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2017, A Year to Myself

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I never expected 2017 to be a year to myself, but then again, I guess you never really know what life will bring you with each new year.

I should know better by now.

Even though I didn’t expect it to be a year to myself, I can say with full clarity now that I’m so very glad that it was. This was the year that I found my independence again, understood fully what I deserve in my life, and embraced my alone time.

I’m someone who is already pretty good at being alone. I’m an introvert, most of my pastimes are solo ones – reading, playing my guitar, listening to music, cooking. And my work is very much a solo pursuit, from writing to doing digital marketing for clients.

I’m used to being alone, but 2017 was a year where I really just had myself to pull me back up from my bootstraps, to lean on, to make sense of stressful, happy, and sad situations.

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Wrap Up: October 2017

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I know I say this every single month, but whoa, where did the time go? I’m not sure how we’re already into the second week of November, but here we are.

With that said, one of my goals before the end of this year is to get into a better habit of mindfulness. I want to be able to value the passing of time more, to take one day at a time, and to not always feel like I’m running one step behind.

October was bursting at the seams, which is probably why I felt so exhausted by the end of it – I barely had time to catch my breath. Note to self: slow down in November and December. Your body, mindset, and bank account will thank you.

The month started with a fun travel blogging conference, then turned into two weeks of road tripping and traveling around Ireland by myself, and finally ended with my return to California after over a year of being abroad.

So, let’s dive right in and get to the good stuff. This was my October!

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Wrap Up: September 2017

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Oh hey guys, you may have noticed that the blog has been a bit quiet lately. The last month and a half has been full of travels, conferences, and exciting leaps in my marketing business that I run outside of this blog.

Pretty much since I left Greece in early September, I have been in full sprint mode trying to squeeze in as much as possible around Europe while still staying on top of my work.

It goes without saying that I have a ton to catch you up on – case in point, this wrap up post is three weeks late!! But you will hear more than your fair share of my thoughts in due time.

I’m currently writing this on a plane on my way home to California for the first time in over a year, and I’m excited – not only to see my friends and family…and to eat as many burritos as possible – but to have some downtime to write more and catch up on the many posts that are rumbling around in my head.

So let’s dive right into what I got up to in September!

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Snapshot Memories of the Week: Dublin, Ireland

Snapshot memories is a new weekly series, giving a visual glimpse into different destinations and unique ways to view them. It’s also a way for me to look back on travels that occurred before and after I started this blog, and to give each place I’ve traveled the attention it deserves. 

This week my memories go back to Dublin.

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Dublin was a place I added on to my Europe trip last minute. I decided to do one of those bus around tours with a company called Topdeck, and I had about 5 days left over at the end of that trip and my flight home to California.

I’ve always wanted to visit Scotland and England, Scotland due to my heritage and England because there are so many historical and famous places I want to see (and music festivals I want to go to), but I only had 5 days, and I simply wanted to relax in a cool place at the end of my trip, not try and squish in a bunch of sightseeing and travel.

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That’s when I set my sights on Dublin, also a city I wanted to see, especially with its live music scene and vibrant drinking culture, it was sure to be a good time.

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After enjoying a chatty ride with the nice taxi driver from the airport, I managed to make friends fairly quickly my first night in the hostel. I had a cool Aussie roommate who I immediately got along with, and who introduced me to all of his friends in the hostel.

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My first night in Dublin we did a bit of bar hopping, checking out the live music to be found at most pubs and drinking pints of Guinness. I’ve never enjoyed Guinness outside of Dublin, but while I was there, it was the most delicious beer – scratch that – meal at the pub. There’s something magical about drinking Guinness in Ireland, and most notably Dublin where the Guinness factory is located.

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Instead of making any plans of all the sights I needed to see while I was there, I spent my days wandering around the city getting lost on the cobblestone streets, and taking in the medieval feel of the city, I even saw my first castle.

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I walked down Grafton Street to see all of the talented street musicians, I found Oscar Wilde’s memorial in Merrion Square and read a variety of his quotes I love so much, I wandered around the famous Trinity College, and walked over the historical Ha’penny Bridge.

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Even with the constant grey and dismal days the whole time I was there, I loved seeing the contrast in the colorful doors and pubs to be found around the city.

I only left the city once, when my Aussie roommate and I went on a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher, also known as the edge of the world. Otherwise, I was content taking my time seeing Dublin, and finding a new band to listen to each night, or a new pub to drink Guinness in.

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If I had to describe Dublin, I would describe it by the medieval architecture, the endless nights of going to bars and seeing live music, and the contrast of grey and color you would find constantly around the city.

Dublin turned out to be just what I needed to say a proper temporary goodbye to Europe.

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Adventuring to the Edge of the World in Ireland

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One of my first experiences with solo travel included a trip to the edge of the world – also known as the Cliffs of Moher.

When I stepped off the plane in Dublin, I thought to myself, what have I gotten myself into? Traveling to Ireland all by my lonesome, not knowing anyone, and staying in a hostel by myself for the first time.

These were the thoughts of impending doom swirling around in my head as I made my way closer and closer to the city, imagining my roommates were going to be some sort of coke addict junkies.

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