So, I can’t technically say Day 1 has been more than I possibly thought it would be because as I’m writing this, 1.) I’m still on a plane in the middle of the Atlantic and 2.) Day 1 in Ireland will [technically] begin in four hours. But, I have to share what’s happened so far because the past eight hours have even surprised me! Chicago to Dublin I have only flown internationally twice in my…

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They say it all of the time…life has a funny way of working out. To be honest, I didn’t wholeheartedly believe in that phrase until I experienced heartbreak, over and over again. Why? Why did it take something as painful and upsetting as heartbreak for me to understand and believe that life will somehow, someway, work out the way it’s supposed to? LOL. Well if I knew why, I wouldn’t ask that question. Moral of…

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Here we are, just two short weeks from takeoff, and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve gotten tons of questions around this trip, so I figured I’d share a little more about how this trip came to be — where I’ll be going, what I’ll be doing, where I’ll be staying, and more. How did you decide on Ireland? That’s an easy question — I have wanted to go to Ireland basically since the day…

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I’m not big on writing down New Year’s resolutions. The many years that I spent writing down New Year’s resolutions, actually became a roadmap, a checklist, a plan for what I thought my life should be; what I thought my life should look like — from the outside looking in. So what changed? Well, simply put — life happened. These continuous, monumental ups and downs that I was learning how to understand and navigate, completely changed…

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“I was told I was dangerous…I asked why? They said, because you don’t need anyone. That’s when I smiled.” — The Idealist Single. One word; six letters that for some reason, countless individuals around the world fear. Something so simple, yet something quite often perceived as dreadful or intimidating. Anuptaphobia — now I bet that one made you stop and think for a sec. Da fuq? Anuptaphobia; the fear of being single. One word; 12…

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