National Pet Day!

I LOVE to travel; however, my dog is making me more of a homebody these days (or at least if I’m not home, I actually WANT to be home…)!

My dog, Linley, is truly my best friend.  I adopted him from Compass Dog Rescue in September and both of our lives have been enhanced ever since!  He’s originally from Texas, but someone from the Detroit area rescued him before the hurricane in Houston.

Linley’s bio on PetFinder read something like this:

  • Age 2-5 (likely 3)
  • Hates to be alone
  • Very social animal (loves other dogs, but does not like cats)
  • Playful but not destructive
  • Goes with the flow (if you’re relaxing, he is, too)!

So as you can probably tell already, Linley was MY dog from the beginning 🙂

Happy National Pet Day, everyone!  Don’t forget to do something extra special for your furry friend today!

My Travel Timeline

One major flaw of mine is that I compare myself to others – I can’t be happy and reach my full potential if this nasty habit continues…

Loved ones around me are “progressing at faster rates”: moving into new places, getting engaged/married, are more financially stable than me…

Rather than getting bitter, I want to get better!

And let’s face facts here: I wouldn’t be who I am today if I hadn’t traveled and seen the incredible things that I’ve seen!  So what if I’m carrying a bit more student loan debt because of study abroad?  Who cares that I’m not living with my boyfriend at the moment?  I knew that travel would alter my life’s course, and that’s fine.  Why do I care what others around me (family, “friends”…) think?!?!

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In honor of my choices, that I am VERY proud of, here’s my travel timeline:

Canada (as a baby several times and again in 2011)

*no photo from Canada unfortunately…*

Germany (2012 – one month)

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France (2014 – two months)

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England (2014 and again in 2016)

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Italy (2014 and again in 2016)

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The Netherlands (2014)

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Iceland (2014 and again in 2016, also visiting again May 2018)

*no saved photos of Iceland unfortunately…more to come this spring!!!*

Denmark (a few times in 2016)

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Sweden (2016 – five months)

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Czech Republic (2016)

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Norway (2016)

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Estonia (2016)

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Russia (2016)

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Finland (2016)

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Ireland (2016)

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Scotland (2016)

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Hungary (2016)

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Spain (2016)

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Thailand (2017 – one month)

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Macau (2017)

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I hope this inspires you to live your OWN life!

“Do your thing and don’t care if they like it,” – Tina Fey

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