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10 Life Lessons I’ve Learned From Dad’s Daily Emails

So yesterday was Father’s Day, and I was inspired to write something for the blog about my dad and all I’ve learned from him. I’ve been across the pond for a little over four months now, which is the longest I’ve ever been away from home, and I miss my family lots!

When I studied abroad in London during the spring semester of my sophomore year (spring 2016), my dad wrote to me every single day. By the end of my four months in London, he’d written over 100 emails.

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Lifestyle, Travel

5 Ways to Celebrate Your Birthday In London

Last month, I turned 22! It’s hard to believe that my birthday month has already come and gone. (Is anyone else totally in denial that it’s already June?!) I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday – my 22nd fell on a Friday, so my supervisors gave me the afternoon off work, and I got to celebrate here in London. Also, my two dear friends Ashley and Levi were visiting, so it was awesome to share the city I love with two familiar faces from home.

So how did I decide to celebrate?! I’ll get to that. I actually had a difficult time planning in advance, because my birthday sort of snuck up on me. There are so many incredible things to do in London, it can be overwhelming. I knew my birthday was an opportunity to do something out of the ordinary, whatever I wanted to do (and drag everyone else along for the ride!), and that’s a lot of pressure. In my research, I came across a lot of cool options, and I’d like to share them in this post!

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June Desktop Calendar: Free Download

Happy June! I’ve got two desktop calendars for the month because I couldn’t choose between them… the fruity patterns remind me of summers spent poolside. (Which is something I certainly miss living here in London!) I bought these beautiful watercolor patterns on Creative Market, which is where I find much of my inspiration / graphics for my monthly desktop calendars. Be sure to check it out if you’re into graphic design!

Click on the link below the design to download the full-size image. Enjoy!

Click this link to download the full-size desktop calendar (2560 x 1600).

Click this link to download the full-size desktop calendar (2560 x 1600).

Lifestyle, Travel

Away Carry-On Luggage Review

Just before leaving for London, I purchased a piece of carry-on luggage from the Away brand. This was an investment, made possible by my graduation $$. (Shoutout to all my lovely relatives and friends!).

The Away brand seemed to be popping up everywhere – in blog posts, travel articles, my Instagram feed! I don’t generally purchase something simply because everyone else is, but the hype surrounding this brand prompted me to do further research.

To be honest, the luggage originally caught my eye because I loved the way it looked. I think the Away luggage is super stylish (as proved by all the aesthetically pleasing Instagram posts!). But I wanted to know if it was worth the price – if the quality was what everyone said it was.

I took the carry-on to London (on an international flight), and since then I’ve taken two weekend trips, so I think I’m in a good position to write a thoughtful review.

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