Im doin’ me

Since it’s the day after Thanksgiving and I have many events to be thankful for I thought I’d share a few updates since I last posted.

1. Annual Cape Cod Trip

Easily my favorite week of the year, every year. All the family (cousins and all), on the beach, so much food, so much fun.

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2. Moved into my first 1-bed apartment

First apartment without roommates. Just my boyfriend and I. So far it is awesome. Our own space, our own fridge, no cats, no pants. It. is. the. best. I am so fortunate to live in Boston and so fortunate to be able to live with my best friend.

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3. Took an awesome birthday trip to Martha’s Vineyard

My boyfriend had never been to MV, which is one of my favorite places of all time, so we went for my birthday. Took a long bike ride around the Island. Had the best bloody mary. Awesome day.

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4. Was accepted to and started grad school

This was a big move for me even though it might seem like a normal post-bachelors trajectory. I have always had many interested and struggled to really hone in on one “career”. I feel much better knowing that within the next two years I will possess a Master’s degree in Special Education, and will be a licensed teacher. The program I am in at Bay Path University allows me to work full time while in pursuit of this degree, and is very affordable compared to other comparable programs. It’s great to be learning about what I am already doing in the classroom as an instructional assistant. Unlike my undergrad, each class is related to what I will be doing as a teacher. I cannot wait until that day is here!

Pursuing a Master’s isn’t the path for everyone. Most of my friends are doing quite well and do not all have a Master’s or PhD, however, for teaching it’s almost a must. Even if you become a teacher after your undergrad, you are required to get a Master’s within 5 years, at least in Massachusetts.

5. Annual Orchard trip

So glad that my friends and I have this tradition, and that my friends family is so nice to host us at their orchard every year.

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6. Cousin’s wedding

Family weddings are a blast. This was the second wedding for my generation of the fam and it was awesome.

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7. Friend’s wedding

A whole different kind of fun with all my college friends together. Can’t wait till the next one!

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8. Quality Thanksgiving time with family

Though I don’t live extremely far from my family, I still don’t get to see them too often, especially all together. Over the past few days both my sister and I were home and had the chance to relax and spend time with our parents. My family wasn’t always super close and still isn’t, at least in the way I think of “close”, but we love and care about each other very much. I also get to see all my cousins over most of the holidays, which has always been and continues to be so much fun.

My dad always recorded home videos as we were growing up and still today on holidays. Lately, my sister has converted the tapes to DVD, so we’ve been able to watch them all together as a family. Watching yourself as a 4 year old is a strange experience, but it is also so cool. Seeing the video of the day my parents brought my sister home from the hospital and I met her for the first time brought me to tears. I’m so glad my Dad had the foresight to record these moments. I will cherish those memories for a lifetime. One day I hope to have the same record of my own children growing up.

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T-giving 1995

T-giving 1995

9. Quality time alone

Normally, I am not someone who likes to be alone. If there is an opportunity to be out with friends I will take it. However, my boyfriend is between jobs and is off on a 3 week trip around Europe (I really wanted to quit my job and join/had some serious FOMO). However, now I am embracing this time for me. I cleaned my whole apartment, thrilling I know, but it felt great. I finished my homework without procrastinating. I started christmas shopping. All little things, but all things I normally put off. Coming up next in my self-proclaimed staycation is

  • go to the gym
  • watch classic movies I’ve never seen (The Godfather)
  • explore Somerville
  • do a 1000 piece puzzle
  • go to a concert
  • hang up photos
  • put up curtains
  • plan trips to visit friends
  • read a new book (need to stop re-reading Harry Potter)
  • cook 5 new meals
  • take a bath (as opposed to a shower, don’t worry I’m not gross)

Not the loftiest of goals, but things I will enjoy doing by myself.

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Basically I’ve always done me. Don’t think that will change anytime soon.

“Oh, the places you’ll go!”-Dr. Seuss

There is nothing like a good adventure

I have been incredibly fortunate to travel to a number of countries in the world. However, after plugging in the places I have been on this map, it is clear that I have actually only seen a small fraction of the world.

As a self-proclaimed travel enthusiast I hope to venture much farther from my home and my comfort zone, throughout the course of my life. Though the map highlights entire countries, I only had the chance to visit a few cities in each. My goal is to spend one year traveling around the world to as many countries as I can. I first got the idea after meeting a couple in Barcelona who was midway through their world trip. They had saved up for 7 years in order to take one entire year off of work and spend it traveling. This sounded incredible to me, so I planning to do the same one day. For now, a few snapshots of my favorite places so far…
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Alberta, Canada 1993

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Washington, D.C.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Fraser Island, Australia

Fraser Island, Australia

Central Park, NYC

Central Park, NYC

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Lennon Wall, Prague

Lennon Wall, Prague

Casa Mila, Barcelona, Spain

Casa Mila, Barcelona, Spain

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Vail, Colorado

Vail, Colorado

Aruba

Aruba

Bryce Canyon, Utah

Bryce Canyon, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah