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Reclaiming My Childhood Dreams: A Path to Thailand

July 28, 2019

I was born and raised to have a deep feeling of wanderlust. My dad’s favorite parlor trick was to pull miniature Stephanie into the dinner party (I’m talking before I could spell my own first name) spin the globe, (always) land with his finger on Madagascar, and much to the shock and awe of my parents’ guests- I would enthusiastically name the country every time. I grew up with basement shelves lined with dusty Jacque Cousteau, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis,…

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ALL ROADS LEAD TO DENVER: A PLOT TWIST

August 27, 2018

When I was 19, I took my first trip west. As I flew over the Rocky Mountains, I peered out the window in complete awe with tears in my eyes at the sheer beauty of the snow-capped peaks below. I had never seen anything so majestic, and instantly my view of the world and it’s infinite and varied landscapes expanded. Last year, almost two decades later, I flew to Denver for the first time, saw those looming peaks from below, was…

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LOVE, GRIEF, AND NCAA BASKETBALL: THE STORY OF MY HEART

April 19, 2018

I began writing this blog for many reasons, but the underlying mission was to share some of the raw and real truth behind the shiny hyper-curated world of social media that we all are bombarded with every day. We look at our Facebook and Instagram feeds and see a version of people’s lives that seem, for the most part, something without a care in the world, without missteps, without struggle, without pain. A highlight reel. I’m guilty of producing that…

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A CHANGE OF PLANS IN NORTH CAROLINA, USA

March 6, 2018

I have been struggling. You know, the kind of struggle where after so many years of veering off-course and fighting to get a to a point of self-understanding and getting knocked down over and over again by the crafty little universe, you finally have plan that feels right and true and 100% in alignment with who you are in your soul but everything goes horribly wrong and you wind up feeling lost, confused, and alone once again and re-evaluating everything you…

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TULUM, MEXICO (CITY GUIDE + A STORY OF A SNAKE, MURDER/SUICIDE, AND A WITCH)

December 22, 2017

When I set out earlier in the year on my adventure to find a new home, I chatted with nearly every single friend and stranger with whom I crossed paths to tap into the collective brain-trust of travelers to answer the question: where the hell should I go? We would sift through and list my many criteria for a locale for my fresh start and 9 times out of 10, the person would answer with complete clarity: Go to Tulum.…

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