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Are You a Travel Expert?

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Are you a travel expert?   Part I – In the travel groove I started traveling on my own in my mid-twenties after I finished my formal education. The dream of travel was a huge motivation pushing me through school. The first few trips, I was definitely a rookie, not a travel expert.   Generally,…

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Creating a Vacation Capstone in Missoula, MT

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Creating a Vacation Capstone in Missoula, MT   I woke up leisurely and stretched in bed. Big snowflakes were gently falling over the river outside my hotel room window. I was tired and happy. Then, a less pleasant feeling stiffened my muscles.   It was the feeling of dread.   I was wrapping up a…

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My Travel Restrictions in 2021

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My Personal Travel Restrictions in 2021   If 2020 was a crazy year to start a travel blog, 2021 really squashed my travel and blogging plans.   Once again, I am learning life lessons in resilience and adaptability.   Travel is a deeply personal experience and we should choose our travel with purpose and soul.…

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5 Strategies to Survive Change

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5 Strategies to Survive Change     Change is inevitable.   When we are really craving a change in our life, it feels like a painfully slow wait for the desired change to arrive. This is usually due to our inability to take definitive action towards our goals; and sometimes, we just need to be…

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Texture in Smoke

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Within two hours on a Friday morning, the sky went from blue, with a slight haze on the horizon and sunshine, to brown and stinky, with the visibility of about one or two city blocks. Stepping outside was like squeezing into a narrow chimney with a malfunctioning flue.   The year 2020 It was the…

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Travel & Turning 40 in a Pandemic

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Travel & Turning 40   Since I was a teenager, I had the goal of traveling the world. But as an achiever, I was committed to my education. So I told myself to put my head down and slog through the eight years of college and dental school. Then I would travel.   My first…

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How to Relax in Skamokawa

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Have you ever arrived in a place and instantly felt relaxed?   The feeling of instantaneous and complete relaxation does not manifest itself easily for many of us. We are focused on our goals, constantly moving forward, and only occasionally savoring the moment. Even when we travel to beautiful places to relax, we often bring…

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My Turning Point Story 2

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Rising out of the clouds, there she was. A majestic mountain maiden clad in white, her jagged rocky pyramid reaching above all the others, into the brilliant sunrays of the Swiss sky. The Matterhorn. The worst year ever The year 2015 was one of the toughest years of my life. I worked long, physical days…

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My Turning Point Story

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I peered into my backyard, and time momentarily stopped. Scattered in the green lawn lay the torn pages of my wedding album. The glossy photos on their black pages glistened with water droplets from the early morning’s sprinklers. Fallen yellow leaves dotted the pages. I stared, unable to move.   It. Was. Just. So. Beautiful.…

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Dr. Julie Kellogg: New Year, Same Pandemic – Four Ways to Get on the Good Side of 2021

Dr. Julie Kellogg: This is NOT a COVID Story

You’ve found something fascinating, here, in your articulation of the texture concept. Saying the word, ‘texture’ almost compels one to feel it. I found myself thinking, too, after reading your stories, about the feeling of time slowing in those moments, about the time it takes to allow texture to do its work on us, about allowing beauty and awe and healing.

~@danmarks

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