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 …

Body issues, body shaming, and learning to love yourself anyway

For today’s post I wanted to talk about something that I feel pretty strongly about: body issues and body shaming. I’ve debated for a long time as to whether or not I should even broach this subject because it’s not quite what my blog is about, and the topic can …

Try trail running and feel yourself soar to new heights

A few weeks ago I checked another item off my Maine bucket list: trail running. It’s pretty much what it sounds like–running along a hiking trail as opposed to hoofing it step by grueling step. I have seen people along various trails running down the mountain like their life depended on it, and …

Absent but not forgotten: Getting back into the blogging groove

Hey everyone! I’m back! Though I didn’t actually leave, I have been absent from the blog scene for a few weeks and I sincerely apologize for that. When I first started blogging I was also following numerous other blogs. I wanted to see how they did it, what they wrote …

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 …

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 …

More adventures with my 105-year-old best friend

Last weekend I thought I had a fabulous idea: I would take my 15-year-old dog (105 in dog years) to the beach for the first time! Since Carm grew up in the Midwest with me, she had never been to a beach before. Also like me, Carm loves to be near the water so naturally …