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!Mimi PaistIn honor of Mother’s Day this weekend (and because I’m not currently en route to California), a few words for the women who raised me! When I was making a beeline to the members-only plant sale at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, I realized how proud Mimi would have been of my adoration of flowers and my little balcony garden: she took incredible pride in her garden (fruit trees, roses, tomatoes) and loved the process as much as the results. And I feel like everything that I’ve achieved professionally (in my day job and on this blog) and personally (especially my solo travels) is because my mom always encouraged me to be confident and independent, no matter what the situation was. In the things that are truly lucky: I wouldn’t be where I am today without their support. I hope that everyone has a very lovely Mother’s Day weekend, and sending lots of love out to friends who lost their mothers too soon.

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Postcard from Brooklyn Botanic Garden (in the spring)

Without a doubt, the best $50 I’ve spent this year was on a membership to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden: it’s opened me up to a whole world of blooms! Although it’s free on Tuesdays and Saturday mornings, it’s been great to have the freedom to go any day–especially now that I live about a 10-minute bike ride […]

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From the archives // Because it’s commencement speech season

There are some posts in the archives that are just as relevant now as they were when I wrote them (up to six years ago!). Once a week, I share one of my favorite posts that I still love to read today. Enjoy–and please forgive the use of Instagram filters and frames!   I don’t […]

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The best list of beach reads, V2

Reading has always been one of my greatest joys. As a kid, I spent my Saturdays riding my bike along the river in the morning and visiting the public library in the afternoon. I’d always leave with a stack of books for the week ahead; I especially enjoyed sitting down and reading a whole book in one sitting. I […]

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Of the moment // 4.29.16

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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Postcard from Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm

If there is one thing I get FOMO over, it’s flowers. I realize how incredibly lame this sounds, but I honestly get so excited about the fleeting nature of blooms in the spring. You only have a few weeks to enjoy all of the flowers, and you never know exactly when it’s going to happen! […]

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“I could travel like you if someone else was paying for it, too”

The other day, I received on a comment on a post along the lines of: how can I trust you to give advice about how to travel more? If I had brands or tourism boards sponsoring me, it’d be a lot easier for me to travel as much as you do.  It’s a valid question: […]

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