The last few months I’ve been writing a lot about travel and taking time to slow down and enjoy life. But to be honest, up until a couple of years ago, I wasn’t very good at this myself. I grew up believing that my value as a person was tied to my achievements and productivity. […]
My one word for 2017 was courage. I chose to focus on courage because, for most of my life, I prided myself on being a top-notch perfectionist. Then one day I realized that my constant striving for perfection wasn’t a strength but rather a weakness. My need to be perfect caused me to miss out […]
Anyone who has ever traveled alone in the wilderness will tell you that some of their best experiences happened while they were solo. You see things when you’re alone that almost never occur when you’re in a group. I know firsthand that going solo can feel terrifying. But when you find the courage to lean […]
Two years ago, I decided to embark on a journey to visit all 69 Minnesota state parks. What started as an exercise to be more courageous changed my life in so many ways. In this post, I highlight some of the most important lessons I learned along the way. I also share my favorite parks […]
Are you among the millions of Americans in desperate need of a vacation but can never seem to scrape together enough cash? Maybe you make more than enough money, but struggle to save enough beforehand and end up putting it on your credit card. Perhaps you’ve already figured out the money stuff and need to […]
Hiking, cycling, painting, and gardening are fun and popular pastimes. But is it possible to try a new hobby while sticking to your budget? This post shares great tips as well as justification to try something new.