My Week in New England

I don’t believe in New Years Resolutions. I think if we (people) truly want to change something about ourselves, we will start no matter what time of year it is. Two years ago, I made the decision to travel to at least one new place per year. Since then, I have been to Dallas and Chicago but wanted to start seeing the east coast namely Boston. My bucket list actually says “visit all 6 New England states.” Unfortunately, I missed out on Vermont for this trip due to (self-imposed) time constraints but I am certain I will be back to New England in the future!

I flew into Boston and started driving to Connecticut. I was on my own for the first half of the trip, so there aren’t too many photos :(. After Connecticut, I drove the scenic route to Newport, RI and spent the day wandering through mansions and along the cliff walk. Newport was my favorite stop outside of Boston. After my first two states, I picked up a friend and we started making our way up to Maine!

 

Kennebunkport, ME

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We went up to Freeport to the LL Bean store and Freeport outlets (pro-tip: the outlets are awesome but there is no sales tax on clothing in MA and NH so depending on what you’re getting, you may want to hold off). We made our way down to Portland and stayed in the most charming Airbnb ever! We had an awesome time running around in Portland but my favorite part of Maine was the beach towns. Everyone was amazingly nice and gave us advice on the secret spots that were even better than the normal trek.

Sweater  |  Jeans  |  Beanie  |  Puppy not included 😍

 

 

Cape Neddick, ME

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I had a couple of pre-requisites for this trip: bean boots, a covered bridge, and a lighthouse. So we stopped in Cape Neddick at the lighthouse. There were a lot more people here than when I stopped by myself at the lighthouse in Connecticut, and it seemed like more of a tourist spot.

Sweater, similar  |  Jeans  |  Shoes  |  Sunnies

maine beaches

Sweater  |  Scarf  |  Jeans  |  Shoes  |  Beanie, similar

 

New Hampshire

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As we made our way back down to Boston, we drove through New Hampshire, with no real destination in mind. Everything was so beautiful that we got off of the freeway and roamed around. I am not sure exactly where we were in this picture but it was lovely all the same.

Sweater, similar  |  Jacket  |  Jeans  |  Boots, similar  |  Beanie

 

Boston, MA

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I absolutely LOVED Boston. I don’t think I have ever been to such an amazing city with such wonderful people. Everyone was extremely helpful at every turn: when I couldn’t figure out which line to take on the T, and when recommending the best place to eat in the North End. I spent all of my time wandering the city, doing all of the main tourist things. I went on a trolley tour – and skipped the duck boats this time. I liked that the trolley allowed me to get on and off at my leisure. I got off at the beginning of the freedom trail and walked all the way along up to Bunker Hill in Charlestown. I had the best time, and I know I will be back to Boston again soon.

Hoodie  |  Vest  |  Jeans  |  Boots, similar  |  Hat  |  Backpack

 

 

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The Hardest Decision I’ve Made. Probably Ever.

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A couple of weeks ago I spent a week traveling around New England, spending most of the time in Boston. Going to every New England state has been something on my bucket list for a couple of years, but kept getting put off. Last year I changed jobs right around the time I was supposed to go and just couldn’t make it work. So this year, I took a week off work and set off on my own!

I will be posting about my trip Monday (still editing photos, ugh!).

On my trip, I felt so at peace with myself and at home. I’ve never felt as though I truly belonged in Phoenix or even on the west coast. I’m not sure why or what it’s about. On top of that, I would LOVE to live in a big city with an amazing public transportation system, sell my car and just walk to work every day. Maybe I’m taking Phoenix for granted – but also – SNOW!

I had the best time and I ended up serendipitously meeting someone in my same industry who happened to be hiring for my exact position. In my dream city. It was the best experience meeting with their group and learning more about the company and the job and the people. I was sold. Then the offer came in. And for those of you not from Phoenix, it’s cheap AF to live here. And I’m blessed to do well enough for myself and to have an awesome team beside me. Boston, on the other hand, is the third most expensive metro area in the US (don’t quote me, but it’s pretty close if not true).

So now I had to weigh a number of things in my head. I want to leave Phoenix, 2. Boston was amazing, I could see myself there, 3. My team in Phoenix is amazing. I have a great job and great friends, 4. Boston = expensive, Phoenix = not. So I was like I’m doing this, even at a number that isn’t quite where I want to be. I don’t care, I’ll be in a real city, and doing something I’ve wanted for years.

And then I started to notice the pit in my stomach. Seriously, what’s wrong with me? You want this, it’s a great opportunity. You can’t pass this up. And I could not shake this feeling. And finally, between counters and conversations, it finally hit me. My Phoenix story isn’t over. I’m not ready to leave.

So I turned it down. I turned down the most amazing job at the most amazing company in the most amazing city I’ve ever been in.

Moral of the story: just because you think something’s right, doesn’t mean it is right now – dreams can change. And sometimes it’s important to listen to your intuition. No matter what choices and path you choose in life, it will be the right thing. There is no wrong way, just a different way. So follow your heart and your dreams.

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Adventuring in Prescott

Mingus Mountain

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There are so many amazing sights and adventuring spots near Phoenix. The first thought is usually LA or Vegas, but tourists often forget Flagstaff, Tucson, and so many other places that aren’t just a cactus in the desert.

Recently, after a fun day at Mortimer Farms, Anya and I went up north almost to Jerome, to a place called Mingus Mountain. We spent the day driving up the mountain and seeing the sights. There was a small pond, campgrounds, and plenty of trails to go exploring on. I highly recommend taking a day trip to go adventuring if you’re in the area.

It was pretty cool wandering through the woods, and a great escape from the Phoenix heat! But luckily, not cold enough that we couldn’t wear booties and keep our city style with light-weight jackets. By the way- this is my all-time favorite tee shirt. It’s not too sheer, fits loosely (size up if you dry your tops), and is perfectly soft!

 

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