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How I Keep My Creative Mojo Going

Currently, I’m in the middle of reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, and even though it’s not quite as life-changing (for me, anyway) as every reviewer has seemingly made it out to be, it’s still given me some good things to think about. For starters, now that I’m over halfway through with …

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Taking Pictures is One of the Best Things About Traveling

Throughout my life, I’ve loved hearing stories about people who had an out-of-this-world passion for something–people who felt like they’d discovered their “calling” in life, and who subsequently did whatever it took to chase after that passion. I would guess that most people have a similar affinity for these types of stories, maybe because they …

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Traveling w/ Kids: It’s Not Awful, But It IS Different

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of posts from parents that basically all say that traveling with kids is the pits: no rest, no relaxation, no fun–just supervision and crankiness and stress the vast majority of the time. (Or my own personal favorite: “Let’s get real–it’s really only a vacation for the kids.”) I get it. …

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Honey, We’re Home (Again)

Yesterday we got back from spending a week out in forested, cabin-filled, wildlife-everywhere-you-turn paradise, and it was awe-inspiring and creativity-fueling and (surprisingly) body-rejuvenating while still being stuffed full of memories of family and adventure and just a wee bit of craziness. In other words, it was everything a vacation should be. And, while I can’t …

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I Actually Managed to Surprise Matt w/ an Overnight Getaway

    I’ve decided that either A) it’s hard to plan a surprise for your spouse (in general), or (B) I’m not very good at planning surprises, because it has taken me almost four and a half years to successfully plan a big surprise for Matt. Sure, I’ve planned some small little treats as surprises …

Top 5 Tips for Better Vacation Photos

I have always been a bit obsessed with taking pictures—it was an obsession that started with the disposable cameras of my girls’ camp days that has continued (with ever increasing enthusiasm) to my latest DSLR purchase. In my friend circle growing up, I was generally the one who could be counted on to capture everything …