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The Great Family Road Trip Through Scotland

Do you ever have one of those trips that you know will be the trip you look back on for decades to come and say, “Now that was the trip of a lifetime,”? Our family road trip through Scotland was that trip for me. For one week, my mom, dad, brother and I road tripped through the Scottish Highlands, driving for hours on single track roads and seeing otherworldly landscapes I could never have imagined. We hiked, wandered and explored, finding natural…

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Scotland, Travels

Visiting Dia:Beacon in Beacon, New York

If you’re looking for the perfect escape from New York City, head to Dia:Beacon. An hour and a half from NYC and just a quick train ride on Metro-North, Dia:Beacon makes a great day trip from NYC, especially if you love art. About Dia:Beacon Housed in an old Nabisco box printing factory, Dia:Beacon opened in 2003 to showcase art from the 1960s to the present day. Inside, you’ll find a wide variety of art spaced out nicely in the former…

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NYC, Travels, United States

My Mental Health Journey: What You Don’t See

I have anxiety and depression. And standing before you, you might not guess it. You see, mental illness is often invisible to the outside world. On a good day, it’s a distant memory of my past. On a bad day, it’s attacking my mind and body on the inside while I smile and nod on the outside, acting like everything is perfectly normal, happy and chill. Mental illness affects 43.8 million people in the U.S. (about 1 in 5 of…

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Mental Health, School

A Snowy Weekend in the Berkshires

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In need of a weekend escape from NYC, my gracious and lovely friend Kate invited me up to stay with her in the Berkshires for the weekend. It was the day after the most recent noreaster so we were greeted with a beautifully snowy train ride, which made me so happy because the winter in NYC this year has been super rainy with barely any snow! We spent the weekend playing with her dogs, eating yummy food, walking around Great…

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Travels, United States

International Women’s Day 2018: Women Who Inspire Me

International Women’s Day is a yearly worldwide celebration of the achievements of women around the world. While it recognizes the progress that women have made each year, it also serves as a reminder of just how far we have until we reach full equality. With the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements appearing almost daily in the news and stories of women persevering through discrimination and sexual harassment, I thought I’d take a little time to share some of the women who…

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Mental Health, Musings

Tried and Tested Tips for Conquering Flight Anxiety

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1 in 3 adult Americans is either anxious about flying or afraid to fly. (source) I am one of those Americans. It’s OK if you are too. If you are anxious about flying or have severe flight anxiety, you’ve come to the right place. For over 6 years, I’ve tried almost every trick in the book, fought with flight anxiety and finally feel comfortable enough flying where I don’t have panic attacks every flight. Read on for the best tips…

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Mental Health, Travel Guides, Travels

Inside St. Paul’s Cathedral with Reformation Lates

It’s rare that you see photos of the interior of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. With the exception of a couple days a year, photography is not permitted inside of St. Paul’s, London’s historic cathedral. My time in London was lucky enough to coincide with an after-hours photography-allowed viewing of St. Paul’s Cathedral: Reformation Lates. 500 years ago, Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to a church door in Germany, triggering the reformation. To mark the 500th anniversary of this…

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England, London, Travels

Gallery Hopping in Chelsea

One of my favorite activities of late has been gallery hopping in Chelsea. It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon in NYC if you love art and wandering—especially if you don’t want to pay museum admissions or fight museum crowds. My mom was in town for the weekend, and after a delicious breakfast of tea, scones and bacon, we set off for Chelsea, ready to gallery hop our afternoon away. Where is Chelsea? If you’re an NYC neophyte, or…

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Life in NYC, NYC, Travel Guides, Travels

Christmas in Tampa

This year, as with almost every year, I spent Christmas in Tampa, Florida. Christmas 2016 was a balmy, summery 86°. Thank goodness Christmas this year was a more moderate one. Still necessitating short sleeves, but not leaving me sweating! I don’t see myself ever living in Tampa as an adult, but I do like visiting over the holidays. It’s nice to have a little respite from the cold, see a couple friends and catch up with family (not to mention…

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Travels, United States

Embrace Who You Are

I’m weird. I’ve never had a ton of friends. I don’t like to go out. I don’t love the taste of alcohol or the way it makes me feel and would much rather spend my time drinking tea and reading/watching Netflix or hanging out with a close friend than partying the night away. (I also might be a senior citizen trapped in a twentysomething’s body, but that’s a conversation for another day…) I’m weird. I stutter when I get nervous. I…

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Mental Health, Musings