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30 Things We’ve Learned In 30 Days Of Being Married

Jonathon and I have officially been married for 30 days! (Well, we've been married for a little over 30 days but blog posts - especially those with two busy authors, like this one! - take time to put together! :-P) In honor of our one-monthaversary, I thought it would...

The Most Important Part Of The Wedding Night

If I said "wedding night," what you would think of first? Sex, of course. If you're like most people, the first thing you'd think of when I said "wedding night" was "all the fucking." And all the fucking, especially wedding night fucking, is really nice - don't get me...

Here’s The Thing About Boundaries…

Very rarely is it acceptable to be an outright asshole. Most people don't take super kindly to other people being rude or obnoxious or straight-up mean, with poor intentions. It's normally clear how to react in those situations: shut it down. That said, most people -...

How To Plan A Marriage (Instead Of A Wedding)

I was the Anti-Bride. That's no secret. Wedding planning wasn't something I was ever going to love doing. It's just not in my nature and I didn't care enough about the wedding to try to pretend that I loved it. I was very, very excited to marry Jonathon and spend the...

The Bubbles: How We Create Safe Space In Our Marriage

Marriage. It's a strange - yet awesome - thing. At its core, marriage is the idea that you pick one person - however you decide to pick them (be it love or lust or companionship) - and go, "You're my favorite, I want you!" And then you hope that they want you back and...

How To Plan A Wedding In Two Weeks (There’s A Trick)

Good morning again, LITMO Lifers! I am so happy to be back writing and sharing my new adventures with you! Yesterday, I came back to writing to you after a long hiatus. When you heard the reason though, I'm sure it all made sense - I got married! And I talked a little...

A Love. A Change. A Wedding.

Happy Wednesday, LITMO Lifers. And boy have I missed you! It's no secret that The LITMO Life has been on hiatus for a couple of weeks. On my Facebook fan page, I teased a big announcement coming that would change the face of The LITMO Life completely. For those that...

A (True) Story About A Traveler Who Hates Commitment

Once upon a time, there was a girl. We'll call her Schmanjali. (*Editor's note: this name and story are completely fictionalized so any resemblance to any person living or dead is purely coincidental.) (*Editor's second note: I'm lying.) Schmanjali was a really fun...

How To Ground Yourself If You’re A Highly Sensitive Person

When I was a kid, I used to wonder why I seemed to be so sensitive to everything and other kids seemed tough as nails. I'm not just talking about emotional sensitivity, I'm talking about physical sensitivity, too. Everything - and I mean everything - impacted me....

The Inception Of Adventure

It starts with a brief moment of exposure to an idea you've never heard of. "That seems really bizarre," you think. "I could never do that." Then you go about your life, having almost forgotten about the new idea you were just presented with...but not quite. Some time...

A New Diagnosis…And A Change Of Plans

It's been a long, slow two weeks in the world of The LITMO Life because I've been dealing with a combination of an unexpected bout of feelings as well as a slightly-less-unexpected bout of illness. See - I don't have the best immune system in the world. In fact, since...

Why We Need To Talk About The Travel Ban

On Friday, January 27, 2017, just seven days after being inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump signed an executive order into action banning nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US. The countires are...

Sometimes, The Biggest Adventure Is The Curveball

Writing a blog about running away from love, it turns out, will ensure that you receive more calls, emails, and messages than ever before. Who knew? After I wrote last week's blog, I received so many check-ins from all of you lovely people that I was completely...

On Running Way: Turns Out, I Have No Idea How To LITMO

The title of my blog is The LITMO Life. LITMO, for those of you who may not be regular readers of my blog, means "Live In The Moment Only" and it's something my dad used to say to me to remind me to get the fuck out of my own head when I was a child. Over the past 8...

These Are The 7 Worst Kinds Of Travelers

These are the worst kinds of travelers...try as hard as you can not to be one. Traveling teaches you a lot about the world and yourself, because it makes you see things you otherwise never would have. In that way, it's not unusual for travelers to be more progressive,...

Letter-Writing For Travelers: Why It’s So Important

In my opinion, letter-writing isn't an optional activity for long-term travelers: it's a necessity. I used to be a digital girl. There was an interval of several years that I think I didn't even touch a real pen or paper. I like the convenience and mobility of having...

Bullet Journal: A Traveler’s Best Friend

Traveling with a Bullet Journal has made all the difference. I have very wise, very resourceful, very on-top-of-it female friends. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have a bunch of women smarter and stronger than me around at all times! One of these awesome...

Traveler’s Life Lesson: I Am Not Indefatigable

As much as I'd like to let everyone think otherwise, I'm not perfect. Over the past 8 months of traveling after I quit my traditional job, I've learned a lot. A lot about how to do things efficiently while traveling, a lot about how to make international travel easy,...

The 6 Essential Oils You Need For Travel

Essential oils are life. No, really, they are. I’m a big believer in natural and holistic medicine versus traditional western medicine, and essential oils play a huge role in my regular care routine. I use them for pain, stress, insomnia and so much more, but recently...

The Impulse To Friend: Awkward & Unnecessary Or Sweet & Uniting?

On one of my most recent flights (from Nicaragua to the States), I met a very sweet girl. She happened to be sitting one seat over from me, just by pure luck (because, how often do you get the really cool people sitting with you?). She had a "D" seat in the aisle and...

Why I Don’t Believe In Ghosting (Especially For Travel Lovers)

I don't believe in ghosting. For those of you that haven't heard this term (you must either be really considerate people or just people that don't spend a lot of time on the Internet - god bless you for either/both!), "ghosting" is the method of ending a relationship...

What Clarissa Darling Taught Me About Traveling The World

Na na na-na naaa....na na na-na na naaa....WAY COOL! If you're a female child of the 90s, like me, you might have grown up knowing - just KNOWING - that Clarissa Darling was your bestie for life. I hate a lot of television on today. Shows that encourage bad behavior...

Sometimes, It’s Nice To Sit Still

I'm a traveler. And a nomad. And an eleutheromaniac. And yet, I find myself currently with a desire to sit still for a moment. Am I just a basket of contradictions? Yes, but I've also realized that's okay. Because I crave novelty over stability and what I want changes...

Why Traveling Made Me Decide To Quit Alcohol

I've never been big on drinking. I didn't drink basically all through college and for most of law school. After I started "drinking" - which was well after I turned 21 - my "drinking" consisted of half a glass of wine at certain social events (like law school mixers...

Travel Guide To Visiting San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Visiting San Juan del Sur is a great thing to do when traveling around Nicaragua - check out this helpful travel guide! I spent a week in beautiful, beachy San Juan del Sur Nicaragua and though I spent much of it sick, I still managed to have a great time and fall in...

The Freedom To Design A Live Isn’t Just About Traveling

When I was most recently working as an attorney at a private law firm, my dad had to have heart surgery. He’s perfect and healthy now, but at the time, his surgery was a stressful thing and I knew my mom – who alone would have been shuttling back and forth to the...

Will The Real Instagram Please Stand Up?

If you’re a follower of social media news at all (yes, I’m also disgusted that’s a thing), you’ll have seen an article that’s been floating around for the past few months about a ::what was he:: turned-Instagram-influencer, along with all the ins and outs of how he...

The Politics Of Costa Rica

Ready to learn about the politics of Costa Rica? The country has a beautiful and fascinating history. I'm leaving the land of Pura Vida in a little over a week and as this is the beginning of the international leg of my travels, I decided to start blogging on the...

Travel Book: A Journal Of Exploration

My latest project is here and I couldn't be more excited! Travel Book: A Journal Of Exploration has been in development for a little while now. I am a traveler, yes, but a writer/journaler/doodler first and foremost - and I know many travelers that love to jot down...

Why I Don’t Believe In Respecting Cultural Traditions

I'm a traveler. Because of this, I like to be connected to other travelers as much as possible. In fact, on any given day, most of my Facebook statuses are from the several travel groups I'm in - some female travelers, some travel bloggers, etc. - posting about...

Costa Rica And The Perfect Concept Of Pura Vida

Costa Rica's Pura Vida is the life for me. The last time I was in Costa Rica, I was on a terrible honeymoon with a man I shouldn't have been married to. Despite that my honeymoon wasn't the travel experience I wanted it to be (we didn't spend much time outside of the...

I’m Taking Off!

Waking up at 3:30 AM to drive 30 minutes isn't my favorite thing...but that trip gets substantially better when it's to drive to the airport! I'm finally sitting at the gate (yes, I actually am sitting at the gate as I type this - with my laptop plugged into an outlet...

The Best Blogging Tools To Start Your New Blog

If  you're looking to start a new blog, check out this list of some of my favorite blogging tools. Blogging is, obviously, one of my favorite activities. Even before I had The LITMO Life, I created personal blogs in high school and college (obviously, never stuck with...

Travel Checklist For Going Abroad: The Necessities

A travel checklist is an organizational must-have when going abroad - it's too easy to forget things otherwise! I'm heading out of the country in a little less than a week, and I'll be gone for at least two months. I have, however, been traveling around the States...

Gifts For Travelers: The Best Ideas Under $50

It's not incredibly easy to get gifts for travelers - especially when the traveler in your life is on the road a lot and not necessarily into material possessions. I'm one of those travelers - I'm not big into material possessions or consumerism and I don't own a lot....

Thanksgiving Ideas To Make The Holiday (And The World) Better

Looking for some Thanksgiving ideas for a different - and better - holiday? Look no further! I'm not a big believer in Thanksgiving. Which is a shame, because I love holidays. All holidays. Halloween. Christmas. Diwali. Even Arbor Day, since I found out that was a...

This Is One Of Those Honest Travel Blogs…

Not all travel blogs are 100% honest, because it's hard to keep writing truthfully when things get really hard. This one, though, is 100% pure, ugly honesty. When I started The LITMO Life, it was two months before I was getting on the road full-time. I had given...