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Day of the Dead festivities in Tlaquepaque, Guadalajara

Experiencing Day of the Dead in Guadalajara

Experiencing Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos, as it's locally known) in Mexico was truly an incredible experience. The streets of Guadalajara, and particularly in the neighborhood of Tlaquepaque, were filled with intricate altars heaped with...
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Colorful Day of the Dead festivities in Tlaquepaque, Guadalajara

My favorite things about Guadalajara

So much about my trip to Guadalajara surprised me: the historic downtown filled with neoclassical and European-influenced architecture, the fields of blue agave stretching as far as the eye can see, the market stuffed to the brim with everything one...
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Fields of blue agave in Tequila, Mexico

Of the moment // 11.3.17

One of the reasons why I blog is simply to have the space to write: getting things “on paper” helps me to process my feelings and organize my thoughts. I also love having a record of my life over the past few years: a place that holds all of my...
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Seattle from the Space Needle

Notes on my business travel routine

In addition to my personal travel and fun blog-related trips: I’ve been doing a lot of business travel over the past few months: as part of my job in sales, I visit companies and agencies based in San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. Although the...
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Loeffler Randall boots in fall foliage in Portland

Of the moment // 10.27.27

One of the reasons why I blog is simply to have the space to write: getting things “on paper” helps me to process my feelings and organize my thoughts. I also love having a record of my life over the past few years: a place that holds all of my...
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Coronado Beach in San DIego

What if joy is my only metric for success?

“What if joy is my only metric for success?” – Sarah Jones I read that quote in an article full of good advice a year ago, and it resonated deeply. Joy is simply defined as "a feeling of great pleasure and happiness." It's easy to think of joy as...
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Suzzallo Library at University of Washington, Seattle

Of the moment // 10.20.17

One of the reasons why I blog is simply to have the space to write: getting things “on paper” helps me to process my feelings and organize my thoughts. I also love having a record of my life over the past few years: a place that holds all of my...
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Hot air balloon ride in Temecula, California

A few thoughts on authenticity

I put up the below photo on Instagram earlier this week with the below caption, and as I read through some of the comments, I realized: I've been feeling the same way and dealing with a lot of these same anxieties for most of the (almost) eight years...
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Salvation Mountain in the California desert

A road trip to Salvation Mountain and Slab City

Now that I'm back on the West Coast, I've been trying to check out a lot of weird and wonderful places that aren't too far from San Diego. One of the first on the list was Salvation Mountain. It's a literal man-made mountain of latex paint in the...
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Kindred Vegan Bar in South Park, San Diego

Of the moment // 10.13.17

One of the reasons why I blog is simply to have the space to write: getting things “on paper” helps me to process my feelings and organize my thoughts. I also love having a record of my life over the past few years: a place that holds all of my...
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