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Thoughts on Becoming a Better Me

Four days ago, I walked to the beach, went ankle-deep in the water for a few seconds, and went home. Today, I swam in the ocean. It took a solid hour of watching everyone else swim and a little coaxing and support from my friends but I did it. I spent the afternoon floating and swimming, gossiping with my friends, after spending years too uncomfortable and afraid to even go knee-deep in the water. The "trail" to the beach was intense,... Read More »
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10 Music Festivals to Add to Your Bucket List

My love for music is the driving force behind many of my 2016 travels. My upcoming trip to Pittsburgh is based around a few concerts I want to attend and my entire US roadtrip is being planned around being able to attend Bonnaroo and Firefly. I’m excited because 2015 was a pretty pathetic year for me in terms of discovering music and going to shows, especially following the year I lived in Pittsburgh and more or less when to a show every week.... Read More »
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Ramen, Milkshakes, and Heights: A Girl’s Day in Pittsburgh

A few weeks ago, I decided it was time to properly explore Pittsburgh and took my best friend on an impromptu adventure across the city - because, of course, it would have made life too easy if I had made up an itinerary that kept us in the same general location. Thankfully, Pittsburgh is a pretty easy city to navigate, even for non-city drivers like me. We started the day at Everyday Noodles in Squirrel Hill. The restaurant offers authentic... Read More »
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A VIP Experience with Man Overboard

Music is an important part of my life and I call myself a fan of many bands and artists. There are a few, however, that have weaved their way into all aspects of my life, ones that I can sit and talk about how they have impacted my life and recount many memories related to the band. Man Overboard is one of those bands. I still remember the first time I listened to their music. A coworker and I spent a night solely discussing music, sharing... Read More »
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A Few Thoughts on Leaving Again

This time last year I was slowly adjusting to life back in my hometown - devastated by the unexpected loss of my grandfather and selfishly heartbroken at having cut my trip short. I was confused and torn about what to do next - did I stay home to be with my family or did I jump on the next plane out of town? I had already committed to volunteering in Honduras and there was so much of Nicaragua I had yet to explore (which is one of my travel... Read More »