Wanderlust Wednesday

Wanderlust Wednesday

Adventure adventure adventure. My mind is always wandering and wondering. What’s next? Let’s go go go go go! I want to go everywhere, see everything, leave no stone unturned, as they say.

I sometimes worry that I’ll never be content with where I am. The status quo. Settling down. Eek! That phrase horrifies me. I want to spend a lifetime in so many different places. London. Iceland. A beach town in Maine or Rhode Island. Vancouver. Seattle. A cottage near a beautiful lake in Canada. Does anyone else feel this way?

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Sometimes it feels like it’s not enough to have visited these places. I want to truly be a part of these cities and towns. I want to be as much a part of them as I am a part of New York City and the Empire State.

I want to know what it’s like to live on a farm for years and raise chickens and goats and to know what it feels like to live a simple small town life where, really, everyone knows your name. I never want to feel stuck. Unmoved. I want to constantly feel.

Feel feel feel feel. FEEL allllll the FEELINGS.

Delighted. Excited. Eager. Free. Optimistic. Curious. Hopeful. Passionate. 

Passion. That’s what we all seek right?

What’s my passion? Find your passion! 

Passion and purpose. Why am I here? What am I doing? Aaaaack, I don’t know!

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I love this quote from Hermann Hesse; he was a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter.

It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.

Follow your gut and always stay true to yourself. People will judge you and have opinions along the way, but guess what? This is YOUR life to live. Nobody else’s. We need to recognize each other’s differences and celebrate the quirks and oddities.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo

Jackie

 

A Look Back at London

A Look Back at London

In July of 2013 I was off to London to study abroad for a month as a part of Northeastern University’s Dialogue of Civilizations program. I wasn’t blogging back at that point, so I figured I’d share some snapshots from my time there with y’all.

Photos below are a mix from London, Bath and Stonehenge.

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Got to see my main man, JT, at London’s Wireless Festival. He was incredible, as always.

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Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Girls Who Travel

Girls Who Travel

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Happy #WordNerdWednesday, y’all! This week I’m reading Girls Who Travel, a work of fiction by Nicole Trilivas. It.is.so.good. The main character, Kika, is super likable and I can totally relate to her life, which makes this novel all the more fun to read. She’s from Long Island and works in NYC (when she’s not out, blogging about her world travels) — similarly, I’m from Westchester and work (off and on) in NYC (when I’m not wandering around in another state/country). TWINS.

Here’s the opening paragraph from Girls Who Travel:

Ten thousand miles away, my mom was probably wondering why I hadn’t called her. But when you’re living inside a tropical screen saver and having knee-weakening sex with a professional Irish rogue, you tend to neglect mundane tasks.

Intrigued yet? Hah, this book is my jam and I think y’all should check it out.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Let Me Wander

Let Me Wander

Just as a painter paints, and a ponderer ponders, a writer writes, and a wanderer wanders.

Two years ago, I was taking a month-long documentary filmmaking class in London.

One year ago, I had a full time job as a PA at ABC News in NYC.

One month ago, I embarked on a solo journey to the West Coast for the first time.

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Vancouver, BC

Now…I’m back home in NY, deciding what’s next winging it. As much as I adore this city, I’ve realized how much your job (or lack thereof) really defines who you are here. One of the first questions you’ll have to answer upon meeting someone new in NY is, “what do you do?” But I’ve learned in my travels that your job doesn’t have to define you. I got to know others as human beings and vice versa; it was wonderful.

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Kerry Park, Seattle

Some have asked if I’ve gotten “it” out of my system. Traveling that is. Um, no. This is just the beginning. I was born to wander. You’re not learning or growing if you’re stuck doing the same thing day after day. What fun is that?

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Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, BC

I want to live in different places, continue to meet new people and enjoy all of the little things along the way. I’m not waiting “to be happy one day” like so many others. I was inspired by other travelers who sold everything, quit jobs and made moves all for the sake of travel and adventure.

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Seattle, WA

It’s amazing how little you can get by on. One of the things I actually enjoyed most in traveling was not having a whole wardrobe to choose from everyday; I felt like a cartoon character who wears the same outfit ALL the time. It was oddly freeing.

Happiness is a journey, not a destination; happiness is to be found along the way not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it’s too late. The time for happiness is today not tomorrow.

In other news, I was accepted into a graduate program at the University of Westminster for Sept. 2016! So maybe this time next year I’ll be jetting off to London again. Stay tuned…

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

There’s nothing more British than High Tea…

There’s nothing more British than High Tea…

Full Disclosure: I hate tea. The aroma, the taste, everything.

I figured if I was going to come around to liking tea in any place in the world, it would most certainly be England. Folks there adore the stuff so there’s got to be something special about it, right? Perhaps. But not for this gal.

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