A different kind of new year’s resolution.

I’ve always cringed during “goal setting” exercises at work, and I’ve dreaded the classic interview question “what’s your 5 year plan?” Throughout my 20s, goal setting has made me incredibly anxious, because after college, I didn’t know what my goals were. But it wasn’t always that way.  When I was around 10 years old IContinue reading “A different kind of new year’s resolution.”

The second time you leave.

I’m not talking about leaving for a vacation. Or leaving for college. Not leaving for a work trip, or even an extended deployment. Not maternity leave either. All of those things have one thing in common: they eventually come to an end. There is a start and a finish.  The kind of leaving I’m talkingContinue reading “The second time you leave.”

Endings & Beginnings

All of my past relationships share one common moment. Not butterflies before the first kiss, or when your stomach drops the first time someone tells you they love you. I’m talking about the moment when I’ve realized that it’s over. Maybe not today, maybe not this week, maybe not even this year. But it’s over,Continue reading “Endings & Beginnings”

Allow me to introduce myself.

So, I’m going to travel again. I’ve known this before I even got back to the states. The travel bug bit and the only thing I’ve been certain about in the last seven months is that I. must. travel. again. I’ve realized that the hardest part of planning extended international travel is just deciding thatContinue reading “Allow me to introduce myself.”

7 Essentials to Pack on Your Next Trip

If you’re currently planning any type of extended trip – be it three weeks, three months, or three years – you’ve probably already read through dozens of suggested packing lists. I know I did. Those lists are super helpful when it comes to identifying the true essentials, like the right bag, power adapters, and silkContinue reading “7 Essentials to Pack on Your Next Trip”