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A Look Back on 2016 in Photos

Art, At Home, Baltimore, City Adventures, Destinations, Engagements, Food & Drink, Lifestyle, On The Road, Outdoor Adventures, Photography, Travel, Weddings By January 23, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

It may have taken me a little longer to put this post together for many reasons, but mainly because I got a little lost in reminiscing through it all. 2016 was a big year. It was filled with travels, decisions, friends, milestones, and lots of memories. I’ve heard that the only time to look back is to see how far you’ve come and before I fully kick it into 2017 (yes, I know it is already the 22nd of January), let’s take a look back on 2016 together.

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The year kicked off with a trip to Austin, Texas – where I immediately felt at home with all of the delicious food and funky street art. Ironically, I took a picture of the weather sign while there was nearly 2 ft of snow falling at home in Maryland.

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Despite the snowstorm threat, my brother and sister-in-law had their second child once it all calmed down. Needless to say, we all fell in love.

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I had the opportunity to join my husband in Nashville, which is basically his second home with work travels. I was cool with Nashville becoming my second home for a bit too.

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Especially with all of the cool murals and delicious food in East Nashville. My mouth is now watering for some Hot Chicken and biscuits.

Key-West

We headed to the southernmost city in the US to celebrate a good friend’s 30th birthday. Not much can compare to a friendship that has lasted for over 20 years. Something like that deserves a trip to Key West! Pineapple drinks for all. Even the roosters in the streets were ready to celebrate.

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We had the chance to go to Puerto Rico to visit our friend’s amazing home in Vieques with a quick stop in Old San Juan. I. Need. To. Go. Back. If you want in on the good times and laid back vibes, look up the Oreanda!

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2016 was the first year of Light City, a festival of light, music & innovation in Baltimore. From the light installations to the energy on the streets to the official Light City cocktail, it was a very special time for this city. I am honored to be involved with making 2017 bigger, bolder & brighter.

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Our endless adventure then took us to Denver, Colorado – the mile high city. The food, the music, the beer, everything, Denver rocks, especially the Red Rocks. (hey oh)

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A good friend recently moved to Chicago, Illinois and she gave us the best tour of all the best spots in just under 48 hours. Must return for more deep dish.

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What better way to celebrate a friend getting married than to discover a new city together? Savannah was full of beautiful sights, ghosts, and coffee. Thanks for having us, Georgia!

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Then said friend had a perfectly intimate and loved filled wedding in Rehoboth Beach, which I had the honor of capturing. I can’t wait to capture more intimate weddings in 2017.

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As the maid-of-honor AND engagement photographer, I was super excited when my good friend and her fiance had no issue taking an adventure into the woods of Loch Raven Reservoir and then to the piers of Fells Point. Can’t wait for June 2017!

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When I visited Austin earlier in the year, I knew I had to come back. At the very least, for the tacos. Torchy’s Tacos does not mess around.

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I also wanted some of my closest ladies to experience Austin with me. From kayaking to mural hunting to getting down on Rainey Street, a huge thanks to them and the city of Austin for making my 30th birthday one that I will not forget.

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We couldn’t forget to celebrate Chris and his birthday. San Diego seemed like a good choice. While the sunshine, beers, and tacos were amazing, it was even more wonderful to catch up with high school and college friends. Thanks for living in paradise so we can visit often.

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In between trips, there is always more to explore in Baltimore. 2016 was a big year for @thebmorecreatives. It feels like their event at the National Aquarium was ages ago. Chris and I also fully enjoyed heading back to our old ‘hood to enjoy the lights.

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As if 2016 didn’t have enough fun packed in, one of my dearest friends, who I have know since I was about… 6 months old, decided to get married on New Year’s Eve in Madeira, a tiny Portuguese island off the coast of Africa. We couldn’t say no.

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It was a truly a magical island and a magical night. I’d like to find other words to describe it, but magical is really nailing it.

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But at the end of every trip, there is nothing like snuggling up with my little family at our home in Baltimore. Not pictured: our spotted pup that I was cuddling.

Looking forward to 2017 and all that it will bring.

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Miracle on 34th Street | Hampden Neighborhood Guide

Art, Baltimore, City Adventures, Destinations, Food & Drink By December 5, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 2 Comments

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You may have heard of the classic Christmas movie, Miracle on 34th Street, but have you ever been to THE Miracle on 34th Street? Every year, a crazy wonderful amount of homemade and store-bought holiday decorations light up a block of 34th Street in the neighborhood of Hampden, Baltimore. The lights go live the weekend after Thanksgiving and you should definitely take the time to check them out before New Years.

For those coming in from out of the neighborhood, as a past Hampden resident, I must insist that you do not try and drive through. For one, it is nearly impossible. You either end up spending too much time waiting in a long car line or the road might be closed. Also, you must explore the neighborhood! I wanted to pull together a few of my favorite spots to help guide visitors, but picking my favorite spots in Hampden is like picking a favorite child, so I brought in a few local Hampden lovers.

charmcitycookMeet Amy, also known as the @CharmCityCook. Amy is a consultant and blogger, who loves the weirdness of her neighborhood of Hampden.

 

louMeet Lou, who many have dubbed the unofficial mayor of Hampden. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to get a trike ride from him to the lights, synchronized to music of course.

 

alyshaMeet Alysha, who helps to share what’s happening around Baltimore through @DiscoverCharmCity. Alysha suggests that you take your time to look through all that Hampden has to offer.

 

 

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First Things First, Where Do I Park?

If you come earlier in the day, you will have better luck finding some street parking. Otherwise, there is plenty of metered parking along 36th street (fondly known as “The Avenue”) and some down Chestnut Avenue. For easiest parking, check out the parking information here

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‘Tis The Season for Giving, Check Out the Shops for Gifts

I highly recommend to come earlier in the day and do some of your holiday shopping. Amy suggests that your first stop be her favorite shop, Trohv, a home and gift shop. It is my personal favorite for finding the perfect gift for friends and family. Lou recommends checking out the painted crabshells from Razzo for a truly unique gift. Some other great shops to include (but are not limited to):

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My Food Market favorite, the Buffalo Pickles

Before the Hanger Hits, Find Some Dinner

All of that shopping would lead anyone to have quite an appetite and you are in luck, Hampden has many dining options. If Amy had her pick, you would find her at the bar of The Food Market, enjoying a delicious dinner and a martini. I would also recommend reservations if you are looking for a table.

If You Are Looking for a More Casual Dinner

  • Luigi’s Italian Deli is one of my personal favorites. While passing owners throughout the years, it remains a staple in Hampden. I love the Italian Cold Cut, but you will hear many rave about the Scooch or the Chub.
  • You will find one of the largest Royal Farms right on the Avenue. RoFo can be quite family friendly and affordable when you are exploring with kids, especially since there is seating and the fanciest Royal Farms ceiling you’ll ever see. (Update: It wasn’t named the best fast food fried chicken by Food & Wine for no reason.)
  • Lou recommends holding out for the Hot Dog Cart on 34th Street, sponsored by The Food Market and all proceeds go to the GreenMount School. All food and drinks served by the students. 

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Save Some Room for Dessert

Alysha and Lou advise that you grab a Hot Chocolate from the Charmery before walking down to the lights. Get ready for some huge handmade Marshmallows. 

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Save Water, Drink Beer

If you are looking for a local brew, head over to Waverly Brewing Company and Union Craft Brewing. Both within walking distance. Amy recommends the Foxy IPA or the Double Duckpin, her personal favorites from Union.

Wine Not?

If grapes are more your thing, head over to 13.5% Wine Bar. You won’t be disappointed by their wall of wine.

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It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Cocktails

If you are looking for a craft cocktail, you must find the Other Corner. It is essentially the back room of the Corner Charcuterie Bar, but with a different vibe that is away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Alysha likes it because it is dark and cozy with great music. If you’re Lou, you always end up at the back corner because “once that door closes, you could be anywhere in the world.”

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What’s New?

New businesses are constantly opening in the quirky neighborhood of Hampden. Try out some of these new spots:

  • Five & Dime Ale House – a new take on a classic neighborhood tavern 
  • Wicked Sisters – restaurant brought to you by the same wonderful people who created Papi’s Tacos, Alexander’s Tavern, and Huck’s 
  • Paulie Gee’s – a delicious pizza joint. Alysha recommends the back bar that has a nostalgic basement feel, complete with trophies.

Make a Night of it

Because after a few drinks, you wouldn’t want to miss a delicious brunch in the AM.

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Happy Holidays!

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THANK YOU for Voting for the 2016 Baltimore Sun Mobbies

Baltimore, Photography By December 2, 2016 Tags: , , No Comments

Last night I had the pleasure of mingling with some of Baltimore’s most creative folks at the new Diamondback Brewery in Locust Point, Baltimore. It was a celebration of Baltimore’s online community, originally named “Maryland’s Outstanding Blogs,” but more widely known as “The Mobbies.” I was super excited to have won “Best Use of Photo.” A huge THANK YOU to those who nominated and voted for me!

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I will be the first to admit that while I am not the best photographer on that list, that is the beauty of photography, there is so much room to learn and lots of space to find your own style. Also, as the name of the category hints to, there are so many ways you can use photography. For me, it has always been a goal to use my photography and blog as a way to share new places, awesome local businesses, and the beautiful little details in life. All in hopes that I can inspire others to get out there and create their own adventures.

Also, it has been awesome to watch the creative community grow over the past few years. This is due to many things, but I personally want to shout out to @TheBmoreCreatives, Rising Tide Society, and Creative Mornings. While at times peaceful and empowering, it can be also be lonely and disheartening to be working alone and these groups have truly brought together communities online and IRL.

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Photograph by Steve Ruark from the Baltimore Sun

In the spirit of community over competition, here are some of my favorites that you should be keeping an eye on, in no particular order (and not even scraping the surface of awesomeness that Baltimore has to offer):

Considering I took a leap of faith a couple months ago and charted a new path for my career, it truly means the world to have the support of my friends, family, and all the creative people I continue to have the pleasure of meeting around Baltimore and on my travels. Thanks again!

Much Love,

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Cheers to 30 Years and Birthday Goals

At Home, On The Road By November 14, 2016 Tags: , , 2 Comments

Yesterday, on the eve of the my 30th birthday, I sat in a yoga class 1,344 miles away from home, learning how to do handstands with some of my closest and dearest people. The night prior, while a bit tipsy from some local Texas beer, there were a few failed handstands, followed by many giggles. Then yesterday morning, with proper focus towards being light, many drills, and always a sense of humor, we were able to push ourselves up into the air with blind faith and calm minds. The title of the class, Bittersweet Yoga, couldn’t have been more accurate for life right now.

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Our yoga instructor, Jerry, was explaining the idea of the return of Saturn. How it can lead to big life changes right around 29.5 years, sometimes lasting up to 32 or 33 years. You may often feel like you are a basketball that is being dribbled, but you are quickly figuring out what you want and don’t want in your life, sometimes by the process of elimination. You may quit your job (check), you may take on a new adventure (check), there will be highs, and there will be lows (check), but you will go into your 30s being like “ohhhh yea,” which I couldn’t be more excited about.

As I reflect on the changes in my life over the past few months, sometimes I question myself, sometimes I wonder what the fuck I am doing, but often there are peaks of wild excitement about how I can spend my time and energy. I try to remember to harness those highs to help push me through, to rise up through the murkiness, a bit like a lotus flower, and to help create the life I want to live. With that, I want to continue to focus and use this as a time to set some goals as I enter my 30th year on this planet.

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First and foremost, I want to continue to push myself outside of my comfort zone, knowing that the experiences I gain will quickly outweigh the fear and anxiety often associated with doing new things. Perhaps over time, it will help contribute to less fear and anxiety overall, one can only hope. As I do this, I want to capture the beauty and experiences I discover around this city, country, and world and share them with you. While being alone is always great for this introvert, there is nothing like sharing experiences, whether it be with friends or complete strangers.

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Secondly, I want what I share to help inspire and encourage others to get out there themselves. I’d love to hear more about what would help inspire you – more photos, guides, or travel tips? You tell me in the comments!

Thirdly, I believe that travel often opens your eyes to new perspectives and what I love most about that, is the ability to bring those ideas with you, back home. Through all travels, there is nothing like coming home and for me, Baltimore is home. While I have had many random business ideas over the years, I am hoping to discover that next idea elsewhere and that it is just what Baltimore needs.

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And the last goal, one just for me, I want to be able to do a handstand. A real one, no wall behind me, not wild nor out of control, but a strong and focused escape into the sky, followed by a light return to the earth. In order to do this, I must remove any heaviness, at least as much as I can control, whether it be within me or the people or ideas that surround me. As Jerry at Wanderlust Yoga told us, life need not be heavy, but I also know that I can’t just literally jump right into this or I will hurt myself. It will take some work and some practice, as with most things in life. You may have noticed this is about more than just a handstand, but actually a reflection on how I want to live my life, but still, I want to do an actual handstand before I turn 31.

As I get distracted, as we all do, throughout this next year I am going to remind myself of these goals and bring myself back to them. Although, I must also remember to be open to any ideas or opportunities that arise, unplanned as they may be, they could be magical surprises. May the next few months be a time of magnificent transformation. If you would like to join along for the adventure, you can sign up for my email newsletters or follow on Instagram.

Also, a kind soul has nominated me for a couple Baltimore Sun Mobbies. I would absolutely love if you would take the time to vote for me for Best Use of Photo and Best Newcomer. Consider it your birthday present to me! You can vote once a day per category.

Namaste Y’all,

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Top Events To Do This November Around Baltimore

Baltimore, City Adventures, Destinations By November 4, 2016 Tags: , , 1 Comment

Happy November, y’all! I feel like I say this every month, but when on earth did it become November?! Life has been pretty hectic recently (a good hectic) and the weather has been a bit warm for this time of year, so I suppose that has thrown me off. Nonetheless, here we are, in the month that yours truly was born, the month that I turn the big 3-0. It should be a good one. I have never been one to want time to stop or to live in the past, I am always excited for what is to come, including my thirties. Plus, I love any excuse to get together and celebrate with friends and family, so celebrate we will. All. Month. Long. Yep, one of those girls.

Since I don’t want to leave you out of the celebrations, I wanted to share a few fun things to do around my hometown, this glorious city of Baltimore. Yes, the weather is cooling, but you don’t have to hibernate quite yet. There is a lot going on around Baltimore in November, from fishies to tapas to plants and bikes. Read on.

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November 6th

It’s Pay What You Want Day at the Aquarium. Yes, you heard me, guests may choose their admission price to access nearly 20,000 animals at the National Aquarium. That’s a lot of animals. Grab the amount of dollars you want to spend and make time to reconnect with all of the world’s aquatic treasures.

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Grilled Cornbread with Pimento Cheese, Photo Taken by Tapas in the City

November 7th & November 9th

There isn’t much that brings people together like food does and Tapas in the City gets that. Every month, they partner with a different Baltimore restaurant to create a new culinary adventure where you can enjoy a multi-course tapas style meal. On Monday, November 7th and Wednesday, November 9th, join Tapas in the City for a six course tapas meal with an optional drink pairing to taste all the delicious food from Chef Rafael at Wayward Southern Bar & Kitchen. You can buy your tickets here using promo code WBK for $5 off.

This month’s menu will include:

  • Grilled Cornbread with Pimento Cheese
  • Pulled Pork Arancini
  • Burrata Salad
  • Smoked Gouda Brisket Mac N’ Cheese
  • Wayward Slider
  • Grilled Biscuit with Vanilla Bourbon Ice Cream

Also, because Tapas in the City and I love food AND you all so much, we are giving away 2 tickets to Monday’s dinner adventure at Wayward Southern Bar & Kitchen. Simply follow @ourendlessadventure and @tapasinthecity on Instagram or Facebook, then tag a friend you want to join you in the comments! Head over to Instagram or Facebook to enter to win. No purchase necessary to win. Winner will be drawn at random on Sunday, November 6th at 12PM.

November 8th

Do your patriotic duty and VOTE MOTHATRUCKAS

November 10th

Head over to the Rawlings Conservatory to mingle and enjoy botanically-inspired cocktails, including the signature Palm House Punch. I am super super sad to miss this one because this is where Chris proposed and it would be amazing to have cocktails in this magical place, so please, go do this for me. I will live vicariously.

November 25th

Time to burn off the Thanksgiving food in the most fun way – Baltimore Bike Party! This month is a super cozy PJ theme and ends with an after-party at the Ottobar.

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November 27th

Since Thanksgiving will be over, it will then be appropriate to start thinking about December holidays! Join the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCs) in Harbor East for Pet Photos with Santa! They provide on-site print outs of your pet photo, as well as a link to download the digital file after the event.

Enjoy your November and hope to see you around town!

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Carolyn & Adam’s Adventure | Loch Raven & Fells Point Engagement

Baltimore, Engagements, Outdoor Adventures, Photography By October 17, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

I recently had the pleasure of capturing engagement photos of two of my good friends, Carolyn and Adam, who are getting married next June. When chatting about spots for photos, they were hoping for a balance of some outdoors and some in the city. I was super excited when they completely trusted me to go wander in the woods to find a reservoir that none of us had ever been to. Loch Raven Reservoir was very gorgeous in early October and we already want to go back for more adventures. We then wrapped up the session with a gorgeous autumn evening in Fells Point, one of my favorite neighborhoods in Baltimore.

I first met Carolyn in middle school, as she was good friends with my sister. In college, I was lucky enough to live with Carolyn, along with a few other amazing ladies, and we have been pretty inseparable ever since. Carolyn is one of the most loyal and incredibly caring friends I have, always willing to put everyone before herself. She is upbeat, friendly, and ridiculous, needless to say time with her is never boring.

Adam and Carolyn met through some mutual friends. After months of Carolyn talking about how rugged and handsome our friend’s friend was, all they needed was a not so coincidental table assignment at a wedding for their romance to truly start. From there, there were many weekend trips back and forth between Maryland and Connecticut, with Adam eventually making Baltimore his new home with Carolyn.

While I did not know Adam previous to their relationship, I can say I’ve never seen Carolyn so happy and in love. I believe they truly complement and balance each other. You can tell they care deeply for each other by all that they do for each other and with each other, all with a great sense of humor about life. Also, I love that they are just as happy to curl up on their couch on a Saturday night with their dog, Winston, as they are up for sailing around the Caribbean (where they also got engaged, not romantic at all, right?). I have so many other details I would love to share about them here, but I need to save some details for my maid-of-honor speech!

Without further ado, enjoy some moments with Carolyn and Adam below. Happy Engagement!

Much Love,

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I Quit My Job, Now What?

Lifestyle, Photography, Travel By October 13, 2016 Tags: , 12 Comments

Yes, you read correctly, I have quit my full-time job and as you may have noticed, started this new blog. Hello blog post #1 of Our Endless Adventure. I have to confess, I’m super excited AND super nervous. If you were wondering how I got here and what this means for you, I invite you to keep on reading.

Obligatory Background Story

In 2008, my now husband and I put our stuff into storage and drove cross country for a month. We quickly learned that not only could our relationship survive a month living out of a 1995 Lincoln Continental that his Granddad lent us, but we also learned that we loved traveling together, discovering new places, and creating our own adventures. Since then, from Mexico and Italy to Aruba and Puerto Rico, we haven’t stopped making travel a priority in our lives.

We also haven’t stopped talking about driving across the United States again because there is so much to discover here in our own country. Every time we see an airstream trailer or a VW bus, Chris can just sense my eyes lighting up and is already saying “I know” in a loving manner before I have a chance to gush. Recently, we found ourselves in the Red Rocks of Colorado, where the idea of a 2 week drive down the coast of California next year quickly turned into many what if’s… what if it was a 1 month trip? Or… 2 months across the country? Maybe it was the local greenery speaking to me, but fuck it, maybe even 3 months? I knew I couldn’t let this idea go.

I’m not going to lie, I became a bit obsessed with this idea. Chris and I have had many conversations about this idea since Colorado. Somewhere, in between a few glasses of wine on our deck, in the minutes before drifting off to sleep, and on summer evening walks with our dog, it started to become something bigger. It became something we simply had to experience again, but differently, because 21 year old me and soon to be 30 year old me would definitely do things differently (as is with most of life). It became the inspiring force behind a major shift in my career. It became a new chapter in our lives.

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Our First Cross Country Roadtrip, Circa 2008

But Why?

What was driving this desire, this new found obsession to get up and drive across the country for a few months? We had talked about trying to have kids once I turned 30 (t-minus 30 days until that happens, eek), was I trying to avoid this reality? Things had been changing at work, was I no longer happy at my job? We had recently bought a house in Baltimore City, was I regretting the decision of being so committed to one place? We dug deep, we had some tough conversations, but amazing conversations that make me so grateful for my husband, my best friend. Naturally though, none of these truly answered the why. I had a bad-ass, flexible job, I love our new home, and I can’t wait to raise a family here in Maryland, but I still had this desire to just… go.

It might be that I value the sense of freedom and independence it takes to find out who I am by exploring the world. It might be because I’m scared of being trapped, financially and/or creatively. Maybe it’s because there has always been a part of me that doesn’t want to be told what to do. I respect those who can chart their own path and are different, not for the sake of being different, but because it works for them. I personally don’t want to live my life how others think I should because I want to find what works for me.

It’s also possible I simply have a serious case of FOMO. I do not want to look back and regret that I didn’t experience all of the things I want to. I know that to an extent travel will become more difficult as we have children and that it may fall to the wayside, but I am also honest with myself that my priorities will change once we have a little one to take care of. I am okay with that, in fact, I am kind of excited for when that time will come, but we are just not there yet. I also genuinely believe that in expanding my perspectives through travel, I will not only grow myself, but have the ability to be a better parent (again, when that time comes). I have to admit, I still haven’t figured it out yet, but I am thinking with a little time, some fresh perspectives, and new surroundings, I might get closer.

Or if you asked Donna from Parks & Rec, maybe it’s just the return of Saturn, we may never know.

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Working hard at OrderUp, Photo Credit: Jason Palumbo

So Why Did I Quit My Job?

I’d love to say it was because I worked in some boring cubicle, handcuffed to a desk, working long hours on boring things, but I can’t. For over the past year and a half, I’ve had the pleasure of working for a company called OrderUp. From a Baltimore based startup to a recent acquisition by Groupon, I have happily lived that #orderuplife and surrounded myself with people who love food. I have taken a part in launching over 9 new markets, worked with some of the most talented people I have ever met, and have watched as OrderUp delivered happiness to many new customers (in the form of food). Prior to that, I worked for McCormick and Company, the largest spice company in the world, filled with people who are dedicated to making your food more flavorful and less boring (you might be sensing a theme… I love food). I am honored and grateful to have been able to work with so many creatively hungry people and to have done my part to help each company grow to where they are now, but it is time for my next adventure.

Now What?

In order to make things like a couple month cross-country trip in the future come true, Chris and I had to rethink our current lifestyle and figure out how we could get there. Moving forward, I plan to concentrate much of my energy on this new blog, where I will be sharing photography and stories from my travels and my day to day lifestyle. I hope that in sharing my experiences with others, I can inspire and empower others to get out and explore themselves.

I will also be pursuing marketing consulting opportunities where I can use my brand and digital marketing expertise to help businesses tell their story to their customers. As with my blog, I am passionate about sharing exciting experiences, small businesses, and connecting them to the people who want them. You can learn more about my services here.

And let’s not forget, late next summer, I will be driving cross country. Routes and timing to be determined, I’ll obviously want your recommendations and input! Between now and the great roadtrip of 2017, I will have some other adventures to share… NYC, Austin, San Diego, Portugal, Thailand, Iceland, and more.

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What Does All of This Mean For You?

I will have more to post here! I will be focusing on sharing authentic experiences and stories that I encounter, as I genuinely believe that these experiences make for a more fulfilling life. I will be putting myself out there, learning to explore this ordinary world in novel and extraordinary ways. I believe we become more physically and emotionally engaged when traveling and through that, I want to find both peacefulness and exciting new energy. I want to learn more about myself and meet others unlike myself. I want to see parts of the world that have not been touched by humans, while also finding things that could have only been created by truly creative souls. And then I want to share this all with you.

I will be documenting these adventures right here on the blog, sometimes in the form of delicious spots to eat, where to find your next drink, adventures in and outside of cities, and everything colorful and creative I find along the way. In true Becky fashion, I’ll be sure to include the occasional cat photo (#sorrynotsorry). I know all of these adventures will change my perspective on life and guide where we may go from there, knowing that after all of it, I will always be grateful to come back home.

Speaking of, for my Baltimore lovers, I will always be BSinBMORE at heart. I will always be a big advocate for our hometown and will continue to share things to do around this charming city. There is so much cool shit going on around Baltimore and I continue to learn more each day as I expand outside of my network of people and meet more creative, like-minded folks. Maybe, perhaps, I’ll be able to share with others that Baltimore can be an amazing destination for their travels.

If you are down to follow along on this endless adventure, please sign up for my email newsletters, like my page on Facebook, and follow along on Instagram for daily updates. And if you are so inclined, share this blog and my pages with any like-minded souls who have an appetite for creating their own adventures.

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15 Reasons Why Maryland is Amazing

Baltimore, Lifestyle By March 25, 2014 Tags: , , No Comments

I may not have chosen to grow up in Maryland, but I did decide to continue to live here (and trust me, I have thought about moving away, California always sounds nice). There is just something about Maryland that keeps me here and keeps me happy. On this day, 380 years ago, the first European settlers landed on what is now known as the great state of Maryland. In honor of Maryland day, I bring you 15 reasons why Maryland is amazing (in no particular order and by no means, an all-encompassing list):

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1. Who Loves Seasons?

We have all 4 seasons. Yes, while snow at the end of March is never ideal, it can quickly jump to the 70’s in no time. Maryland, you’re crazy. I like you, but you’re crazy.

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2. Don’t Worry, Be Crabby

Getting crabs in Maryland is not a bad thing. Blue crabs that is.

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3. We Have It All

Beaches, mountains, cities, farmland. You can hike, bike, swim, or boat. Whatever your little heart desires.

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4. Fish Fun

The National Aquarium is in Maryland. No, not the Baltimore Aquarium, not the Maryland Aquarium, it is the National Aquarium. We don’t mess around when it comes to our fishies.

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5. Two Words: Old Bay

I grew up putting this on everything… popcorn, pizza, crabs, french fries, chicken, macaroni and cheese, corn on the cob, potato chips… heck, I’ve even tried Old Bay ice cream. I used to work at McCormick & Company where I got to talk about Old Bay everyday AND it was encouraged. Can you say dream job?

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6. Maryland is Really Funny Shape

Which obviously makes for great jewelry.

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Photo Credit:  @kparkphotography on @routeoneapparel Instagram page

7. The Flag

We have this crazy, yet beautiful flag. It’s yellow. It’s red. It’s in your face. Who came up with this pattern? I like it. Plus it makes for some great clothing and accessories. Thank you Route One Apparel.

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8. All The Historic Towns

Annapolis, Baltimore, Frederick, Old Ellicott City, and so much more. Some of my favorite times are spent wandering historic main streets exploring the shops and restaurants (and apparently I like to take photos of couples holding hands in these places too).

9. Not North, Not South

We’re not quite “Northern,” we’re not quite “Southern,” which means when we head north or south, we don’t quite fit in, but the silver lining is that no one strongly dislikes us for that reason.

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10. That Being Said… Location, Location, Location

While Maryland is great, variety is the spice of life. We are within close proximity to many other top US cities. Wherever you might be in Maryland, you could wake up one morning and take a day trip to DC, Philadelphia, NYC, and more. No big deal.

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11. Maryland Beer

Flying Dog, Heavy Seas, Union Brewery, DuClaw, Brewer’s Alley, and so many other craft brewers. It’s easier to “buy local” when your local beer is top notch.

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12. Berger Cookies

You can only find them here in Maryland. They are rich and decadent and so worth it.

13. Weird County Pride

I have not met many other people in the US that have quite as much county pride as Maryland residents. I’ve actually met people from other states that have no idea what county they are in. Nonetheless, we rep the counties we grew up or live in like no other (hailing from hocofoshoyo, now with bmore cred).

14. My Wallet is Apathetic

It might not be cheap to reside here, but it sure is cheaper than DC.

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15. This is Birdland

Through thick and through thin, we support our Baltimore Orioles and Ravens.

 

Originally Posted on BSinBMORE on March 25, 2014. For more Maryland pride and other travels, head over to my Instagram.

 

Ravens & Bohs & Crabs & O’s,

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