Yes, I like traveling alone.

If there’s one thing in this world that will give you your independence and make you truly feel like a grown up, it is traveling…. by yourself.

When I turned 21 I decided that I needed to enjoy my life more and stop waiting around for others to join in on the fun. So my birthday week came and I jetted off (I just flew but this sounds fancier) to New York City. So what if I was going to be alone? I wasn’t going to let others decide for me when I get to travel to another state. 

After a cancelled and delayed flight, I finally made it. Honestly, I was never a New York fan but I guess as long as you’re an American it’s somewhere you need to go. Now, before I got their I was a very socially anxious person so I don’t even know how I managed to go on this trip. However; if there is a city to be alone, it is NYC. Because my flight kept changing I only had a couple of days to fit in everything I wanted to do. I was hopping on and off the double deckers like no tomorrow. I even managed to go to Little Italy and have lunch at a restaurant ALL BY MYSELF. If there’s one thing I learned from this trip it is to pack the right shoes.
After New York I was off to my next destination. A place I like to call home away from home… Nashville, Tennessee.

Unlike New York, Nashville probably isn’t a very common place for people to be hanging out alone. I remember I went to a restaurant by myself and people were being so nice to me because I was sitting there alone. Haha! Although, people seem to be nice there no matter what. Lucky for me during my first night there I met these amazing ladies from Wisconsin. When I tell people this story it seems like it’s out of a tv show. I ended up spending the rest of my trip with them. I got to do things with them that I probably would be scared to do alone. I couldn’t have met nicer people! I still have some funny stories with my time with them that I will not forget. Although they made my trip that much more fun, Nashville is such an incredibly friendly place that even spending time alone there wouldn’t be a problem.

As cliche as this will sound. I do feel like I learned a lot about myself while traveling and gained a lot of independence. I feel like if I can do that than I can do anything. I still have a lot of places I’d like to go to. Some I’ve already gone (not alone) but plenty that I would like to go to  by myself even.

Safe travels,

Suzy 🙂


Three thereapeutic activities worth trying!

Let’s face it, life is tough. We’ve all got something going on. Jobs, school, kids, health problems, etc. One thing I’ve learned is that self care is ALWAYS a good idea. We can’t forget to take care of ourselves. Taking a break isn’t selfish, but it’s something needed in order for us to get our daily tasks done. Of course everyone has their own way to wind down at the end of the day, but here are 3 things that have really helped me.

   1. Pampering/Getting my nails done. 

Getting my nails done or even doing them is calming and I get to just sit there for about an hour doing nothing. It makes me feel good about myself after. It’s like I’m putting in the effort to look after myself. If you do it at home, try looking up videos online and try some new designs!

  2. Baking!

You don’t have to be an expert to bake! The internet is filled with recipes to try. I find baking to be a great distraction as I have to follow step by step instructions and at the end you get rewarded with your own baked goods! I’ll soon be posting a recipe for cinnamon cookies that I love to bake this time of year. It’s super easy too!

  3. Hiking/walking

Going on a hike or a walk around your neighborhood can be so calming! It’s nice to just be doing an activity where I’m not staring my phone or a computer screen for hours. And afterwards I feel better because I got moving and feel like I accomplished something. 
These are just a couple of things I like to do that are easy enough to get done. If you’ve made it this far… thanks for reading! 

-Suzy [Fragile, yet fearless]

Bucket List 

A lot of my blog posts consist of traveling as it’s something that I believe gives you the most independence. Traveling is eye opening, thrilling, educational, and simply just fun. Although I’ve gone to a lot of the places I always wanted to visit, there are still a lot of destinations that I haven’t been to. Here’s my bucket list of places I need to visit  (hoping this will push me to do so). 

  1. Brighton (U.K.)
  2. Stockholm (Sweden)
  3. Scotland 
  4. Newcastle (U.K.)
  5. Italy (mainly for the food.haha)
  6. Santorini (Greece)
  7. Spain
  8. Argentina 
  9. Seattle, Washington (USA)
  10. Charleston, SC (USA)

I think that pretty much covers places I MUST go to. Of course I’m hoping to add more to this list once I start checking some of these off. Do you have any recommendations of places I should visit? Have you been to or are you from any of the ones listed above? Let me know!!!

Hope you’re haveing a great Sunday!

-Suzy [Fragile, yet fearless]
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What’s wrong with me?!

Recently I decided to quit my job as I physically and mentally just can’t do it anymore. There are more reasons why I left, but those being the obvious. I have been a gymnastics coach for years now and this past year my body has been acting strange, aching, and hurting. My wrists have been a mess which has caused me to take a step back from my job. Other than that I’ve had a lot of strange symptoms like rapid heart beats, fatigue, getting light headed, and muscle weakness. I’ve gone to the doctor plenty of times and I’m slowly starting to get some tests done. I’ve made an appointment with a rheumatologist in December so hopefully that’ll give me some answers. This is has put a hold on a lot of things. I’m just too tired most of the time to stay productive. That’s mainly why I’m ready to figure out what’s going on!

I quit my job without having another, but right now my patience just isn’t enough to be working with kids. It’s time for me to move on for a bit and find something else until I figure everything out. I don’t know if I’m doing the right thing as I have a lot of bills to pay, but everything happens for a reason right? 
Happy Thursday! 

-Suzy [Fragile, yet fearless]

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I Love You London!

After years of obsessing over the U.K. And the English culture, I finally had the chance to visit last year. I always wanted to go to the small towns in England and cities that most international visitors don’t go to. When I ended up in London I didn’t expect to like it much because sometimes a big city is just a big city. After spending some time there I realized I actually realized…
I love London for

Beautiful Architecture

Coffee that’s actually good

Views for days

Afternoon Tea (Obviously)

Sweets (had to bring back with me)!!!

Public transportation that’s actually not bad

And Shopping!!!

I definitely plan on visiting again, but I’ll also be visiting other parts of England too! 
Happy Weekend! 

Suzy [Fragile, yet fearless]

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Younger self.

What would you say to your younger self? That’s a question at everyone seems to be asking, but my question is… What made you happy about your younger self?
Working with kids most of my working years, I’ve come to see such amazing qualities about them. They are brave, loud, daring, and DREAMERS. Sometimes I see my students and wonder how all of that changes and goes away. I’m looking back at my younger self and although I made mistakes, I’m proud to be reminded of how I was.

I was always myself. Maybe more then than now. I was stubborn and when I made my mind up about something, I didn’t let anyone change it.

I was fearless. I tried things I knew I might fail at. I took those risks because I loved doing things I loved.

I never questioned anything. Kids have a go get em type of attitude. Questioning choices rarely happens. 
I hope everyone can look back and maybe be reminded of how they were and take a little something from it.
Is there something about your younger self you admired? 

-Suzy [Fragile, yet fearless]

Solo Travel Tips!

Not too long ago I posted this blog about my experience traveling alone. Till this day I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever had the privilege to do! I didn’t go out of the country or anything, but being on my own in states I had never been to was absolutely thrilling. Of course, traveling alone can be a bit pricey and scary, but here are some things I did that helped me out! 

Find out how to get everywhere: this is an obvious, but important to figure out before your trip. Getting hotels with shuttles was a life saver for me. Especially if you are by yourself it is pretty safe because there are others using the shuttle as well. 

TIP: In NYC I used the double deckers to get around. It was hop on hop off and it went around most major areas. I just used that as a taxi to get to my destinations. 

Fun Fact: My hotel in Nashville had a shuttle to take me to downtown and back. I also met some awesome people on it. 

Cheap airplane tickets: It has been said that tickets are cheaper on Tuesdays around 3pm. I looked up ticket prices for a while and realized the price difference during this time was in fact true. 

TIP: Sometimes buying airplane tickets one way instead of round trip are actually cheaper. Do search both! 

Pack light: I just took a carry on with me. Being by myself I didn’t want to be dealing with waiting for a checked bag and carrying all of that. 

Fun Fact: I managed to fit 3 pairs of cowboy boots I bought from Nashville in my carry on. (I still don’t know how I did that)
Always let someone know where you are: The world can be a scary place so just be safe and make sure at least one person knows where you are at your location.

Hope this helps any solo travelers out there. Best of luck!!! I had the time of my life. 
Safe travels,

Suzy [Fragile, yet fearless]

Short, but real. 

I have OCD

I have body dysmorphia 

I had an eating disorder 

And now I’m being told I might have ADD.

I went to treatment

I took medication

And I’m trying to get back on medication.

All I know is I’m still standing and I think that says a lot. You CAN beat mental illness.

Suzy [Fragile, yet fearless]

One year of recovery. 

This time last year I put myself into treatment for an eating disorder. Although I had some hesitation, it ended up being a great experience. I can write a separate post about treatment another time. This one is going to be focusing on recovery. Just because I completed treatment it doesn’t mean I’m 100%.

Have I had eating disorder urges and behaviors since treatment? Yes, but that’s what recovery is all about. I’m not perfect and I’m not going to be. One of the hardest things to work on for me has been my body dysmorphia. It’s been a challenge for me to find that self confidence, but now I’m working on it. The difference between me pre treatment and post treatment is that now I can identify my eating disorder habits. 

Recovery has allowed me to be selfish in the best way possible. Some days are harder than others, but I know that my health comes first…. always. I’ll take the extra time to make sure I eat a meal and utilize some coping skills. Being selfish also means scheduling my appointments with my therapist, see a dietitian when I need to, and seeing a psychiatrist about medication I might need. Recovery mixed with a lot of daily life stresses isn’t easy, but who said recovery is supposed to be easy? 

-Suzy [Fragile, yet fearless]

My worst days in recovery are better than my best days in relapse. 

                                          – Kate Le Page

Perfumes worth trying! 

If you’re looking for a new scent or need to buy a special someone a gift, this post is for you. Here are my favorite perfumes/fragrances that pretty much cover a broad range of preferences. Hopefully you can find one here you’ll like to give a try.

Marc Jacobs: Honey

Honey is the perfect summer scent. I mean it’s also a great one to wear all year round too. The pear and orange mixed with the vanilla note is a lovely combination. It’s girly yet warm. I went through Honey pretty fast. It is a Marc Jacobs perfume after all!
Philosophy: Falling in Love

This smells pretty much what you would expect it too. It’s just the right sweet berry mixed with a little bit of that vanilla warmth. It’s feminine and not over bearing. Plus I love the packaging for its simplicity. This is pretty affordable for a good size compared to designer perfumes. It can be found at Ulta or Sephora.

MAC: Turquatic

Mac Turquatic has become a recent favorite of mine! The perfect way to describe this perfume is fresh. It’s not a very strong scent so it will save you the headaches. This is a plerfume that you will definitely get compliments on because anyone can like this despite their taste. Pricing is affordable for this one.
Marc Jacobs: Daisy
Here comes another Marc Jacobs classic. I myself am not a big floral fan, but daisy is definitely not a strong floral scent. I know this because I can deal with this one. It is such a lovely elegant feminine scent. A lot of people seem to love this one as well despite their preference. This one is a bit on the pricey side.
These are my top choices at the moment. I feel like there’s a little bit of something for everyone in here from sweet to fresh.

Have you tried any of these perfumes? Is there one I need to try?

Until next time,

Suzy [Fragile, yet fearless]

Coping skills for anything.

Coping skills: Methods a person uses for stressful situations.

Finding the right coping skills for myself hasn’t always been easy. It took me a while to be creative with what to do during some not so easy times. Here are a few things that I’ve found helpful and hopefully you will too! 

Journaling: Writing can be great therapy! This being a blog, I’m sure many people on here would find this coping skill helpful Writing your thoughts down is an easy way to let it all out and looking back at it sometimes is a good reminder that things can get better.  

Knitting: This coping skill is one that I learned while dealing with an eating disorder. I’ve found that knitting keeps me busy when I’m thinking of binge eating or just keeping me distracted from intrusive thoughts. There a lot of video tutorials on YouTube if you want to learn how to knit! 

Podcasts: Podcasts just like all great coping skills are a great distraction. Besides it being a distraction, it is great motivation. Podcasts cover all sort of topics and it can be helpful to hear stories of people going through a similar situation that you have been going through. Podcasts can be found on YouTube or there are quite a few free ones on iTunes. 

Puzzles: Puzzles can be fun and very productive! Once you get started with one it’s hard to stop. 

Movies/TV Shows: This one is probably not the most productive coping skill, but it is the most available one. I love to find a great movie or get sucked into a tv show when times are hard. It will keep me occupied from constantly thinking the worst. 

I hope these coping skills give you some ideas. If you have any of your own, please let me know in the comments. It’s always great to find new ones! 

-Suzy [Fragile, yet fearless]