We Did It! 2021 Highlight Reel

2021 was a big year.

I wound up not returning to law school, was promoted to working at Summit full-time, started and ended a relationship, and more. Let me walk you through this year’s highlights by month:

January

  • I didn’t return to law school after my first and only semester. It was a life-changing moment, but one I do not regret.
  • The same week, I found out I was promoted to Assistant GM at my beloved climbing gym where I work and play. It’s been such a thrill leading the Summit Dallas staff since.
  • I went to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, a very well-known climbing crag in Arkansas, with friends. And I visited a close friend who lives in Arizona.

February

  • My sweet girl gang and I escaped DFW and spent the weekend at my uncle’s cabin outside of Tyler. It was dreamy and exactly what my heart & soul needed.
  • I had both a therapy and psychiatric appointment this month–my therapist and psychiatric nurse have literally changed my life, and any time I get to talk to them, I am left off better.

March

  • I celebrated my sweet nephew Westin’s first birthday. Knowing and loving little Wes has been such a delight.
  • I moved out of my parents’ house! Praise! Jack and I moved to my old neighborhood in Old East Dallas in the cutest one-bed. We have loved our cozy pad since Day 1.

April

  • On April 1, I celebrated one year of knowing and loving Jack! He’s my bestest little bud and the goodest boy around.
  • My friend Emily had a baby shower for her daughter Skylar–who’s unreal cute by the way. Emily is like a sister to me so it was fun to celebrate her & her sweet, growing family.
  • I volunteered with Mosaic (a nonprofit that serves refugees and immigrants in crisis) by helping organize a clothes closet for them. It felt good to give back and be apart of something greater than myself.

May

  • Some of my Chinese sisters and I had a mini-reunion in Chicago. I met my sister Shelby’s now-fiance Austin for the first time and gave my official stamp of approval. It was also great spending time with Paulina and her husband Martin, and introducing my friend Leo to them. Worlds colliding!
  • I launched a little side hustle as a virtual assistant and landed my first client. We had an intro call and it went great!

June

  • We celebrated my other nephew Mason’s third birthday. This little man is the one who made me an aunt and our relationship has been such a gift.
  • I visited my college friend Zach in Houston. We hopped around the city, ate good food, and went to the beach. It was an amazing few days off!

July

  • I welcomed a new baby into this world — my car baby Eileen! This 2019 Rav4 is everything I hoped and dreamed of.
  • I attended one of my first Dallas Blogger Brunch meetups in a long time. We were gifted Fabletics outfits, worked out, and munched on some power bowls. It was so much fun connecting with other bloggers in the DFW community.

August

  • I turned 27 this month! Another year older and wiser, I suppose?
  • My gal pal Lauren and I went to Utah for a long weekend. We had an absolute blast. For the full weekend recap, click here.

September

  • My sweet family and I did a day trip to my college town Waco. We hopped and bopped and ate and drank. It was the best time!

October

  • I went to my first concert in a long, long time and saw an artist I’d never seen before! Julien Baker is incredibly talented, highly recommend seeing her in-person.
  • One of my oldest friends Madyson and I camped with our pups at a property in Waco the last weekend of October. We had so much fun catching up, doing nothing, and introducing our fur babies. Mine might have tried to run away at one point–still trying to forget that. Lol!

November

  • I went to the Mavs game with the guy I was seeing at the time. I hadn’t been to one in years, and it was so much fun being back in the stadium, cheering the guys on, and ultimately watching them win.
  • My climbing crew and I went to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Arkansas for several days. It was freezing at night, but the climbing and community was well worth it.

December

  • My girl gang and I went to Reimers Ranch outside of Austin for a climbing day trip. We had the best time projecting, laughing, climbing, and falling.
  • My pup Jack and I stayed at an Airbnb in the middle of nowhere, Texas, for a couple days last week. It was completely blissful. We had a wonderful time doing nothing and everything all at once.

Please note: these are just the highlights. There were plenty of lows and moments in the valley this year. Unfortunately I’m rounding out this year with a heavy heart and some lingering hurt. But I’m grateful for all of these moments: the good, the bad, and the in-between.

Getaway Recap: Utah

I went to Utah for my birthday weekend — back in August.

Obviously this is a long overdue getaway recap, so I’m just going to dive into the good stuff. I’ve divided the recap into two parts based on the two cities my friend Lauren and I spent time in: Salt Lake & Moab. Here we go!

SLC

  • My favorite brunch was at Millcreek Cafe & Eggworks. Fresh off the plane, Lauren and I were starving. We found Millcreek where I had one of the best eggs benedicts meals of my life. No lie.
  • My favorite activity was bouldering at Momentum Climbing — you didn’t think I would go a weekend without climbing, right? Momentum is a great gym with plenty to do. The sets felt hard but were all very fun.
  • My favorite dinner was at Saffron Valley, where I pigged out on butter chicken and naan. I practically rolled back to our Airbnb.
  • My favorite alcoholic drink was at Water Witch, a neat little bar near our Airbnb. I can’t remember exactly what was in the cocktail, but I know wine and tea were involved.
  • My favorite non-alcoholic drink was a hot lavender latte from La Barba. The location we went to at the Gateway was kind of eerily calm, but the coffee itself was super yummy.

Moab

  • My favorite national park was hands-down Arches. Lauren and I opted to do a year-long pass instead of paying daily, as it was a better deal in the long-run. Arches has amazing hikes, views, and arches (duh). My favorite hike was to/from Landscape Arch.
  • My favorite view was at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park. The hike is super easy and the view is absolutely gorgeous. The world looks so tiny and delicate from up above.
  • My favorite coffee was at Moab Coffee Roasters. We went there a couple of times. I got my usual iced almond milk latte, and it was great!
  • My favorite meal was my mac & cheese at The Spoke on Center because I am really just an overgrown 5-year-old. But honestly, it was delicious and we also had ice cream for dessert which was just as good.
  • My favorite moment was sitting outside Bike Fiend (a bike and coffeeshop) with our coffee-in-hand, only to watch a sweet pup named Zeke wait in line for a donut at the shop next door. It was the cutest thing in the whole wide world.

Overall we had an amazing trip and it really made turning 27 special. I am so grateful to get to travel and experience new things with wonderful people. Can’t wait to see what next year’s birthday trip holds!

Getaway Recap: 48-Hours in Colorado

This weekend in Colorado was a whirlwind!

I landed around 10 a.m. on Friday and I left around Noon on Sunday. Talk about a quick, quick, quick trip! Even though my time in Colorado Springs & the Denver area was extremely short, it was also extremely sweet.

Let’s dive in to this weekend’s highlights:

Colorado Springs

  • McKae & Creed’s wedding in CO Springs— the biggest highlight of the weekend, and also the reason I came into town, was my sweet friend McKae’s wedding. McKae and I have only known each other about a year, since we met working at the climbing gym, but she is truly the kindest and truest friend. Hers & Creed’s wedding was veryyy cold, but also very beautiful, romantic, and whimsical.
  • Brunch at Western Omelet– The morning after the wedding, the Summit gym gang was starving. We ate some really huge portioned breakfasts at this restaurant that had the best service (the owner was quite attentive) and delicious food. I had the Southern Scramble, which is basically their version of the migas. I’m a creature of habit, what can I say?
  • Coffee at Switchback– After our brunch, a couple of the gal pals and I camped out at Switchback to get some ish done. There was a long line out the door (thanks, COVID), but I can see why! The space was beautiful and light and airy, filled with greenery and plants galore, and the service was ever-so-kind. 10/10 recommend!

Denver area

  • Coffee at Morrison Joe– Coffee again (duh). This time in Morrison, my sweet Chinese sister Beth and I each enjoyed a matcha tea & almond milk latte respectively. This little shop is tiny, tiny, tiny, but rests in the heart of Morrison. A great spot with great views!
  • Walking around downtown in Golden– Golden is the cutest little town. Beth and I meandered along downtown Golden, window shopping, popping in and out of local shops and smelling the restaurants’ aromas as we walked by. The weather was perfect and the night was delightful.
  • Ramen at Menya in Belmar– As a ramen addict, I had to introduce Beth to one of my all-time favorite dishes. Beth had the tempura udon ramen, and I had chashu with some chili sauce. Served quickly, served hot, and devoured within a matter of minutes.
  • Coffee at Corvus in Littleton– our last hoorah, Beth and I grabbed coffee as I was headed on my way to the airport. I had been to Corvus in Denver, but I think I prefer this Littleton space. I had a brioche & egg bun and oat milk latte. Definitely the shortest meal of the trip, but still absolutely delicious!

My time in Colorado is never enough.

I really fall more in love with Colorado/Denver every single time I visit. This was my fourth time coming to Denver in three years, and every time I come it’s like seeing an old friend. This was my first trip to Colorado Springs and I fell in love with that little town, too. The mountains, the crisp air, the hip folks, I can never get enough!

 

Getaway Recap: Broken Bow

A few weekends ago, I drove up north to Oklahoma.

My gal pal Tinker and I, along with my sweet pup Jack in tow, went to Broken Bow, OK for a short and sweet getaway. And boy, was it short. We left early(ish) on Saturday morning, and came home Sunday mid-day.

The weekend’s highlights included:

  • Devouring a massive burger at Buffalo Grill– it was the perfect time to eat as we rolled into town midday. My belly was starving! Both Tink and I got burgers, which were incredibly delicious. We ate on the deck while Jack laid out in the sun, the weather was lovely and service was attentive.
  • Hiking the world’s easiest hike (Beaver Creek Trail) at Beavers Bend State Park– This light walk around Beavers Bend SP was easy, breezy, and beautiful. Plenty of people were out and about enjoying the weather, and Jack loved strolling along the trail in between the trees.
  • Wining at Girls Gone Wine– our time at this winery/lounge/gift shop was perhaps the most fun part of the weekend, and definitely the loudest. The ladies at GGW know how to make their guests laugh and have a good time. Oh, and the wine was delish!
  • Dining at Blue Rooster– our eyes were much, much bigger than our stomachs, as we ordered wayyy too much chicken tenders, fried shrimp, and okra for our little bodies. But the food was very yummy and the service was great!
  • Coffee at Hochatown Coffee Central– I was pleasantly surprised Broken Bow had a few coffee shops to choose from–I doubted there would be any. Coffee Central was definitely the place to be on Sunday morning, the line was long, the coffee was sweet, and the service was kind.

Our Broken Bow weekend was exactly what I needed: a laidback getaway with a close friend and my sweet pup. It was relaxing and mellow and lowkey. The weather was beautiful, the scenery was nice, and the time spent with Tink was of the highest quality.

If you are in the Dallas area and looking for a quick getaway that is chill, but also fun, Broken Bow is where it’s at!

Getaway Recap: Austin

I escaped to Austin this weekend.

It had been a good long bit since I left the 214 and I was practically itching to get out. I have dear loved ones, both friends and family, who live down there and I could not wait to see their faces!

Here are this weekend’s highlights:

  • Breakfast at Joe’s Bakery– The first priority when I rolled into town Saturday morning was eating, of course! My sweet pal Madyson took me to Joe’s where I devoured some very yummy migas (my go-to).
  • Thrifting at Treasure City Thrift– This smaller but sweet thrift store was (semi) well organized and had plenty of women’s clothes to peruse. I managed to find an Anthropologie dress for only $5!!!!!
  • Climbing at Austin Bouldering Project– I had heard the best reviews of ABP before finally going. This massive, impressive bouldering gym had routes spaced out so there was little wait time to get onto the wall.
  • Drinking at Austin Eastciders– This cidery is maybe a 10 second walk from ABP (not exaggerating). I had the Rose and Sangria and loved both.
  • Brunching at Easy Tiger– Sunday morning my fam and I went to this restaurant-bakery and had the most delicious breakfast sandwiches, and split a pain suisse and slice of King Cake.

Austin is one of my very favorite cities to visit because there is always something new and exciting I have not done before. 10/10 recommend Austin for a weekend trip if you’re just dying to get out of the DFW.

Getaway Recap: New York

I escaped the 214 this weekend.

My sweet friends Rosie & Nate moved to Brooklyn — the Bushwick district, to be precise — at the start of the new year. It’s been months of I-miss-you-texts and Marco Polo’s (walkie talkie video messages) and the constant tagging in Facebook memes. Then finally, and I seriously mean, FINALLY, this weekend came and I hopped on a plane to see my friends’ new place and explore their new city.

It was a blast.

Though Nate was in Dallas for the weekend — and was dearly missed — it allowed Rosie and I to have some quality soul sisterhood time. The three-day weekend was filled with good food, drinks, shopping, conversations and memories. Here’s a quick recap of what went down:

We ate:

  • Ichiran Ramen– Friday was cold and dreary, so it was perfect ramen weather. Rosie was the friend who got me into ramen to begin with, so it seemed natural that it was our first meal together in months. It was delicious. I’m talking mouthfuls upon mouthfuls of yum.
  • Hudson Hound– I had the delightful opportunity of introducing Rosie, an old friend, to Amanda, an even older friend from my Baylor glory days. After several failed attempts and reserving tables at other restaurants, we stumbled upon the Hudson Hound which had zero wait and inexpensive cocktails — a win, win in Manhattan.If you’re looking for an Irish bar with no wait, it is your place! The food was adequate but not exceptional, so if you’re looking for fine dining and a Gram-able atmosphere, it’s not your place.
  • Martha’s Country Bakery– our very last hoorah was grabbing cheesecake & carrot cake to-go from Martha’s and devouring it at Rosie’s apartment. Super delicious and reasonably priced, plus there wasn’t a line during the middle of the day.

My all-time favorite was our Sunday morning brunch at Juliette, this adorable, Instagram-worthy French restaurant. Their Eggs Benedict with sweet onions, potatoes and a light salad was the yummiest thing I ate all weekend long. 10/10 recommend if you’re into hanging plants, yummy food and great service.

We drank:

  • Partners Coffee– we started Saturday morning strong by grabbing coffee at Partners, formerly known as Toby’s. The vibes were hip and trendy and my almond milk latte was tasty.
  • Devocion Coffee– transparent confession here, sometimes I go places because I know they’ll make beautiful pictures. Devocion was one of those places. With a huge plant wall that makes an Instagrammer’s dreams come true and an open skylight, this place was all sorts of dreamy. The almond milk cappuccino was also good, but let’s be real — sometimes you do it for the Gram.

My all-time favorite was our Friday afternoon coffee at SEY COFFEE. Sweet Rosie treated me to an oat milk latte (they didn’t have almond), and it was sweet and creamy and all levels of yum. And there were also hanging plants — plants are a not-so-hidden theme of this weekend.

We did:

  • The Vessel– I don’t know if this technically counts, because we didn’t “do” the Vessel. The Vessel is this massive spiral-staircase-landmark-sculpture-thing. I don’t really know how to explain it, so click here for the official site. We happened upon the Vessel, took cool pics, found our reflection, but our time crunch didn’t allow us to actually climb it (which I secretly didn’t mind because I’m afraid of heights).

My all-time favorite was walking the High Line. I walk the High Line nearly every time I visit New York. I love the way the trail goes in-between and up-above the buildings. I love the way I feel immersed in the sights and sounds of the city. The weather on Saturday was perfect — 60’s and sunny — for an easy, breezy, beautiful walk.

We shopped:

  • Target & Madewell– I’m not super proud of this, but I’m also not ashamed…Rosie and I went to Target and Madewell during my visit. Yes, those stores are also in Dallas. But yes, they’re always great no matter where you go.
  • MUJI– essentially a Japanese Ikea (with clothing and print making among other miscellaneous finds), this place was a whole new world to me. Rosie swears by their pens and the little angel bought me one and  I’m addicted to using it already.

My all-time favorite shop was Red Pearl in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This shop had so many cute clothes, accessories, stationery and trinkets (which you probably will never need but definitely want) at affordable prices. I scored a grey cardigan for only $30 and I’ve lived in it every day since. 10/10 recommend if you like stores like Anthropologie but at Francesca’s prices.

All in all, it was a lovely weekend.

Since this was my fourth time visiting New York, I didn’t have much on my to-do list (other than eating good Ramen and sipping on some good coffee). I was OK with living like a local and boppin’ around small neighborhoods and happening upon great finds.

My all-time favorite part of this weekend was spending it with Rosie. This little ‘ol sap is a sucker for reunions and quality time with quality people. I loved seeing my old friend in her new city and getting a firsthand look at how she’s living it up. I am so proud of her making that big move to New York and I can’t wait to see what she does next. 10/10 recommend visiting loved ones who live far away, because the trip is always worth it.

Getaway Recap: Waco In Five Hours

Waco is a wonderland.

That’s why my friends and I used to say, somewhat joking but also somewhat serious. When people learn I went to school in Waco, they often ask, “Hmm…how did you like Waco?”

Honestly, at first, I hated it. I was a Dallas gal stuck in a less-than-thrilling town. But the more time I spent in the 254, the more I grew to love its quirks and hidden gems, and the more I began to call it home.

I escaped the 214 yesterday for a quick trip to my college town.

My gal pal Lauren and I concluded after a long and semi-rough start to the new year, we deserved a short getaway to escape the worries and stresses of jobs and obligations and Dallas traffic. We hopped on I-35E and headed a couple hours south to my beloved home away from home.

We were only in Waco for about five hours, but we attempted to eat and drink and do the best things this quaint town had to offer.

With so many things to do in such little time, here’s what we ended up with:

  1. Common Grounds —  First thing’s first: in order to have a productive day, you have to start with a cup of Joe. This well-known treasure located right off Baylor’s campus will always be a Waco staple. I started my trip with a vanilla latte and Lauren had an iced mocha.
  2. Spice Village & Roots Boutique — Second thing’s second: once we were caffeinated, we headed to Spice for some great Waco shopping. Cute boutiques with clothes & jewelry & trinkets galore. Roots is located in the same building that also has plenty of good finds.
  3. Lula Jane’s — my very favorite Wacoan eatery, Lula’s is a garden-to-table restaurant and bakery. We munched on some chips and hummus while we downed iced tea. A wonderful midday snack.
  4. Clay Pot — also a great Waco restaurant, this Vietnamese establishment includes great food with kind service. It’s fast and reasonably priced, too!
  5. Dichotomy — As a coffee addict, I needed a drink for the road. I chose a decaf cappuccino to-go even though I would have loved to stay at my favorite local coffee shop. Chill vibes, great drinks, friendly service — you can’t go wrong with a stop by this wonderful Waco gem.

No matter how long I’m gone, Waco always feels like home to me.

Even though I’ve been back in Dallas for three years (time flies!) I had a feeling I would run into a friend or two. I ended up running into four old friends, including a former church intern, a colleague, and a couple of sorority sisters. It was so fun to bump into friendly faces and catch up in brief conversations.

I made an intentional stop to see my dear friend Julianna to hear about her life and latest adventures. It’s always so nice to hear the good, bad and in-between updates that old friends are going through. It warms my heart and nourishes my soul.

I want to be like Waco to my friends and family.

I want to be a home away from home for my friends who are hurting or lost or struggling or even for friends who are doing fine. I want them to feel like I will always welcome and love and treasure them. I want to always be in their corner, to always be a hop, skip and a jump away from wherever they are, even if they’re thousands of miles away.

Dear friend, whoever you are and wherever you are, I hope you have a Waco. I hope you have somewhere you can escape and call home and feel loved. I hope you can be a Waco, too. To encourage and love and cherish others, to open your arms widely and freely and accept those who wander.

Getaway Recap: Washington D.C.

I went to D.C.

It was a last-minute trip that I planned about two weeks in advance. My gal pal Emily planned to be in D.C. for work, and my lifelong friend Hannah lives in the area, too.

This was my very first time to the city and I heard the greatest things, so I wanted to do the best that the city had to offer.

Unfortunately, some wind and rain and low temperatures threatened my chance of having a good time.  But they didn’t succeed! I had a great time despite the weather.

Here are the top 10 things I did in D.C.:

  1. Bourbon Coffee — Hannah was my tour guide for all of Saturday. We started off right: with brunch at Ambar and coffee at Bourbon Coffee. Yummy coffee, chill vibes, great location.
  2. Eastern Market — honestly, I expected more hustle and bustle. The weather definitely rained on this parade, but the market still had great local goods and foods to offer.
  3. The National Mall — though it was chilly and wet, the Mall is still beautiful and a must-see. You can walk as little or as much as you want.
  4. Earth Treks Climbing Center — you didn’t think taking a vacation meant a vacation from climbing too, did you? Emily and I checked this gym out and it looks “meh” from the outside, but on the inside it’s massive and impressive. Highly recommend.
  5. Lincoln Memorial — Emily and I went late, late on Saturday night in the pouring rain (which I do not recommend). I do recommend visiting the memorial during friendlier weather, because of its reverent beauty.
  6. Founding Farmers — three of my friends begged for me to eat here, and I chowed down on a massive, delicious avocado bacon burger. Similar vibes and pricing to Ida Claire and Whiskey Cake in Dallas.
  7. Meeps Vintage — truly a hidden gem, I left this vintage clothing shop with a memorable souvenir: a 90’s denim dress, complete with fringe.
  8. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History — museums are very hit and miss with me, but this one was definitely a hit. Lots of great, informative and entertaining exhibits.
  9. Bantam King — after a long, hard afternoon meandering around D.C. alone, I rode the Metro (all by myself!!) to Chinatown to eat ramen. It was absolutely delicious.
  10. The Library of Congress — perhaps my favorite of all favorites, I loved visiting the Library of Congress. It’s both grand and gorgeous.

Though it was my first trip to D.C., it definitely will not be my last. I loved getting to know the city in just a couple of days, but I know there is so much more to eat, drink and explore. I don’t know when I’ll be back, but I do know it will happen.

Getaway Recap: Baylor Homecoming

This weekend was a blast.

At first, I was skeptical. I hadn’t been back to a Baylor homecoming or football game since I graduated (#WorstAlumnaEver). I wasn’t sure I would know anyone or be remembered or find friends. I was worried I would feel disconnected and isolated after all that’s happened post-grad.

But my silly worries and uncertainties and fears were unfounded. Homecoming at Baylor was just that: like coming home.

It was collectively geeking out over President Livingstone and getting scorched by the blazing bonfire. It was an early morning wake-up call to an alumnae breakfast and a 7 a.m. parade. It was ooh’s and ahh’s over the floats and brr’s of the chilly morning air. It was singing songs and yelling chants and losing voices while we cheered on the boys to victory(!!!).

It was seeing old, dear friends and meeting new, fresh faces. It was past, present and even future Bears coming together to celebrate 109 years of returning on a weekend designated to spreading the green and gold love.

One word to sum up this weekend is: grateful.

I am grateful to have received an education from an excellent school with dedicated professors and staff. I am grateful to have been surrounded by such godly, compassionate peers who truly pushed me to become the best version of myself.

I am grateful for college friends turned into practical family. I am grateful for late-night memories and big-time laughs. I am grateful for a place outside of Dallas and my parents’ house to call “home.”

I am grateful for three hard, yet wonderful years post-grad. I am grateful for friends who stuck by my side during truly the darkest hours. I am grateful for new community in Dallas who have greeted me with sincere, loving open arms.

I am grateful for Jesus Christ, lots of life and Baylor University.

The Benefits Of Solo Travel

I recently traveled to Prague. Alone.

Before going, I was scared. I pictured my life turning into a very real, very awful version of Taken. I hoped my dad would have a special set of skills to save me.

But right before I left and on the bus ride from Munich, I began to feel more comfortable and confident with my decision. Wandering alone in Florence a few years ago was one of the very best decisions I made. I knew this adventure would be no different.

I won’t declare anything dramatic like “solo travel changed me,” or “solo travel is how I discovered myself.” But I do think solo travel exposes old — and at times nasty — habits, and enhances characteristics that one might have forgotten.

Here are some of my old, nasty habits:

  • Doubt — doubt in myself, doubt in others. Doubt in thinking I’ll have fun and make memories. There is no room for self-doubt when you solo travel, or else you’ll have an outright awful experience.
  • Intensity — not the good, healthy kind of intensity. But the intensity where I feel burdened and bogged down by having to stick to a plan or directions or a schedule.
  • Timidity — feeling meek and afraid and tiny. Along with doubt, timidity hinders me from putting myself out there and enjoying new things.

Here are some characteristics that solo travel heightened in me:

  • My boldness — when traveling solo, meekness can stifle the full experience. Solo travel really enhances my willingness to start conversations with strangers and veer off the beaten path.
  • My security — it’s hard to travel alone when feeling insecure. It takes a lot of confidence in yourself to put yourself out there and try new things, to expose yourself to new experiences and have fun along the way.
  • My determination — I didn’t exactly map out Prague in a helpful or logical way, so there was lots of walking back and forth and getting lost. Traveling alone increases my determination to get from Point A to Point B. It reinforces my, “I’m gonna make this happen for real” mentality.
  • My faith — when you travel alone, you are just that: completely alone. One of my favorite things about solo travel is realizing that God truly never leaves me side, even when I feel isolated.

I think everyone can benefit from traveling solo.

It pulls you out of your comfort zone and into a new reality: a reality where you have to be flexible and fun and bold and daring. A reality where you realize you are alone and that’s OK! A reality where you don’t need to be surrounded by people to thrive and enjoy yourself.

If you’ve never traveled alone before, I encourage you to give it a shot. I think it’s worth testing the waters. I can’t guarantee that you won’t regret it, but I can guarantee you will learn something and grow from it.