Day 12: The Spaniard

Of course I met a Spaniard. At a train station. On the way to Madrid. Because this is my life. And my life likes to mock me. How did we meet, you ask? Well, as mentioned in previous posts, I overpacked. And while I did consolidate, I can’t pick up the heavy rolling bag…so he […]

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Day 6: Facebook Stalking My Crush

Urban art in Valencia, Spain © Joelle Pittman

I relapsed a little. I spent Friday night Facebook stalking my crush. Before you judge me, what else is a sober, celibate person supposed to do? Go to a paella making class or watch flamenco? Where am I? Spain? …Oh… But in my defense, he started it! He liked four of my photos in a […]

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Day 5: Flirting With Living Abroad Permanently

I was engaged to a German. Not many people know that. I had the ring, the dress, invitations were out, guests bought their flights…and just like that it was over. A decade ago. And while I was too scared at the time to even consider moving to a different country, I don’t think it was sheer […]

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Day 4: I Survived

That is all. Nothing more. Nothing less. …Glared at the people drinking sangria with dinner…it looked so refreshing… *sigh* Photograph: Street in the El Carmen neighborhood of Valencia, Spain © Joelle Pittman

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Day 3: The First Temptation

I woke up to an email from a man back in Memphis so amorous and eloquent that it would have the “old me” packing my suitcase and running home. Instead, I dropped the phone by my bed, pulled the covers over my head, and slept for another hour. “Timing is everything,” they say. “Bullshit,” has been […]

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Parameters for “Searching for Joelle”

I feel like I’m on a reality show. Not only am I abstaining from alcohol and dating for an entire year, but I’m traveling with 68 strangers. And can I please just say that Remote Year by itself is a lot of pressure. A lot. So taking away my two go-to ways to destress has me freaking out. …but I […]

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Raising The Stakes: No Alcohol. No Men. One Year.

I stared at my phone all night waiting for a text message that never came. From a boy…it’s always a boy. Dolly Parton famously said, “My weaknesses have always been food and men – in that order.” Couldn’t agree more (we are both from Tennessee, after all). But I’m going to throw wine in there […]

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