So when are you getting another dog?

Lately my life has been pretty much all about dogs. I volunteer at the local animal shelter, I donate monthly to the ASPCA, I read tons of articles about dogs and things that are happening to them around the world–don’t worry; I won’t go into that here. Even my day …

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 …

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 …

Explore more: Do more of what excites you

One thing I set out to do when I moved to Maine was explore more. Since I’m an introvert and a homebody by nature it’s very easy for me to spend the weekend reading, writing, cooking, and other activities that involve staying in. I enjoy my solitude, but I moved …

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 …

Must-try places in Portland, Maine

If you spend even a short amount of time wandering around the streets of Portland, Maine you will notice that it’s a food lover’s paradise—or maybe just mine. There are so many unique cafes and restaurants intricately woven into this amazing city. I’m trying to explore at least a couple …

Hiking: Pushing yourself to your breaking point in the best way possible

This past weekend I went on a hiking adventure that nearly pushed me to my breaking point. I like to think that I’m pretty healthy. I walk about three miles a day, I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, and I do yoga. Overall that’s pretty good, but when …

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 …