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Carissa Thilgen
Attended Pepperdine University
Lives in St. Petersburg, FL
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Explore New York : Times Square & Marseille
Today I'm launching a new series, Explore New York, in which I'll share my escapades in and around the Big Apple. I've journeyed across the Hudson from our Jersey abode to NYC several times already, and I can't wait for many more big city adventures in the ...
Today I'm launching a new series, Explore New York, in which I'll share my escapades in and around the Big Apple. I've journeyed across the Hudson from our Jersey abode to NYC several times already, and I can't wait for many ...
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NYC Summer Bucket List
After an accidental sabbatical from blogging, I'm jumping back in today by sharing my NYC summer bucket list. Now, I know summer is almost over (tear), but I'm still want to make the most of the warm weather while we can and explore the city's "great outdoo...
After an accidental sabbatical from blogging, I'm jumping back in today by sharing my NYC summer bucket list. Now, I know summer is almost over (tear), but I'm still want to make the most of the warm weather while we can and ...
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Breathe and Reboot
This week seemed to fly by in the blink of an eye. Actually, make that the last two weeks. Which is kind of a good thing, seeing as my Coastie hubby is still stuck with his boat in dry dock, only returning home to our new, still-unsettled apartment for all-...
This week seemed to fly by in the blink of an eye. Actually, make that the last two weeks. Which is kind of a good thing, seeing as my Coastie hubby is still stuck with his boat in dry dock, only returning home to our new, st...
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Happy Fourth!
Happy Independence Day from New Jersey! While this past month has been trying, to say the least, I'm going to do my best to focus on the positives today: my husband, who has been in Rhode Island since the beginning of June, is coming home this weekend to vi...
Happy Independence Day from New Jersey! While this past month has been trying, to say the least, I'm going to do my best to focus on the positives today: my husband, who has been in Rhode Island since the beginning of June, i...
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Bittersweet
After 13 long days in Rhode Island, my husband called me Saturday afternoon with a surprise, of sorts: He was coming home. But just for a day. A part that the ship's crew was waiting on didn't come in, so the CO (that's commanding officer, for you non-milit...
After 13 long days in Rhode Island, my husband called me Saturday afternoon with a surprise, of sorts: He was coming home. But just for a day. A part that the ship's crew was waiting on didn't come in, so the CO (that's comma...
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I've Wanted to Be Here My Whole Life
The view from our apartment. We arrived in our new town of Union City around 6 o’clock on June 5, exactly two weeks ago. After checking out (for the first time!) our new digs and unloading the car, we decided to take the dogs out for a much-needed long walk...
The view from our apartment. We arrived in our new town of Union City around 6 o’clock on June 5, exactly two weeks ago. After checking out (for the first time!) our new digs and unloading the car, we decided to take the d...
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Eat, Drink & Be Creative : A Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop in NYC
I’m about 10 months into my calligraphy journey , and while I am not always as diligent as I should be about practicing every single day, and I tend to be more critical of my work than I should be (my husband says), I have completely fallen in love with the...
I’m about 10 months into my calligraphy journey, and while I am not always as diligent as I should be about practicing every single day, and I tend to be more critical of my work than I should be (my husband says), I have com...
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The Pursuit of Positivity
This is not an easy thing for me. Especially lately. I am not prone to positive thinking. I'm a worrier, an over-analyzer, an anxious heart. Cultivating a "positive mind" and feeling "positive vibes" takes serious work, and sometimes no matter how hard I tr...
This is not an easy thing for me. Especially lately. I am not prone to positive thinking. I'm a worrier, an over-analyzer, an anxious heart. Cultivating a "positive mind" and feeling "positive vibes" takes serious work, and s...
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Thoughts on a Summer Evening
One of my favorite things about my evening walks around Weehawken ( other than the view of NYC ) is seeing fireflies dancing around the sidewalk and front yards. As a SoCal native, I had never seen fireflies in person so witnessing one a few weeks ago was q...
One of my favorite things about my evening walks around Weehawken (other than the view of NYC) is seeing fireflies dancing around the sidewalk and front yards. As a SoCal native, I had never seen fireflies in person so witnes...
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An Ode to Florida : Reflecting On Our Year in St. Pete
We bid adieu to St. Petersburg three weeks ago and I've been meaning to write some sort of reflective post for nearly as long. But how do I sum up our year in Florida ? Trying to do so is a bit of an overwhelming task but ... here goes. We had our highs and...
We bid adieu to St. Petersburg three weeks ago and I've been meaning to write some sort of reflective post for nearly as long. But how do I sum up our year in Florida? Trying to do so is a bit of an overwhelming task but ... ...
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For Daddoo
Happy Father's Day to the guy who agreed to wear a lavender shirt and tie just for me! Ha! But seriously, I'm so grateful to have a father who is willing to do just about anything to make me happy. While he can come across as intimidating to some — with his...
Happy Father's Day to the guy who agreed to wear a lavender shirt and tie just for me! Ha! But seriously, I'm so grateful to have a father who is willing to do just about anything to make me happy. While he can come across as...
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Art & Architecture : The Dali Museum
During our last weeks in St. Pete, I felt the pressure to accomplish the remaining items on my bucket list . Fortunately, the hubs and I were able to make it out to The Dali Museum one Thursday evening (to take advantage of the discounted admission) to chec...
During our last weeks in St. Pete, I felt the pressure to accomplish the remaining items on my bucket list. Fortunately, the hubs and I were able to make it out to The Dali Museum one Thursday evening (to take advantage of th...
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writer/blogger/creator at wisp + whim
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A California girl and newlywed trying to find her way on the East Coast and as a Coastie wife.
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Just a little bit about me. I'm a...

Writer, creator, dreamer.
Newlywed, military wife, dog mom.
California girl turned East Coast transplant.
Wino, foodie, cooking enthusiast, calligraphy newbie.
Dress collector and master online shopper.
Lover of pretty things and pretty words. 
Total believer in kindness.

You can learn more about my story at wisp + whim. I'd love to "meet" you, too!
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I have THE cutest puppy in the world. Yep. Not biased at all.
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