Monday, November 15, 2010

road trippin' reflections

It's almost been a month since I returned from my solo cross-country road trip. A month? Already?/That's it? Yes to both :). I reflect on it often- On how empowering it felt to get behind the wheel and drive across unfamiliar states and into unexplored (at least to me) cities. On how exciting it was to see and meet so many old and new friends. On how comforting it was to know that I had still "got it", that I could thrive in a foreign environment. 
I truly believe that you discover new things about yourself in the most unexpected of places. And then, of course, learn more about the world around you. 

Over the past few weeks many have asked me what my favorite place was. It's a question that is actually insane. After so many amazing memories, how could I possibly just choose one place? Then again... there are a few that stand out in my mind. Without this road trippin' adventure of mine, I would've never fully appreciated the beautiful charm of Savannah, Georgia, nor have been as impressed with the magic that is Santa Fe, New Mexico. I wouldn't know for sure that I could easily move to San Francisco nor that Los Angeles really isn't that bad at all. (To comment on the last part of that statement, for as much as I try not to pre-judge anything, I did have preconceived notions about the sprawling city of "superficiality." I can assure you that there's so much more to L.A. than Hollywood, although Hollywood is kind of awesome too.) I couldn't understand how nice it would be to live in Portland, Oregon or Seattle, Washington one day, nor that if "doing college all over again without losing the previous 'Cuse experience" were an option, I would immediately choose Ann Arbor's University of Michigan. And I definitely would not think of Couer d'Alene, Idaho as one of the most naturally gorgeous cities in the United States nor realize that I would happily hop a plane to Madison, Wisconsin simply to feast on the culinary delights that the midwestern city offers (and to kick it with the fabulous Holly).
But I stopped in sixteen more places than just the few I mentioned above, and I appreciated each and every one of them; If not for a complete fascination with the city itself, than for the people that made the stay worthwhile. Because of that, at the beginning of my trip, I decided to make something that would remind of it's entirety. Beyond a homemade collage, each one of the songs below was chosen by one of my hosts or entertainers. Not all of them, unfortunately, since I forgot to ask a few (Caitlin, feel free to add below if you can), but most.
  1. You Only Live Once, The Strokes
  2. B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast), Rick Ross & Styles P
  3. Islands, The xx
  4. Let Your Love Grow Tall, Passion Pit
  5. Maps, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  6. Whatever It Is, Zac Brown Band
  7. The Silken Whip, Afro Celt Sound System
  8. All my Friends, LCD Soundsystem
  9. On Melancholy Hill, Gorillaz
  10. Sexaholic, Be-1
  11. The Good Times Are Killing Me, Modest Mouse
  12. Stereo Love, Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina
  13. Home, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  14. I Second That Emotion, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  15. Love Is All, The Tallest Man On Earth
  16. 4th of July (Fireworks), Kelis
  17. Whole New Way, Scissor Sisters
  18. Stuck Like Glue, Sugarland
  19. The Scientist, Coldplay
  20. When You Walk In the Room, Fyfe Dangerfield
  21. Sweet Disposition, The Temper Trap
  22. The Promise, Tracy Chapman
  23. Life's a Dream, Built To Spill 
This playlist is invaluable to me now. And I thought I'd share it with you all by the chance that you're looking for some new musical inspiration or jams at the moment. My Road Trip USA friends have some great tastes.
Yesterday morning I listened to my Americana-inspired mix as I got ready for a family brunch. You see, my little brother came home for a quick weekend visit. Since he hasn't been here since August, and he won't be able to make it back for Thanksgiving, it was most definitely a special occasion. 
We prepared a lovely spread of coffee, d.i.y. mimosas, spinach quiche, hummus, green salad, bacon, fruit salad, coffee cake, jellies, cream cheese, salmon, and fresh New York bagels. Talk about the joys of home!
Today it's back to that all-too-familiar grind. In the past 28 days, I've picked up three freelance jobs that will hopefully sustain me into the new year. I've also decided to lend a hand to the wonderful people at PageDaily. For that, I'll be spending two spectacular days a week on the Upper East Side and working my little heart out on some of my favorite topics. And then of course, we have my newfound exercise routine and my refreshed commitment to health, beauty, confidence and contentment. Thank you to those that commented on my vlog, by the way, the discussion really meant a lot to me and I think it was an important one to have. As for the more extended future, like another month from now, I can't tell you where I'll be quite yet, but I will say that I won't be in the same place- not emotionally, mentally, or even physically for that matter ;). The journey continues.


  1. Your blog and journey is so refreshing and inspiring (especially to someone who is struggling with anorexia). Thankyou for sharing your passions and travels with us - and good luck with your job!


  2. Lucie: I cannot thank you enough for such a thoughtful comment! I'm glad that my blog is able to bring more positivity into your life. Best of luck with everything, you're worth the healthful efforts.

  3. Ah! I love this!

    Music is the perfect road trip companion.

    I'm glad you had such a positive and life-changing experience through your travels. Good luck on your job(s)!

  4. Susan: So true :) thank you! I should've asked you for a song suggestion as well!

  5. Now that you have those freelancing jobs, you better be in central america a month from now. give or take a few days lol.

  6. Wow, just found your blog and I can't stop reading! Roadtripping and discovering things I haven't experienced before is something I could never give up. So much to see in this world. Back to reading....THANK YOU!

  7. Mark Ward: Aw, thank YOU! I'm so glad to hear you're enjoying it. Hope you'll stick around.


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