The Upcoming Adventure


“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”

Terry Pratchett

  So as I have mentioned in my very first blog post, my spouse and I are preparing for quite the adventure starting next May. We are renovating a school bus and getting ready to travel the country with it.

This is something my husband Cameron has been planning to do for years. He has made up many plans for designing the bus, planned routes to take/places to stop, and has wanted this for a long time. This year it was finally made possible for us, and we bought a retired bus at the end of the summer.

At first, I wasn’t planning to go at all. I am a very reserved person, and like to stay in one place that’s rooted in the ground. I had honestly planned to rent a place closer to my family in Ohio and take care of our dogs and work there. However, I realized I would miss out on too much and really regret the year or two apart later on. (Cameron also pointed out that there wouldn’t be any rent to pay if I went, so that helps too). So now we are both going to be on this adventure with our two (soon to be three) dogs.

The trip is basically going to consist of us living in the bus full time for around two years-while travelling around the United States and Canada and stopping at all the national parks. During this time, I’ll still be working full time (I am fortunate enough to work remotely) and we will be documenting our trip through YouTube videos, blogging, photography, and a separate website.

I’ve never really traveled anywhere. I’ve always lived on the East Coast and haven’t seen much of the country. Cameron, however, has had a lot of experience with moving around and is excited to start it up again. I honestly think it will be good for me to live a constantly changing, minimalistic lifestyle for a few years. It will allow me a better perspective, more writing opportunities, and a great chance to have an amazing experience with my spouse. The only thing I will really miss is having my huge library in the same living space.

Over these next few months, we’ll be completely hollowing out the bus and then building a small home inside it for ourselves. I will probably continue to  briefly write about the bus on this blog, but for the most part it will be on a separate site. (Once it actually becomes active, I will include a link to the website on here as well).

I truly am a believer that the greatest things are achieved when you are nudged out of your comfort zone- I strive to do that to myself as much as humanly possible. There will be many pros and cons of living a life of constant movement and change, but I do believe I am up for the challenge. This gives us the beautiful gift of seeing much more of the world than we had previously before settling down somewhere out west.

Would you consider this type of lifestyle? I would love to hear your thoughts! If you have any questions about the building/destruction of the bus, or about our plans, definitely let me know in the comments below! 

2017 Favorite Reads


I am an avid reader, and I always have been. There are usually two books being read at once, and I’m lucky enough to have the time to devote to reading as much as I do. I come from a huge family of readers as well, and I know I have a few good friends that enjoy it too- so I wanted to share some of my favorite books that I got to this year. If you’re interested in other things that I would recommend or have read in the past, you can always follow me on Goodreads (there’s a link in the sidebar of this blog) or can just ask me! I am always happy to talk about it as well.

So this year, I read a wide variety of different things, so this will be a smattering of fiction/non fiction/biographies/etc…



Remember the absolutely precious actress who was in Matilda/Miracle on 34th Street/Mrs. Doubtfire? Mara Wilson was a very famous child actress who wrote a memoir in 2016 about growing up in the film industry, her family and the death of her mother at a young age, and her mental health (she had a lot of similar issues I could relate to…Anxiety, depression, trichotillomania.) Her writing is funny and honest, and hearing her sweet stories of acting with Danny Devito, Sally Field, and Robin Williams were absolutely adorable and nostalgic. If you’ve read this and want more of her writing, her blog is also wonderful! Check it out at


We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson is a Gothic horror novel set in the early 1900s. It’s a psychological thriller about two sisters living in a castle alone with their uncle happily, trying to forget the dark past of their family. Their cousin Charles appears and begins to cause trouble- causing the girls to come to terms with the history of their family. This is an easy read, exciting throughout the entire story, and absolutely chilling. I would recommend this for anyone interested in horror.


I really love the True Crime genre, and like the rest of the world, I was so interested in the Netflix series Making a Murderer. This book was written by the defense counsel in the case that we all eagerly watched in the series, and it offers some seriously interesting insight into the case that is still talked about today. It was actually published just this year, so it is very up to date as far as the details of the case. This is definitely a great read for anyone intrigued by this case or by True Crime in general.


Roxane Gay is one of my absolute favorite authors. She has written so many fantastic books, such as Bad Feminist, Ayiti, and Difficult Women. An Untamed State was written in 2014, and tells the story of Mireille Duval Jameson, who is kidnapped from her beautiful life with her husband and baby in Haiti by a gang of armed men who are trying to take money from her rich father. She ends up being imprisoned by them with the most horrible conditions (there are graphic scenes of violence and rape, be warned). When she is finally rescued, she has to start her whole life over and find out who she is again. Definitely a difficult read due to the horrible violence that she endures, but the writing and the story of redemption are absolutely incredible! I’d definitely recommend any of her books to anyone, and this is one of my favorites!


If you read my blog post from a few weeks ago, you know that I don’t have any kids. It can be extremely alienating and lonely as a married couple who has no children, and this book was extremely helpful to me. It includes sixteen short stories from writers that either couldn’t have children or decided that it wasn’t for them. It’s a very entertaining, refreshing book and I’d recommend it to anyone else without kids.


I really wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did. It’s from a book club that I had joined earlier in the year, and most of their selections weren’t great. However this book was not at ALL predictable, and had a twist that had me literally gasping out loud at the end of the book. It’s about a married couple named David and Adele, who have a very strange relationship. David meets a single mom named Louise at a bar and kisses her, then tells her about his marriage. She then finds out the next week that he’s her new boss. While trying to figure out the strange couple, she discovers something extremely disturbing about them. Again, from the short synopsis on the book, I wasn’t expecting much. However, this book was ridiculously thrilling.

There are so many other books that I read this year that were wonderful, but I just wanted to share a few of them on here. Again, if you’d like any recommendations, I’m always happy to talk about books!

What were the best books that you read this year? Have you read any of the five mentioned above? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments! Have a great week!




For any of you that follow me on social media, you probably saw a few posts regarding my hair over the past month. Long story short, I lost a lot of hair very quickly, and decided to drastically change my look as a result of it.

To elaborate a little more, I have a habit called Trichotillomania. This is defined as “a compulsive desire to pull out one’s hair.”

When I become anxious or upset, I twist my hair until it’s weak enough to break it off. It started when I was 13 and had started  at a public middle school. Then I didn’t do it for years. Through tons of stressful situations and times I didn’t have the urge to touch my hair at all. This year however, it came back.

I don’t know if it was quitting a toxic job after two years, readjusting all of our finances, deciding that our whole lifestyle was going to change next year, a depression episode, or all of these things combined that caused it to return-but it was worse than ever. My house was covered in my hair, and my bald patches grew bigger and bigger. I ended up with a four or five inch bald patch above my neck, which left me with a really sparse amount of hair left on my head. I wasn’t able to salvage it, which broke my heart since I had been growing it out for almost three years now.

My spouse, who has never experienced any depression or anxiety, has worked extremely hard to try and understand and always support me when anything happens. He got me back to a doctor after five years of refusing to be medicated, he listens, he researches and makes sure that he knows what’s going on, and he never judges. Since he knew that my hair was something I wasn’t able to just stop pulling out- he offered to take a whole weekend to completely redo my hair.

Alternative looks and hairstyles have always been appealing to me. I am tattooed and pierced, and have always wanted crazy hair as well. Since my husband used to work in a barber shop, I gave him complete creative control over my hair. He shaved my head, gave me a Mohawk, bleached my hair and then dyed it gray.

I’ll be honest, this part wasn’t easy. I cried the entire time he cut my hair. That was almost three years of growth that I had just thrown away with my crippling anxiety. However, either way it would have needed to be severely altered, and I don’t think he could have done a better job.


I fell in love with it instantly. I was able to completely embrace the issue and enjoy a completely new look, while also getting rid of the ability to rip out my hair. It is definitely something that I will always have to work on and talk to my doctors about, but taking this step has made me feel so much more empowered.

Please let me know what you think in the comments! Does anyone else have similar problems that they’ve been able to overcome? 

The Kid Questions


Whether you have ten children or zero, you have probably experienced being asked some of these questions…

“Are you going to have more kids/any kids?”

“Don’t you know how they are made? (Usually people with more kids get this one in my experience, it’s to imply that you must not know and that’s why you have so many)

“When are you going to start your family?”

“You’ll change your mind one day.” (When children aren’t in the picture)

“Don’t you feel unfulfilled?”

My mom and I talk about this a lot, because she has nine children and I don’t have any. Whether it’s family, friends, or strangers-everyone has an opinion on your family. My mom gets comments about how she’s been “busy” and asked about how many more kids she’s going to have on a regular basis. I usually get the “doesn’t your life feel empty?” and the “when are you actually going to start a family?”

For both situations, the remarks are incredibly intrusive and inappropriate. It makes us feel uneasy, uncomfortable, and judged. You are asking about a person’s sex life, abilities, and desires- which are not great subjects to bring up unless they do it first. I can assure you that the woman or man that you question about this does not want to comment on it at all.

As I said before, I don’t have any children. My spouse and I are in a loving, fulfilled relationship, and everything is great! Now, when you ask me if my life is empty, whether or not I’m having sex, or why I don’t have any children after being married for a few years-what response are you actually looking for? Because there are really only a few honest things I could say or scenarios that could be happening. I could be-

a) not interested in having children, which is valid and also private.

b) dying to have kids, but unable to- which means you’re just making me feel bad.

Regardless of the reason or your intentions- most of us have no interest in discussing our sex lives or our children or absence of them. Please remember that next time you feel the urge to ask any personal questions like that. Be respectful and allow people their comfort and privacy!

If you have children, that’s lovely and I couldn’t be happier for you, and if you choose not to-great! It’s your decisions and your life, don’t let anyone make you feel bad about those choices.

If you have opinions on this, I’d love to hear them! Also, do you have any great responses to those intrusive questions? Definitely let me know in the comment section what you think! 


A Little Background…



Hello, I’m a 23 year old currently residing in Winchester, Virginia and I love to write. For the past few years I’ve been slacking on having a personal blog, but my life keeps getting more and more interesting and I’d like to share stories and my own thoughts with the world. My spouse and I are living in this state for the next eight months or so, and then we are taking a renovated school bus across the country with our dogs. So my adventures, thoughts, and poems will be placed on here. If you have any questions for me, there is a Contact Me page at the top of the screen as well. I’m really looking forward to writing for myself again!