Summer 2017 Bucket List!

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LOL. Just, lol.

It’s July 19th and I am only just now creating a summer bucket list. Goooooood job, Amanda. πŸ˜‰

I’ve never waited this long into a season to create a bucket list – normally I have it ready to go by the time the first day of whatever time of year happens to be rolling in. I think I’d typically be pretty upset at myself for letting the first month and a half of summer pass without a bucket list in order, because I know when I keep a bucket list I live life more fully and I’m more likely to take advantage of every day.Β  Continue reading “Summer 2017 Bucket List!”

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Three-Month Wrap-Up: Graduations, Thailand, & Other Travel Adventures [Plus A Big Announcement!]

 

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I literally don’t even know where to begin this post. SO MUCH has happened over the past few months. My life has been wild.

So I guess I’ll just take you along on a little story ride. And at the end I have some big news to share with you!

In the past few months, I… Continue reading “Three-Month Wrap-Up: Graduations, Thailand, & Other Travel Adventures [Plus A Big Announcement!]”

Top 4 Lessons I’ve Learned About Adventure In 2016

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This year was full of wild adventures. I spent a summer experiencing the best ofΒ NYC, traveled to Puerto Rico, made many bus trips and road trips along the East Coast, and just generally had a ball of a time exploring.

And I’m grateful for all the lessons I’ve gatheredΒ from these expeditions and the act of preparingΒ for them. So I thought a good way to celebrate these newfound understandingsΒ was to write a post on them! Continue reading “Top 4 Lessons I’ve Learned About Adventure In 2016”

Weekly Wrap-Up: Comedy Shows, Plane Tickets, & Finding Peace

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Haaaaaapppy Friday friends! Technically I have Fridays off so it’s already my weekend, and I’m more than thrilled. My plans for today are to take a really long run and to spend time with Kemp’s family – they get into NYC this morning for a quick visit. It’s their first time in the city so I’m super excited to watch them explore all the best sites!

This week went by super fast. Did anyone else feel that way? I feel like last Friday was just yesterday.

This week, I… Continue reading “Weekly Wrap-Up: Comedy Shows, Plane Tickets, & Finding Peace”

Fall 2016 Bucket List!

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Some friends from college and I at the brightest corn maze of all time.

I know, I know. Fall doesn’t technically begin until September 22.Β But since classes started up for me this week, it’s basically fall in my mind. Plus, I completed my summer 2016 bucket list a while ago and would like some new goals to strive for.

I’ve been mulling over what to put on my fall bucket list for a few weeks now, and to be honest I’m still not fully satisfied with what I’ve come up with. I feel it’s not ambitious enough. I feel I can be doing moreΒ with my time. This list as it stands seems too easy to accomplish.

But I honestly don’t know of any other goals I’d like to add on this list right now, so I’m just going to give myself space to add new bucket list items when it’s appropriate.

SomeΒ of my biggest goals are to run a half marathon, write a poem every other day, and submit a piece of writing to a publication every two weeks. Those are big goals for me, especially because they’re both things I’ve failed at before.

But not this time! I’m going to stay accountable to achieving them and putting in the work necessary to succeed.

So, here we are! Let me know if there’s anything you think I should consider adding!

Fall 2016 Bucket List (short-term list, September – November)

  1. Train for a half marathon
  2. Take a Spanish class
  3. Learn how to speak in the past tense in Spanish without really thinking about it
  4. Hike a mountain and/or camp
  5. Go on a weekend trip away
  6. Write a poem every other day
  7. Submit one piece of writing to a publicationΒ twice a month
  8. Watch a New York Film Festival showing (tickets on sale Sept. 1)
  9. Attend Atlantic Antic (September 25)
  10. See a ballet
  11. Enjoy the Thompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
  12. Go apple picking
  13. Catch a rooftop movie
  14. Meander through the Queens County Farm museum
  15. Continue active involvement in the fight for racial justice
  16. Do one thing that scares me every day for a month

I’d love to hear from you! Whats on your bucket list this fall?

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What I Learned About Life From Holocaust Survivors

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If you know me personally, you might know that this past year I had the honor of working with Holocaust survivors. I was a Social Work Intern at an organization inΒ NYC called Selfhelp Community Services, and I had 11 clients. Basically I acted as their full-scale social worker, providing case management and counseling services.

Continue reading “What I Learned About Life From Holocaust Survivors”