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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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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Why I deleted my social media

Why I quit social media

After I got home from my last trip abroad, I deactivated my Facebook account. It had been contributing to a negative state of mind for a few months, so I knew it had to go. While my Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat accounts are still active, I typically don’t have them installed on my phone, and I try to avoid spending time on them as much as possible.

Here are the biggest benefits I’ve found since minimizing social media’s influence on my life.

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Above Florence, Italy

What’s next on my world travel bucket list?

Time for a quick life update! I’m off crutches now, so I can move around a lot more easily—just in time for the arrival of beautiful spring weather (we were getting blizzards here less than two weeks ago!). I have just a couple more weeks of being careful on my foot. I’m looking forward to getting back to working out and swing dancing very soon, both of which I have missed a lot.

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Can I afford to study abroad?

When I was thinking about studying abroad, cost was a major consideration. I quickly ruled out programs that cost far beyond my tuition at home as I would be paying for my program myself.

What are the major expenses when it comes to study abroad? How much money do you need to make it through a semester? What does it cost to travel? And how can you save money while overseas?

Here are the most important things I learned about spending and saving while studying abroad.

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How do I choose a study abroad program?

One of the biggest challenges of selecting a study abroad program from a range of choices is that, unlike when you are choosing a university as a high schooler, you can’t visit the different options and get a feel for which one you like best.

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