New Year, Big Changes

New Year, Big Changes

In October of 2016, my boyfriend and I packed up our studio apartment (and puppy, Lucy!) to move from New Jersey to California. It was a goal the two of us dreamt of for years, and in 2016 we actually pulled off the apartment hunt, job search, road trip, and all of the headaches that come with all of that. Our family even grew once we got to California when we adopted a second dog!

Are you dreaming of making a big change in 2017? 

It’s been said by bloggers before, and I’ll say it again: IF I CAN DO IT, YOU CAN DO IT. 

Over the course of January, I am going to be documenting my move across coast. Stay tuned for this four-part series on MAKING SHIT HAPPEN. Topics will include goal setting, career advancing, things to consider when moving, and my personal journey which I hope will help inspire what your next step to your big change is.

What would you want to know more about? What are you hoping to achieve in 2017? Let me know in the comments!

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Best Podcasts For Women, By Women

Best Podcasts For Women, By Women

Podcasts are the wave of the future. Or at least they were 10 years ago. Now they’re a mega-popular storytelling device covering an impossibly large gambit of topics, and if you never listened to one chances are you’re an uncultured fool. KIDDING, obviously!

Whether you’re new  to podcasts and don’t know where to start or you’ve been on the podcast train for years and your library needs a refresh, I’ve got you covered. Check out these 5 podcasts hosted by some phenomenal ladies – that’s right, not your typical podcasts hosted by another white male voice.

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Seeing Seattle on a Time Crunch

DSC_0027 From 2014 until September 2015, I was a member of my company’s events team. I was fortunate enough to travel around the country speaking to both prospective and current customers. I also hit the Gold level of United reward miles by May 2015 – yea, lots of flying.

For most of these trips I didn’t get the opportunity to explore, but I always made it a point whenever I was in Seattle. It’s a beautiful city filled with character, stories, history, and originality. Even if you only have one night, venture out of your hotel for these three simple, must-see Seattle experiences.

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3 Things I Learned Road-Tripping Across the South West

3 Things I Learned Road-Tripping Across the South West

First stop in CO

In June, I was fortunate enough to take a road trip through the South West. I am a Jersey Girl born and bred, and while I’ve traveled around the country for work, this was my first chance to truly explore some of the country’s most beautiful national parks.

Over the 9 day trip I came to a number of realizations, ranging from the importance of public land to the importance of proper hiking footwear. We flew from Newark, NJ to Los Angeles, CA where we spent the night with family. The next morning we woke up early to drive over to Las Vegas, NV where there was more family time, gambling, and swapping stories with locals. Then over the next 7 days we drove through Zion National Park, the Grand Canyon National Park, and Arches National Park. I left with three key takeaways.

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3 Things Journaling Taught Me (about myself)

3 Things Journaling Taught Me (about myself)

Visiting my childhood home always stirs up a lot of emotions for me – both positive and negative. The process of going through my old bedroom and finding memory boxes everywhere  containing old photos, poems, school projects (I was a bit of a hoarder as a child) all stir up yesterday’s feelings. And then there are the journals.

During my most recent trip home, I went through these old journals. I even read some passages out loud to my boyfriend (now that’s when you know it’s real – when you feel comfortable enough to reveal your embarrassing middle school self). The oldest one I found was dated 2005… as in eleven years ago… as in I was fourteen years old! Just a crazy experience reading the thoughts of the 14 year old version of yourself.

I had recently started journaling sporadically in December for the first time since college. It hit me back at my mom’s house how much journaling means to me.

Which leads me to… three things journaling taught me about myself.

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