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Wheeee! As you read this I’m exactly one day into a 10-road trip. As you guys probably know by now, I love small towns and I never tire of telling people they should visit them or even move to one.

So I’m super excited to be partnering with Livability and visiting 10 of their top 100 small to mid-sized cities over the next 10 days. You can follow along on Instagram to see all the fun diners, amazing bookstores, and adventures I get into!

Links for you!

When I’m roadtripping on my own, I prefer to stay in hotels (rather than Airbnbs) and book my spot day or night of. I don’t want to be locked into a reservation four hours away if I get caught up in something interesting! I book most of my hotel rooms through Booking.com because I like “I’m traveling for work” option that shows me hotels with free wifi, breakfast, and parking. If you’ve never used Booking.com before, here’s a $25 credit towards your first reservation!

Related: everything you need to know about planning a roadtrip

Also related: I will not stop till every traveler owns these. NEVER.

A reminder that Stephan Hawking was sweet and took teenage girls seriously.

Brownie/pudding/lava cake? YES.

I really appreciated this post from my friend Alex – a reminder that not every project has to be Some Huge Thing.
Once I decide, “I’m going to do a tiny project. Nothing too crazy. Simple and small,” it’s amazing how much R – E – L – I – E – F floods into my body.

Instead of feeling overwhelmed, I feel focused, light, and energized. Instead of giving up, I march forward. Instead of feeling inadequate, I feel capable. When I set tiny goals, ironically, I make big moves.

High five to National Geographic!

7 people on choosing to be celibate.

Related: True Story: I waited till marriage to have sex.

I love small spaces. I tried to convince Kenny to move his dog and two children into my 700-square foot apartment when we first got married, to no avail. I really liked Stella’s tour of her 175-square foot apartment and her general attitude about it.

‘Mallory Is Not Gone’: Daniel Mallory Ortberg on Coming Out As Trans – The beloved internet writer talks to Heather Havrilesky about his new identity.
There are ways in which I feel supremely confident, like when it comes to making friends, or work stuff. But this, for me, was a thing where there was less confidence than I normally get to have. It was like, “Where has your chutzpah gone, my buddy?” Where’s Barbra Streisand singing “Don’t Rain on My Parade”? Where’s the fun?

And part of what’s been actually good about taking these steps toward transitioning and coming out for me is: “Oh, this is not just loss and pain and anxiety. This is exciting, thrilling, energizing, and fun.” And I get to find a different version of myself that’s not just like “Hey guys, I’m sad. I lost my gender. I don’t know where it went. Everything’s a mess.”

Just as I suspected! Doctors have finally ruled menstrual cramps as painful as heart attacks.

Related: this is what I swear by for my cramps.

Hope you had a lovely week, friends!

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Photo by Dani King on Unsplash

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