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Behind the Curtain: August 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!


Last night, I finished reading The Art of Memoir and recently finished The Walking Dead: Volume 25, which will be part of the plot for the next two seasons. I’m still working my way through The Beautiful and the Damned. I’m trying to focus on reading memoirs at the moment, but am looking for some reads to add to my list! To see what else I’m reading, check out my Goodreads Profile here.


I’m a true crime junkie and this month I went to the live finale in Atlanta for Up and Vanished, created by a childhood friend of mine. If you haven’t started listening, now is the time. The season ended on a truly surprising cliffhanger. But in search of something lighter, I’ve also become addicted to Dear Sugars, an advice podcast by Cheryl Strayed and and Steve Almond, former columnists for The Rumpus. This Pod is Your Pod and The Moth are two more I’m currently listening to.


There are more to-watch shows that I have on my list than I actually have time to watch. I finally finished The Iron Fist in advance of The Defenders, which I’m SO psyched for. I quickly watched Netflix’s Ozark, which was filmed in Georgia, and even wrote about the filming locations. I also quickly binged on Friends from College for something a little lighter and wished the season had been longer. Next up to watch are Discovery’s Manhunt: Unabomber (also filmed in my home state!) and the creepy Jessica Biel show The Sinner. What are you watching?


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Last month, I brought a brand-new phone to use just for its camera capabilities. But this month, I can use my iPhone 5 to take better pictures now that I have my Pixter. The French company makes clip-on smartphone lenses of the highest quality. I spent the week testing out the Wide Angle (about $35) to capture my big bowl of noodles. Best of all, their lenses work with any smartphone. This month, I’m also loving the big stack of records I bought at the antique store!


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My two weeks in Nicaragua had highs and lows, but overall it was a great trip. I’ve been home for a few weeks but leave next week for a few days in Boston with my sister. I’m excited to partner with HI USA-Boston, which you’ll be hearing about in the coming weeks. Send me your tips for the city! And after that, I’ll have a short weekend in New York.


I’ve continued my work for Explore Georgia and hope to keep it up for the rest of the year. I’ve been pitching a number of new outlets as well, so fingers crossed that some turn into paid work. See what else I’m working on via my Contently profile.

This post was written in partnership with Pixter, who sent me a lens to test. 

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