Wednesday, January 18, 2017

meet me in new york

There are pretty much no perks to being in a long distance relationship. Aside from having complete ownership over the remote control, but that get's lonely after a while. But I can think of one good thing. Instead of me always visiting Tom or him visiting me, sometimes we meet in a special place. This way, we're not visiting each others day to day lives and being reminded of the distance. Instead we're just two people meeting up in a neutral place. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

a long layover in new york

I'm currently in New York to spend the long weekend with the husband, which got me thinking about my last trip to NY that was only 3 weeks ago. It wasn't planned, I was supposed to just be passing through. On my way to enjoy this Europe trip with my sister, we had a quick layover in New York. Well flights got delayed and then cancelled and it turned out that we were stuck here fore nearly a day. But I can never be stuck anywhere. 
We basically had two options…1.) stick around the airport and complain OR 2.) make the best of it. I think you can guess which one we chose. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


The Hoh Rainforest is by far this most magical place I've ever been because there's something about it that touches your soul. Some favorite moments our day there...
Being surrounded by sitka spruce covered in green moss
Tasting the perfect amount of moisture in the air + feeling the fresh drops of rain dew falling on my skin 
Spotting roosevelt elk walking right across the trail 
I always thought I'd have to travel to the Amazon to visit a rainforest, but one of the largest Temperate Rainforests in the world is located right in the United States in Olympic National Park. After our lazy days at Lake Crescent, we knew that Olympic wouldn't let us down. And thanks to the National Park Service, this place will forever be protected for us all. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

kissing 2016 goodbye

I guess I'm a little late to the party with sharing my year end review, but I was a little busy ending 2016 on the best note possible thanks to a trip through Europe. Now that I'm back stateside and finally having a moment to unpack, catch-up, and shake off the jet lag, I'm ready to officially say goodbye to 2016.
In a lot of ways, this past year was not an easy one. I feel like I was tested in so many my marriage, in my desire to become a dentist, in the path I've chosen in life. But there were also a lot of good moments freaking fantastic moments. So here are a few highlights from my 2016.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

new year, new adventure

After ringing in the new year over the pond with a trip through Europe, I have a feeling that 2017 is going to be a good year. One full of adventure. As of now, I have no idea what to expect from this coming year and no major plans. But I know this year is going to be a crazy one with grad school and living long distance from my husband, we will need to plan lots of crazy adventures to help pass the time and make this year even better than the last. Expecting a lot from you 2017, can't wait to see what you have in store for me. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

what I got myself for Christmas

If you didn’t get everything you wanted for Christmas this year, there’s still plenty of time to get it for yourself. And I’m not even kidding about that one as I buy myself Christmas gifts every year.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

the best gift ever!

Wanderlust Wednesday 
If you're following along on instagram then you already know that I'm in Europe right now. And I will forever be grateful to my parents, for giving me the best gift ever. The gift of travel is one of the greatest things you can give in my opinion. But even better than that is the gift of quality time because I’m travelling with my little sister.

My sister and I are more than a decade apart in age so I have been there from the day she was born. I remember changing her diapers and making her bottles and babysitting. I was there for bath-time and her first steps. And as she got older, I taught her to read and helped her practice writing her letters. I even took her trick or treating every year (no parents allowed) Ha!

But with me moving away for college + grad school and her getting older, it’s harder to maintain that closeness. There will always be a bond between us that I can’t quite explain. But this trip together will give us a chance to expand our relationship in a different way. With her being a little older now, I don't want to just be her big sister anymore, I hope to be a true friend.

And traveling with someone will forever change your relationship with them for the better. I promise you that. So, you can see now why this trip really is the best gift ever. We’re headed for 9 days split between Italy, France, and Spain. There will be lots of adventures, lots of exploring, lots of girl talk, and lots of gelato ;)