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Behind the Curtain: March 2017

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I’ve come to look forward to these monthly posts about what I’m into beyond travel because there’s so much more to my life than where I go, despite the fact that it’s something I love. It’s funny how many people respond with their obsessions or agree with mine! As with last month, I’m sharing the things I’m obsessed with at the moment. Thanks for following along! Be sure to share what you’re loving this month below!


I’m almost through all of the The Walking Dead comics, so I’m taking my time. Thankfully, a new one was recently released. I’m also reading Truly Madly Guilty, my first by Lianne Moriarty, which is set in my former home of Sydney. After seeing previews for HBO’s interpretation of Big Little Lies (and seeing gorgeous Monterey, the setting), I think it’s next on my list. To see what else I’m reading, check out my Goodreads Profile here.


Ryan Duke in court, recording for the podcast.

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I’m an unabashed true crime geek, so I can’t believe the news that arrests have been made in a missing persons case dating back over a decade. Featured on Up and Vanished (disclosure: the host is a childhood friend), the Tara Grinstead case has long been a mystery to the residents of her small Georgia town and the world. It seems that very soon, we will have answers on what exactly happened to her and maybe even why. There’s never been a better time to start listening! A new season will also be launching soon.


I have very few guilty pleasures when it comes to TV. I watch reality television without much shame. But one addiction that is going strong for many years is MTV’s The Challenge. I’ve been watching it since the channel was taboo at my house, full of swearing and spring breaks. But through my secret viewings of The Real World and Road Rules (RIP), I became addicted to the show that pitted people against one another. It’s equal parts drama and competition, plus there have been some recent appearances by people who haven’t been on the show this decade (Darrell!). And now that I’ve finished Luke Cage on Netflix, I’ve moved on to Daredevil, which I probably should have started with. I really like the characters and the gritty side of Hell’s Kitchen, the NYC neighborhood I most frequently stay in.


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When I was traveling in Guatemala, I developed an addiction to green Doritos, a salsa verde flavor, and bought a small bag to take home with me. So imagine my surprise when I saw them in my local grocery store! They’re spicy like tomatillos. Unfortunately, I’m doing some version of Whole 30/a detox through my gym and had to give them up. But come April, I’ll be back at it. I also discovered Bare Necessities, an online store for big bosomed gals like myself. I found the same bra I bought at a local store for $40 less. They also have frequent sales and send you near-daily discount emails. I also bought a swimsuit top from here.


I told myself I’d slow down this year and do more travel for myself, which has sort of happened. When my mom told me she was using her fall break to go to California, I decided to go with her. We flew in and out of San Francisco, driving the Pacific Coast Highway most of the way until mudslides caused us to detour. Expect more posts on this soon! And today, I’m writing from Israel, where I’ll be traveling for the next two weeks. Send me your tips on Jerusalem and Tel Aviv!


When one door closes, another one opens as the saying goes. I lost some work at the beginning of the year, but have since been slammed with more work. I’ve picked up more work with Explore Georgia and I even took over their Twitter account during the Oscars. My work for has recently been published along with Simply Buckhead. See what else I’m working on via my Contently profile.

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