Fall: A time of reflection, change, and getting on the right path

Depending on where you live you may have noticed that fall has begun. Here in Maine it’s in full swing. Sure the leaves haven’t totally changed color yet, but it’s been cold enough most days to fall into the category of autumn. I am so excited to experience my first …

Why you shouldn’t feel guilty for having a lazy day

One thing I’m trying to do away with as part of my Maine experience is feeling guilty. Maybe it’s partly because I went to a Catholic school for 12 years, but I’m usually feeling guilty about something. I feel guilty for being so far away from my friends and family, …

The 5-month itch: A time to reflect and freak out

The word itch in any context always has a negative connotation to it: “the itch you can’t scratch,” “Doctor, I have this itch,” and the dreaded relationship one—“the 7-month itch.” None of them leaves you with a warm and fuzzy feeling. My 5-month itch was no exception. Truth be told …

A day at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Checking more items off my Maine bucket list this weekend I went to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. It’s located in Boothbay, ME, and sits on 270 acres of beautiful, tidal shoreland. Since I wasn’t really up for a hike, but still wanted to be outside for the day this …

When your family visits you in your new city

Even though I’m 1,000 miles away from home and could for all intents and purposes be completely here, my family back home in Chicago is still very important to me. I have weekly chats with my dad and have established a pretty consistent phone schedule with both my sister and …

Learning some of the Maine terms: A Midwesterner’s journey

Throughout my time here I’ve noticed that Mainers talk differently. I’ve gotten used to the Maine accent where they drop the “er” at the end of words and add “ah” instead. For example, lobster becomes lobstah, Bar Harbor is Bah Habah, and so on. But there are also quite a few …

Climbing my first real mountain by myself

This past weekend I tackled another first on my ever-growing, Maine, to-do list: I climbed my first real mountain completely by myself. When I say “real mountain” what I mean is one that is over 1,000 feet tall. The only other one I had climbed on my own was Bradbury …

One day, three lighthouses – An excursion of a lifetime

I have a thing for lighthouses. Ever since I saw my first one last year, The Portland Head Light, I have been drawn to them. I’m entranced by their beauty, the strength they epitomize, and the wonder they invoke. I can stand by a lighthouse and look out over the …

The boomerang effect: A Maine thing

Since I’ve been in Maine I’ve noticed something pretty incredible. A lot of Mainers are boomerangs. Allow me to explain. For those of you who may not know, a boomerang is a bent or curved piece of tough wood that when thrown will return back to the thrower. Every time …

When someone visits you in your new city

The first time someone visits you in your new city is a big deal. You’re still getting used to your new city and are probably doing things a little differently than you did back home. You’re still forming your routine and opinions on your new surroundings when all of a …