2016 Travel Wishlist

I’ve been working on this post for awhile now, mainly because the list changes pretty much everyday. I have the worst attention span when trying to plan travel because I end up wanting to go everywhere and cannot decide how to prioritize! Just today, I’ve decided on like three more trips I want to try and squeeze in. However, here are seven trips I’m currently dreaming of – trying to see when I can squeeze them all in!

A weekend in…San Sebastian, Spain



First off, it’s a foodie destination. And I love food. I first heard about San Sebastian in Conde Nast Traveler two years ago and have been trying to go ever since. It looks completely different from other places I have been and has it’s own unique culture – just the type of place I’d like to explore for a few days!

Exploring Castles in…Killarney, Ireland



My obsession with Ireland grows each time I think about it. After spending a summer in Dublin and visiting countless times since, I feel the need to return every single weekend. I haven’t ventured beyond Dublin very much (just a day trip to Cork and a weekend in Galway), so the idea of staying in quaint Killarney and driving around the castles and exploring the Ring of Kerry seems like the perfect romantic weekend away from it all.

A Eurostar trip to…Ghent, Belgium



After I fell in love with Bruges in May 2014, I’ve been dying to go back to Belgium. I heard amazing things about Ghent, but never actually looked into visiting. Once I finally did, though, I couldn’t stop! This city screams culture, culture, culture. I envision myself wandering around the small streets, exploring along the river, and maybe going for a kayak ride to explore. This is the trip I am most interested in planning at the moment!

A tour around…Japan



Sean and I are in the process of planning a big trip to Japan in 2017 or 2018 (to be determined). We’re talking two full weeks, exploring as much of the country as we can – a mix  between luxury traveling and budget traveling. One of my friends recommended we go because she thought Kyoto was the most romantic place she had ever been. I started doing some research and fell in love…with all of it. Japan offers beauty, romance, adventure, history, incredible culture, and amazing food. It seems like the perfect place to explore with someone you love – and someone who loves traveling just as much as you.

Relaxation in…The Maldives



This one’s a dream. But a beautiful one. The Maldives is something I would book with a Christmas bonus or a winning scratch card. I would love to head to there for a week and stay in a little bungalow on the water and just forget about the world.

Adventure in…Croatia



A couple of my girlfriends and I are planning a week in Croatia for this summer. I never realized how much the country has to offer – hiking, waterfalls, beaches, sailing cruises, history, food, local culture. I’m currently looking into doing a trip which would take us to Split – Hvar – Dubrovnik.

A return trip to…Tuscany, Italy


(photo: my own)

Sean and I talk about returning to Tuscany pretty much all the time. Last time we went, we stayed in Florence and went on a wine tasting tour one day which allowed us to experience the magic of the hills and vineyards. When we go back, I would like to rent a car and just stay in little Tuscan villages for a wine tasting trip. After spending a day driving through the vineyard towns in Alsace, I imagine that doing the same in Tuscany would be the most breathtaking thing I’ve ever done.

Do you have recommendations for any of the places I mentioned – or any other places I should consider?


February 2016 Bucket List

Oh, February. The coldest month of the year (is that a fact?). The month where you’re cold and miserable, but expected to celebrate love. The month where most of us neglect our New Years Resolutions. The last month we have to push through before the weather starts changing for the better.

I’m quite looking forward to this February. I’m back in London at the moment, then headed for Colorado for a week long ski trip before popping back to Virginia to see in March.

So, here we go!

February Bucket List

  1. Make a homemade pizza (using our Vitamix to make the dough)
  2. Eat at a neighborhood restaurant we haven’t been to yet
  3. Ski a full day in Colorado
  4. Walk at least 2,000 steps every day (hard when working from home!)
  5. Learn how to make poached eggs – not in a mug
  6. Finish two books
  7. Write 20 blog posts
  8. Go on a girls’ night out
  9. Complete our at home filing system
  10. Visit a museum or exhibit in London

Lots of eating and small, personal goals. Sean and I are heading to Trader Vic’s, a very special restaurant for us, on Valentine’s Day, so mixing it up and visiting a restaurant we haven’t been to as well will be really nice. There are still so many that I want to try!

Is there anything you are looking forward to doing/accomplishing this month?


Recap: January 2016 Bucket List



If you review the list below, it’s going to look like I had a very slow start to my year. After all, I ticked off one thing…and it involves an event that hasn’t even happened yet. Here I was, all excited that I finally had a list I could easily accomplish, and I forgot all about it! However, I am not going to fret over the things I didn’t do, but rather celebrate the things I did do!

  1. Go see a movie with my dad
  2. Publish another professional article on LinkedIn
  3. Start a meditation program – and actually stick to it
  4. Start running again…even if I just go on one run!
  5. Plan a Super Bowl party to host in London
  6. Upgrade my professional wardrobe with practical, timeless pieces
  7. Attend a class or one-on-one Genius appointment at the Apple Store to learn something new about my MacBook
  8. Learn how to use Microsoft Outlook to maximize efficiency and the flow of information from one app to another
  9. Take the dogs on a walk…at least the two little ones
  10. Visit one of the local Virginia wineries with the girls


Things I did in January 2016 (not featured on the bucket list):

  1. Started a new job
  2. Spent quality time with my parents
  3. Reunited with my high school friends
  4. Visited Sara in New York City
  5. Started tackling my finances…and created a monthly budget
  6. Survived a blizzard!
  7. Took incredibly adorable pictures of my pups
  8. Witnessed an incredible Virginia sunrise
  9. Planned a weekend trip to Zermatt with my brother (and a few tagalong friends)
  10. Attended not just one, but two Caps games, supporting my favorite team

Now, I’m back in London for the month and gearing up for an incredible 2016 of positive personal changes, plenty of time with family and friends, and lots of travel! My February Bucket List is in the works – and filled with lots of food and adventure!


January 2016 Bucket List

I’m not one for resolutions that can be measured, but still promise myself the usuals at the beginning of each year – to eat healthier, work out more, travel more, be nicer, etc. I never really reflect on these, but pretty much just set them again the following year. I mean, there’s always room for improvement, am I right? These monthly lists, though, help me actually reflect on the goals I set each month and which I’m able to achieve. I’m not surprised that I achieve many more of the social goals than I do of the personal wellbeing goals, so maybe I’ll make my 2016 resolution to focus more on my wellbeing.

I’m outside of London for the majority of January, at home in Virginia starting my new job and visiting old friends. And snuggling with my dogs…a lot! With this Bucket List, I hope to kick start my new professional life, hit all of my favorite Virginia haunts, and ensure 2016 is off to a great start.

January Bucket List.jpg


  1. Go see a movie with my dad
  2. Publish another professional article on LinkedIn
  3. Start a meditation program – and actually stick to it
  4. Start running again…even if I just go on one run!
  5. Plan a Super Bowl party to host in London
  6. Upgrade my professional wardrobe with practical, timeless pieces
  7. Attend a class or one-on-one Genius appointment at the Apple Store to learn something new about my MacBook
  8. Learn how to use Microsoft Outlook to maximize efficiency and the flow of information from one app to another
  9. Take the dogs on a walk…at least the two little ones
  10. Visit one of the local Virginia wineries with the girls


Career. Brain. Health. Friends. Family. Fun! I think I’ve managed to squeeze it all into this list and honestly think this could be the first month I hit 10/10!

I’m so looking forward to a bit of unwinding at home while simultaneously jumping into the next stage in my career. I think I could leave Virginia at the end of the month feeling like a brand new person!

Recap: December 2015 Bucket List

December was a whirlwind of a month. With my birthday and Christmas to juggle, I threw in leaving my job and packing up to leave London to make it a really interesting month. Add in a visit from my dad, a trip to Strasbourg, and pine needles all over my house and you’ve got my December summarized.

To be honest, it was one of probably my favorite months of all time. With the introduction of Gousto as well as the arrival of our Vitamix, Sean and I got really into our home cooking, meaning we had really nice evenings with each other, our meals, a bottle of wine, and That 70’s Show on Netflix. I also got to cross authentic Christmas markets off of my (Life) Bucket List, see The Nutcracker, and relive my childhood by ice skating. It was definitely a festive month, and definitely exhausting, but worth every minute. Now, as I say goodbye to 2015, I cannot wait to see what 2016 brings!

But first – a recap of my December Bucket List. I went 6/10 this month.

  1. Purchase all Christmas gifts before Christmas
  2. Eat fondue (again)Somerset House
  3. Visit at least three of London’s Christmas markets
  4. Plan a trip to visit friends in New York or Boston while in America in January – I’m heading to New York City this weekend to visit Sara and Zoe and could not be more excited about it!
  5. Attend a spin or barre class (LOL)
  6. Make homemade mulled wine
  7. Decorate the house to feel (and smell) like Christmas – I went all out on this one. Christmas tree? Check. Christmas candle? Check. Christmas cards and signs? Check. I even managed to get it all down by the 2nd of January…that’s like record time.
  8. Celebrate Christmas with friends – My friend Anastasia joined us on Christmas for our pub lunch, and it was so nice to have a break from the traditional family Christmas…not that ours was going to be anyway!
  9. Read (or watch, if feeling lazy) a Christmas classic – We got about 30 minutes into The Holiday before I fell asleep, but a valid attempt counts, though not sure if that counts as a classic! Definitely doesn’t count as a classic.
  10. Two words: Christmas cookies – One word. Fail. The cookies were made but they were not eaten…I don’t know about you but I personally do not like burnt sugar for dessert.

A Toast to 2016 –


To more laughter and more love. To new adventures, new experiences, new ambitions. To success in the new year. To spending more time with family and friends. To spending less time worrying or stressed. To eating healthy and exercising often. To trying new things. To seeing more of the world. To appreciating our every day world. To making the absolute most out of what life has to offer. To 2016!

Hanging On to the Holidays

Sean and I have done a terrible job calling it quits on the holiday season. It seems that, since Christmas, we’ve just continued to celebrate…well, Christmas. It’s been absolutely exhausting, but also a great way to savor my last week in London.

On Boxing Day, I met my dad for a quick walk through Winter Wonderland (and mulled wine and churros, obviously) before he came back to my house for a home cooked meal. We settled on ham, but had no idea how to cook it. So, with the help of BBC Food and a bit of experimenting, Sean and I produced a fully cooked honey baked ham. I made some potatoes and carrots to go with it. I was so nervous because it was my dad’s first time at our house, as well as my first time really cooking a meal for him – but he loved it! Actually, we all did. I’m not sure how the ham was so successful, but we all devoured it and Sean and I have devoured the leftovers since. I cannot wait to make the second half!


We decided on a lazy day the following day, choosing not to leave the house at all. My dad and I had originally planned a trip to Cambridge for the day, but we weren’t feeling the weather. Sean and I stayed in our pajamas, my dad chilled out at his apartment, and we met up in the evening for fish and chips at our local favorite.


[I’m so proud of this breakfast I created – hashbrowns, leftover ham, cheese, and fried egg…I couldn’t get enough!]

Monday was my dad’s last day in town, so we met up with him to do some shopping and wandering. While we spent some time in Covent Garden, we ultimately ended up at the pub…surprise! Then, we walked over to Somerset House because Sean and I had an ice skating date. My dad said goodbye and left us there while we worked up the courage to skate. Oh – it was a blast! I used to have ice skating birthday parties every year, but I hadn’t been in so long so I was nervous. Somerset House was absolutely gorgeous all lit up and once Sean and I got the hang of it we had so much fun. We didn’t even fall the entire time! We followed it up with wine and fondue in Fortnum’s Lodge –  I’m already planning our next ice skating adventure.


[Our ice skating was booked for 4:15, which is right around sunset, so we had the opportunity to see Somerset House in all shades of light – from it’s charm in daylight to it’s beauty under the lights they have setup at night]


The Christmas celebrations wrapped up on Tuesday, when we went up to celebrate with Sean’s family at his sister’s house. We had a lovely lunch followed by great conversation and a couple of rounds of Uno. It was nice to get back to a real at-home family setting and has made me quite excited to get back to mine in Virginia next week!

Now we are gearing up for the New Year with plenty of rest and a major house clean. I’m down to my last four days in London before a pop over to the states, so trying to make every moment count!


[One of my oldest friends, Caroline, is in town, so we met up with her on Carnaby Street after ice skating. I’m absolutely loving the Carnaby Street Christmas lights – and their New Years Eve feel makes it the perfect place for post-Christmas lights browsing]