27 Reasons Getting Older is Awesome (But Actually it’s 17 Reasons, whatevs)

Photo courtesy of Aih
Photo courtesy of Aih

So a bit over a week ago, I turned 27. I decided to compile a list of 27 reasons why getting older is kind of awesome, but then I got distracted with simultaneous birthday celebrations and celebrations for my boyfriend, who passed his nurse licensing exam.

It’s been a very exciting time for both of us.

Despite a lot of brainstorming, I couldn’t actually come up with 27 reasons why I’m glad to be on the so-called “wrong” side of 25. It’s not that I couldn’t come up with 27 if I REALLY tried–it’s just that I have other things to do that are more important. . (Please see # 10 if you have an issue with that.)

Also, a lot of these reasons are all-encompassing, Big Picture-type reasons, and lots of smaller reasons would fit into each category.

I hope you’ll enjoy my reasoning here. And if you don’t, it’s no skin off my nose. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have mature 27-year-old things to do…


1.  Mo’ Age = Mo’ Wisdom

This is kind of a no-brainer, sure, but it’s also totally true. The older I get, the more I feel I have the knowledge I need to tackle life in general. Or just find my way around the city. Or answer difficult emails in a concise and professional manner. Or write silly blog posts about ageing.

2. Better sense of self

I’ve had 27 years to get to know myself. I have a better sense of what I like and dislike, what I’m truly capable of, and what I struggle with. And I’ve also had the time to go on adventures and push myself to the limit. (Like that time I moved to Costa Rica on a whim?)

I feel like a complete person, even if I’m still learning and growing. I feel like I know a lot more about who I am these days, and that alone makes getting older worth it. Read more

Calvin and Javs


My life has been so incredibly filled with cute lately, and I want to dedicate today’s blog post to that cuteness. Allow me to present our newest addition to the family, Calvin.

My boyfriend and I have been considering getting a second kitten for a long time now, and for a number of reasons, and I’m so glad we finally did. One of our reasons for adopting another cat was that our life was decidedly lacking in chaos and knocked-over knickknacks. Another reason was that I was worried my 4 year old cat Ezra was lonely during the day and needed a friend. Read more

Beginning Again

Photo courtesy of Chris Ford

If you follow this blog with any semblance of regularity, you may have noticed my prolonged absence. About 6 or 7 months ago, I switched jobs and moved to Chicago and my entire life changed.

And while I truly intended to keep up with my blogging, I had to re-focus my attention on my career, my relationship, and general self-care. However, a lot has changed during my 7 month hiatus, and my goal in 2015 is to bring blogging back into my life.

Expect a lot of changes here. The theme will be switching up and I may do some spring cleaning of old posts, categories. Pretty much the works.

Please stick with my through the changes. I’ve got a TON of fun new stuff to tackle and many new adventures to write about.

Cheers my dears,


2014: A Look Back

Hi, everyone!

I know it’s been awhile. A REALLY long while, but I’m back online to review this waning year and discuss my future plans for this lovely blog of mine. Good things are coming! But for now, let’s take a quick look back.

In early February, I dubbed this year the Year of Unabashed Nerdy-ness, and it has definitely been so! I wore my geeky ha eart on my sleeve without shame, made some new friends, and picked up some new nerdy hobbies.

In the last several months since my move to Chicago, I haven’t really been present here on the blog. I was busy settling into my new apartment, new car-less environment, new job, all while trying to prioritize my relationship and keep my cat alive. Life, uh, finds a way, though!

Here are some awesome things I accomplished/was a part of/loved in 2014 (in no particular order)! Read more

On Yard Sale-ing

140531_0004Yesterday I had what could be considered the saddest, smallest yard sale of all time. It was hilarious!

I’m still in the thick of the moving/packing process, and since my current apartment is about twice the size of my new place, I’m being forced to downsize considerably. I don’t mind getting rid of things–it’s very cathartic, and it brings me back to my days in Costa Rica, when all of my belongings fit into 2 suitcases and a cat carrier. Read more

A Year in Review

photo courtesy of junussyndicate on deviantART
photo courtesy of junussyndicate on deviantART

Rather than focus on all the things I’d like to change for myself in the coming year (there are many), when the New Year comes around, I like to take the time to look back at what I’ve accomplished in the year prior.

Last year, I had a lot of things to look back on and be proud of. This year’s achievements have been a bit more difficult to quantify than last year’s, but no less significant.

Without further ado, my 2013 accomplishments:

* Watched my Uncles get married at the stroke of midnight last New Years

* Started sharing a home with my handsome boyfriend

* Ran a 5 mile race (after 2 weeks of being sick) and still completed it without walking

* Ran a 5k in under 30 minutes–a PR for me!

* Finally finally got a job in my field!

* Went to my first music festival

and last but not least:

* Really got this blog off the ground. Here’s an excerpt from my 2013 WordPress Blog Report:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 45,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Last year, I made it my goal to focus on this blog. I was unhappy in my secretary job, and I decided that channeling my ambitions, creativity, and frustration into this blog would be the best use of my time.

And I was right! After 8 months of serious blogging, networking, and hard work, I was able to use the experience I’d gained to get a job in Marketing and PR. That new job has been a roller-coaster ride of emotions, anxiety, and growth, but it’s been worth it.

As I move forward this year, my goal is to continue to make time for this blog as I grow and learn in my new job.

What did you guys accomplish this year? What do you plan on accomplishing in 2014?

Cloudy with a Chance of Rainforest: My Trip to Monteverde, Costa Rica

I’ve worked as a freelance travel writer for the past year, and while working hard meant that I really didn’t get to do much traveling myself, I did do a significant amount of research on Costa Rica and all the tourism opportunities it offers. During my year here, I’ve been to beaches and written about even more beaches, but the one place I really really wanted to go was the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in Santa Elena, Costa Rica.

There are a lot of tropical paradises in the world. I’ve visited Florida, California, St. Thomas, Mexico, Belize, and the Bahamas (really briefly). But when do you EVER have the chance to go to a Cloud Forest? Santa Elena was the one place on my list that I knew I HAD to visit before I left for home.

I planned an overnight trip from San Jose to Santa Elena, and I was pretty thrilled with how it turned out. For one, it only set me back about $60. Two, I had a sufficient amount of time to visit the Cloud Forest Reserve, take an Orchid Garden tour, and even find a waterfall. The bus ride, round trip, to Santa Elena and back only cost $10. Can’t beat that. My awesome private room at a hostel only cost me $15.

The whole trip was so incredible, it made me sad that I didn’t try to travel more while I was here in Costa Rica. Still, as my final exploration, it was a dream come true. Check out some of the photos:

Welcome to Santa Elena

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Creepy Costa Rica: Visiting the Duran Sanatorium

Last weekend I FINALLY got to visit a  place I’ve been wanting to see all year long! My friends and I took a visit to the Duran Sanatorium (El Sanatorio Duran) near Cartago, Costa Rica. The Duran Sanatorium is considered one of the most haunted places in all of Costa Rica, and it was only a half hour drive out of San Jose. It has even been featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters International.


Nestled in the mountains, amid fields of yellow flowers and crops, the Duran Sanatorium sits more or less abandoned. It’s open to the public, and for a mere thousand colones (about $2) you can walk freely about the entire campus, exploring the empty buildings and awakening the spirits that remain there.

Why is the Sanatorium haunted? Read more

Why my Costa Rican Apartment Functions as a Zombie Apocalypse Stronghold

Where would YOU go during a Zombie Apocalypse?

The mall? Underground? Alaska? Would you build a stronghold with no windows and doors only accessible by ladders?

In retrospect, this might have been a bad idea...

Did you ever think about going to Costa Rica when the dead rise? Because maybe you should. I have found an EXCELLENT hideout for Z-day…and I’m already renting it. Read more