Monday update

Hello faithful readers (Brian, Mom), here’s a little update on my life.

I haven’t exercised in two weeks. I read an article yesterday about how sitting is taking years off our lives and immediately began googling “is lying down bad too?”. Results inconclusive.

I am interning at an assisted living home. The residents all have some degree of dementia and are sweet and hilarious. I’ve been writing down quotes from one of my favorites, a sassy spitfire named Betty.

I have three papers due this week and it’s taking every ounce of willpower to force myself to write them. I am highly unmotivated this semester. “Bare minimum” is my current study technique.

Termites swarm my bathroom every night and I have a visceral, irrational hatred towards these defenseless, evil creatures.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my future career and how I could combine my interests. They are as follows: cats, sex/relationships, travel, tacos. If anyone has any ideas let me know.

I am currently looking into teaching english in Asia for a year to help pay off my loans and satisfy my wanderlust. Taiwan is at the top of the list.

I took a “primary archetype” quiz because I like answering questions about myself and the results are dead-on.

My type (the Explorer) is independent, self-sufficient, ambitious, tirelessly optimistic, always on the move, always trying to discover new, exciting things.

“The Explorer has one main goal: to find a better world, both inside and out. This goal is driven by the need to
discover things in the external world that meaningfully align with their internal world.

“The Explorer needs to fly freely. They are not afraid to go to new places, or try new things; this is what they live and strive for”. 

We stubbornly march to the beat of our own drums

You are not afraid to be true to yourself, and so long as you stay on your own journey of self-discovery you don’t care what others think of you, meaning you usually achieve what you set out to.”

We simultaneously crave roots and wings, which can lead to internal conflict

“The urge to satisfy these two opposing primal human desires (freedom and belonging) can sometimes leave you feeling
torn – torn between staying put and going off on another adventure”

“Your constant need to be on the move can sometimes leave you desperately needing to feel grounded, although you know deep down that you could never stay still for long”

Oh and sorry Mom:

“As an Explorer, you sometimes have a hard time committing to things that could potentially tie you down – such as having
children, marriage or mortgages”.

If you’re interested in taking the quiz, click here 


Up next?

I graduate from my MSW program on December 12, 2014.

It’s damn near July. How is that even possible?

Time flies when you’re having fun! Alternately, it also flies when you’re not having fun because time stops for no one. Write that down.

So, over the next 5 months I need to decide what’s next for these restless legs (TM). I’ve been craving travel with a vengeance.  Possibly an extended trip to South America. I’m also eager to see more of the United States. I’m an east coast girl and I’ve seen a lot of the South. But, the southwest, midwest, pretty much any region ending in west has yet to be explored by yours truly. I’m considering a cross country road trip, because, when I do things I like to do them big. However, I’ve spent the last year living off Uncle Sam’s loans and my savings are laughable. So, big trips may not be feasible.

I may need to get a big girl job (BGJ) :(. I mean, I guess that’s why one goes to graduate school, right? Well, to get a BGJ will likely require me to stay in one place for a while. That could be New Orleans or that could be another city in the world. I love New Orleans and I planned to stay here for several years (I say that every time I move) but there are several factors (which I’ll discuss in another post) that could lead me to relocate.

I’ve been thinking a lot about where I would move next. Currently my list of potential cities is as follows:

  • Los Angeles (During my quick trip I loved the weather, the beaches, the people and the overall vibe)
  • Denver (never been, I hear it’s clean, sunny and friendly)
  • Pretty much anywhere in California except San Francisco. I’ve always seen CA as the promised land but I was not a fan of SF.

I’d also like to visit the following cities to assess their livability: Chicago, Portland, Seattle, Austin. IMPRESS ME, cities.

I am also very open to living abroad but with nearly 100k in school debt I would have to be funded by a job or (extremely handsome) wealthy benefactor.

If you know of someone who wants to throw endless buckets of money at me to fund my every whim, please point him in my direction.

While I currently have more questions than answers about my future I’m also very confident that it’ll all work out for the best. Call it naiveté, blind optimism or a new membership to


Probably all of the above.