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Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

Pictured above: skiing on the last weekend of the season (locally) with two friends on the 16th. Getting out of Chicago on St. Paddy’s day weekend was the best idea, it was not busy at all and we had so much fun. I think I am going to continue to choose a new photo each week that may or may not be travel related but instead will just be a fun moment or idea from the week. I hope that is enjoyable!

This week has been a busy one for work and I am getting a lot done, stepping outside of my comfort zone to create projects for myself, and thus work and life have been a lot more life-giving. Communicating with friends regularly, writing this blog, crocheting and knitting, working on my handstands seriously (and with a coach!), silks, dropping to the Vancouver half instead of the full, and starting to map out that trip are also all life-giving activities (my therapist uses that term) for me as well. In general, I feel like I’m coming out of a fog and I’m happy about that and I hope that it is evident here as I post more often and share more. This is primarily a travel diary of a blog, but I have interests outside of that and am a multi-dimensional person with a lot of interests.


I find Chernobyl stories and articles fascinating, (as well as tragic and obviously devastating), but this story is really interesting and not your typical Chernobyl story.

Game of Thrones fans (me!) will probably enjoy this.

I will continue to bring Clorox wipes with me and wipe down all airplane surfaces after reading this. It is nice to know that I flew Lufthansa and Swiss on my longest flights last year (Zurich to Nairobi and Nairobi to Frankfurt). Bless the Germans and the Swiss for their cleanliness!

No more visas required for North Americans traveling to Brazil.

How to pack for Antarctica - because that is on my 40 before 40 list. I also really appreciate this quote from the article

Your trip will be yours alone. “Don’t have any expectations because the plans can change,” Rashid told me. “Just let yourself be carried along.”

Just let yourself be carried along. That is a lot like life. Or, a lot like many of the activities I enjoy: running, silks, and skiing. You can prepare for things but that doesn’t mean things will always go according to plan. You have to be ready to adjust and do the best you can.

Currently consuming:

I’ve never been a big podcast listener, but in the last 2 weeks, I have been bingeing a lot of them while I commute, work out, work, and while cooking dinner. My favorites thus far have been Elizabeth Gilbert’s podcast, Sincerely Hueman podcast, and I have a lot of suggestions from friends too. I find that I like informational and uplifting podcasts or conversations that are inspiring and about creativity.

If you’re my friend and have talked to me about this already, then I apologize in advance for my fangirling and maybe skip this one. If you have not seen Meru or Free Solo, then please do. Both are interesting documentaries about climbing that will have you on the edge of your seat. They’re also quite emotional and scary at times because climbing big mountains is scary and dangerous. Jimmy Chin and his wife Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi are the film makers behind Free Solo and Chin is just an all around badass film maker, mountaineer, and adventurous person. So check out one of them and you’ll probably want to watch the other. I saw Meru first back in January, right around the time the hype from Free Solo started and then saw Free Solo fairly recently. Okay, I’ll stop now.

Baby Bjork !! :) She is just the cutest, I’ve never seen this but I’m putting it on my list to see as soon as possible.

I take a CBD supplement every day now and I have also consumed the gummies. Only good things can come from this being more accessible. I also read today that a side effect of taking a CBD supplement can be dehydration, I forgot where I read that, but I feel like my skin has been drier than usual (and we have had ridiculously windy and cold weather) and I’ve also been drinking more water. So I need to increase my water consumption even more.

That’s it for this week! I’ve written and linked to a lot and I hope you have a great weekend. I am headed to my cousin’s wedding in SW Georgia and will be back on Sunday.

Have a great weekend!

Buenos Aires in pictures

Buenos Aires in pictures

Buenos Aires - EAT!

Buenos Aires - EAT!