Foodie Fridays: Am I allergic to animal products?

As I explored a bit in a previous post, I’m working on creating a healthier lifestyle for myself, and diet is a big part of that. I’ve been eating vegetarian (actually pescatarian because I need my sushi!) and avoiding unhealthy, sugary snacks as much as I can. I’ve been pondering reducing my dairy intake recently as well, even though (and perhaps because) at the moment it makes up a major portion of what I eat.

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Midnight in IA: creative nonfiction

Midnight in Iowa

I am a night owl. Were it left up to me, I’d be up till 2 every morning and sleep until 10. And though I get up groggy and exhausted most mornings, fighting the urge to go back to sleep for another five hours, somehow the last few months have also left me afflicted by an insomnia.

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30 cities to see before you're 30

30 before 30

The other day, my housemate and I watched a video called 30 Cities to Visit Before You’re 30. (It’s a great video—lots of pretty pictures and fun facts about the cities.) My housemate and I both love to travel, and she’s been to a bunch of places I haven’t (mainly in Asia), so together we were able to check off a number of the cities on the list.

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Ways to grow happiness

Ways to grow your happy

Hi friends! For #mentalhealthmondays this week, I wanted to shift focus away from travel for a minute and talk about living a happy and mentally healthy life. This is something I’ve been learning about and focusing on recently, and I think it is incredibly important!

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Madison, Wisconsin

Impressions of Madison, Wisconsin

Last weekend, my little sister and I packed up the car and went on an impromptu road trip to Madison, the capital of our next-door and “rival” state, Wisconsin.

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My 5 favorite things about living in the US

My 5 favorite things about living in the US: 4th of July edition

Happy America day! I’m writing this under a sky that’s uncharacteristically cloudy for the week of July 4. But despite the gloomy weather, my heart is full. Even though I often dream of running away to travel the world, I am so grateful that I will always have a wonderful home to come back to. America, you have shaped me in everything that I am. I’m proud to celebrate the land of the free today.

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What do I need to buy for study abroad?

What do I need to buy for study abroad?

When you’re preparing for a semester abroad, it’s easy to get stressed out or carried away over your shopping list. Everywhere I looked online was recommending that I buy lots of expensive travel supplies, and my budget just wouldn’t support it. Here’s my breakdown of the things I ended up buying (or not) for my study abroad program, and whether I think the purchase would be worthwhile for you.

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Mimosas and lanterns in Wisconsin

Last weekend, my housemates, our significant others, and I all packed up and went on an overnight triple date to Wisconsin, aka “America’s Dairyland.”

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