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Weekend Reads 06

Well hello again! It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these. I haven’t been very good about planning ahead with this blog (something I’m working on!) so when I went to DC for the weekend, I didn’t have one of these planned. The weekend after, I was SO exhausted and last weekend, I just wasn’t feeling it. So, here we are. In August. Can you believe it?! I hope you find this weekend reading interesting. +At The New Yorker,…

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Musings

What Adventure Means to Me

I was reading an issue of Travel & Leisure over the weekend and something the Editor-in-Chief Nathan Lump said about adventure stuck with me: “Adventure isn’t about climbing Mount Everest—or it doesn’t have to be. It’s about doing something that feels different and embracing the calibration between discomfort and excitement that comes from that.” I’ve always found it so hard to put into words what adventure means to me and Nathan did it beautifully. Adventure is why I decided to…

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Dream Homes in DC: A Photo Journal

Whenever I go somewhere new (and, let’s face it, whenever I walk around NYC), I always scope out potential dream homes. My phone is consistently full of beautiful townhome pictures that I can only dream of entering one day. On my recent trip to DC, I made sure to fill my camera with new dream home shots—and there was no shortage of them!   I’m not exactly sure where my obsession for dream home hunting comes whilst travelling. Perhaps, in…

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Travels, United States

Girls Weekend in DC

Last Friday, I took a late train down to Washington DC to reunite with all of my roommates from senior year of Davidson. It was my first proper trip down to DC since 8th grade and the first time all four of us were together in one place since graduation. Needless to say, it was a great weekend. My weekend trip to DC was my first actual trip in I don’t even know how long, so I was a bit…

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Musings, Travels, United States

Weekend Reads 05

Oh, man, do I have a lot to share this week! Last week was a little light (and late), but this week is back on schedule and better than ever, filled with wonderful stories about powerful, inspiring women. Sheila Michaels, Who Brought ‘Ms.’ to Prominence, Dies at 78 When I think of abbreviations like Ms. and Mr. and Miss, it’s just one of those things that I assume has always been around. It was so interesting to read how this…

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Musings

Bastille Day in NYC

One of my NYC traditions (is it a tradition if I’ve only done it twice?!) is celebrating Bastille Day. Why, you might think, do I celebrate the French national holiday in NYC? New York City has a large French and francophone community and, each year, this community gathers together to put on a large Bastille Day celebration on 60th Street between 5th Avenue and Lexington. Hosted by Alliance Française, this fête lasts for five hours and welcomes tens of thousands of…

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Life in NYC, NYC, Travels

Weekend Reads 04

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend/week! I spent it doing a lot of writing and relaxing, so nothing too special. But, it was very nice to have a four day weekend. I didn’t do too much reading last week as my work week was shortened and I do my reading during lunch, so most of these are older articles. (I also had this finished last week but for some reason, I just couldn’t be bothered to hit…

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Musings

10 Little Ways to Practice Self-Care

As much as I struggle with anxiety and depression, I’m really bad at practicing self-care and self love consistently. I go through phases where I’m really motivated (usually after a bout of panic or a really bad day) but then I also go through phases where I just can’t bring myself to do anything resembling self-care. I think part of it is that when I think of self-care, I think of these ambitious things like meditation, yoga or running for hours…

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Mental Health

An Afternoon on Roosevelt Island

Have you ever heard of Roosevelt Island? I hadn’t either, at least not until I moved to NYC last year. For those who don’t know, Roosevelt Island is a small island between Manhattan and Queens, named after FDR in 1971. It only took a year, but I finally made the short trip one afternoon with a friend and it was definitely worth it! Roosevelt Island: A little history For as relatively unknown that Roosevelt Island is, it really does have…

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NYC, Travels

Weekend Reads 03

Back for Week 3 of what you need to read this weekend! If you missed Week 1 or Week 2, it’s still not too late to check them out. Without further ado, this is what I loved reading this week: ~How Harry Potter Changed the World Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or are one of those people who doesn’t like the series), you know it’s the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter book. While we look back…

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