Wild abandon: check.
Extraordinary sunrises: check.
Sense of thrill: check.

I set out on a new adventure in late 2016 to a new state - Arizona. I knew nobody. I didn't know what I was going to see. I had no plans. I was totally and completely free. I watched the most magnificent sunrises amongst white Christmas lit palm trees and shivered while letting my feet dangle over the Grand Canyon. I ignored the staff at my hotel advising me not to hike Camelback Mountain by myself in the pouring rain and I don't regret it.

I was completely awe struck by the sheer magnitude of the Grand Canyon. It was unlike anything I could have ever imagined and I cannot wait to go back.



My very first trip to Nashville is one I will never forget.

I didn't grow up country. I didn't grow up on a farm. Hell, I didn't even grow up liking country music. But back around somewhere in 2007(ish), I jumped on the country music train and the rest is history.

Fast forward to 2012 and I was itching to go to a place I had never been. I settled on Nashville. My heart was set and my mind was made up. I asked a few friends to go with me but they were either tending to their little monster children or slaving away at work with no time off. So I packed up my striped Victoria's Secret duffel bag, cowboy boots and out the door I was. 

My solo trip turned into one of my greatest adventures of all time and also an obsession to travel by myself. Weird. Since I was the girl who would wait in her car at a restaurant, movie theater, bar, concert, etc. until a friend or someone I knew showed up because I didn't want to look like a weirdo just lurking in a corner by myself.

So I present to you (some of) my all-time favorite places in Nashville. Ever.


Three Brothers Coffee / coffee
Las Paletas / dessert
Percy Warner Park / hiking
Poppy & Monroe / salon
Draper James / shopping
Imogene + Willie / shopping



Since I've found that one of my favorite go-to adult things to do is  traveling solo, I decided I needed to cover a little more USA ground. The southern girl in me had been dying to travel to Texas for eons because in what other state would owning 17 pairs of cowboy boots be deemed acceptable?

I settled on Austin on the pure recommendation from a total stranger I met one night while on my very first ever solo trip to Nashville, TN. 
Years ago, this is how it went down...

Stranger Vince (I know this to be true since he did, in fact, give me his number on a bar napkin): " what part of Texas do you want to go to?"
Me: "I have no idea"
Stranger Vince: "how old are you?"
Me: "27"
Stranger Vince: "do you like more of a downtown area?"
Me: "yes"
Stranger Vince: "do you like country music?"
Me: "love it"
Stranger Vince: "Austin. Go to Austin"

And just like that, I picked Austin. Now, I realized after I got back from A-town, that Austin probably wasn't the best choice for someone who likes country music, line dancing, and some good 'ol fashioned honky-tonkin' because it was MUCH more trendy than I had anticipated. BUT I did find some pretty freaking cool things to do and see.

Austin Motel / stay
Snack Bar Diner and Lounge / eat
Hey Cupcake! / dessert
Mount Bonnell / workout
State Capitol / learn
Mexic-Arte Museum / see
Uncommon Objects / shop
Lake Travis / relax
Krause Springs / swim
Lady Bird Lake / hike and bike
Baylor Street Graffiti Park / see