US Life Archive

Read about my life before I moved to Oz and my experience moving to New York City afterwards.

Vegas skyline

How to Stay Fit on a Trip to Vegas

October 11, 2016

in fitness, health, vacation, Vegas, work

Vegas is an indulgent place. I’ve been to Sin City four times, and two were for work purposes. Going for business can sometimes be even harder than going for pleasure if you want to maintain a healthy diet—conference meals are usually heavy, and drinks are aplenty and often free. On my most recent short trip in May for […]

toddler girl from 80s holding cabbage patch doll

6 of My Grown-up Goals

October 6, 2016

in goals. writing, personal, reflection

In two months, I’ll turn 35. It’s not a milestone age like 25 or 30 or 40. But yet, it stills feels like something. It feels like I’m really, really an adult now. And part of that is because I have a 9-to-5 job where I manage someone, a husband and a kid, in addition […]

The Plan

The Plan

July 5, 2016

in goals. writing, life change, reflection

“Are you a planner?” It’s a question that comes up in everything from personality tests to job interviews.  And it’s one I’ve struggled to answer since I became an adult. The easy way to answer would be to consider all the things I’ve technically “planned” in my life–entry to college, a move abroad, a wedding (and […]

Bike at a detour sign

When I was 27

May 15, 2016

Around this time of year, I always think about my layoff back in 2009. It didn’t happen until mid-June, but the rounds of cuts had been going on at my company since January. That and a breakup earlier in the year had spurred me to reconsider the path my life was taking. I remember May […]