How to Do Your Own Annual Review (Plus Mine for 2016!)

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Happy 2017! Early January is one of my favorite times of the year; so full of possibilities for growth and change. For example? I just moved to Oaxaca, Mexico. (More on that in an upcoming post.) But you don’t need to be addicted to personal development books (like, um, me) to know nothing’s gonna happen […]

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Tomorrow is my 30th birthday. The day after tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the worst day of my life. And the thing is: I can’t untangle the days.


The Shocking Life Change I Just Made

St. Pete, Florida

A few weeks ago, I explained my absence to you — I told you about the bad dream that has consumed my every day for the past 84 days. Despite the grief, though, life has continued. It has a way of doing that. And not all of it has been bad; in fact, some of it […]


The Bad Dream That Hasn’t Ended

This blog has been silent for a long time. The longest time since its inception, actually. Why? Because I recently experienced a horrific loss. A loss so vast, and so debilitating, that I have barely been able to get out of bed each day — let alone work or write. But lately, the story has […]


Why I Changed My Domain Name

You may start to notice some things changing around here. First and foremost, please note that my new domain name is ( will still redirect to this domain, but is no longer in active use.) So… why the change? Because I no longer feel like I am *just* Travel Junkette. Over the past few years, […]


A Life Well-Lived: Inspiration From My Grandpa

If you receive my email newsletter, you know I was working through something a few months ago. Something I wasn’t ready to reveal on the blog. It’s now been over two months since my grandfather passed away, and I’m ready to share his story with you.  I started writing it on the plane when he first got […]


The Simple Thing I’d Like for My Birthday

Travel can be many things: delightful, educational, exhausting, eye-opening, exciting, and sometimes downright miserable. But even on the most disastrous of trips, something positive comes out of it. And that something is gratitude. I’m turning 28 on Sunday — and I’ve never been more filled with gratitude in my entire life. A lot of that is […]


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