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 […]


two grey sprinter vans parked side-by-side

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 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 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 16): Traveling (without the stress)

sunset near the tip of an airplane wing

On day 16 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored how to travel without experiencing the stress that often comes with it. I’ve traveled enough to know what not to do when planning a trip, and rushing around at the last minute is one of them. Vacations are supposed to relieve stress, not create it. Done […]

Nature and Music at Rosario Resort and Spa

For part of our recent visit to the San Juan Islands, we stayed at the Rosario Resort and Spa. I had expected it to be nice, but I wasn’t prepared to feel the richness of its history. Shipbuilder Robert Moran was a successful businessman, but was not immune to the stressors that came along with […]

A Permaculture Oasis: Visiting the Bullock’s Family Homestead

root cellar with wooden door

There’s something very special about the San Juan Islands in Washington State, and it’s no accident that it’s also where the Bullock family has chosen to call home. The Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island is evidence that human beings are capable of great things. My husband and I love new experiences, so we chose to […]

What I Learned Traveling Europe by Campervan

dinner at the campsite in Switzerland

In 2012, my husband and I spent almost three weeks exploring five European countries in a rented campervan. For someone who is used to structure and well thought out vacation plans, it was an exercise in planned spontaneity for me, to say the least. We arrived in Munich with no firm plans other than where […]

Taking Time for Fresh Air

brick building with red flowers and clay shingles

It’s okay – healthy even – to stop “doing” every once in a while and simply enjoy “being.” Sometimes our brain and body just need time to rest. While hiking through Agliano, Italy, my husband and I marveled at the number of Italians simply sitting outside enjoying the fresh air. They were of all ages […]

Modern Lifestyle Redesign with Jefre Outlaw

Lifestyle redesign is such an intriguing topic, and Jefre Outlaw is without a doubt leading this concept by example. If you are ready to start living with intent, then you’ll definitely want to read about his journey. Q: What prompted you to embrace the concept of modern lifestyle redesign, which eventually allowed you to realize […]