mumbling of an imbecile, the story so far

All Good Things Come in Three’s

Right? That's what I've heard. and in the past 24 hours: my kid sister got her first big kid job, and is juuust shy of getting her first college acceptance letter. Today is Boston Red Sox opening day! (So it was supposed to be yesterday but now it's today, which is somehow better...) I just… Continue reading All Good Things Come in Three’s

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How to Be an Adult Sibling

People have a tendency to feel that their struggles are very different from everyone who came before them. Perhaps that's just part of the human fascination with being unique and unrepeatable and all that, but it can get ridiculous fast. There's truth to the idea - I mean, no two lives are identical - but… Continue reading How to Be an Adult Sibling

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New Job Jitters

Do you know the feeling when you've just started a new job, and you're all thumbs and stupid questions (which they assure you aren't stupid questions, but you can see it in their eyes!) and you're just a hot mess about it all? I just started a new job and I don't feel that way… Continue reading New Job Jitters

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Broke? Travel Anyway.

I’ve only traveled a little myself, but it has always been with the understanding that with enough determination I’d be back for more. Storytime With John has written excellently on how one goes about lighting the fire under themselves to just get up and go. I encourage anyone interested in thrifty travel to take a look!

John Lee Taggart

I often get emails, and messages from people – asking the same question – “how do you afford travel? Are you from a rich family? Do you have connections? Did you get some crazy compensation deal – and have decided to blow it all on roaming the world rather than making sound investments?!” 

Well, no. No to all of those. I wish it was something as easy as being in a car accident – and getting free money, but it isn’t. It’s kind of like The Wizard of Oz…it looks like a spectacular vision until you see the cogs turning behind the curtain. Yes, the actual facts of the matter are a lot less glossy – and  whilst this may be hard to take for some…I actually work. 

Take my first major trip on my own, for example. My year abroad studying in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.


For two years…

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Peace Corps

Peace Corps

I try not to talk about it because I tend to get way too excited about it, but if you haven't figured it out already, the Peace Corps has been a life long dream of mine. I am pretty sure I was younger than 10 when I read something in a National Geographic magazine about a Peace… Continue reading Peace Corps

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Battling Fear

According to Frank Herbert's Dune, "fear is the mind killer." I believe that 100%, no question. I've never considered myself to be fearful, of anything really, but especially not in a paralyzing capacity. But as certainty of the future starts to go out the window, and a plurality of options opens up, I'm starting to think that… Continue reading Battling Fear