7 Lessons Learned While Recovering from A Burglary

    August 1, 2017

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    During the first week of December 2016, I upgraded from my studio apartment in west Houston to a one-bedroom located in a fashionable neighborhood of  the city’s desirable inner loop area. I had long been daydreaming of a shorter commute to work, living closer to my boyfriend, and generally no longer having to trek for 20 minutes just to reach ordinary conveniences such as the grocery store or the gas station. (Bonus points to the separate bedroom and kitchen. I took for granted not having my bedsheets smell like what I made for dinner until I became a studio-dweller.) To say I was excited about my larger, more central home base is an understatement – but not long after the move, I was completely regretting my decision as I found myself having to recover from a burglary.

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    4 Keys to Coping with Pressure on Social Media

    July 25, 2017

    Venice, Italy / Saint Mark's Square / Pizza San Marco

    When I first started this blog, I took to Instagram to generate traffic and interest. Switching my once-private personal account public, hunting down the appropriate hashtags, and upping my interactions with other users really helped to increase my engagement, but, as the likes rolled in, I still couldn’t help but compare myself to other more successful accounts. I began to doubt the quality of my content down to the composition of my shots, my poses, and my camera.

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    How to Spend a Day in Old San Juan

    July 17, 2017

    colorful old san juan, puerto rico buildings

    Old San Juan owes its charm to the wealth of sights, restaurants, and shops within its 7-block area, and it can be a struggle to prioritize what to see and do in the old town, particularly if your time there is limited. This was exactly the situation my boyfriend Alex and I faced when he and I visited Puerto Rico for 4th of July weekend. With some pre-trip research, I’m proud to say that we planned a stay in Old San Juan perfectly reflective of the old town’s eclectic mix of cultural and historical vibrancy. Here’s how you can do it too.

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    Old San Juan: A Travel Diary

    July 9, 2017

    colorful old san juanThis year, I spent 4th of July weekend in Puerto Rico. At the risk of sounding cliché, while I knew what to expect about the island after having seen countless pictures of the old town’s buildings, being there in the flesh was just increíble. Old San Juan is located on a small islet connected to the main island by bridges, and its colorful facades provide a fascinating juxtaposition alongside the imposing, ancient presence of the forts that punctuate Isleta de San Juan. At just 7 city blocks, the old town is definitely densely packed with sightseeing and activities!

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