My 2016 Recap + Where I’m Moving in 2017

I think I can speak for almost everyone in that 2016 was one chaotic year. For me, 2016 was a turning point in my life. It wasn’t a year of smooth sailing, which I take as a sign of taking some major leaps. I hit some milestones, like graduating college, kissing my life in Chicago goodbye and launching my own freelance writing career abroad. But between all the moments of success, there was a lot of struggle and even failure. Read more

Dubrovnik Diaries: Making Headlines and Exits

When I first decided to return to Croatia after graduating this past summer, I had really no idea what was waiting for me. I knew I wanted to relax and spend time with my boyfriend while building my blog. I knew I wanted to further immerse myself in the local culture.

Several months later, I’m staring at myself on the cover of a Croatian magazine “American Blogger in Croatia”. This reminds me how far I’ve come, marking both the ending and a beginning of a new era. Read more

Dubrovnik Diaries: Establishing a Plan

As the massive crowds begin to die down and the leaves change color, I feel like I’m back in the authentic Dubrovnik I used to know. Autumn in Croatia means transitioning from the chaos of peak tourism season into the slower paced winter lifestyle. However, for me, the change in seasons has been a brash reminder that I needed to come up with a plan. Read more

Dubrovnik Diaries: Learning to Get Out of a Rut

The developing story of an American turned mermaid continues…

The crisp autumn air engulfed Croatia without hesitation, reminding me my prolonged summer was coming to an end. I wanted nothing more but to drive myself straight to success, but I kept looking at the long-road in front of me, while glancing in the rear-view mirror at everything I left behind. Reality hit the brakes, plunged me into a rut, and left me with whiplash. It was going off-road that gave me a new appreciation of the journey. Read more

Dubrovnik Diaries: Planting Roots and Branching Out

If my life were a novel, right now would be the point where the plot picks up and gets interesting. So, make sure you read this chapter.

I am on week seven living as an expat in Dubrovnik, and it has been almost four weeks since I last updated my Dubrovnik Diaries series. We have a lot to catch up on, and I’m happy to share some progress to my developing story. Read more