Posts in category "Blogapalooz"

I decided to move from the city to small town USA and life will never be the same

I decided to move from the city to small town USA and life will never be the same
Due to an unfortunate series of events that started with my apartment being flipped into a condo, I somehow ended up moving from Chicago to, not just the suburbs, but small town USA. I called my mom in over dramatic tears one day.  You know the kind.  The ones that send you into a dry... Read more »

I missed my connecting flight in Costa Rica and lived to tell the story

I missed my connecting flight in Costa Rica and lived to tell the story
It was my first time traveling to another county completely solo. Sure I had flown to Germany before but I was meeting up with my best friend the next day. My trip to Costa Rica was solo from O’Hare to San Jose and back again. I planned out my trip to Manuel Antonio perfectly, or... Read more »

Dear Mom, Please take the trip to Germany

Dear Mom, Please take the trip to Germany
Mom, I know you and bonus pops (what I call my step dad) want to go to Germany. You talk about it and you want to go. Here’s why you should go summed up as simply as possible: If not now, when? You know that I’m big on travel and lucky for you, I’ve been... Read more »
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Travel Made Me Feel Grown Up

Travel Made Me Feel Grown Up
It took me a while to grow up.  I’ve always been independent and mature for my age, but I always felt like a child.  Even to this day, I still feel young.  But it was when I started traveling that I really believed I grew up. It all started when I went to Ireland with... Read more »

Not a Mom – Life didn’t go as planned

Not a Mom – Life didn’t go as planned When I was young, well younger because thirty is still a spring chicken, I had a lot of career aspirations.  First it was to own a daycare, then to teach, to be a nurse, a phlebotomist (don’t worry- I know that’s a strange ambition as a... Read more »

Why I Travel Alone – The Road Less Traveled

Why I Travel Alone – The Road Less Traveled
Tonight I was tasked with writing about a time I followed the road less traveled. Ask anyone who knows me. I’m not your typical person. My grandma called me Mystery. My mom always said I march to the beat of my own drum. Dad has called me crazy Kate. To you, these might sound like... Read more »
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10 Habits to Try for a Better Summer

10 Habits to Try for a Better Summer
I’ve been thinking about ways to make this summer, the summer of my 30th year, simply kick ass.  I want to see concerts, have fun, spend time with the people I love, and live healthier than ever.  Maybe you want to be alone, on a coach, doing nothing all summer.  If so, this isn’t your... Read more »

I made a million choices in 2015, but the most important? Putting myself first.

I made a million choices in 2015, but the most important? Putting myself first.
Over the course of the last year, much hasn’t changed.  I’m STILL in grad school. I work for the same company (not complaining!).  I still have two cats that make it hard to have nice furniture.  I still live in the same shitty Chicago apartment under the same crappy neighbors. At the same time a... Read more »

A trip down memory lane -- 100 blogs of Chicago, travel, single life, admissions, family and more

A trip down memory lane -- 100 blogs of Chicago, travel, single life, admissions, family and more
One Hundred Blogs. I honestly and slightly shocked that I’m at this point with Coming to Terms.  This post, the one you are reading right this second, is Coming to Terms 100th blog.  That’s right 100. Over 2 years ago, I wrote a letter to the editor at the Chicago Tribune.  Two guys from my high... Read more »
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Opening up has always been the hardest thing - Waiting for the guy who makes it easy to be me

There’s this song by Lady Antebellum, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You that has always resonated with me.  I’m still single at 29.  Why?  Well for one, it is hard as hell to meet somebody after you are done with school.  You don’t have a bunch of other single people close in age around day... Read more »