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I'm Tara.

I'm just a silly little girl who likes to go places and tell her silly little stories.

SLK documents the adventures I've had across 5 continents & who I've become on my journeys. 

You can read my full story here!

trying it solo

trying it solo

I have lived alone for nearly six months. Without a roommate and without my parents. Just me and a one bedroom apartment a block from where I work. 

I suppose it's not such a milestone for people, but it was a first for me. I had one roommate all throughout college. Then, I was an au pair and lived with the family I worked for overseas. After, I moved home with my parents to save money {and because, I hadn't lived closer than 9 hours drive from my parents in over four years}. After being here and there the greater part of last year, I really wanted to try living alone. 

And, man, did I learn a lot about myself. 

When you're alone with yourself and your thoughts, you see your dreams and ambitions incredibly clearly. You understand your habits in finite details, because you see them all every day. 

I learned that I like eating Noodle Express leftovers un-reheated in my underwear while I do homework in bed. 

I learned that I use on average $17.82 a month worth of electricity and that I love Gardenia candles and those that smell like Fresh Linen. 

I learned that I have two closets filled with clothes and about ten Rubbermaids still in  storage, but I always wear the same grey t-shirt on the weekends. 

I learned that you are never too old for a night light, and that it's possible to be 25 and afraid of the dark. 

I learned that my mother gave me her appreciation for the pretty details of a space. She bought me a beautiful dining room table handcrafted in Yugoslavia that I found at an antique store for Valentine's Day and a china tea set with a green trim around the saucers. 

I learned that I watch Love Actually and About Time any time I can be bothered to turn my T.V. on. 

I have learned that alone time is a skill, and so is cooking for one. 

Mostly though, I learned the importance of people when you live alone. Having someone to invite over for brunch. Having people to go hiking with on Sundays and to Skype late at night when you can't sleep. I have the most incredible friends-- here close by and on the other side of the world. In living alone I haven't had to feel lonely, because of the people I love.  And that is the biggest blessing. 

I think living alone, trying it solo, is something everyone should give a go if they're able. Because, like traveling alone, the experience is entirely different.

Things are going to be changing. I can't wait to make an official announcement, though, I am also the most terrified I think I've ever been. So this is what real fear feels like, aye? But one thing will remain no matter what I'm doing or where I am...

I'll always be the girl who likes to go places and tell her stories.

And the girl who likes leftover Noodles. Those are a must.

 

oh baby, baby it's a wild world

oh baby, baby it's a wild world

lessons from the French & trips to France

lessons from the French & trips to France