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Well dang, long time no see guys. Sorry to go all radio silence on ya, but sometimes a girl just needs a break. Not the kind of break where you take a lazy day to stay in bed and watch Gossip Girl with a container of coconut ice cream (although I have been doing that), but the kind where you regroup and just generally reassess what in the actual heck is going on in your life. View Post

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The last time I sat down and had a drink (a glass of rosé with Kim!) was when I visited NYC back in September, 6 months ago. I didn’t have an issue with alcohol abuse, but I felt like taking a break was right for me at the time. Somehow, I stubbornly made it this long without cracking, ha! I don’t think I’ll stop drinking forever, but taking a 6 month break after drinking pretty regularly since the age of maybe 18 or 19 (sorry mom!) was definitely eye opening. I’ve learned a few things in this time and figured I might as well recap and share with y’all. View Post

I’d been struggling trying to find the words to express why I’ve been missing for the last month, and part of it’s been because I always want my blog to stay honest and true to myself, and for it to truly reflect what’s happening in my life. I struggled so hard that I actually tried to make a video for you guys, because I thought it’d be easier! Joke’s on me though, most of my videos ended up with screen grabs like this because I couldn’t take myself seriously (how do youtubers DO that??):

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I know I could’ve posted recipes and DIYs as if nothing happened, but it wouldn’t have been real if I skipped over the important parts, ya know? In reality, a week after my NYC mishap, someone broke into my apartment by crawling through my window and robbed me. Frankly, it messed me up a bit. Not only did I lose my laptop with irreplaceable pictures, I lost my sense of security in a place that was once my own. I’ve definitely developed some sort of anxiety as well where every unfamiliar creak sends me spiraling into a panic that someone who doesn’t belong is trying to get in, and I can’t sleep unless I’ve triple checked my doors (and even then, it’s not always the soundest).

Within the mess of trying to find the proper words to share everything with you all, this past Saturday I realized: despite this being one of the most trying times I’ve dealt with, I haven’t had a drink in one month. View Post

Sometimes life calls for impromptu breaks where you just want to text a new friend, rent a car, and escape the city for some nature; so you do. Yesterday was definitely one of those days for me. The weather was gorgeous and I didn’t feel like wasting it between all the stone buildings, trying to soak up my bit of sun while nestled in Rittenhouse with over a hundred other people.

We took a lazy drive out to the suburbs and ended up eating a late lunch in a little park I’d visited often while in high school. After watching a group of people disappear into the tree line, we decided to follow and explore! Here’s a little glance at some highlights from our nature walk:

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Lately I’ve been working toward making changes and living a more positive life with intention, and in doing so, decided to free myself from blogger and my blog there that didn’t feel true to me. For the sake of starting over new with total transparency, here’s 6 things about me you may not (or maybe you do?) know:

  1. I got my GED.
  2. I was born in Germany, because my parents were in the military. I haven’t been back since I was a baby.
  3. I have a diabetic black cat named George. He gets insulin twice day and is the biggest pain in my butt but totally worth it. Usually.
  4. I’m a fairly straight shooter who takes no shit, sometimes that makes me more likable, sometimes less.
  5. I have hashimoto’s, a hypothyroid autoimmune disease. I’m trying to transition to a gluten-free diet because of it. It’s not easy.
  6. I probably have more plants than you. Not kidding.