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Year in Review Travel Videos

December 23, 2022 16 Comments »

Travel insurance claims

For the last 16 years I’ve been creating holiday wrap up videos in place of sending holiday cards. This is one tradition I’ve been able to keep up since I started traveling in 2006. It’s great to have all of my year in review travel videos all in the same place! Each year I have […]

My Noom Success Story & 2023 Updates

June 1, 2021 26 Comments »

Noom success story

My Noom success story started in early 2021 when I successfully lost 35 pounds. I’ve been able to keep it off, and it’s now 2023. However Noom is constantly making improvements to their program, so I continue to use the app just to see the latest changes and to update this post with the most […]

How I Made it Through 2020 with Kittens

December 29, 2020 11 Comments »

kittens grown up

2020 hasn’t been a normal year – we all know that. But with the end of this year on the horizon – I wanted to give a little love to what got me through this tough year. Kittens My normal purpose is showing people the world of travel; ways to travel that they hadn’t thought […]

How to Foster Kittens

April 28, 2020 3 Comments »

how to foster kittens

It’s my favorite time of year – it’s Kitten Season! That’s right, you read that correctly – Kitten Season. Along with lilacs blooming, the smell of fresh cut grass, and the grill being lighted for the first time – this is the time when an inordinate amount of kittens are born. I was one of […]

I’m Ready for my 50’s

February 10, 2020 27 Comments »

turning 50

For the last 2 months I’ve been referring to myself as 50, even though I’m 49. It’s a weird way that I trick my brain into being comfortable with the age prior to my birthday. I’ve been doing this for years. It was working great – I was at peace with it, I’m 50, no […]

This is me 13 years later…

September 6, 2019 24 Comments »

13 years of blogging

Thirteen years – I’m astonished. It all started in September 2006. I had been working in my corporate IT career for 14 years. My 20s and half of my thirties were all about climbing the ladder, running projects, setting up Point of Sale Systems, learning about the world of e-commerce, and so many meetings. And […]

The End of the Niece Project

February 4, 2019 13 Comments »

travel with teenagers

This is it – the end. When I started on this project I wondered if I had the ability to stick to such a long-term project and now… poof…it’s over. I never wanted kids of my own, I’m not sure why. It just never really hit me. I waited and waited, but I never heard […]

How to Avoid Blood Clots From Flying: Warning Signs + Prevention Tips

August 28, 2018 49 Comments »

blood clots and flying

There are lots of things that can either be frustrating or scary about flying. There’s the lost/delayed luggage, take-off delays, lines at security, turbulence, lack of space, and of course… snakes on planes (at least in Hollywood). However, there’s one pretty serious consequence: blood clots from flying. I’m pretty familiar with all of these annoyances […]

Travel That Changes You

April 26, 2018 5 Comments »

travel that transforms you

SPONSORED – “I wasn’t happy. I knew I had to change my environment so I left to travel in 1984. It was total freedom. It’s the best feeling ever when you don’t know what’s around the corner.” It was this quote by Linda Nijlunsing that hooked me into listening to The Journey Podcast. It hooked […]

Why I’ve Decided to Take my First Biking Tour

March 23, 2018 4 Comments »

biking tour

“You should consider biking,” the doctor said to me, as my hopeful look deflated. This wasn’t the answer I wanted to hear, and this wasn’t the first time I had heard this. In fact, many doctors told me the exact same thing – biking and swimming – that is what would solve my problem and […]