Onto bigger and better things: When you know it’s time to move on

It is both with sadness and excitement that I announce that this blog, Mainely Steph, will be coming to an end and that I am starting a new blog called  A Writer’s Wanderings. When I started this blog over three years ago I had no idea where it would go. My first entries …

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 …

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 …

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 …

How to quit your job in a mature and professional way

Deciding to quit your job is a big deal. Often times we stay in jobs much longer than we should because we’re afraid of leaving the familiar in favor of something new. Once you reach the decision to quit your job you now have to have the awkward and uncomfortable …

What’s your moving date?

So you decided that you’re going to move. Awesome! Maybe it’s somewhere close to where you already live, or maybe you’re like me and are moving far away. No matter where you’re moving to you still need to figure out what your moving date is so you can line up …

I just KNEW you were dying to know

Most people do their annual reflection on New Year’s. Since my birthday is just a week after New Year’s Day (today, January 8th) I always tend to do my reflecting today. I think back to my last birthday—where I was, what I was doing, and what was going on in …

How to purge what you can’t keep

I love to purge—things, not food. I love food. Having moved a few times already I’ve become pretty good at getting rid of things; however, my upcoming move to Maine will be my greatest purge challenge of all. Unlike with all my other moves, for this move I am only …