The Next Adventure

It has been just over six weeks since returning from my Europe trip, six months since I left the states to start that adventure, and about one year since sharing the news that I was leaving Nashville to move back to California to prepare for the trip. It’s an understatement to be sure, but the last year has been a complete whirlwind of emotions and growth that included countless bouts of loneliness, excitement, frustration, and everything in between. After living in that beautiful city for four years, leaving who and what I knew and loved in Nashville proved to be one of the hardest decisions I’ve made thus far, only being slightly surpassed by choosing to solo-travel around Europe for almost five months. Both were difficult choices to make, and yet both were worth it in almost every way.

Speaking of, I realize that I haven’t properly shared an update on how the second half of the trip went (first half is recapped here), and the easiest way to do so is to say that it was even more eye-opening and life-changing than the first.

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Turning Twenty-Nine

As of today, I have officially entered into the last year of my twenties, and while I may be mildly freaking out about getting older, I am also quite excited about this next year of my life. The truth is that the closer I’ve inched toward thirty, the more I’ve found myself worrying, namely about the future, settling down, and being a “real adult”. But something shifted while I was traipsing around Europe, and I now find myself embracing this stage of life more than ever. Sure, it doesn’t look much like what life looks likes for most people my age, but it certainly is beautiful and wild and — I believe — exactly where I am supposed to be. And as I reflect on the last few years of my life that seemed full of worry and nerves and doubt, I have realized that if I could go back to give myself one piece of advice, it would be this…

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On Minimalism

Minimalism has become something of a buzz word over the last few years, and it’s one that I am glad has made its way into the mainstream. Maybe it has something to do with how I grew up or the way I’ve lived as a young adult, but I’ve always been a fan of the “more is less” mentality, and seeing this idea of living with less in order to experience a more full life enrapture so many people has got me all kinds of giddy. See, I’ve never really had much — nor wanted much — so minimalism been a very natural space for me to move into as an adult human. My only issue with minimalism being such a trend right now, though, is that many think it’s a set-in-stone strategy, or that it can be too limiting or too overwhelming. I personally believe that minimalism is moldable: it is a way of living that can adapt differently to any person’s lifestyle. And my favorite part of minimalism? Having less stuff frees me up to do more, to love better, and to experience more of life, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. The minimalist lifestyle might not be for everyone, but being more thoughtful and conscious about what we have, what we really need, and how we consume is easy (and important!) enough for everyone to do. So here are some of my thoughts and tips on why and how to do just that.

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Trust in Transition

If there's been one constant or consistent theme in my little life so far, it is change, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. From jobs to friends to passions to cities, it seems that the things in our lives are always moving and changing, and in the midst of the endless transitions, it feels like we are all just doing our best to keep up.  I've been on this earth for almost thirty years, and do you want to know what I've learned about change?  It never ends.  Life is full of change, and there's a very good chance that things will continue to shift as we keep on living; our jobs, our circumstances, the people in our lives, where we live, and everything in between will inevitably continue to grow, morph, and change.  Does this thought freak you out?  If so, you are not alone.  Change is a hard concept for a lot of people because risk and fear are closely associated with it, and that is hard for many to grapple with.  It can mean a disruption in what is familiar and comfortable, or it could potentially be a life-flipped-upside-down kind of thing, and while these are sometimes the results of choice, they can also come at you out of nowhere.  So yes, it makes sense that a lot of people aren't huge fans of change.

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