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 …

A 6-month check-in: 6 things I’ve learned

Six months ago I did something truly terrifying. I picked up the well-curated life I had established in Chicago, packed up my car, and took off for Maine. I didn’t know anyone here, I barely had a job lined up, and I had no idea where I was going to …

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 …

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 …

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 …

One day, three lighthouses – An excursion of a lifetime

I have a thing for lighthouses. Ever since I saw my first one last year, The Portland Head Light, I have been drawn to them. I’m entranced by their beauty, the strength they epitomize, and the wonder they invoke. I can stand by a lighthouse and look out over the …

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 …