Learning to listen to your gut instincts

I’m a big fan of listening to your gut instinct. It’s the feeling we all have to either jump in or shy away from something for some inexplicable reason. We don’t always know why our gut is telling us to do/not do something so more often than not we choose …

What to do when creativity eludes you

Like most creative people sometimes creativity eludes me. At times it’s right by my side begging me to write, paint, or go out shooting with my camera. When creativity is around I can’t get the ideas down fast enough, the paints to blend quickly enough, or the ISO set fast …

Feed your soul with a solo adventure

I’m a big fan of solo adventures. Yes, it’s amazing to have someone to share experiences with—to tell you where to turn, to grab your hand as you’re about to slip off a mountain, go to a concert with, etc. Shared experiences are awesome and can add so much value …

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 …

What are we supposed to do?

Lately I’ve noticed a recurring theme among fellow twenty-somethings: being terrified of making the wrong decision. We’re at a pivotal point in our lives where we can no longer rely on our parents to make our decisions for us, and as we navigate our mid-to-late-twenties we have to make some …

A tale of two cities: How to balance the old with the new

Now that I’ve been in Maine for a little while now, I have to say that I love it. I love the winding streets, the call of the seagulls, the rocky coast, and the slower way of life. Sometimes it feels like I’ve gone back in time to a simpler …

The good, the bad, and the odd: A 60-day check-in

Today is June 1st which means that I’ve been in Maine for two months now. It’s been such an incredible experience so far. Somehow in this short amount of time I’ve been able to land a job, a pretty decent apartment, and have met some interesting people. I thought it’d …

College world vs. the real world

Tell anyone that you moved across the country for no other reason than you really wanted to and you’re guaranteed to get a few stares. Some think it’s brave, others think it’s stupid, and the select few will tell you it’s exactly the same as going away to college. I, …

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 …