Existential Turtle Time

A collection of adventures, reviews, and contemplation



Bucket List Item #5d: Run a Half Marathon


12 weeks of training and over 100 practice miles later, I ran my first half marathon on April 8th. Training for this race was such a life-changing experience. It taught me to believe in my body and, even more so, to cultivate my mental fortitude and stand behind my goals.  Continue reading “Bucket List Item #5d: Run a Half Marathon”


Bucket List Item #6d: Visit Chicago

Taken from a bridgehouse overlooking the Chicago River. Peep the Chicago Tribune building in the background!

This past summer, I lived and worked in the Windy City! For starters, it definitely wasn’t as dangerous as I imagined it would be—given, I stayed in a relatively safe area (South Loop near DePaul, for all the Chicagoans out there), but I grew up associating this city with guns, violence, and its title as the “murder capital of the world.” Yikes, right? Continue reading “Bucket List Item #6d: Visit Chicago”

Bucket List Item #18: Become a Published Writer


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”

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”

Bucket List Item #5a: Do the Krispy Kreme Challenge


The Krispy Kreme Challenge is a race in which you run 2.5 miles to the Krispy Kreme, eat a DOZEN of donuts, and then run 2.5 miles back. The challenge is to finish this all in under an hour!

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Bucket List Item #22: Start a public blog

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