Vicksburg National Military Park

One of my very favorite stops in Mississippi. My first time through here was on a road-trip with my old roommates. It was a great way to mix up the drive with some walking, running, stair climbing, and windows-down-with-the-sun-pouring-in cruising in the middle of summer! This visit however, was totally different. On our way back…

Looking Back on 2015

It’s been a sweet year. Full of the absolutely, completely, unexpected. I wrote, I traveled, I worked, and looking back on all of it is leaving me amazed and truly grateful. Here’s a look back at the writing, travel, and a little life that occurred throughout 2015.

Beach or Bust

The last day of my cross country road trip started in Asheville, N.C. The previous day had been filled with beauty and architecture and history while wandering around  The Biltmore Estate. So after a quick hotel breakfast, a stop at Double D’s Coffee shop for an Almond Joy Latte (arguably the best coffee I’ve had and easily my favorite location) and yet another stop for fuel, we set…

Downtown Murfreesburo, TN

In case you haven’t noticed this yet, I love wandering. I recently had a conversation with a friend about making the choice to travel without a plan. The freedom that comes from the unknown. The mix of fear and excitement that makes for the perfect adventure no matter where you are.

Nashville, TN

Nashville Tennessee holds a special little place in my heart, and it has nothing to do with Nashville. Memories of enjoying delicious desserts and time spent praying over the city. Serving alongside new friends at soup kitchens and having conversations with strangers. Playing countless card games and discovering local coffee shops (and hearing, for the…

Driving the Outer Banks

Early one Saturday morning, while the rest of the world slept, I put on a bathing suit and Chacos, grabbed my camera and a cup of coffee, and set out with a friend to drive down the Outer Banks. We had no plan, just a ticket for the Ocracoke ferry back to the mainland that evening. We…

The Hermitage: A President’s Home for Presidents Day

Towards the end of May on a rainy, gray Tennessee morning, with camera in hand, I set out to explore The Hermitage. It was humid and sticky as I followed the path to the house from the parking lot. Upon arrival, I soon came to realize that this was not my first time to be here.

A Step Back In Time: The Biltmore Estate

As I planned my 22 hour, week long road trip to North Carolina, my dear friend (also the one who made the trip with me) told me about this magical place called The Biltmore. She showed me pictures and told tales of it’s magnitude and beauty, and I knew I had to go. So I did…

Enjoying the Road

The car was loaded. The goodbyes had been said. The fuel tank was full. A mug of liquid energy sat in the cup holder. A dear friend by my side. And so it began. I set out into the dark Monday morning. The plan was to make it to Nashville, Murfreesburo actually, to stay with…