Hi there! Welcome to my blog! I'm Stephanie: writer, animal lover, outdoor enthusiast, and aspiring yogi.
I moved from Chicago, IL to Portland, ME in the spring of 2016, and it's been an adventure ever since. I've learned more about myself than I ever imagined possible. I have experienced the debilitating effects of grief, and the renewed strength that comes afterward. I have pushed myself to do the things I'm scared of and have learned that it always, always pays off. I strive to become a better version of myself each and every day.
I am a voracious reader. I read between 80-100 books a year so I may post the occasional book review for the books that either have a profound influence on me or that I just deem worthy of mention.
I am a big animal lover and believe that all animals should be in good, loving homes. I volunteer at my local animal shelter, Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. I also support two other life-savings organizations, the ASPCA and Best Friends Animal Society all of which can be found on my Causes page.
You might read this and think, "Wow, this woman is so put-together!" WRONG!
I am clumsy, awkward, and have been told that I do too many voices. I have periods of laziness which include sitting around in my apartment binging something on Netflix. I can also be stubborn and very strong-willed when it comes to my beliefs in women's rights, animal rights, or living a life of one's own.
I like to think of myself as a minimalist. After moving in and out of 5 apartments in 5 years you kind of have to be. For a while, my apartments kept getting bigger and bigger: 730, 850, 1,100 sq ft. Since moving to Maine they've gotten smaller and smaller: 500 sq ft, and 300 sq ft. Yes, you read that correctly: I currently live in 300 sq ft and I love it!
Next year I will be moving somewhere else; I just don't know where yet. For the moment the somewhat nomadic lifestyle works for me.
I am a believer in all things in moderation and living a life that suits you. I don't care for limits or people telling me I "can't" or "shouldn't" do something. I believe in going after the things you want even if your friends and family think it's nuts. No one ever looks back on their life and thinks, "I really wish I hadn't tried so many different things!"
This blog is about me--my adventures, my ideas, and my opinion on issues that are near and dear to my heart. This blog is basically an extension of the deep, meaningful conversations I already have with the amazing people in my life just on a larger scale.
I hope you enjoy reading my posts, but I also hope that you'll engage in the conversation as well.
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