How I Tricked Myself Into Creating a Good Habit

For the first 45 days of 2017, I participated in a 45 Day Challenge. What in the world is a 45 Day Challenge, you ask? My personal challenge was pretty straightforward: go to the gym at least 3 times a week and don’t drink alcohol. I’m happy to report that I successfully completed the challenge with no cheating, but I’m even happier to report that since the official challenge ended I’ve still been kickboxing at least times a week.

Ladies and gentlemen, I successfully tricked myself into creating a good habit. Continue reading “How I Tricked Myself Into Creating a Good Habit”

Climbing Your Own Ladder: Thoughts on Fulfillment

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a lot of great conversations with good friends about big dreams. These are the kind of conversations I live for: I love hearing other people explain what they are pursuing, and why they are passionate about it, and how they are planning on getting there.

Talking to people who are smart and inspired to effect big change has always inspired me. However, these conversations tend to have an underlying anxiety. While some of that anxiety certainly stems from worrying about whether or not we’ll be successful at accomplishing the things we want to accomplish, the question that seems to be haunting everyone is more immediate.

What in the world we are supposed to do in the meantime? Continue reading “Climbing Your Own Ladder: Thoughts on Fulfillment”

An Introduction to My 2017 Bullet Journal

What in the world is a bullet journal anyway? If you are asking yourself this question, please know that a month ago I was asking myself the same question (which should imply that these journals aren’t nearly as hard to understand as they look). Check out this intro to the Bullet Journal by creator Ryder Carrol to get you started… then, read on for some ideas from a newbie Bullet Journaler. Continue reading “An Introduction to My 2017 Bullet Journal”

Happy 2017: A year in review and new resolutions

Three years ago now, my two best friends and I decided to have New Year’s Eve dinner at Desano in Nashville, TN. After too many carbs and plenty of champagne, we jotted down our 2015 resolutions on our phones and on napkins. From that first champagne and pizza dinner, a Nashville NYE tradition was born.

This year, I’m happy to say that we were a bit more prepared… aside from bringing our champagne, we had a camera on hand to take pictures of the festivities and New Year’s Eve cards from Rifle Paper to officially record our resolutions. What can I say? We are moving on up (but we still never turn down pizza.) Continue reading “Happy 2017: A year in review and new resolutions”

This Nashville Life

This past May, I ended up accidentally finding a job in Nashville, TN (despite repeated attempts to escape). Unfortunately, I found that job more than a month after I’d already given notice that I’d be moving out of my Nashville apartment (but hey, such is life). Now, I’ve been working at the new job just over 3 months, and I finally moved back into a brand new Nashville apartment last weekend.

Needless to say, it is time for some life updates. Continue reading “This Nashville Life”

Brexit, the U.S. Election and “The Way It Used to Be”

If you know me well, you know what I’ve been doing since the Brexit vote: reading every article, watching every video and listening to every podcast that I can get my hands on.

Needless to say, I’m worried.

I’m worried because London — the city where I eventually want to attend graduate school, the city I credit with my love of travel, one of my favorite cities in the world — may never be the same again after this vote. Continue reading “Brexit, the U.S. Election and “The Way It Used to Be””

A Year of Failure (and My Decision to Stay in Nashville)

Over the past year, I’ve made a lot of plans. Whether I was planning to move to Australia on a working holiday visa, heading to Europe for a 3 month backpacking trip or attending my dream graduate school in London, what all my plans had in common is that I was DEFINITELY leaving my hometown of Nashville, TN.

As the title of this post may suggest…. things didn’t exactly work out as planned.

It is time for an explanation. Like most true stories, this one isn’t all fun and games… but like the best stories, it does start with once upon a time (and also has a happy ending!) Ultimately, I hope that I can provide encouragement to friends, family and readers who have supported me over the past year with some truth about failure. And flexibility. And what the (long) road to achieving dreams really looks like. Continue reading “A Year of Failure (and My Decision to Stay in Nashville)”