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Becoming Location Independent

Becoming Location Independent

The five years I spent as a professor gave me a small taste of what life is like working for yourself. Sure, the experience was not entirely equatable–I had health insurance and a steady income, but I could (mostly) control how I spent my days. […]

The Puzzle That is Writing

The Puzzle That is Writing

I’m writing a book. There. I said it (but not before having over 50 single-spaced pages). If that doesn’t show commitment, I don’t know what does. I’m the type of person who has always had book ideas swirling around in her head, but I never […]

Embracing the Happy Accidents

Embracing the Happy Accidents

“I’m a big believer in winging it. I’m a big believer that you’re never going to find perfect city travel experience or the perfect meal without a constant willingness to experience a bad one. Letting the happy accident happen is what a lot of vacation […]

Road Trips on a Budget

Road Trips on a Budget

The kids and I are embarking on a 10-night road trip through the South next week. We hadn’t planned on taking a road trip (Emma is spending a month in Mexico, and I’m spending a month in Southeast Asia. Those are our planned trips for […]

Guide to St. Louis Coffee Shops

Guide to St. Louis Coffee Shops

When I moved to St. Louis in 2003, I worked my way through a printed list of area coffee shops, looking for a space I could call my own. I had two coffee shops in my college town that I would bounce between depending on […]

Finding My Place in Mexico

Finding My Place in Mexico

I turned 40 this year, and my position at work was eliminated. To say this has been a soul-searching year is an understatement. Driftless is perhaps a better word to describe how I’ve felt since last May when the provost told me that my position […]

5 Reasons Verona is a Perfect Destination for Families

5 Reasons Verona is a Perfect Destination for Families

Verona is often overlooked by the charming canals of its more famous neighbor, but it’s a great destination for families. The city is easily walkable, with all its major attractions within its compact historic center. Here are five spots that are sure to enchant even […]

Summer 2018: Going in Different Directions

Summer 2018: Going in Different Directions

We rang in the New Year in Paris and spent the first eight days of 2018 in Italy, so we got a good start to the 2018 year, but it’s the summer trips that I’m most excited about. Emma had expressed wanting to go on […]

How to Make Sense of Travel Advisories for U.S. Citizens

How to Make Sense of Travel Advisories for U.S. Citizens

In January, the Department of State revamped its travel advisory page and how it provides information about other countries. Before the list only included countries that had a travel advisory, but now the list includes all countries with the following classifications: Level 1 – Exercise […]

Even With the Crowds, Italy Still Inspires

Even With the Crowds, Italy Still Inspires

Italy: the land of pasta and immense beauty–the people, the language, and the landscape.  It’s no wonder the country is overrun by tourists. From the shimmering canals of Venice and the rolling amber hills of Tuscany, to the rugged cliffs of Positano and the picturesque […]