Tag Archives: travel

Air Supply

bald eagles circling above

I haven’t only been sitting around listening to Air Supply. I’ve done some other stuff, too. I’ve been making the rounds to some of my favorite places and spaces, like the spot near Lake Sammamish, where I went with the sole intention of seeing one of two bald eagles that live there. It just so […]


I saw another bald eagle today. They’ve been visiting me regularly for months now, circling above me, perched in trees, in my dreams. A symbol of independence and strength, they represent freedom. But freedom always comes with a price. And sometimes, casualties. Last year, we bought a Mercedes Sprinter van that we planned to convert. […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 37): Taking a Road Trip

On day 37 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I spent the day taking a road trip to visit friends in Idaho. Road trips bring back memories of my youth: Jumping in the car with friends, having no particular destination in mind, listening to music, telling stories and laughing. And as an adult, short drives and weekend road […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 24): Giving Myself A Break

On day 24 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored the compassionate (and sometimes difficult) act of giving myself a break. I have to admit, being on vacation made it really difficult to keep up with my self-care challenge posts. While I was still actively engaged in the project, I didn’t do a great job […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 23): Overcoming Fears

nurse shark at the reef in Belize

On day 23 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored overcoming my fears of the ocean — specifically, what lurks below its surface. The large, mysterious creatures of the deep with their sharp teeth and hungry eyes make my heart race. But sometimes you just have to suck it up and move past your irrational […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 21): Meeting New People

On day 21 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored the idea of meeting new people. (As an introvert, this isn’t always easy for me.) Another fun thing about travel is that you get to meet some really great people. We met Barbie unexpectedly after having trouble with our golf cart one afternoon. (Golf carts […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 20): Visiting a Fruit Stand

On day 20 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored exotic Belizean fruits while visiting a local fruit stand. No matter where I travel, I’m always drawn to farmers’ markets. Somehow it makes me feel more connected to the place I’m visiting, and it’s always interesting to see the different varieties of fruits and vegetables […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 19): Fly Fishing

Two women fly fishing in Belize

On day 19 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored the art of fly fishing with world-renowned instructor, Lori-Ann Murphy. Before Monday, I had never properly held a fly rod in my life. I had only listened (with skepticism) to my husband’s tall fishing tales and complained about having to step over the entangled mess of […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 18): Listening to the Ocean

On day 18 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I spent some time listening to the mesmerizing sounds of the ocean. Belize is home to an impressive community of diverse wildlife. Within hours of arrival I saw Roseate Spoonbills, hermit crabs, cranes, tarpon…and of course, the lesser-loved mosquito. But the ocean is the real showstopper. Its […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 17): Enjoying a Sunset

On day 17 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored the simple pleasure of enjoying a sunset. And I realized that I need to do it more often. Ending the day with a beautiful Belizean sunset was like a long kiss goodnight, especially after 15 hours of travel. Taking in the sunset allowed me a […]