15 New Year’s Resolutions I Won’t Make

It’s easy to come up with resolutions for the new year, but let’s face it: nobody ever sticks to them, even the most dedicated individual. Here are fifteen ways I will not try to change my life as soon as the clock hits midnight on January 1st. Because we all know that the more rules…

Do Kind Things, Be Happy. It’s Really That Simple.

This afternoon, a coworker handed me delicious persimmons from her mother’s backyard. This random act of kindness brightened my day and gave me a reason to write this post. Kindness is often overlooked in our busy lives. Our minds are constantly running at full speed on things we could do to make our lives better—get…

Survival of the Fittest: Finding My Sea Legs for a Galápagos Travel Story

It was cloudy and windy the day I found myself alone on a zodiac boat off the coast of Floreana Island in the Pacific Ocean. The small boat swayed near Devil’s Crown: an extinct, collapsed underwater volcanic cone. Around me were jagged, dark rock remnants, haunting and beautiful. I was on a snorkeling outing as…

Inspiration from THE INVITATION by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer is dear to my heart, and it always takes me back to a magical hike on a rainy afternoon in a Costa Rican virgin rainforest, so far from home yet so close to mother nature. I was soaked to the skin, coming alive amidst the lush landscape serenaded by the…