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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank You. I was nominated for this by Amanda so thank you for thinking of me! She is a newlywed with a lovely lifestyle & adventure blog Rules: 1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog. 2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you. 3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions. 4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.   Questions. 1 What is your favourite past time? Hiking, nature brings a lot of serenity to my life. 2 What is your main goal for 2018? Complete the Camino de Santiago. 3 Name a country you’ve always wanted to visit. Japan! 4 What is your dream job? I always wanted to be an anthropologist while I was growing up. 5 Are you watching any series’ just now? Vikings, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel & Grace Alias. 6 What is your favourite television programme? Criminal Minds. 7 Name something you …

Brotherhood of The World Blogger Award

This is my first blog award nomination so thank you, A! Her blog, Simply Lovely, is a light-hearted blog about beauty & lifestyle. One of her recent posts that was a favorite of mine was affordable winter cocktails because I never know what to order when I travel & no idea how to navigate the sphere of liquor! The Rules: Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to his/her blog. List the rules of the award and post a picture of the award. Answer the questions from your nominator. Nominate 10 other bloggers and be sure to let them know. Write a list of questions of your nominees to answer. My Answers: 1 What book is next on your to-read list? I’ve just started The Muse, but looking forward to reading The Miniaturist next! 2 If you could travel anywhere where would you go and why? I have always wanted to go to Norway, I have a whimsical dream to hike a fjord. 3 Why did you choose to focus on the …

Allowing a Dream to Die

A lot of life has happened since I started this blog two years ago. I have moved to four different countries, changed cities & addresses even more times. I switched careers from a corporate manager to remotely working in communication technology. I have stumbled through learning three new languages. I have gone from planning a future with a romantic partner to breaking off my only long-term relationship. I connected with foreign family family members I have never met. I can remember at ages 20 & 21, the midpoint of my time at university, feeling so confident & self-assured. I was a shy & socially awkward kid that finally found myself in an environment that allowed me to flourish for the very first time. I set a lot of my life goals during this age. I wanted to be adventurous, a professional respected in my career field, flexibility for my life. I have accomplished a lot of these goals my younger self had set. I often forget to acknowledge how far I have come, but it …

23andMe: Basic Information & Initial Results

After spending the last few years backpacking around the world & integrating to new cultures, I had become more curious about my personal background as I have gotten older. I had been tracing my gamily line for the last few years, but I did not get genetically tested for ancestry lineage until recently. I chose to get tested through 23andMe, an ancestry genetic testing company, in February 2017. It was difficult for me to find many resources or detailed reviews on this type of genetic testing kit so I wanted to share my experiences along with some unusual results. A Little About Me I appear to be an average non-Kosher Ashkenazic from Chicago. I have been tracing my genealogy for the past three years. Both sides of my family have recent immigration patterns to the USA so my family has been easier to trace than others since I have not had to deal with crude Ellis Island records, it was not difficult to trace most of my family lines back to the mid-1700’s. My father’s …