Thanks for stopping by! I’m Alex, also known as my alter-ego, The Mindful Mermaid. I’m a globetrotting young professional with a passion for sustainability and social change. Writing, exploring the outdoors, and finding the best gluten free foods around the world are just a few of my passions!

I currently am self-employed as a freelance writer and marketer, which allows me to work remotely while I travel (but it’s also a lot of work). Though I do love writing, I plan on pursuing a career in international environmental policy in the future.

The Mindful Mermaid is a platform for me to share my experiences while promoting a conscious lifestyle. From immersing myself in local culture, to sharing sustainable travel and style tips, I try to incorporate mindfulness into every word and picture I publish. I strive to be a role model for the generation that seeks to see the world and make a positive impact.dsc01238

If you’d like to know more about why I started this blog, and how I thought of the name, read my first blog post.

If you have any suggestions or comments what you would like to hear next, please e-mail me at  I would genuinely LOVE to hear from you.


I was born and raised in the suburbs of the St. Paul Minnesota, where I mixed my time exploring the twin cities and relaxing on the shores of Duluth, Minnesota. I believe that my environmentalism is rooted in the years spent growing up surrounded by the abundant nature of Minnesota.

13879376_10210486535104446_5169739095641523067_nBy the time I was 18, I was itching for a change, and wanted nothing more but to become a city-girl. I moved to Chicago, Illinois in 2012 to study Political Science at Loyola University Chicago, while exploring the Windy City. Discovering both a love for writing and environmentalism, I added minors in journalism and environmental action.

I was always a little apprehensive to travel, but towards the end of my sophomore year, I once again wanted a change of scenery. On a whim, I spent one summer in Nice, France through an international journalism program. I wasn’t the same when I came back, and I knew I wasn’t done seeing the world.

Inspired by my Croatian roots, I decided I wanted to study abroad in Dubrovnik, Croatia the spring semester of my junior year of college. After a long and exhausting process, I made it happen. I spent six months in Dubrovnik, Croatia studying diplomacy, and unofficially studying how to navigate foreign countries.

DSC01582The Adriatic breeze was not the only thing I fell in love with. While studying abroad, I fell in love with my classmate, a Dubrovnik local and basketball player. We decided to take a leap, and commit to long distance. After my senior year, I returned to my second home in Dubrovnik, Croatia to be reunited. We’ve accomplished quite a list of adventures, and now we’re off to Ireland!

If you’d like to learn more about my time living in Croatia, check out the “Culture” tab on the main page, and read my Dubrovnik Diaries series.


Aside from my love for travel and adventure, I center myself with yoga, playing guitar, photography, and laughing too hard at memes.

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