OUR TRIP UP NORTH CENTRAL COAST ↠ AVENUE OF THE GIANTS

Leaving Cambria was hard y’all, a girl can get used to a beautiful ocean view & lush green flower fields pretty fast. But I was incredibly excited for our next adventure. We made our way to San Francisco, to embark on the Alcatraz tour (which I documented on my Instagram Stories so follow me on there!) Back in the city I must say it was quite bustling but the trolleys were quite fun! We had to drive on to the next city of Santa Rosa to check in to our hotel. The next day we had breakfast at Jeffrey’s Hillside Cafe that was absolutely remarkable. We let the waitress know that I have Celiac, so she very thoughtfully and diligently took care of my order and made sure my breakfast didn’t come into any contact with allergens. They also serve a damn fine cup of vegan coffee. They do have several plant-based & vegan options for y’all! Nick & I loved our meal and with full bellies, we went up on out north.

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Erin Loechner’s Chasing Slow: A Book Review + Reflection

If I had to summarize Erin Loechner’s book Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path in one word it would be: sincere. She unabashedly and unequivocally lays out her heart and soul in the pages of this book. She is the inner voice of the best friend you may or may not have: the one who spill out her truth to you and listen to you with earnest when you do too. Even though she’s been an HGTV darling, given speeches across the country, and now written a book – her humility is her greatest strength.

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Changes: On Moving, Materialism, & Self-Care

Recently I moved into a new home. It was very sudden and everything worked well in my favor but I was reminded of how draining the process of moving can actually be. You begin to realize how many things you own when you move. How many boxes or totes of items you need to haul from one place to the next. Or what items hold more value to you compared to others. I questioned why I had collected things that I hardly used but set aside for a rainy day. 

This will not be my last move but it did give me a reason to recollect on purpose and meaning, something that author (who also holds a master of applied positive psychology) Emily Esfani Smith claims can help us achieve richer and more fulfilling lives in her book The Power of Meaning. To be clear I think everyone has their own individual perception on “things” or what makes them feel comfortable. When it comes to spaces. Mine just happens to align more so with aspects of minimalism and consciously consuming. 

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I realize that moving causes me to personally come to grips with what truly matters to me. It is not objects but the purpose they serve. This can mean letting go of what no longer serves me but lingers like ghosts hidden in the attic. 

In a way I am thankful for the experience because it did cause me to reevaluate. Therefore I am working on incorporating this year is prioritizing my time and schedule. The past month I discovered what bullet journaling was. I didn’t want to buy another agenda because I tend to use them and then forget them. Thankfully I still had an unused journal from my previous zero-waste office/back to school guide to use in place. I liked the open-spaced beauty that I wasn’t confined to limited space. I could fill in what I wanted (budgets, list of goals, list of meal planning) and since I use refillable/erasable pens I don’t have to worry about “errors”. I am also taking a cue from my beau and will use the calendar app on my laptop to fill in events, dates, and posting schedules. 

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But there is another entity I am going to incorporate: self-care. While this was on my mind in the beginning of the year and in first page of my bullet journal, the sudden move caused me to do what I do best: put myself last. Therefore I am going to think of ideas and routines that I can integrate in my calendars such as guided meditation, solo nights-in (complete with binging Gilmore Girls & pizza), art journals, or visiting somewhere in nature. Self-care means a lot to me because of vulnerability. When you have autoimmune issues it causes you to reflect and hit the brakes. But you need not have any condition to participate in self-care. Everyone should. You matter. Nourish yourself. 

LOAM + Slow Living


Recently I had the pleasure of having my piece on Slow Living published on the LOAM website. As I mentioned in the New Year I wanted to shift my habits into a more mindful and gentler approach. Oftentimes I believe people perceive the term “slow living” as a means of perfection of idealism but I disagree. I genuinely believe it’s about cultivating honesty and going about our lives with a measured perspective. Its about taking a step back when need be allowing yourself to taken in stations no matter their magnitude. Of course I will always get credit when its due and a principle source I had for slow living is Beth Kirby of Local Milk.
Here is a segment of my piece and if you would like to continue reading follow here: Living consciously isn’t lackluster; it’s meant to be meditative and reflective. It’s taking your actions into consideration. Sometimes I look back and can’t recall what I did a few days before unless I really take the time to reflect. I don’t want to miss experiences.
You can preorder the upcoming copy of LOAM: Permaculture in Practice that will be released in March (my birthday month!).

This issue with feature:  “A celebration of sustainable living and a call to radical action. Searching for strategies to embody hope? Consider this luscious issue of Loam a vital resource in your pursuit of love-filled and world-building experiences.”