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This blog has been a long time coming and, in fact, was a life goal of its own! While I was studying abroad in Italy in 2012, I met some of the most amazing people, one of whom inspired me to start a blog. We were sitting in the grass eating fresh grapes off the vine at the top of this beautiful meadow… but anyway, that’s a story for another time.

This project has been in the back of my mind from that moment. I’ve been on quite a journey since then to get me to this point! I’ve lived in 6 different towns/cities, 9 different apartments, worked 10 jobs, and visited over 12 countries. I’ve faced heartbreaks and setbacks, and have also experienced love, support, and sheer joy. All of those experiences culminated in just the right amounts of courage, enthusiasm, curiosity, confidence, and apathy to get me here – creating this blog.

My hope is that this blog is not just totally self-serving, but that it inspires and encourages you. I hope I can help others achieve their bucket-list dreams and can enlighten and entertain along the way. Maybe somehow I’ll find a way to make a positive difference; to give back to this world that I love in the most complicated and sincere way.


Some random facts about me:

  • I started my Ultimate To-Do List when I was 14. It keeps growing, but is the same list I started then!
  • I love cozy sweaters, peanut butter, red wine, the color orange, and the smells of freshly mowed grass and books.
  • I am habitually late to everything and I tend to use laundry as bedroom decor.
  • Meeting new people is one of my favorite things to do, along with dancing, singing, and eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
  • I grew up in a suburb in Upstate New York. I remember it as a smaller town than it actually is. (You know that scene in Beauty and the Beast, where Belle is spinning around in a field, singing “There must be more than this provincial life…”? That’s how I picture my childhood.)
  • Bloomability, by Sharon Creech was my inspiration to start traveling. At 14 I even emailed the headmaster of the boarding school in the book to try to see if I could attend. (I was unsuccessful, but the headmaster was very kind!​​)

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I would love to hear from you! Send me your questions, your suggestions, one of your life goals, your stories. You can reach me HERE!