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The Comeback Kid

Phew – the last time you guys heard from me was almost exactly a year ago. 🙈 It seems crazy to think about all of the things that I have experienced and happened since. Long story short, it’s been a crazy year of many ups, some very unexpected downs, and rounding it out, back on my grind wanting to share more with you all.


This ain’t no pity party, though. 2018 has been off to a great start. I branded 2018 as the “Year of Me”, which yes, sounds completely selfish and self-centric, but it’s become more than that. It’s becoming the year I start taking better care of myself (skin care routines anyone?!), surrounding myself with people that genuinely bring me joy and, (I think) I bring them joy. Digging back to my roots and figuring out what makes me happy and how can I find peak happiness and joy with the things surrounding me – and pushing myself out of my tiny little box to find happiness in new experiences and things that aren’t surrounding me.


One thing that has been bringing me joy lately is travel. Yes – here I am, a 20-something telling you travel brings me joy! Shocking.



But really, I have had ants-in-my-pants-kind-of-travel-bug-lately.


Researching places I can reasonably (ok, and a few not so reasonable) visit in my spare time, solo travel (say what?!), picking up a side-hustle at a neighborhood bar to fund these adventures and finally investing in a car that I can rely on for more than a 1 hour drive! *beep beep!*


In leiu of my travel-bug, I’ve put together a quick guide on some of my favorite spots in the cities I have visited lately – followed by my travel bucket list ☺

Visited Recently

Omaha, NE

Pitch Pizza



Saddle Creek Breakfast Club


Lauritzen Gardens

Indianapolis, IN 

Punch Bowl Social

Only pic I got of the karaoke bar..of course



Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

NoMi Kitchen – photo credit to Forbes


Art Institute of Chicago

Cochon Volant Brasserie – photo credit to The Local Tourist

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Cindy’s Rooftop Bar – Photo credit to Cindy’s

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago


Kansas City, MO

    – Coming soon!

Orlando, FL

    –Coming soon!


    –Coming soon!

2018 Travel Bucket List

New Zealand

Mt. Cook, New Zealand – Photo Credit TripSavvy


    Maroon Bells – Aspen
    Gem Lake Hike – Estes Park

Maroon Bells – photo credit to USDA

Gem Lake – photo credit to University of Colorado Boulder


    -National Park Tour

North Window at Arches National Park near Moab, Utah – Photo Credit National Geographic

Banff National Park, Canada

Banff National Park

New York City

If anyone has tips on traveling to the places on my bucket list or heck, even want to join, drop me a line! And don’t forget to focus on yourself a little (or a lot) this year 😉

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  • Reply sue

    Come to Arizona

    February 28, 2018 at 2:48 pm
  • Reply Jackie

    Hello I would like to join you on your adventures. Have your people contact my people.

    March 2, 2018 at 11:22 am
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