can't travel? go thrift shopping, instead

Monday, November 27, 2017

When I started to get serious about saving for travel, I gave up one of my biggest loves: searching for books at thrift stores. Post-trip, I've realized that spending $5 every few months on books I love is 100% worth it and won't hurt my travel savings significantly.

I've never been up-to-date on the coolest, newly released books because I can't come to terms with spending $16 on a book I might hate or only read once. Thrift stores, on the other hand, allow me to buy almost every single book that catches my eye since for $1 a book I can afford that.

I went to three Goodwills and one local thrift store, but only bought books at two of the stores. Thrift stores are always a gamble, but you get THAT MUCH MORE excited when you find something good! I saw a girl walking around Goodwill with the Hamilton biography by Ron Chernow. If only I got there five minutes earlier, that book could've been mine for $1.

Reading lets my mind travel when my body is physically incapable. It's the escapist coping mechanism I used when I was in high school and couldn't even leave my town, and now reading comes in handy when I'm between trips!

Here's what I picked up on my recent thrift shop foray - I never paid more than $3 for a book!

  1. Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux
  2. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
  3. It by Alexa Chung
  4. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
  5. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (I may or may not already own a copy)
  6. Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
  7. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  8. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  9. How Did You Get This Number by Sloane Crosley
  10. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
  11. Maus I by Art Spiegelman 
  12. Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard
  13. The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt
NINE of these books are nonfiction. What can I say, I love learning about the real world! 

what I'm thankful for this year

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Photo by Jeremy Gallman
Next to Easter, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Both holidays don't require gifts. Their whole purpose is to get together with your loved ones and eat A LOT of food. Of course, there's the whole thing about Jesus rising from the dead and the British and Native Americans coming together for a feast, but both of those things probably didn't happen.

But what does happen, without fail, every year is my family getting together to eat lots of food and laugh and then complain about how we over-ate.

I'm going over to my aunt's in a few hours, so, for now, I'll make a list of just a few things I'm thankful for. 

  1. the Hannah Montana movie (it's on right now and I'm reminded that it's a cinematic masterpiece)
  2. country music
  3. my dad
  4. wood burning stoves
  5. books (currently reading Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver)
  6. secondhand books that don't cost more than $1
  7. international friends that call to wish me a Happy Thanksgiving (isn't that the most thoughtful thing you've ever heard!?)
  8. the fact that I can say I have "international friends"
  9. long email chains with aforementioned friends
  10. 61% of Australia that voted in favor of same-sex marriage
  11. Niall Horan's album
  12. Mary J. Blige
  13. my legs. they took me around 18 countries in 2017.
  14. my chacos, who touched the ground in those 18 countries. 
  15. my education
  16. the privilege to travel
  17. air-conditioning
  18. dogs
  19. science and modern medicine 
  20. plans for the near-future 

No matter where you are in the world, I hope you eat good food and hug someone you love today.

Consume This #5

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Photo by Ronaldo Arthur Vidal
Consume This is my monthly curated list of interesting links to things for you to read, watch, and listen.  If you come across something you think I’ll like, tweet at me.


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if you can't find a partner that supports your career goals, stay single

you have to build your purpose

wearing men's button-down is another facet of the manic pixie cool girl

W A T C H I N G  &  L I S T E N I N G

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