• 2018: A Year in Review | Her Life in Ruins

    2018: A Whirlwind Year in Review

    December 31, 2018

    2018 has been a big year for me! I graduated from Florida State with my MS in Anthropology, visited so many new places, grew this blog, and connected with tons of new people. Today, I’m reflecting on all of these things, month by month, and go through some of my goals for 2019. This is…

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  • 9-11: Reflections on an Event that Changed a Nation | Her Life in Ruins

    9-11: Reflections on an Event that Changed a Nation

    September 11, 2018

    9-11-2001 On September 11, 2001 (or, as it came to be known, 9-11), I was sitting in my second grade classroom. I vividly remember my teacher getting a phone call, then ushering my class into the neighboring classroom with their students and teacher. The TV was on and both teachers struggled to keep it together.…

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  • Leaving 23: Lessons from My 23 Years | Her Life in Ruins

    Leaving 23: Lessons from My 23 Years

    August 22, 2018

    Tomorrow, I’ll turn 24. I’ll officially be in my “mid-20s” (does that mean I’m allowed to have a quarter-life crisis?). I’ve learned so much in my first 23 years of life and I’ve found myself reflecting a lot lately on lessons that have stuck with me. I don’t typically write “reflective” blog posts, but one…

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  • 8 Books to Scratch Your Travel Itch | Her Life in Ruins

    8 Books to Scratch Your Travel Itch

    August 9, 2018

    I have always been a pretty big bookworm. When I’m not traveling, I’ve been jumping nose first into books centered on travel! This is great for a few reasons. One: I can feel like I’m somewhere else without leaving my couch. Two: buying a few books is a heck of a lot cheaper than a…

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  • 6 Travel Hacks for the Full-Time Student | Her Life in Ruins

    6 Travel Hacks for the Full-Time Student

    February 12, 2018

    Finding ways to travel when you’re a full-time student can be quite a challenge. Luckily, I have found a foolproof way to balance my studies with my passion for travel! Want to know how I do it? Follow the six steps below to start bringing travel into your life on a regular basis! 1. Start…

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  • 8 Seriously Inspirational TED Talks for Twentysomething Women | Her Life in Ruins

    8 Seriously Inspirational TED Talks for Twentysomething Women

    December 9, 2017

    If you’re like me, you’re constantly looking for new sources of inspiration. One of the best places I find inspiration is the TED platform. TED is a media organization that emphasizes spreading original ideas that are rooted in a variety of categories. These categories range from the sciences to business to self-help and everything in-between.…

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  • We Need to Talk About Fiona the Hippo | Her Life in Ruins

    We Need to Talk About Fiona the Hippo

    July 17, 2017

    If you’ve been on the internet at all over the past few months, you’ve likely come across the majestic being that is Fiona the Baby Hippo. Fiona the Hippo is one of the newest residents of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and holy cow people love her.  I’ve cried over how flawless Fiona is…

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  • Hail, Transylvania! | Her Life in Ruins

    Hail, Transylvania!

    April 28, 2017

    As many of you know, I am a proud graduate of Transylvania University. The faculty, staff, and student body embody acceptance, love, and support and make Transylvania home to everyone who enters into the community. Transylvania is where I became the intelligent, accepting, passionate person that I am today and I owe the school everything.…

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  • Self Care Tips for When You Just Can't Even | Her Life in Ruins

    Self Care Tips for When You Just Can’t Even

    April 12, 2017

    Being a twenty-something is hard work, especially if you are trying to balance multiple things at once – like school, work, traveling, finding time to sleep, having a social life…the list goes on and it gets exhausting! If you’re like me, you find yourself feeling burnt-out, running low on steam, or just feeling like you need…

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