When you have a bad day in your new city

Bad days happen. Sometimes you get stuck at work longer than usual, the dog does her business in the house, the upstairs neighbors keep you up late blaring their music, you drop everything you pick up, you forget to pack a lunch, etc. This can even happen all in the …

Comfortably pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone

This past weekend I ventured out of my comfort zone but still acted completely within my comfort zone. I’ll explain. Lately I’ve been feeling on edge about not having a strong friend circle here in Maine yet. I know, I know—it’s only been a month, but I got it in …

How to say YES more often

Some people are natural joiners: they say yes to any invitation, they’ll show up to events by themselves, and can strike up a conversation with anyone. I am not one of those people. For whatever reason my first instinct is to decline an invitation, even for things I’ve done before …

Finally moving to Portland!

Now that I’ve been in Maine for three weeks, it’s time for me to make another change. I’m moving out of my Airbnb and into an apartment of my own in Portland! I’m a little sad to go because I’ve been very lucky with my Airbnb. The owners have been so friendly …

A perfect Maine day: Enjoying the things around you

Last weekend I did something I don’t do all that often: I put myself out there. I went to a hiking meetup hosted by a lovely lady I connected with on Instagram a few months back. This was the first meetup of hers that I was able to attend, and …

The Maine journey: We finally made it!

I am happy to report that Carm and I are safely in Maine! I apologize for my lack of posts last week. For those of you who have done it, you know that moving across the country is a journey and a really time-consuming process. There is so much to …

My Maine reasons

Many people have asked me why I want to move to Maine. Family members are perplexed, friends are concerned, and Mainers are curious. “What makes you want to leave Chicago and move to Maine?” There are a lot of reasons. Some reasons are general and some are more specific to …

How to NOT worry about relationships when planning a big move

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about relationships, especially those that will change after my move. The relationships I have now are great, but every one of them is going to change once I move 1,000 miles away. I keep thinking about how certain people in my current life are …

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

There have been times during this cross-country moving process that I’ve hardly recognized myself. Who is this girl woman who is brave, adventurous, and isn’t afraid of failing? Oh, right. That would be me! It wasn’t so long ago that I was afraid, full of worry, and didn’t want to …

You can always make more money. Live the life YOU want

Money is a tricky subject especially when it comes to spending habits. Often we feel the need to justify ourselves for spending it in a way that is considered less than prudent. “$400.00 is a lot for new boots, but I’m going to wear them all the time so really …