Bucket List

My First Solo Camping Trip

My First Solo Camping Trip

I’m sitting in my car in the parking lot of a Charlottesville coffee shop. I’m fueling up after a stretch of road back up the East coast of the US. But before I make my way back to Philadelphia, I am going to spend a couple of nights solo camping at Shenandoah National Park. 

“Aren’t you supposed to do that with people? You know, the buddy system?"“Well I can’t keep waiting to do it with somebody - otherwise I’ll never do it!"

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Ski Day?

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Ski Day?

This is not a post that will describe an intense day of backcountry skiing. Elk Mountain is a little backcountry.Although that might be #lifegoals - does anybody want to take me under their wing and teach me?

This is also not a post where you will read about an amazingly positive day on the mountain with no tears and no falling. Because, oh boy, did I fall. Sidenote: HOW do people just go skiing for whole days and not fall once? Will I ever get there? What does that feel like? 

This will however, be a post where I (spoiler alert) FINALLY SKIED A BLACK DIAMOND.

"Travel More" Shouldn't Be Your Resolution

"Travel More" Shouldn't Be Your Resolution

I’m not saying it’s not a good idea. I firmly believe that everybody should travel more, in any capacity that they’re capable of. But sticking “travel more” on a list and hoping it’ll stick isn’t the best way to go about doing this.

So, maybe you’ve heard of SMART goals. Goals are more likely to be achieved if they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable (although, I like Action-oriented), Realistic, and Timely. You’ll see that just saying “travel more” doesn’t really hit all of these adjectives. But! If you say you’re going to Take 12 Trips in 12 Months?Well, now we’re talking!

Study Abroad Advice: A Letter to My Past Self

Study Abroad Advice: A Letter to My Past Self

As students gear up to head off to study abroad, I can’t help but reflect on my study abroad experience. This year officially marks five years since I studied abroad. Five years! I can’t believe it. I thought it would be fun to share my thoughts on the study abroad advice I'd share - via a letter I write to myself back then. So join on in this reflection party. 

Survive Mardi Gras (Even if You're a Grandma)

Survive Mardi Gras (Even if You're a Grandma)

25 is not nearly old. And, in fact, I was 24 for another week or so at the time. But if you’ve missed all the Buzzfeed articles talking about how millennial these days embrace Grandma-status…that is typically me to a T. How was I going to keep up with these wonderfully sassy ladies from New York City?

As it turns out, I was just fine. But I definitely collected some tips to survive Mardi Gras for all of the other 20-something-year-old grandmas and grandpas out there.