January 29, 2019

A Weekend in Vienna

Wilkommen in Wien! For our first journey in Europe, my flatmates Emily and Curtis and I decided to grab a cheap night flight to Vienna from Rome. A hop, skip, and an hour and ten minutes later, we touched down in the City of Music herself, darling Wien.
January 14, 2019

Welcome to Perugia

Benvenuti! We made it to Perugia! 

As soon as I chose to study abroad for the semester, I knew it'd be in Italy. I've been studying the language for a while now and I've spent the past year mapping my family's roots to both Ireland and Italy. (The big Catholic families just always seem to find each other) I'm excited to reintroduce Italian traditions into my family and my own daily life and I'm so excited to be able to call Perugia my home for this semester (along with those 3 wonderful ragazze above: Annie, Gaby, and Em!) 
January 3, 2019

Resolutions 2019

With the welcoming of another year comes the goals we set for ourselves for the year ahead. Whether you make resolutions or not, you have to admit that the changing of the years is the perfect time to recommit yourself to new goals or a new focus. With that in mind, here are my goals for 2019!
November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

From my family to yours I hope you find love, peace, and great food today. The holidays can be tough for a lot of us so if you're having a rough time, here are some of my favorite things from around the Internet lately to cheer you up.

Take a browse through lovely Joanna's blog

Did you know that the number of girls enrolled in primary school went up from 65% in 1970 to 90% in 2015? Here are some other improving statistics to brighten your day. And just in case that isn't enough -- here are some more!

This year has also been incredibly long and seemingly packed full of upsetting news so here are 50 good things that have happened just this year.

If you're enjoying just another Thursday on your own, here are some tips on how to beat the holiday blues when you're alone.

And this wonderful reminder from Hoda Kotb's Twitter on a change of thankful perspectives this holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 12, 2018

Embracing the Multitudes

High school freshman me at our most important varsity swim meet of the year

Until the end of my senior year of high school, I was the swimmer. It's how people knew me. Every conversation with various family members started the same way: "How's school? How's swimming?" Those two questions in quick succession as if to reinforce the importance of the sport that I had been doing since I was 5. For a long time I resented these questions. They felt reductive and I felt ignored, as if my entire identity was concentrated into this one activity, this one thing that I did. I am much more than a swimmer! I would think with all the indignation of a teenager. I wanted to encapsulate multitudes, to feel whole without my entirety wrapped up in one quality.