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 …

Don’t settle for the first option

This week I learned an important lesson: don’t settle for the first option. It can seem alluring to choose whatever is behind door number one without looking to see what’s behind doors two and three. It’s the safe bet. It means not putting yourself through the additional anxiety of holding …

Back home and on the mend

Lately I’ve had to deal with a few stressors: not having a place to live at the end of the month, starting a new job, and generally getting used to being in Maine. However none of it compares to the stress of having my dog get sick. Don’t worry; this …

Let the great world spin!

Not only is Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann a great book, I also thought it aptly described how I’m letting go of fear and embracing this new chapter of my life. Let it spin! I’ve been in Maine for over a week now, and so far it’s …

The universe will help, but YOU have to take the first step

I have an interesting relationship with faith. I went to Catholic school for 12 years and for all intents and purposes was raised Catholic. As I got older I realized that I didn’t really believe in the Catholic faith, but I did believe in the universe. I believe in the …

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 …

Is it brave or just plain stupid?

I am backward by nature. Tell me I can’t or shouldn’t do something and I will do it just prove you wrong. I’ve told various people that I’m moving to Maine with no job or apartment lined up yet, and I’ve had to deal with a wide range of responses. …

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 …

Is it a sign or is it a test?

I believe that any time you prepare for a big change in life whether it’s a move, job switch, or something else equally monumental, the universe will send you a little sign or test to make you question whether or not you’re doing the right thing. To give you a …