imperfect idealist is a lifestyle blog of a wandering recent college grad. My goal is to write helpful guides based on my personal experience, so that you can run a more prepared race, have a smoother trip, or make the most informed decision about a product.

Hello, friends! I’m Lily, a 24-year-old lost and confused recent college grad. I went to school at Amherst College, a small liberal arts school Massachusetts, where I studied math and French. I spent the past year in Dijon, France (yes, where the mustard is from haha) where I taught English at the local university.

I’m currently based in Boston, where I work remotely for a startup’s college advice blog. In my spare time, I train for endurance races, cook vegan food, and obsessively review everything (I actually have 200+ Google reviews…).

Imperfect Idealist began as a fashion blog in 2010, where I would share my most outlandish outfits (shorts over skinny jeans, anyone?). It’s since become a space for race recaps, travel guides, stories on life in France, and everything in between.

So browse about, and let’s be friends.

Fast Facts:

Camera: Google Pixel 3a or Nikon D3100 with 50mm f1.8g lens
Photographer: Patient friends, or a phone precariously balancing on a bench/rock/fence and self-timer (more likely than not, this is what happens haha).
Location: Boston, MA. Previous homes include Ohio, Bordeaux, Oxford, and Dijon.


5k–21:52 (Fall 2013)
Half marathon (x7)–1:44:03 (Fall 2015)
Marathon (x3)–3:59:27 (Spring 2019)

Fun Tidbits:
  • I’m flexitarian–while I’m not strictly vegetarian or vegan, I eat very little meat and dairy
  • I can speak Mandarin pretty fluently but am illiterate; overall, my French has long-surpassed my Chinese
  • Hot tea, clean eats, a good read, laughs with friends, and a long run would be my ideal day

About Me

About Me

I'm Lily, and I run races and go places (& blog about it). I also try to advocate for the planet & its people.
Here is where I document my (mis)adventures and try to offer some helpful advice. Feel free to join me for the ride. Read More

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