TBT: That time I went to Utah…

In honor of Best Friends Day, I’m reposting this! Best Friends Animal Society is an incredible organization! Today would’ve also been my first dog Sammy’s 17th birthday!

Back in 2013, I was a senior at Northeastern and decided to use my last spring break to do some good. I signed up for Northeastern’s Alternative Spring Break program where students spend the week volunteering at one of many participating organizations. I, being the animal lover that I am, opted for the program at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. It was an amazing week; spending time with the animals, exploring the Coral Pink Sand Dunes and Zion National Park, and getting to know new people from my school – ah, so fun! It was unlike any place I’ve ever been and, at the time, it was the farthest West I’d ever traveled. 531518_10152668392960118_1419418716_n531555_10152668393230118_1157599316_n313808_10152668393915118_82020514_n537564_10152668394880118_438560448_n602787_10152668395855118_1634239435_n482809_10152668392875118_1483484582_n1696_10152668394325118_2145519080_n559669_10152668395220118_181811803_n537475_10152668394895118_1412887369_n26327_10200838288743046_1352955968_n580447_4771189003315_1906962984_n

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

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Donut Judge Me

In honor of National Donut Day!

IMG_3398 The “Voodoo Doll” doughnut filled with jelly!

Portland, OR, is a wonderful city with superb donuts. While most have heard of Voodoo Doughnut (a quirky doughnut shop based in Portland), y’all may not know about Blue Star Donuts. I took a train from Seattle to Portland and made a beeline to Voodoo, luggage and all. Hopped in an Uber afterwards and when the driver saw me with my box of Voodoo deliciousness he goes, “You know it’s funny. Voodoo doughnuts always has a line and everything but they’re not even the best doughnuts in Portland. Blue Star is where it’s at.” Oh okay then…

DSC02440 Blueberry Bourbon Basil Donut. NOM.

…So I tried both. And both places were delicious.

And I can’t choose a favorite.

If you’re ever in Portland, try both and you shall not be disappointed.

HUGS AND KISSES TO PORTLAND. KEEP ON BEING WEIRD AND AWESOME!

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Traveling Solo but not Alone

Well it’s been over two weeks since I embarked on my adventure to the West Coast and I’ve already seen so many cool things and met incredible people along the way. As much as I adore NYC and all of my friends back there (seriously, I miss you guyssss), I have this immense fear of getting stuck in a rut and routine…turning 80 and regretting allllll the things I didn’t do.

IMG_3416I used to dream of having some super important job with a fancy title and corner office somewhere in Manhattan; a job that would allow me to afford a penthouse overlooking Central Park and a personal driver. While all that sounds pretty sweet, it’s definitely not everything, or really anything, life should be. People are so focused on gaining material items based on what society deems as worthy and in style. It’s literally absurd when you think about it. Whenever…

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9 Adorable Small Towns You Have to Visit

There are few things I love more than a charmingly adorable small town. I mean, I’ve only gushed about my love for Lake George once or twice…

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