasons why I blog is simply to have the space to write: getting things “on paper” helps me to process my feelings and organize my thoughts. I also love having a record of my life over the past few years: a place that holds all of my stories, my photos, the ups […]

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The best of Aruba

Aruba! What a magical place. I basically spent the whole vacation singing Kokomo on repeat, because that’s exactly what we did: tropical drinks and moonlit nights and getting there fast and then taking it slow. It was the perfect place to turn 28: relaxing and rejuvenating, and I got a fabulous tan. The word Aruba just […]

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Notes on moving in with a SO

My boyfriend and I moved in together about eight months ago (where has time gone?!): it’s been all sorts of domestic bliss, but it’s also a pretty big life and relationship change that comes with some challenges. This is the first time I’ve lived with a significant other (although I did have a guy roommate in […]

June 15, 2016 Continue reading…

Aruba: on video!

Just the word “Aruba” conjures up images of crystal-clear turquoise waters and white sandy beaches and swaying palm trees: this was our first trip to the island, and it fulfilled a lifetime of pre-conceived notions. It’s exactly how you imagine a tropical paradise to be, with the added bonus of being VERY easy to travel […]

June 13, 2016 Continue reading…

Notes on turning 28

Traveling solo can be lonely, but it can also be a cure to loneliness. I started the “every birthday in another country” goal when I was living in France and Australia, when I was creating a life overseas and struggling to make friends and generally feeling very far from home. It was a way of […]

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