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Packing Light: Thoughts on Living Life with Less Baggage | Allison Fallon
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Carrying baggage you don't need? When I was in college, I figured my life would come together around graduation. Id meet a guy, have a beautiful wedding, and we'd buy a nice little housenot necessarily with a picket fence, but with whatever kind of fence we wanted. Whatever we decided, I would be happy. When I got out of college and my life didnt look like that, I floundered, trying to get the life I had always dreamed of through career, travel, and relationships. But none of them satisfied me as I hoped. Like many twentysomethings, I tried to discover the life of my dreams, but instead I just kept accumulating baggageschool loans, electronics I couldnt afford, hurt from broken relationships, and unmet expectations for what life was supposed to be like. Just when I had given up all hope of finding the life Id always dreamed about, I decided to take a trip to all fifty states . . . because when you go on a trip, you cant take your baggage. What I found was that packing light wasnt as easy as I thought it would be. This is the story of my trip and learning to live life with less baggage.
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I‘m away this weekend with friends and I‘ve decided to have a internet free weekend. So no iPad and my phone shall only be used for emergencies.
I‘ll miss all your posts this weekend but look forward to catching up with them all soon.

Dorianna Have a good time! 7mo
Cortg Have fun!
youneverarrived Have fun 🧡 7mo
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#HeatOfJuly #IGottaFeeling I might be facing some weight issues when it comes to my luggage 😬😬😬In only 7 days I‘ve managed to acquire 34 books🤭#SorryNotSorry #YOLO

Cathythoughts Oh I see some lovely ones. 💕. And you‘ve got Peyton Place too 🎉 1y
vivastory Your book game is strong! 💪👏📚 1y
Cinfhen Yup!!! I‘m ridiculously weighed down in “new” books @vivastory @Cathythoughts 😜#NoComplaints 1y
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Kalalalatja Impressive! I‘m kind of jealous 😄😄 1y
AmyG That‘s awesome! 1y
SledgeReader Winning! 🎉 1y
tammysue Yay! Love it!! 😁 1y
PurpleyPumpkin Wow, well done!👍🏽 1y
eanderson Yes!!! 😱🤗 1y
Melissa_J Nicely done! 1y
DivaDiane Wow! 😱 1y
Nessavamusic What a haul! 1y
BarbaraBB So jealous 😘 1y
Reviewsbylola That‘s gotta be a record, even for you. 😂😘 1y
Cinfhen I‘m still going strong @Reviewsbylola @BarbaraBB 🤗🤗🤗 1y
Lizpixie Wow Cindy😲You are, like, my ultimate role model #werenotworthy🙌 1y
emilyhaldi Lol!!! And one of them is a #chunkster too 😉 1y
LauraBeth 😍😍😍😍 1y
TNbookworm ☺😮😍 1y
Centique Good luck with the suitcase weights! Kavalier and Clay is a fave of mine - it‘s in the area where your and my tastes cross over - so I have a good feeling about this! 1y
Cinfhen Woohoo🤞🏼🤞🏼 @Centique I loved 1y
Centique @Cinfhen excellent! I have that waiting for me on my kindle 👍👍👍 1y
Cinfhen What, me ?!??? @Lizpixie you post book-hauls every day 😍the KING is a real #chunkster @emilyhaldi but I‘m looking forward to reading it 1y
GlassAsDiamonds Good solid work there!!! 😂😊😊😂 (this is why I prefer airlines that don‘t weight hand luggage....😉) (edited) 1y
TrishB 😂😂😂😱 go you 😘 1y
Cinfhen Freakin Alitalia DOES weigh their hand luggage now @GlassAsDiamonds so I‘m royally f@cked 1y
minkyb 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
LeahBergen Oh man. 😂😂😂 1y
kspenmoll Fabulous! Worth it?!!!😂 1y
GlassAsDiamonds @Cinfhen 😱😱😱😱😱😱 I think you‘re at the “pay for excess luggage before they charge you at check in” stage.... 1y
Cinfhen Oh, for sure @GlassAsDiamonds we knew before we even landed in the US we were traveling back overseas with an extra suitcase or two 🙄😉and it‘s TOTALLY worth it @kspenmoll @minkyb @LeahBergen @TrishB 😍😍😍 1y
GlassAsDiamonds @Cinfhen 😂😂😂 Now... were you smart and bough said with you or did you do an us and have to buy more at home? (It‘s become a running joke that we manage to come back with a new suitcase each time, it‘s getting a tad insane!!). 1y
Cinfhen We brought an empty duffle with us @GlassAsDiamonds BUT we may need to purchase another bag 🙄 my husband is also OVER IT!!! But I honestly don‘t shop all year 1y
GlassAsDiamonds @Cinfhen 😂😂😂 you could literally be scripting our trips home here. To the word...🤦🏻‍♀️😂🤦🏻‍♀️😂🤦🏻‍♀️ (if he also has a melt down about not wanting to ship even clothes in said duffle bag, they‘re clones, clones I tell you!!). I waved packets of TimTams around to effect compliance with bag buying... any chance that would work for you? 😉😂😉😂 1y
Cinfhen If only a TimTam would work @GlassAsDiamonds He has NO PROBLEM bringing his shit back but ANYTHING for the house like Q-Tips or Tuna fish cans and he‘s flipping out!!!! 1y
GlassAsDiamonds @Cinfhen oooohhh not cool! 😡😡😡 That would just make me add more books! (Tuna!!! 😂😂😂😂 for me it‘s salmon and anchovies!!! How are these not just universal staples, how?!?!) 1y
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Never go down on books when going on vacation! #heavypacking

ephemeralwaltz 👏👏 1y
BarbaraBB You‘re going on vacation? Wow, well deserved. Where are you going? 1y
RealLifeReading Have a good holiday! 1y
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LeahBergen The Tropper will be a perfect holiday read. 👌🏼 1y
Cspen113 Have a great time!! Love the bag! 1y
britt_brooke I love This is Where I Leave You! The movie is great too. Safe travels! 1y
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB I‘m going to Crete for a week of relaxation, reading and eating, and it is much needed! 👌 @RealLifeReading @Cspen113 thank you! 😊 @LeahBergen @britt_brooke it was recommended by @Cinfhen for my #RecommendationsChallenge2018, so I‘m hoping for a fun read 🤞😄 1y
Cinfhen Have the BEST TIME you earned this much needed vacation ✈️🏝and I hope you ❤️ the book 📚 it‘s a great #beachread #booked2018 (edited) 1y
TrishB Enjoy 🎉🎉 you‘re just ready for this break!! 💕 1y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen @TrishB thanks you two! Our first day has been great in spite of some hotel difficulties. 👌 1y
CoffeeAndABook Kalimera🌞🌊⛵️🐬 Have the best time in Crete!!! 1y
minkyb Wishing you a lovely holiday! 1y
Reviewsbylola You‘ve always gotta have options! 1y
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1️⃣ 33 times
2️⃣ 1800+ miles
3️⃣ if I moved now, guessing 10-15 boxes
4️⃣ I'm sure I'll move again but not until I am too old to live independently 😜
5️⃣ yay !!
#packingdistraction @JoScho

JoScho 33 times?! Bless your soul 💕 1y
Eggs @JoScho You could say I've had an adventuresome life...and now I'm exhausted 😂😂 1y
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1. Six
2. 48 miles
3. 10 I lost a lot of books from a move 😢 so i started investing more ebooks. Slowly building up my physical books again.
4. I see atleast couple more moves in the future
5. Yay. I've moved more times without them though.
Fun packing distraction @JoScho I hope your move goes well & your happy in your new home💕

JoScho Thanks so much! 😊❤️📦 1y
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1.) we moved about every 8mo to a year from the time I was 2 until I was 17. Then we lived in that house for 7 years and I miss it so much 😭
2.) Dallas to San Antonio and back.
3.) 2 or 3 maybe? Not many.
4.) I still live at home so no, I definitely plan on moving again.
5.) Not unless you count my brother and a few of his friends lol

#packingdistraction @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 😊❤️📦 1y
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1. 11
2. St. Paul to Atlanta
3. Let‘s just say, the last time I moved my brother asked, “Do you own anything besides books and Christmas decorations?”
4. I‘ll probably downsize in a few years.
5. Absolutely!

@JoScho Good luck with your packing!

JoScho Thanks so much! 📦❤️ 1y
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1. Moves 7 times, switched schools a couple in between.
2. ND to Florida! Then back to ND. Then to NC 😂
3. At least 6 or 7 medium-large boxes
4. Were in an apt. Definitely loving again. Hopefully soon!
5. Next time- YES. If we can afford it! @JoScho

JoScho 📦❤️ 1y
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I know yesterday was hump day but I was at King's Island with my sweet nieces all day.

1. Packing for a 25 day road trip but not before enjoying some local craft cider.
2. Not yet. #NBCanada
3. Frozen pizza
4. Navy PJ top
5. Idk like 24

#HumpDayPost @MinDea

Stacy_31 A 25-day road trip? Where are you headed? That sounds fun! 2y
DebbieGrillo @Stacy_31 NB, Canada > Indianapolis, IN > Morris County, NJ > Jersey Shore > Morris County > Orlando, FL > NJ > NB, Canada 2y
knittedgnome That's one heck of a road trip!! So fun! We just got back from Indy and really enjoyed ourselves. Let me know if you need any things to do ideas there! 2y
MinDea Awesome!!! Your road trip sounds so fun! Safe travels and have a blast! 2y
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Trying to pack books but #SeptimusCat is not making it easy. #CatsOfLitsy #CatsAndStacks

BookishMarginalia 😍😍😍 2y
bentchbites So cute!! 2y
ReadingSusan Adorable! 2y
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Leftcoastzen Cats and boxes 📦😻 2y
hgrimes He looks so soft.😻 2y
WanderingBookaneer @hgrimes : Indeed, #Septimus & #TrickyCat , our two black kittoes are very fluffy. 2y
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4 books for a 2 day trip is correct right ?!

Libby1 WILL THAT BE ENOUGH?!?!? 😂 2y
DarcysMom Are the books in a carry on bag? I would worry about them getting lost and having NO books to read! 2y
DivaDiane You have to have some options! 2y
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Do you think I packed enough books for the weekend? I always have such grand plans for reading when I go on trips and then I end up so busy I barely read anything. Yet I continue to pack books like this every time. You just never know, so I need to be prepared 😂

AmyG Me too. Hey, you never know, right? It's why I started reading ebooks. So I could save space and pack alot of books! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Me too @AmyG That was my main motivator for getting a kindle! Lighter bags! 2y
Books.Bottles.and.Babies @AmyG @Riveted_Reader_Melissa my Kindle is in there too!😂 I'm so overpacked, but I figure now I'm prepared for whatever I'm in the mood for... My husband thinks I'm nuts! 2y
kspenmoll Not nuts, just a true book lover!!! 2y
mrozzz No, never enough!!!! 2y
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I was excited to open my #cupidgoespostal that i brought it clear across the country with me to San Francisco so I wouldn't have to wait longer. @ReadingEnvy

LiteraryinLititz That is true dedication! 3y
ReadingEnvy That is amazing! 3y
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