I have a billion things to do prior to flying to Portugal tomorrow morning, so obviously, I figured I would post my year-in-review before I peace out for the next two weeks. This has been quite the year, for so many reasons, not the least of which being ALL THE GRAND ADVENTURES I got to … More ALL THE ADVENTURES: 2016 travel roundup!
One we settled into our little airbnb apartment, we starting the trip off in the way that would soon be our customary state – being pleasantly but perpetually somewhat lost, but not really minding as there were so many astonishing things to see, no matter which direction we headed in. THE thing to do in … More Oh my heart. Venice.
One of the best people I have ever worked with sent me a message a few months ago that she was itching to jump on a plane and go on an adventure. She is the sort of adventurous person who has her passport on the ready, just in case a last minute opportunity jumps up. … More Jespina in Swetaly: Stockholm-style
Gamla Uppsala is “one of the most important historic settings in Sweden,” so it seemed like an obvious day trip from Stockholm to do some hill sitting and history learning. These huge mounds mark the site of prehistoric graves fro the 3rd and 4th century, marking the centre of Norse culture. It later became an … More Gamla Uppsala & Uppsala, Sweden
How am I doing with my Shopping ban & minimalism (2-month check-in) + my zero(ish)* waste (1-week check-in) challenges? While I had started both of these projects separately, it has become clear that these two philosophies dove-tail so perfectly, that I thought I would reflect on how re-doubling my minimalist efforts through my shopping ban then embarking … More Musings on the happy marriage of minimalism & zero(ish) waste: Challenge check-ins
Here are a few last gems from my trip to Bavaria, which was saturated with moments of breathtaking beauty that were irresistible to my camera lens. From towering forests: Sweeping scenes: Sparkling mountain lakes: And the smallest little details that added sweetness (wild strawberries that I snacked on on my hike) and marvel (giant snails!), and pleasing aromas … More Bits of Bavarian beauty
Me: “I would like to climb a mountain.” Hostel guy: “A real one?” Me: “Most definitely.” He directed me to check out this one: Säuling. A member of the German Allgäu alps, it summit is 2,074 meters, which belongs to the elite club of some of the highest mountains in the country. Billed as a … More Up and down Säuling
1. Completely relax into the ground. It can take all of your weight. When my yoga teacher said this, I reacted pretty much like this “A-doyyyyyyy!! Everyone knows the ground can take our weight!” Then I started to realize that I rarely, if ever, let go completely and sink into the ground. I feel like … More 4 life lessons I keep re-learning in yoga class
Drug stores have always been dangerous places for me. I will walk in for a toothbrush and out with a new moisturizer, hair treatment, and bath product, completely forgetting the reason why I went in the first place. Two moves ago, I acknowledged I had an addiction, as I had a literal tower of beauty … More Tried and true DIY beauty products
This is the last sip of our Dykxhoorn Darling trip to Malta. Two of our most relaxing days on vacation were spent at this we deliciously picturesque spot – the mecca of Maltese beaches – the soft, yellow sand of Golden Bay and quieter, red sands of Ghajn Tuffieha. Separating the two gorgeous spots is … More Golden Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha, and the craggy, wonderful space between