On Memories and the Magic of City Nights

A few days ago, I came across some old photos on Facebook, and I was instantly transported back to nights in England. I closed my eyes and fell down the rabbit hole that was memory lane…

Shadows in London memories

It’s mid April, six years ago, in London. Myself and a few friends had gone out on a weekday, heading into the city on the last tube as most people are going in the opposite direction. With no drinks in hand, no place we particularly needed to be, our only thought were of wandering the normally crowded streets. Climbing on metal lions, sneaking into fancy hotels, looking at Big Ben and the Eye all lit up from Westminster Bridge, and eventually finding the night bus that would take us back to our beds to warm up. Continue reading

Snapshot from LA City Hall

LA City Hall

You guys, I’m going to let you in on a downtown Los Angeles secret. LA City Hall has a totally free observation deck, and its got the best views of downtown I’ve ever seen. I grew up going to Griffith Observatory, which I do love, but the views from City Hall were spectacular! If you’re scared of heights, prepare yourself, because there’s nothing beyond a railing to keep you from a 27 floor drop. But hey, if I can do it so can you. Just make sure you don’t drop your phone!

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Quarter Two Blog Goals!

Where oh where has the first quarter of the year gone!? I know everyone says this, but this year is flying by. I was listening to Emma Gannon’s new podcast earlier, and Liz Gilbert, of Eat Pray Love fame was the guest, and she said something that completely resonated with me- “A sign of happiness is when time moves fast. My best wish for our life… is that it goes by in like, ten seconds. If you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing, with people you’re supposed to be with, feeling the gratitude and the flow, then a year goes by in five seconds. And so the best weird prayer that I can hope for people, is that their life is moving by too fast.” So in that vein, how lucky am I to have a year that is going so fast. Onwards to the blog goals!

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Home is a Feeling

New York Times Globe

When you’re a traveler at heart, when you’ve moved a lot, or even if you just moved once, you probably have thought to yourself, ‘what is home, anyways?’ Personally, after having lived abroad, having friends and family all over the world, and realizing that home can be so much more than an address. Really, home is a feeling. These are some of mine, but I’d love to hear yours in the comments below! Continue reading

Travel Blogging Conference 101 + My Experience at WITS!

Over the weekend, I attended my first ever travel blogging conference, the Women in Travel Summit (WITS)! It was so inspiring to be surrounded by so many talented women who loved the same things I did. I got to hear two amazing keynotes, went to a bunch of super useful sessions, and met some fellow bloggers that I know I’ll be friends with for a long time.

I also learned a lot, and will definitely do a few things differently next year! I’m sharing those lessons I learned here, in case anyone else is thinking of attending a travel and/or blogging conference.

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Getting ready for WITS 2017, which will be in Milwaukee!

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Snapshot from the Death Valley Super Bloom!

About a week ago I got a text from my friend Ellie asking me if I wanted to trek out to Death Valley to the super bloom that everyone had been talking about. Of course, being the lover of road trips, picnics, and national parks that I am, I was immediately up for it.  I knew that having realistic expectations was important, and I also knew we were probably about a week too late, but I was still so excited to see the flowers that were there, and for the road trip to and from. Expectations perfectly set y’all, because it was a great weekend.

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Happy Blogiversary to Hello Megan O!

Hello Megan O turns one year old this month, and what a year it has been! Happy Blogiversary!

Blogiversary and business cards

I can’t believe that I’ve already been blogging for a year! I feel like I have accomplished so much, I’ve met some very awesome people, and I even have business cards now! I’ve really enjoyed having a space to document things that happen in my life, and being able to look back and remember/remind myself how lucky I am to be where I am. I jump at any chance to reminisce, so of course a blogiversary post was in order!

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The Here and Now // 02.27.16

One of the reasons I blog is to have a reminder of the normal, everyday things I do each week, as well as the things I’m currently enjoying. While there will always be fantastic trips and exciting projects, the little things are what make the day-to-day exciting, and those are the things I don’t want to forget! Every/most Fridays, I’m giving you a peak into the song I’ve been jamming to, the books I’m reading, and anything else that’s been making my heart happy that week.

Whoops, long time no update! February is one of our craziest months at work, so the blog took a little bit of a backseat, but things should hopefully be slightly less crazy soon! I can’t really complain, I’m the kind of busy I love; work is mostly fulfilling, I’m spending time with friends, etc. Didn’t do as much checking off of the to-do list as I would have liked, but there’s always next week!

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Staying Organized With Oh Hello Stationery Co (+ A Coupon!)

Hands up if one of your 2016 new years resolutions was to get organized? Keep those hands up if you still are trying to figure out a way to do that? Ok, now put those hands down, because this time last year, I was just like you. Once I added on blogging to a full time job, I knew it was time to get serious about getting organized, or else I would start/continue to forget important events and deadlines. Nothing on my phone was working for me, because I realized that typing it didn’t commit it to memory like writing it did, and I just couldn’t remember to check my phone .

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Finding Bookstore Nirvana at The Last Bookstore

Books are easily one of my favourite things in the world, and so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I think that bookstores are actual heaven on earth. I mean yes, I love Amazon as much as the next girl, but there’s nothing like going to an independent bookstore, especially a used bookstore and perusing the options. All the stories have stories, ya know? What more could you want?

The Last Bookstore LAWhen I first heard about The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, I knew I needed to make a trip. Books and vinyl and art, all in one place? Yes please.  Continue reading