25 Goals: Third Quarter Update + “Rock Your 2017 Goals” Workbook

How are we midway through 2017? I swear there was snow on the ground just yesterday! But this is by far my favorite time of the year. I love the warm weather, afternoons spent our sides, Alan grilling (with the added bonus of me not having to cook!), and all the other wonderful things that go along with summer. I've actually made a lot of progress on my goals! There are only three that I haven't completed. That's a little early for this point in the year, so next year, I'll have to go harder on myself. It's such a hard task to find goals that are both accomplishable in one year, but also challenging enough. How about you? How [...]

25 Goals: Second Quarter Update + “Rock Your 2017 Goals” Workbook

I can't believe it's already time for my second quarter update! This year is flying by so fast! But when I went through all my goals this year, I've found I'm making pretty great progress! I think it helps to have the goals at the front of my bullet journal for easy reference. It's a fast reminder to keep pushing forward and make daily progress. How are your 2017 goals going? Ready for a revamp? I've created this awesome Rock Your 2017 Goals workbook to help you plan and accomplish your goals this coming year. Sign up below to get FREE access. 1. Become a regular at a local cafe or lunch spot in Marburg, Germany. At Paprika, I [...]

By | 2017-04-21T00:49:50+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Books, Education, Goals, My Journey, Travel|12 Comments

25 Goals: First Quarter Update + “Rock Your 2017 Goals” Workbook

Three months since I set my 25 goals. How crazy is that? I've managed to cross off 7 of the 25 goals, and I've made a sizable dent in a few of the others. I'm starting to feel like the ones I have left are pretty difficult. But then again, what kind of goal would it be if it didn't push me out of my comfort zone? Have you begun working on your goals for 2017 yet? I've created this awesome Rock Your 2017 Goals workbook to help you plan and accomplish your goals this coming year. Sign up below to get FREE access. 1. Become a regular at a local cafe or lunch spot in Marburg, Germany. At Paprika, [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:59:13+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Books, Education, Goals, My Journey, Travel|14 Comments

Discover Rome Part 2: History Around Every Corner

Rome was so amazing that I simply could not fit it into a single post. So here is Discover Rome Part 2--a sampling of some of the many other delights that we found while in Rome. One of the most amazing things about Rome is that everywhere you walk, you bump into something beautiful and historic. The city was littered with little plazas and eateries everywhere. The food was incredible and the architecture was even more so. You could seriously spend weeks combing the city and not find everything there was to see. I've highlighted three of the biggest attractions below, but I want to also mention the Pantheon (and the little Antique Salumeria on its square), the Spanish Steps, [...]

By | 2017-01-10T08:49:31+00:00 November 16th, 2016|Travel|5 Comments

Who I Am: Adventurer (And What’s in It for You)

If you've been around the last couple weeks, you'll know that I've been working through some of Chris Guillebeau's awesome resources on his The Art of Non-Conformity website. Why, you might ask? Because I'm trying to create some of my own awesome resources for you. By nature, I am a Maven--a collector and distributor of information. (Just ask my friend, Melissa. I think I recommend a book or article to her about every other day.) So what does that mean for this site? I was ashamed to realize/admit, I've been doing a horrible job of giving you great information. Apart from offering blog posts I hope you'll like and find enriching, I've been keeping a lot of my knowledge to [...]

By | 2016-11-04T11:05:18+00:00 November 14th, 2016|Encouragement, Goals, Travel|13 Comments

Discover Rome Part 1: The Colosseum 

Rome! We finally made it! Alan and I were both looking forward to discovering this incredible city. Everywhere you turn, there's a statue or fountain or square of importance. It's really cool. We devoted our first full day to the Roman forum, Paladine Hill, and Colosseum. Now it would've been really easy to just walk around and think "Ooo, more rocks," so I insisted we get a tour. Ruins need explanation. And our tour guide painted an incredible picture. And I, of course, want to share it with you! So welcome to Discover Rome: The Colosseum. Sunday The Roman forum was flooded and buried so that there are level upon level of history. The lower you go, the earlier the [...]

By | 2016-11-08T05:36:53+00:00 November 9th, 2016|Travel|2 Comments

Discover Sienna: A Tour of Tuscany

Welcome back to part three of the 12-day backpacking tour through Germany and Italy. Next stop: Tuscany. Here is the land of rolling hills, ripe vineyards, and authentic Italian cuisine. It was the perfect place to rest after the frantic pace of Munich and the madness of Venice. The relaxed air of the town helped us destress and have a fabulous time. Discover Sienna with us! Thursday We spent most of the day traveling. The train ride from Venice to Sienna gave us a chance to unwind. We got to the cute B&B in the city's center and immediately booked a trip to a Tuscan vineyard. Oh my goodness! We had a four-course dinner along with antipasti. It was delicious! We [...]

By | 2016-11-03T07:41:06+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Travel|6 Comments

Discover Venice

Welcome back to part two of the 12-day backpacking trip. Discover Venice with us. Our experience was, at times, wonderful and awful. Altogether, I loved the city, but left with mixed feelings about the experience. Find out why.   Tuesday We arrived in Venice at about 4 and promptly got lost. I didn't mind. I loved the narrow, winding paths of stone and the little bridges over the channels that served as roads. We finally found our way to the hostel and checked in. We got a recommendation for a little restaurant around the corner and I had my first taste of Italian pasta. I got some kind of hand made tagliatelle and cream sauce. Delicious. It was dark by [...]

By | 2016-10-21T05:39:17+00:00 October 27th, 2016|Travel|10 Comments

25 Goals for My 25th Year

I loved setting high goals for myself last year. Having those goals out there for everyone to see continually pushed me out of my comfort zone. At times, I felt a little vulnerable, but I grew so much and had a fantastic time doing it. I loved having a whole year because this allows me to make some bigger goals and strive to set habits instead of one-offs. So this year I'm back with new categories and new heights to stretch myself for another stellar year! 1. Become a regular at a local cafe or lunch spot in Marburg, Germany. 2. Be serenaded on the canals in Venice, Italy. 3. Visit the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. 4. Munch on a pretzel [...]

By | 2017-04-06T11:47:33+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|Books, Goals, My Journey, Travel|30 Comments