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    Travel jenuinely (and gluten-free!): Corfu, Greece

    My first time in Greece! It happened quite randomly, in that I was initially going to start in Croatia and proceed north, but then was told I should see Montenegro and Albania because they were even more beautiful and a lot cheaper. So I thought, why not? And Corfu just happened to be closer to the southern tip of Albania than it’s capital city, Tirana, saving me from backtracking, so I hopped a cheap flight there from Amsterdam (love that option in Europe!). Impressions + Encounters My only experience with Greece until now was basically through The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants ha. That set pretty high expectations, so I tried…

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    When in Wausau

    Ohhh Wausau. This little town in Wisconsin that I’ve been going to each quarter to do visual merchandising for Nike. It’s quite a mixed bag, but like anywhere, has it’s gems. SO, if you ever find yourself there, here would be my suggestions for a little fun and (healthy-ish) food in the land of beer and cheese: Eat + Drink (gluten-free!): Allister Deacon’s Coffee House: Organic coffee, matcha, almond/coconut milks, oatmeal, gluten-free bread for sandwiches and paninis, salads, quiche and a few pastries too. Super nice and friendly 🙂 Patina Coffeehouse: Colectivo coffee, a delicious turmeric ginger chai latte, matcha, golden milk, almond/coconut milks, a few sandwich and smoothie options,…

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    It’s not there, it’s here

    I was doing a personal reflection today on the appeal of traveling. And why I feel the desire to get away. Well, besides the obvious of the world being so COOL! Here is my list (as recorded on an iphone note, along with hundreds of other ideas). The appeal: Moving / walking around outside all day, every day Being in nature Staying in cute, clean, simple homes Meeting new people Seeing new and beautiful places The joy of discovery Experiencing and learning about different cultures Eating healthy food Having minimal belongings Rest Living in flow No expectations of me, no one I need to see, nothing I have to do…

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    A day in savannah

    For one, I need to stop waiting until midnight to write. Not very good for my health and sleep habits! But, I did have a late flight back to MN, thus a late dinner and also late-ish ice cream at GOC (aka Grand ‘Ole Creamery in middle school acronyms). I was a little disappointed that their butter pecan wasn’t quite as good as the ones I tried in the Southeast. After a treacherous drive in some seriously torrential storms, we made it to Savannah. After lots of dining out, the perfect dinner was put together from a natural foods market, Brighter Day, in the form of salad (box of mixed…

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    The ultimate girls weekend in Charleston 

    As you have read up til now, Charleston can be a pretty sweet spot for a girls weekend. I am so blessed to have a some amazing childhood friends who all get together each year for a special trip. The first two years were cabin locales in Madeline Island and the Tennessee mountains. This is year three (or our reunions). And day three (of Charleston). Also celebrating all of our 30th birthdays. So basically it keeps getting better. Sunday brunch: Stella’s, a super cute and delicious Greek cafe. With a super cute and delicious waiter (just kidding, sort of). Everyone’s dish was great. I got the vegetarian poached eggs, which…

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    The next best things in Charleston

    Day number 2 continued in good fashion. #3. Folly beach. Go before 10am for no traffic. Wear sunscreen. Get a post-swim juice or smoothie at the Juice Joint truck. My choice? The Beach Bum (fitting right?), with pineapple, mango and banana, subbing almond milk instead of OJ (less sugar), adding spinach and hemp seeds. It was AHmazing. #4. Dinner and drinks. Fig and Husk. Can’t go wrong. #5. Dancing! Obviously. Head to The Commodore. There’s a smoke machine. It gets a bit crowded and you will likely get a drink spilled on you (wear crappy shoes). And the best part is a live band mixing TLC’s No Scrubs with Usher,…

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    My 30 day challenge: Writing

    Day 1 of 30: New York, New York The internal compass + creating space for action You know that question you’ve been struggling with lately? That you keep searching to find the answer to and just want someone to tell you? Well, the difficult but incredibly liberating truth, is that we already know the answer. Deep down, it’s always there, if we pause to listen to ourselves and the universe. With so many distractions and messages being pushed on us these days, it’s hard to put up a wall and look inside. But I find it almost funny how, by putting our energy and dilemnas out into the universe, it…

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    The ultimate packing list: Europe

    Carrying everything I need on my back is one of the most rewarding and freeing feelings. I absolutely love it. But it does require some planning! And since it’s almost that time of year again, for summer trips and the like, I thought I’d share what I brought with me when I backpacked around central/eastern Europe for 4 months, this past August through December. Summer 3 bras – 1 regular, 1 lacy/quick dry, 1 sports bra 7 underwear – these ExOfficio Women’s Give-N-Go Lacy Thongs were the best 2 pair socks – I mostly wore sandals Sturdy/comfy shoes to run/walk/hike (neutral color allows to wear with “normal” clothes) – I got these Nike…

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    A Reflection of Travels

    I’ve been traveling now for over 3 months and I have learnt so much. About different places, people, cultures and certainly myself. I am still struggling to articulate what it means to me, but want to share some of my reflections below. I think a big thing I’ve had to overcome is the idea that I need to be accomplishing something with my trip. As in, why am I here? Why am I doing this? What’s the POINT? The point is that there is that there doesn’t need to be a point. That it’s okay to just live and experience life. I’ve come a long way in being able to…

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    Travel Jenuinely (and Gluten Free!): Amsterdam

    Landing in Amsterdam, I felt a calm sense of familiarity and ease. It was the perfect way to kick off my European journey. With no set agenda besides enjoying this beautiful city, I was looking forward to wandering (and biking) the canal-lined streets, catching up with a few friends, running through Vondelpark, eating gluten free pancakes and much more. I find my travel style to be less about seeing as much as possible, but rather experiencing the energy, lifestyle and soul of a place. Which tends to lead to a lot of aimless wandering, although especially in the direction of gluten-free treats or green smoothies (all about balance haha), vintage…