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A Year of Adventuring: March

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March was an exciting month. I presented at my first conference, ebookcraft, which was in Toronto. I’d never been to Toronto before, so that was a completely new adventure in itself!

As the months go by, I find myself feeling extremely lucky that I have a job where I’m supported and encouraged to do things like travel to conferences and share my experience. (Mostly because I’ve never really thought that I had anything worth sharing.) But just as in my travels, I find that the more I go places and talk, the more I realize how important it is to me. I love talking to people and . There’s a simple humanness to learning from each other that makes the hours of preparation and nerves worth it.

Now, the exciting part: Toronto!

I’ve been to Canada before, briefly, to visit Niagara Falls, but I really consider this my first Canadian experience. Something about exploring the city on foot makes it a completely new experience, and I’m thankful that I had the chance to spend some time in Toronto after the conference was done. I learned a lot about myself, as usual, and also about my boyfriend, who I was traveling with. For example, he loves trains. I know this because we spent many hours in a railroad museum while he drove the train simulator. We also took a tour of a local brewery (Steam Whistle Brewing) and saw The Book of Mormon, which was hilarious.

Mostly it was a welcoming and relaxing vacation, not too planned or hurried. I’ll admit I often try to pack too much into my short travels (as you’ll see in my entry for April), but this was pretty perfect.

A Year of Adventuring: January

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I always make New Years resolutions – you can probably browse through my old blog posts and find a few posts about them. Normally they’re about writing or reading, but this year I’ve decided to do something different.

I spent 2016 experiencing new things. I moved to a new city, started a new job, met new people. I traveled everywhere (at least it feels like it). It was pretty perfect. So I want to carry that momentum into the new year. Just because I won’t be starting a new job or moving cities doesn’t mean that I can’t focus on trying new things and going new places. So this year, I’ve decided that I will go somewhere new every month. It doesn’t have to be big or crazy (like a new country), but it does have to be new.

When I explain this to people, they always think I’m a little crazy, or maybe just overzealous. Someone actually told me there couldn’t possibly be new things for me to do here in Boston. Well, after yesterday, I can confidently say that there are. I didn’t do anything amazing or extravagant, but I had a lot of fun and went to four (yes, four) places I’ve never been before.

1. Barre and Soul, Brookline

I’ve never been to a barre class before, mostly because I’m not a fan of paying $25 for a one-hour class. But my roommate introduced me to Classpass, so I’ve been able to take a lot of classes I couldn’t before. The barre class was amazing – not at all what I expected, which was probably for the better.  It was hard, and my legs were definitely shaking most of the time, but I didn’t feel the need to stop and give up. It was a successful experiment. 

2. Corey Hill Outlook

After barre, I decided to walk instead of taking the train home. It was in the high twenties, and windy, but the sun on my face felt warm so I enjoyed myself immensely. I stopped to grab a bagel and coffee and continued my walk when I stopped at the crosswalk at Summit Ave. It’s been on my list for a while to visit the outlook at the top of this street. People mention it as a great workout – run up the hill, look out over the city, do some push-up, run back. I had too much stuff with me to actually run, but the walk was enough of a workout, especially after barre. Luckily, the view was worth it. 

3. Coolidge Corner Theater

After living within a mile of this independent theater for a year, you’d think I’d have visited before. But no…. So when my roommates and I decided to go see La La Land yesterday, we made the choice to give our money to this cool, local place instead of the huge theater we normal frequent. That was a good choice on our part, not only because the movie was amazing, but because we were able to watch it in a place that captured the same old Hollywood charm as the movie.

4. GrubStreet

Technically, today wasn’t the first time I visited GrubStreet – it was the second. But I thought it was worth mentioning because I did visit it for the first time this month, and it was a big step for me, and will probably have a long term impact, unlike the others.

Sunday was a busy day, packed with lots of new, fun things. And while I wouldn’t necessarily want to spend every day like that, it was a really great day that I’m hoping will set the tone for the rest of this year.

An Attitude of Adventure


“You’re moving all the way to Boston?”

It’s the first thing people say, but it’s often followed by something else.

“It’s cold there.”

“I hope you’re ready for the snow.”

“Boston’s expensive!”

And they’re right, Boston is full of things I’m unfamiliar with, from the cold to Dunkin’ Donuts. But rather than see those as things that may prevent me from enjoying the city and my life there, I’ve chosen to see it all as an adventure.

I have lived my entire life in Texas, and I love it. But I also love to travel, meet new people, and explore new places. And because of that, I’ve learned to take the time and the effort to make other places feel like home as well. Sometimes it happens quickly, which is great, but other times it’s harder. I know that it will take time to get used to Boston and its weather (though the unseasonably mild weather is helping with that), and it will probably take a while to make some new friends as well. But it will happen eventually.

So no matter how hard it is, I’ve chosen to see every change as a new adventure. While it can be a challenge sometimes – especially when you’re sitting in your apartment thinking about how you don’t know anyone in this city – it’s also ridiculously worth it to appreciate the adventure of everyday life.

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