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OPTIMISM | One Positive Thought

Now and then we come across extraordinary people. Truly, everyone is extraordinary, but very few have the courage to embrace their passion like Joany Yi. I met Joany at Go Blog Social in Des Moines and became immediately drawn to her spirit for humanity. We shared stories and ideas, but most of all a mutual excitement for action plans – i.e. having an idea and doing something about it. Joany’s history with the Peace Corps is an astonishing experience in itself, something I…

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Go-to green smoothie
Health & Wellness

My Go-To Green Smoothie Recipe

I have been substituting this smoothie (with minor variations) for my lunch for a few months now, and I can tell you with 100% certainty, that it has made my body feel so much better. This smoothie recipe helps…

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Real Talk – Why Limit Yourself?

First, let me say that I understand the importance of staying true to your brand; this post is both about and not about branding. I think many bloggers or freelance writers find themselves pigeonholed by a particular topic or industry, but lately I…


Let’s Go To Portland, Oregon

If you’re one of the millions of people who love Instagram, you have likely gawked over the breathtaking images that come out of Portland, Oregon. Any avid traveler, photographer or outdoorsy type should understand why i’ve always wanted to visit. To…

Escape to Europe - Eurostar Train
Featured Travel

Escape to Europe – Eurostar Train

Earlier this year I had a life changing travel experience. London and Paris were filled with pinch-me moments, for sure, but one memory I can’t shake is the Eurostar Train… We boarded in London at St. Pancras – I highly recommend arriving early…

Tailwind Jungle Lodge - San Pancho, Puerto Vallarta Mexico
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Checking In – Tailwind Jungle Lodge

Have you ever considered ecotourism, aka eco-travel, aka green-travel, aka traveling like a hippie? Eco-travel has become a trendy new way to approach all angles of the jet-setting experience, but many cut the cord when it comes to their accommodations.…

Mexican Adventure Travel - Tailwind Jungle Lodge
Marriage Travel

Preparing for Mexican Adventure Travel

The first thing I do to prepare for travel, after choosing a destination, is start researching the culture and environment/ecosystem. I want to be sure that I am comfortable while prepared and respectful. Picking A Destination & Travel Style: Mexico…

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Win A €500 Shopping Spree at Galeries Lafayette

To travel like a Parisian, we have to understand Parisian style and nothing embodies all that is Parisian like Galeries Lafayette. I have partnered with the iconic department store to give one lucky reader a €500 shopping spree that will…