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Places to go in South Wales

Of all the places I’ve been, Wales is probably one of the most beautiful. The countryside is green and hilly (not to mention all the sheep!); the towns are adorable; and the history is everywhere. There truly is something for everyone! While there is so much to see in Wales (an extensive road trip is in my future), here are my favourite stops (thus far) in south Wales. Read on to the end to see a map! Cardiff I write about…

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Travels, Wales

Day Trips from London: Cardiff

Welcome back to my Day Trips from London series! Previously I’ve covered St. Albans, Salisbury & Stonehenge, and Cambridge and I’m excited to write a bit about another lovely location now: Cardiff, Wales. My family and I decided to go to Cardiff for the day after learning that our family ancestry traces back to the area. I’d been obsessed with Wales for awhile after visiting different parts of southern Wales earlier that year and was so excited to go back. Cardiff…

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Travels, Wales

Mantras for a Happy and Healthy 2017

I always think it’s good to have mantras. It can be something you publicly declare. It can be something you keep to yourself. But it’s always good to have something to say or think when you’re feeling stressed or when you need that extra burst of confidence or assurance. I tend to have a few go-to mantras that I say shout in my head whenever I’m feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or sad. My 2017 mantras have remained much the same from 2016.…

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College, High School, Mental Health, Musings, School, Study Abroad

What I’ve Been Reading

I’ve written before about my journey with reading for pleasure. After years of reading heavy literature and philosophy and complicated scholarly articles, I naturally wasn’t too keen on reading for fun. Recently, however, I’ve been reading a little and I’m really happy about that! Talking as Fast as I Can – Lauren Graham I started off December by listening to Lauren Graham’s Talking as Fast as I Can. As a Gilmore Girls fanatic and a lover of Lauren Graham’s work in…

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Musings

2017 Goals

I’ve thought about these goals for a while now. I mean, it is February and I’m just writing out my goals for the new year, after all! I know people think New Year’s resolutions are important, but I see no reason to have them picked out for the first of the year. Yes, it’s a good starting point, but shouldn’t we take the time to reflect on how we want to improve or what we want to do after the overwhelming…

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Musings, Travels

Why I Weep Today

I was watching Parenthood this morning (well, afternoon because I slept in, but it felt like morning to me) and it’s the episode where Amber gets into the car accident and we don’t know if she will live or not. I’ve seen this episode several times so you would think I wouldn’t cry this time around. But I did. And it took me a minute to realise that I wasn’t crying for what was happening on my computer screen. I was…

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Musings

Why You Should Visit the Guggenheim

One of the cool things about New York (or any large city for that matter) is that no matter how much you think you’ve done, you probably still have more to see. This proved true when my mom suggested we visit the Guggenheim while she was in town. Guggenheim Facts The Guggenheim Museum is definitely the most architecturally interesting museum I’ve visited. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, this inverted ziggurat (which looks akin to an alien spaceship if you ask…

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NYC, Travels

The BEST Christmas Decorations in NYC

I didn’t spend the actual Christmas holiday in New York City, but I did enjoy my fair share of Christmas joy that NYC has to offer before I went back to Florida. While NYC did have some pretty grand Christmas scenes, it didn’t quite compare to the Christmas decorations I saw in Europe, where it seemed like every street was covered in festive lights. However, I did find some wonderful Christmassy scenes, and I’ve placed my favourites below! Radio City Music…

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NYC, Travels

Autumn in Central Park

One of the things I love about living in NYC is my close proximity to Central Park. I didn’t live close to anything green in London, so I feel like I missed most of the autumn foliage because I really had to seek it out. While I don’t take advantage of Central Park as much as I should, I did find many opportunities to wander around it during autumn when the weather was nice and the colours were bright. Here…

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NYC, Travels

Life Lately: Hello Again!

So if you noticed, I haven’t really blogged since I wrote my post on my November goals. I was really busy with my last month of work, hanging out with friends, Thanksgiving, and finishing my internship (eep!), which all took precedence over blogging. After that, I was stressed about the holidays and job hunting. As I’ve said before (or maybe I’ve just written it to myself), I only write when I feel like it; I don’t force it because then…

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