2018 New Years Resolutions

It’s time for my favorite part of any new year, creating my New Years Resolutions! I love setting goals for the upcoming year. It gives me targets to aim for and exciting things to look forward to. I try to keep them attainable, but challenging, and fun. These aren’t your run of the mill resolutions,…

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Best of 2017 – A Year of New Beginnings

Every year I like to compile a list of things that made that year particularly good. The rules are simple – it had to make me happy in some way, and it can’t be on a previous year’s list. Putting “my dogs” on the list year after year is pretty much a given and makes…

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2017 Book Review

Now that I’m working in an office again, I’m back to taking the bus everyday. The good thing about that (aside from saving me money and the pollution of my car) is that I have built in reading time! In the almost two months of my new employment, I’ve managed to read six books completely,…

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Nighttime at the Chinese Gardens

A few weeks ago my photography class had it’s third location shoot (I was in Boston for the second) at Seattle’s Chinese Gardens. I’ll admit, until my class, I had never heard of this place. It’s located on the South Seattle Community College campus in West Seattle, and while small, it’s still quite pretty. Admission…

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Floating Down the Santian River

One of Emma’s favorite activities to do all summer is float on the Santian River. Nearly every weekend, she and her friends head out for a few hours of watery fun. It’s a great way to beat the heat and just relax. Since her aunt and I are both visiting from out of town, she…

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Wine Tasting in the Willamette Valley

After our morning exploring Silver Falls State Park, Emma and I have some free time to explore. So what do you do when you find yourself with nothing to do in wine country? Visit wineries, of course! Fortunately for us, the Willamette Valley is filled with them. Our first stop is Bethel Heights Vineyard. While…

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Rescue Diver Course Review

I remember way back in 2007 when I got my open water dive certification, looking at the hierarchy of dive courses and thinking, “I have absolutely zero interest in becoming a rescue diver. I just want to dive for fun.” Flash forward ten years and here I am, a newly certified rescue diver. In a…

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Silver Falls State Park

Back in August, I had a chance to spend some time in Salem, Oregon visiting my friend Emma for the weekend. When I would mention this to friends and coworkers, I was universally greeted with the same response – “Why would you want to go there?” It’s an understandable reaction. Salem isn’t known for being…

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An Afternoon at the Japanese Gardens

These last couple months have been excellent and extremely busy. I’ve been knocking out life goals left and right, and things show no sign of slowing down. I spent the month of September in the Balkans, exploring a part of the world I’ve long been interested in seeing (posts coming soon!). Last weekend I completed…

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Cuba Breakdown and Travel Tips

Since returning home from Cuba, I’ve been asked dozens of questions about traveling here. My fellow Americans are just as intrigued by this forbidden fruit of the Caribbean as I was. Despite our governments best efforts, travel to Cuba can’t be completely reversed and there are still many opportunities for Americans to visit. If you…

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My Next Trip to Cuba – Jardines de la Reina

You may not want to read this post, Mom. Really, it will only make you worry. . . . Okay, don’t say I didn’t warn you. . . . The ten days I spent in Cuba were amazing and went better than I could have hoped in so many ways. I really wanted to see…

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Diving the Edmonds Underwater Park

A few weeks ago, my friend Marissa over at Postcards to Seattle and I got Nitrox certified. It’s something I’ve been interested in doing for awhile since being able to use Enriched Air allows you to dive for longer and you’re less likely to feel fatigued when you’re done. Plus, the course only takes a…

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