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Existential Turtle Time

A collection of adventures, reviews, and contemplation

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July 2016

“You Are A Badass” by Jen Sincero

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THIS BOOK WAS SO FUN TO READ! It was exactly what I needed after a pretty difficult past year. It’s so easy to play the victim and stay in a pessimistic mindset when things are repeatedly going badly, but this book shook me out of that state and brought to my attention how lame it is to wallow in your own negativity. You Are A Badass emphasizes how you could and should wake up every morning, pumped about your day and loving the fact that you get to be you. And if you’re not….then, well, you’re kind of half-assing your life. Continue reading ““You Are A Badass” by Jen Sincero”

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“Breakfast of Champions” by Kurt Vonnegut

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This is one of the most unique books I have ever read. When I finished it, I was honestly speechless. And once I finally overcame that initial shock, my first thought was: what the heck did I just read? Continue reading ““Breakfast of Champions” by Kurt Vonnegut”

Bucket List Item #18: Become a Published Writer

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Wasn’t the novel that I imagined would be checking off this item, but hey, it still counts! Continue reading “Bucket List Item #18: Become a Published Writer”

Lessons From My Sister

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My sister is a role model, a teacher, a confidante, and an inspiration. I cannot stress enough how much she has shaped me, and if you’ve had the privilege of knowing her, then I’m sure that applies to you as well: wherever she goes, she makes an impact. Despite being only four years older, she’s acquired an incredible amount of wisdom. Below are some of the best things I’ve learned from her: Continue reading “Lessons From My Sister”

Bucket List Item #16: Eat a cannoli from Carlo’s Bakery


I used to be a huge fan of Cake Boss, so eating one of their famous cannolis has been the dream for quite a while. When I realized that a Carlo’s Bakery would be opening in my hometown—even better, during spring break when I’d be back—I knew that this fantasy was finally in reach. Well, kind of. Continue reading “Bucket List Item #16: Eat a cannoli from Carlo’s Bakery”

“Ethan Frome” by Edith Wharton

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This book was basically the OG love affair novel of early 1900s American literature. You’ve got a troubled marriage, forbidden but passionate love, and the typical introverted and awkward male protagonist who is suddenly transformed into a romantic when infatuated by a captivating new stranger. Continue reading ““Ethan Frome” by Edith Wharton”

Lessons From My Mom

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I swear, my mom is Superwoman. She has done absolutely everything to pave the best possible path for my sister and me, and I cannot thank her enough for being such an amazing caretaker and role model. Her sacrifices, her kindness, and her grace are unmatched by anyone I know. Below are just a handful of the many lessons she’s taught me: Continue reading “Lessons From My Mom”

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