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  • One Step at a Time: My Journey on the Camino Frances | Her Life in Ruins

    One Step at a Time: My Journey on the Camino Frances

    Recently, I completed one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done: walking the Camino Frances. I walked from Saint-Jean Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Google says it’s about 500 miles, but I didn’t focus on the length; instead, I focused on getting to the next albergue, the next village, the next tree, even the next step. I didn’t realize Santiago de Compostela was within reach…

  • Her Life in Ruins is 2!

    “Her Life in Ruins” is 2!

    As you may have guessed from the title of this post, today is kind of a big deal. Why? Because Her Life in Ruins has been online for 2 years! *cue the confetti toss* I have loved sharing my travels with all of you so much over the past 2 years and can’t wait to share even more with you in the future – but first: nostalgia. How Her Life…

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

    2018: A Whirlwind Year in Review

    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 a longer post, so stick with me. January I rang 2018 in with some gal…

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

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

    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. I was one of the younger kids, having just turned 7 years old. I remember…

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

    Leaving 23: Lessons from My 23 Years

    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 of my goals for the next year in my life is to try new things!…

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

    8 Books to Scratch Your Travel Itch

    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 plane ticket these days. Finally, three: I get to learn more about destinations I’m interested…

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

    6 Travel Hacks for the Full-Time Student

    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 Small When trying to balance traveling with school, start small! If you have a free…

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

    8 Seriously Inspirational TED Talks for Twentysomething Women

    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. There have even been a number of independently organized TED talks that focus on specific…

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

    We Need to Talk About Fiona the Hippo

    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 more times than I care to admit and have found myself looking forward to the…

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