Fierce and Fiery and Fabulous

Some of my closest friends, to this day, are people I met during my childhood and (very awkward) teenage years. We saw each other through every high and low—from crushes and bullies to school drama and general teenage angst. And as our senior year of high school came to a close, we saw each other off to college as well. One of our biggest worries was whether we would be able to overcome the distance and other changes that were to come as we entered a new phase in our lives—hundreds of miles from home, and each other. Read More

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Summer Dreamin’

Good news: I am still alive! Bad news: I am still not so great (re: pretty much the worst) at posting regularly, and summer always seem to make it worse. (How the heck is it the middle of July already?! Wasn’t it was just May or something? No? Whoops.) I’ve been going, going, going so much lately that the little down time I seem to have has been spent been binge-watching Friends or taking naps—which actually isn’t so different than the rest of the year. Read More

25 Hours in Ithaca

For all of the traveling I’ve done so far, I have done very little of it in my own backyard. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the things that are right in front of you, but I have been trying to make myself more conscious of that. Ithaca, located in Central New York, is known for its colleges, gorges, and waterfalls. The bustling city has been piquing my interest for some time now, and it just so happens that my friend Lex currently lives there—which gave me the perfect excuse to hit the road! Read More

Pack Yourself a Toothbrush Dear

My semester abroad in Ireland started off a little rough. I had an especially good time the previous semester when I was still at my university in New Hampshire—good roommates, good friends, good classes. And while I looked forward to going, I was apprehensive to leave. It was my first time out of the country by myself and I wasn’t all that great with big changes. I was struck by overwhelming homesickness the moment the plane landed. Read More

Farewell, 2016.

This is the time of year most perfect for celebrating friends, family, and life itself. I looked back at my New Year’s posts from this time last year, a goodbye to one year and a welcome to the next, and I’m surprised by my optimism. Even though I crossed a few things off my bucket list (!!!) and traveled the world, this year was nothing like I expected it would be. (I mean, did this year somehow just kick everyone’s ass or what?) Now, it is time to say farewell and move on to something, hopefully, better. Read More

Weekends in October

October is, by far, my favorite month of the year. Of all of the autumn months, it’s the one that feels most like autumn—the most like home. Scarves and boots and crunchy leaves. Wild winds and flannel and soft sweaters. Taylor Swift’s Red album on a never-ending loop. The weather has (for the most part) cooled down, the air is crisp, pumpkin spice everything is back in stock… And there’s the way sunlight shines through the changing trees at any time of day, but especially in the early morning and evening skies when it sets the leaves on fire, that just warms my soul. Read More

Back to Ireland

Three and a half years ago, I began a trip to Ireland that changed my life in every conceivable way. I was there to study, travel, and grow. And I did. In the hope of keeping track of my adventures—for myself and everyone back home—I created my first blog, Life in LimerickMy four months in Ireland were everything I could have hoped for, and more. Some of the best things I came away with at the end of those four months were the friendships. There was also plenty of magic in Ireland—in the mountains, the oceans, the fields, the friendly faces. Read More