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Snowfall in NYC: A Photo Journal

You all know I love snow, so I’ve been anxiously awaiting for this day to come. In true Lorelai Gilmore fashion, I couldn’t pass up the first snowfall of the winter without spending time outside wandering around and enjoying the snow. I also wanted to test out my camera in the snow for the first time. Luckily, my Lumix is weather sealed so I didn’t have to worry about the constantly falling snow messing up my shots! I did, however,…

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Life in NYC, NYC

Finding Peace & Quiet in St. Dunstan-in-the-East

You know by now that I love quiet pockets in cities. St. Dunstan-in-the-East is one of those lovely quiet spots in central London that I will always revisit whenever I’m in town. The last time I was in London, St. Dunstan-in-the-East was in beautiful form. There was a small group of people eating lunch on the benches, a few people quietly reading and a slightly annoying pair of girls taking 100s of photos in the exact same spot in the…

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England, London, Travels

The Best Quiet Spots in Central London

It’s no secret that I’m a city girl. London, Paris, New York City. I love them all. I love the anonymity. I love that there is always something to do. I love that there is so much going on. I love the different neighborhoods. But even with the hustle and bustle, I still love the quiet. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t escape a city for too long. Maybe a week or two tops. But stealing away quiet moments throughout…

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England, London, Travel Guides, Travels

The Art of Mindful Travel + Tips for Mindful Travel

It seems like just yesterday I was wandering around Paris with my €20 burner phone, paper map and digital camera in hand, soaking in every detail of the historic streets and the Parisian culture so I could write about it on my blog or in my journal when I got home. Today, there is much more to contend with. If you didn’t Snapchat, Facebook, Boomerang, Instagram or Instastory it, did it really happen? In the past few weeks, I’ve been on…

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London, Musings, Travel Tips, Travels

Autumn in London + Something You Might Not Know About Me

It’s hard to believe that under two weeks ago I was in London, returning to my old home for the first time in two years. I was secretly worried that after leaving, I had looked on the city with rose-colored memories—that I wouldn’t love it as much as I had when I studied abroad there. But, thankfully, I was 100% wrong. I still love London, and I love it a lot. In fact, I think I connected with it more since I…

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England, London, Musings, Travels

Where to Find Inspiration

Lately, as you might have noticed from the lack of these posts, I’ve been feeling a little uninspired when it comes to my blog and creative outlets. So, I decided to go back to the drawing board and think about where I can always find inspiration. In today’s society of fast-paced living and social media, it hardly feels like we have any time alone to ourselves to think, let alone find inspiration. I’ve fallen into that trap myself, going to…

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Life in NYC, Mental Health, Musings, School

What I’ve Been Reading 02

It’s been awhile since I’ve written one of these posts. You know my struggle with reading for pleasure and I go through bursts when I love reading books and then bursts when I can’t be bothered to try a new novel. Lately, I’ve been reading lots before bed—it’s a great way to relax and fall asleep easily and I’ve come across some great books. If you’re looking for some ideas on what to read next, hopefully, these books will pique…

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Musings

New Beginnings: Summer in Review & Fall Preview

For me, September has always felt like the start of something new (*cue Troy and Gabriella’s karaoke song*)—a new beginning. For 22 years of my life, it signaled the start of a new school year—we started in August, but I always felt like the real work kicked in the week after Labor Day—and a new school year meant the potential for knowledge and discovery.     September meant new books to buy, new people to meet in my socially awkward…

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Musings, School

Easy Ways to Keep Up with a Foreign Language

When you’re not in school, living abroad or working in another language, foreign language maintenance can be hard. It’s amazing how fast my French skills dwindle when I practice. But it’s also amazing how fast they come back when I put in a little effort. If you’re struggling to maintain a second (or third) language, or curious as to things you can do to be exposed to your language, here are some tips to keep up with a foreign language.…

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College, High School, Musings, School, Study Abroad

Weekend Reads 09

Can you guys believe it’s already September?! I feel like just yesterday I was starting my new job and playing in the snow and it’s crazy to think that that is almost here again (kinda). I also walked outside today and was pleasantly surprised about how cool it was—57 degrees the first of September?! I’ll take it! The Blind Traveler: How James Holman Felt His Way Around the World to Become History’s Most Prolific Explorer I always try to include…

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