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Koh Tao Birthday

So last week I confessed that yes — at twenty-five, I’m still totally obsessed with my birthday. In my defense, I’m equally obsessed with the birthdays of those around me on a scrapbook-making, banner-hanging, cake-baking, Leslie Knope level, so I actually feel totally okay about it. But anyway — I came back to Koh Tao to…

Birthday Post

One week ago, I turned twenty-five. A quarter century! I wanted to write something big to commemorate it. Something epic and meaningful. Something like this. But honestly? I’ve found myself in a bit of a slump lately — with my writing, my work, and my travels. I used to laugh at warnings of the mythical quarter life…

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Recently, Facebook reminded me of a status I posted a few years back. “Alexandra Baackes is having non stop fun all the time and absolutely loving life.” At the time, I was dripping with sarcasm. Today, I could write that status in pretty non-ironic way. Today, on my twenty-third birthday, life is good. I might not…

Today is my birthday. Lately I’ve been floating on air. I’ve secured my first advertising contract, which makes the hours I pour into this site feel a bit more justified. I’ve also had tons of other behind the scenes deals start to fall into place. Not to mention, I’m traveling through Cambodia, and falling hard for…