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Hi, friends!

I'm so glad you stopped by.  Grab yourself a cup of coffee and let's share about travel, life, and all the bits in between.

Holly Goes on Holiday

Holly Goes on Holiday

Hi, everyone!  For those of you who don't know me, I'm Holly, an English teacher from Kentucky engaged to a wonderful man, Micah, who is an airline pilot.  2016 has been an incredible year, full of ups and downs (as every year is), but it has mostly been a year of new beginnings and  adventure.  

For those of you who do know me, you may remember some of the blogs I've written in the past. My first one was a travel blog (before I knew what a travel blog was), chronicling my adventures living abroad in Ireland during my student teaching six years ago.  I was curious if it was still floating around on the internet somewhere, and to my amazement, it is!  I didn't write that many posts while there, but finding this blog felt a little bit like finding a dusty diary in the attic--fun to remember what it was like to be 23, single, and discovering the world all on my own for the first time.  If you would like to read about a very excited Kentuckian in her early twenties living in Ireland, you can find it here.

More recently, I wrote a blog called Something Lovely.  I created this blog during a time when I really needed something lovely in my life.  I was inspired by a video, actually, called This is Water, that is narrated by a commencement speech delivered years ago by David Foster Wallace.  In his speech he talks about how happiness in life is a choice, and we can choose to run an on automatic setting of viewing life as unaccommodating and unfair, or we can choose to see the goodness and beauty in life.  I needed this blog.  I needed to force myself to see the good, and writing was the best way I knew how to explore it further.

Now, after taking a year-and-a-half break from writing, I am landing on this new blog, Holly Goes on Holiday.  I suppose it will be a bit of a mix of my first two blogs, documenting the adventures that Micah and I take, as well as exploring humanity and the constant search for the good in life.  When I first moved to Ireland, my dad reminded me in an email how much I loved being a child--each day felt like a new beginning for play and imagination, and I would often say I never wanted to grow up.  He then said something that has always stuck with me: enjoy being grown up the way that you did your youth.  And that is exactly what I am trying to do.  This is the story of travel, life, and love.

A Ski Vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

A Ski Vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming