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2016 Yearly Roundup

Here are my 10 best travel moments from 2016...in chronological order because I just couldn't rank them!


  1. Starting this blog!

  2. Baseball in Seattle

  3. Camping in Alaska

  4. Date Night at Relae in Copenhagen

  5. Walking along the Your Rainbow Panorama in Aarhus

  6. Standing in front of Horseshoe Bend

  7. Touching these ancient slot canyon walls

  8. Hiking the 6 highest peaks in SoCal

  9. Relaxing in Palm Springs 

  10. 45 seconds in the Infinity Room at The Broad Museum

5 Christmasy Things to do in SoCal

1. Shopping at The Grove

I mean you have to shop right? Why not do it at the "most LA" venue around? The decorations are over the top and especially gorgeous at night.  If you can, bundle up and grab dinner on the patio at La Piazza and watch the shoppers and celebrities shuffle around. Warning: there is an enormous American Girl store at The Grove, so you may want to leave little girls behind! And maybe just as dangerous- Ladies, there is a Laduree now open!
My Best Tip: Wander down to the attached Original Farmer's Market and get some crack, I mean, the-best-toffee-ever for all of your friends at Little John's English Toffee House.

Baby, It's Chicago Outside


The weather is finally cooling down here in SoCal so I thought I would revisit one of the coldest places I ever been. Not Norway, not London, not Montreal...Chicago in late October. 

I was attending the national sexual offender treatment conference (good times!) over the Halloween week, so I had no control over the crappy time of year to experience Chicago for the first time. 

Submitting A Conference Presentation

My first international conference as a student

This week, I submitted presentation proposals to a local conference and an international conference, both of which will take place next Spring. It was kind of last minute but a colleague already had an idea that seems like it will be easy to build upon. Speaking in an international forum is such an accomplished feeling.  To me, only the most dedicated and interested minds make the effort to attend and share their ideas and research in that type of setting and it is a privilege to address that crowd.  It may sound daunting, but proposing an idea is easier than you may think. And for those of you who are early in your careers or still students, you are welcomed too! 

Here's how I have gone about it and I have been accepted to every single one that I have applied to, with the opportunity to travel to Australia, Vienna, Oslo, Portugal, and Copenhagen