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 …

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 …

Adventures with my 105-year-old best friend

My best friend is 105-years-old. She has arthritis, is hard of hearing, and likes to sleep 14 hours a day. She’s my 15-year-old dog, Carmela. Carm has been with me since my early preteen years and has become basically me in dog form – or have I become her in …

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 …

A tale of two cities: How to balance the old with the new

Now that I’ve been in Maine for a little while now, I have to say that I love it. I love the winding streets, the call of the seagulls, the rocky coast, and the slower way of life. Sometimes it feels like I’ve gone back in time to a simpler …

Death-defying rock climbing at Acadia

Last weekend I finally made the trek up to Acadia National Park. My boyfriend was visiting for the week and since neither one of us had been up to Acadia yet we decided it was something we had to do. Acadia National Park is located on Mount Desert Island which …

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 …

Safety in Chicago vs. safety in Maine

Ever since I moved to Portland, Maine I’ve had several people talk to me about safety. “Don’t walk alone in shady areas at night. If you have to walk at night don’t wear headphones. Always be aware of your surroundings. Don’t leave your doors unlocked.” I truly appreciate my new …

When you have a bad day in your new city

Bad days happen. Sometimes you get stuck at work longer than usual, the dog does her business in the house, the upstairs neighbors keep you up late blaring their music, you drop everything you pick up, you forget to pack a lunch, etc. This can even happen all in the …