• Expat Update 2: If only it were as easy as it seems….

    I would LOVE to tell you that my decision to move abroad has been easy or simple.  But the fact is, it’s been far from it. I’ve always known I wanted to live somewhere else. Anywhere but Houston. It’s changed over the years from New York to San Francisco to London and a million other places in between. No real rhyme or reason other than it wasn’t Houston and it wouldn’t be easy. I wanted an adventure. To be completely honest, this isn’t my first time at trying to escape. But this time I’m not just trying and hoping for some school program to bring me anywhere else. This time…

  • The Fuck It Fund- My Take

    So I’m a bit late in publishing this but I got sidetracked working on “Operation Expat” (selling my stuff, moving into my mom’s place, securing a place in Germany planning and working stupid hours because of an hour commute each way to work that I now have) but I’ve FINALLY gotten around to getting this out there. A while ago, (like a month ago) a brilliant article was shared on Billfold by writer Paulette Perhach. She begins writing a story that I am sure is all too familiar for many young women around the world. About graduating from university and doing all the things you think you should do. Moving in with…

  • Expat Update 1: My Big Secret

    The last few weeks, maybe months, I’ve been keeping a secret. Not because it was something bad but I’m weirdly superstitious and didn’t want to jinx anything. But the secret is a big one. One I’ve been hiding mostly from my current employers…. I’ve alluded to the desire to make this secret happen in my past posts but I finally have gone from “wanting to make it happen” to “making it happen” and I’m beyond nervous and elated all at once. As some of my readers may know, I planned a trip to visit my friend in Amsterdam in April. To celebrate his birthday late, see the tulips and finally…

  • My Top Spots in San Francisco

    I’m not a San Franciscan but I have been twice. The first time I did all the touristy stuff and the second time I found more places “outside the box to visit” and this is my list of Top Spots. Inside the City Limits  Bay Bridge and the beginning of the Embarcadero- Mission street drops off pretty much right at this point. You have the Bay bridge to your right and the entirety of the Embarcadero to your left. From this point the views are really quite spectacular, especially on a sunny day. Embarcadero – The Embarcadero is approximately 7 miles from it’s start to it’s finish and emcompasses some…

  • My Favorite Places in Austin (and the Texas Hill Country)

    I’m a Houstonian, born and raised. However, every summer (July 4th specifically) and New Years I spent in Austin, Tx with family friends. So while I didn’t grow up in Austin, it’s always felt like a second home and at the ripe old age of 19, it did become my home. For 3 years. In those 3 years I got to know Austin and the surrounding Hill country quite well. So with that all being said, I would like to share some of my favorite places and things to do in and around Austin. As usual, they will be in no particular order (I hope you’re beginning to see the…

  • Mostly Non-Touristy Things to do in Vegas

    I was in Vegas a few weeks ago for a trade show for my company. Well I should say, I was there to set up the booth and drive people around but that was the extent of how much work I actually did, which was totally fine by me. I’d never been to Vegas. I never had a raging desire to go. I’m not a huge drinker or big on gambling (I don’t see the point of wasting money with no guaranteed return of some nature) so Vegas was never on my bucket list. HOWEVER things near Vegas were definitely on my bucket list. So instead of doing ALL the stereotypical things…

  • Top 15 of 2015

    The other night I was writing down all the places I’ve traveled to each year, at least from what I can remember and while in 2015 I didn’t go especially far, I did go a lot of place and I got to do a lot of things on my bucket list. Some of the places were new to me and some were beloved and I returned to them as an old friend. So without further waiting, let’s count them down or recap them (It’s SOOOO hard to play “favorites”) Jumping off South Point in Hawaii (40ft jump off a cliff into the Pacific Ocean at the Southern most point of…

  • Certifiably Certified- My 6 Certification to get me around the world!

      In the last 2-ish years I have been obtaining certifications like it is my job. I wish it were my job. I have long known that corporate America would not be my end game. That it’s not how I wanted the majority of my story to go. I have know pretty much since my first summer in Europe that I wanted to live outside the US. Exactly how, where and doing exactly what has always been the major questions I’m a publish photographer (with a buttload of photo editing knowledge). I do graphic design. I write code in several languages. I speak several languages (not well). I take videos…

  • Breaking up with my Elitist Views

    I hate to say it, but I always (until now) had an “elitist” view of what it meant to be a person who had a second job. In my mind it meant that you were not skilled enough to have one single job to provide for all your needs and wants or that you had hit some rough luck and with the economy the way it is, you couldn’t find a job that matched your skill level. I’m embarrassed to write this because now I know people have multiple jobs for reasons other than just to make ends meet. I recently was lucky enough to get a second job to…

  • How not to be an asshole (while traveling)

      I put the while traveling in parenthesis because I can’t really give you any tips on not being an asshole is the rest of your life. But I’ll do what I can now. Since I started traveling 20ish years ago (at least I remember a trip at 8…) SO much has changed. It’s nuts. You now have rules and regulations for driving and flying that didn’t exist 20 years ago. But to best give you my tips, I’ll break them down by each stage or place of travel. Airport: Everyone hates TSA and taking our clothes and shoes off and then getting felt up regardless. I shouldn’t just say TSA…