1. Mallory, I can’t wait to see what you do next…or not do! Your positive, energizing approach to just living your life, is wonderful! I am glad I’m not your mom, because my worrywart ness would get the best of both of us!:) But as your friend, it’s a blast to follow your adventures! Don’t stop!!!

  2. You are such an inspiration and your self-awareness is refreshing. Which, along with about 5,309 other things, makes me proud to call you my friend, bridesmaid, and coffee shop twin. A beautiful post, as usual Mal!

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      Well, they do say you are the average of your 5 closest friends. So, I suppose you can take credit for some of those 5,309 things. Love you Mayunia!

  3. Mallory,
    You are an incredibly amazing person and you motivate me to follow my heart and to not be scared to do something I desire just because it might be alone. Your drive and desire is intoxicating and I absolutely love that I can follow your blogs and see what you are up to next. I have shared a few of your blogs with my family and they love you just as much. I wish I would have talked with you more when I had the chance while we were on vacation in Colorado. I hope one day we will have a chance to hang out again sometime. I have always wanted to travel more overseas, but somehow always find myself making excuses for putting it off for a later time. I can safely say that you solely will play a big role in my motivation for finally making it happen. I am sure there are countless others that you have motivated as well. I just want to say thank you for being such a kind and generous person to everyone you meet and keep shining girl, you are amazing πŸ™‚ I can’t even imagine how awesome your parents must be, raising such an enlightened, caring, and open young woman.

    Sarah Dolasky

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      Shreddin’ the gnar in the mountains isn’t the ideal time to talk about life I suppose. πŸ™‚ I’m sure our paths with cross again and we can chat all day about wanderlusting/life things. Real life: I’ll probably be in STL a lot this fall if we want to make this happen.

      Thanks for your sweet message; tucking this away for a rainy day. πŸ™‚ When you make it happen, I want to hear everything!! Don’t give me too much credit though, it’s in you so I’m sure you would have figured out a way to make it happen.

      P.S. My parents are the awesomest. I hope they are reading this.

  4. Absolutely love this mal-pal πŸ™‚ Miss you and adore living vicariously through you! I always look forward to my ‘New Post’ from Here & Mal emails

  5. To Mal: I love your thoughtfulness about life. Little did I know that your thirst for the life that I see now was only just a drop as you sold lemonade on our street corner.

    To Rosemary: Thank you for loving my girl! I’m so glad our daughters hung together through poms. Your own daughter is worthy of exclamation points!

    To Sarah: Mallory is right. There is something in you that draws you to her story, but your story will be different and hopefully wonderful. I’ve noticed that Mallory has many conversations and reading inspirations that have formed her wise travels. I hope you are wise in that way too – and I bet your mom hopes for that!

    To Maya: Thank you for supporting your friend’s travel bug. Otherwise, she wouldn’t want your friendship, I dare say!

    To Brittny: Ditto on the above. I miss seeing you at Woodcrest. Know that I’ve been praying for your engagement – may it be healthy…and may you know all your strengths and “growth” areas as much as you can before the big day. If you ever need a mom in Columbia, just call!

    To Piet: We have such a cool daughter!

  6. What about friends who like to talk about life over a glass of ‘white’ wine? ;). Great post and see you next week!

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      You can drink white wine and I’ll drink red. We can share the cheese.

  7. Well said, Mal. Wisdom beyond your years. Articulate, intelligent & interesting. Awesome.

  8. Great post Mallory. Thanks for sharing and yes I made it to the end !! ;))

  9. Alright, I demand ice cream and a hug πŸ™‚

    Quite a jumble of thoughts, but they’re good thoughts and show you’re mulling over the fundamental questions that happens when you take the leap! No need to have any clear answers, but I like that you have an idea of a home base.

    Since you mention my hometown of San Diego, does this mean you’re going to pay it a visit? If you do I can recommend a couple of really cool neighborhoods to check out, as well as this great foodie blog to get your bearings on where to eat.

    And hey, you get to watch the sunset over the Pacific whenever you want. And wear a tshirt and shorts in January. And roadtrip down to Baja California. And chill out at Ocean Beach. Shit, now I want to go back! πŸ™

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      You will be the first one I ask about California tips. Oh, and a road trip is 100% going to happen. SO EXCITED!!!!! Any chance you will be back in California around November or December? That would be the best.

      P.S. Thanks for the foodie blog. That is the best place to start. πŸ™‚

  10. Hey Mal!

    I was wondering if you are in CoMo right now. I’m back in Missouri dealing with all of that immigration stuff again. I was hoping you were there so I could pick your brain about your travels! I’ve been obsessed (you can ask Jam) with your blog for months now. I’m kind of at a crossroads because of not being able to stay in the country again and it’s forcing me to make some big decisions. I’m hoping to talk to people who have had experiences that I would like to have myself, and I couldn’t think of anyone better than you! πŸ™‚
    Let me know if you are around to grab a coffee or anything! – even if it is virtual!

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      Hi Lauren!

      I AM in Como right now and will be for the majority of October. Bummed to hear that immigration issues have resurfaced. πŸ™ On the bright side, I love that you are considering traveling! Would love to grab coffee with you. Feel free to shoot me a text or Facebook message and we’ll set something up!

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