Hi there! 🙂 I’m Steph, or the Unconventional Bug. I’m a 20-year-old student at Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe studying New Media Journalism and Outdoor Adventure Leadership. This blog chronicles my curious, spontaneous, adventurous lifestyle as a college student living in Tahoe. Welcome and enjoy!


“Snug as a bug in a rug.”

Growing up, it would come as no surprise to my parents to find me imitating exactly this. Rolling myself up in the plush basement rug over and over while chanting this phrase is the reason I am now informally known by my entire family as “the bug.” Thanks, toddler Steph. This one’s here to stay.


After starting college and doing quite a bit of self-discovery, I realized that I’m not cut out for quintessential American lifestyle. Some people look forward settling down, finding a stable career, buying a house, and starting a family – I am not one of them.

How I feel about having a 40-hour, 9-5 work week:

Okay, positive stuff now.

Some things that really spark my soul:


-Outdoor adventure

-Creating and eating delicious vegan food

-Writing and sharing my experiences with others (why this blog was born!)

My love of travel, adventure, food, and writing will be the center focus of my life.

I will work to live, not live to work.

I control my own reality, and I will not settle for a life that’s anything less than an amazingly spectacular spontaneous adventure. Follow me on my journey!

Contact: stcoates8@gmail.com


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