Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Oh, 2015. What can I say about you? You've been simultaneously wonderful and wretched, and you've reminded me of just how little control I have, despite my best efforts to the contrary.
I remember writing this post at the beginning of January 2015 and being so excited to see what would happen over the next 12 months.
At that moment, I had no clue how much lay ahead of me both in my personal life and with my writing and blogging.
This year has held some incredible highs and some devastating lows, but I've come out on the other side wiser, more dedicated to what's important to me, and more secure in what I'm trying to accomplish.
Posted by Natalie at Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Monday, December 28, 2015
My relationship with Greenville, South Carolina, spans over two decades. I spent my elementary school years about 40 minutes away from Greenville, I interned at a legal clinic in downtown Greenville while at Clemson University, and my in-laws still live nearby.
When I graduated from Clemson in 2007, downtown Greenville was just starting to rally itself from the boarded up shops and empty restaurants that had crept into the area over the last few decades. Back in the mid-2000s, I could see what Greenville had the potential to become with some patience and a clear direction from the powers that be.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Year-round sunshine, crystal clear waters, and hundreds of white sand beaches: welcome to the Bahamas! This island chain is only a short plane ride from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but the tropical scenery makes it feel like a world away.
While most people head to the island chain for relaxation (and rightly so!), there's another reason why you should check your calendar before you make your vacation plans here: the festivals of the Bahamas.
Monday, December 21, 2015
As far back as I can remember, traveling has been a major influence in my life. It wasn't until I was in college that I began to realize just how much a part of me traveling was, and I began to take steps to keep travel as a priority. That's not always easy when you're a broke college or grad school student, but I did manage to study abroad both in London for a summer and in the Bahamas as a part of a semester-long course (thanks to working 3 jobs).
Friday, December 18, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
In a place with as many gorgeous beaches as Aruba, it might be difficult to pull yourself away from the sun and sand to discover more about the island's culture. I promise, you'll be glad you did, as the island has even more to offer than its stunning coastlines and year-round sunny climate.
Monday, December 14, 2015
Too often, you read articles about the death of small town America, the influx of big city residents, and the decline of the traditional main street.
This is not one of those articles.
Travelers Rest, population 4500, is only a few miles from Greenville, South Carolina. Up until a few years ago, it was just a pass-through between the industry of Greenville and the idyllic retreats of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. The story of Travelers Rest is like many across the country: a town grew up around the railroad, but when the railroad business left, so did the residents.
Friday, December 11, 2015
The first stop on our Germany and Luxembourg trip was the Bavarian city of Munich. My parents, sister, daughter, and I arrived after an unending flight where my toddler refused to sleep, and we were all exhausted. After being up for 48 hours straight (and nearly 9 of those hours wrestling a two-year-old on an international flight), I was not in a loving mood towards this new city.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Confession: I am a bibliophile.
As a kid, I would hide for hours in closets, in bathrooms, and in trees to read my latest treasures from the library. As an adult, I don't get that luxury as much as I'd like to, but I still try to sneak in as much face-to-book time as my writing, blogging, and toddler will allow.
In college, I started out as in philosophy (since I was told that was a good major for future law students, as I was at the time), but lasted a semester before I switched to English. Thank you to the genius who created the English major, so that I could read and learn and nerd out on novels and short stories and essays for a living!
Monday, December 7, 2015
It's been a few weeks since the last travel round-up since I've had so much going on in my editorial calendar (#bloggingproblems), but I'm back today with the newest volume of Odds + (Week) Ends!
On my end, this weekend has been a wonderful blur of museums, mountains, and delicious food. I've been exploring Greenville, South Carolina, in my recent partnership with the Greenville CVB. I've got some awesome content coming up from that trip that you should look for in the coming weeks. (For a sneak peak, you can check out my Instagram feed!)
Friday, December 4, 2015
Travel: it's always interesting, even if it's not always perfect.
From missed flights to rental car issues to strange encounters with locals, there's always something that could go wrong while you're traveling. Whether that travel fail makes or breaks your trip is up to how to deal with it: some travel fails can turn into the best times.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
As we began to research the exact path that we were going to take through the German countryside, my mom, my sister, and I began to realize that the area had so much more to offer than mountains and one (spectacular) castle. We ended up finding so much to do between Munich and Fussen that we had to make some difficult choices on what to skip. Tegelberg Cable Car, I'm coming back for you one day!