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My Secret To Being Able To Travel So Much

Truth is, it's no secret. Just common sense.


I get asked all the time how I am able to travel so much. So far this year, I have visited multiple cities and countries! In January, I went to Boston and Rhode Island. I traveled back home to South Carolina in the spring. In May I had crazy weekends that included going to Connecticut, and road tripping down to Panama City Beach, FL

Out of the normal traveling, I went on my honeymoon to Italy, France, and Spain! Just a word of advice, cruising is a very efficient way to travel and see more than one place at a time. After that, I took my husband to my hometown in Maine. This past weekend I visited NYC and this coming Friday I will be flying to Austin, TX.

This year will conclude with maybe another trip back home to the south and Christmas in Chicago. While all of that sounds glorious, it was exhausting at times. Long car rides, delayed flights, lonely train rides, but that is what it takes if you want to see the world. A small price to pay to be cultured and travel.

My not so secret, secret #1 is my job. I am beyond blessed with my career. I am able to work from home or wherever I get cell phone signal and wifi. So 90% of the time, when I am off seeing the world, I am still on the phone answering emails and taking phone calls. I just never posted about that, so you, in turn never see it.

Secret #2 is saving money, I am a hoarder when it comes to money, which is good and bad. Sometimes you have to say no to the new purse so that you can afford another bus ticket. You have to save for what you want, and if you really want it, saving should be easy. You can't take your belongings with you when you go, but you can take all the memories and experiences you made.

Secret #3 is that if you can help it, never go to the same place twice. For example, my husband wanted to go back to the Carribean for a vaca and I hard-passed on that. I always tell him "We can go back, once we've been everywhere else".

Also, with that being said, get a travel partner that wants to see the world with you. Sometimes, I fly solo since I have a bit more time, but the best trips are always the ones where we are together.

Secret #4 is I moved around A LOT growing up. Due to this, I have friends and family all over the place, and I take advantage of that. "Oh, I can stay at your house and not get a hotel? SOLD!"

Last but not least, find a happy medium. My husband is a legitimate planner, with itineraries and everything. Me, on the other hand, I plan the big stuff and wing the rest. While that works for me, it drives him crazy. So find a happy medium.

Sometimes the best memories happen in between the planned stuff. So don't get too bogged down with maps and schedules. Get lost, find your own way, see the world, just don't die.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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My First Year Of College Wasn’t Great And That’s Okay

I didn’t adjust as well as I thought I would, but I made it.


Everyone always raves about how much they loved their freshman year of college. The independence, the parties, meeting all these new people from different places. It's a big milestone in your life. But not everyone has an amazing first year. And I'm one of those people.

Don't get me wrong. I was so excited about college. Finally getting to be on my own, experiencing all these new things. I even met people in my class before we moved in. And the first month was a blast...but then it wasn't anymore.

Eventually, I slid into this “funk", you could say. I was depressed. I never wanted to leave my bed. Some nights, I didn't even wanna eat dinner. And soon, my friends noticed but soon just stopped inviting me out.

At first, they still would, even though the answer was always no. But I guess they got bored and tired of me always saying no.

Soon, I didn't feel like I even had any friends and at one point, I even found myself debating going home to avoid being alone in my room all weekend. I would force myself to make plans, but found myself not wanting to go out because I got ignored every time I did. It wasn't worth it.

I was homesick, isolated, and just wanted to fit in.

When the year finally came to an end, I couldn't be happier. But now that it is over and I'm home, I realize how much I miss the people that were there for me. The people that came into my life unexpectedly, but it was hard for me to really recognize they care about me.

I absolutely hated my freshman year of college. Yeah, it started out good and I found my sorority, but I never felt like I was wanted anywhere. I felt so alone. I became so incredibly isolated and distant and it took a drastic toll on me as a person.

But in spite of all that, I realize that maybe that's how it was supposed to happen. Because I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and it will all play out.

This being said, my first year might not have been what I thought or hoped for. But I can truly say I am excited to see what my next year holds.

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