Art and Heritage in Washington D.C.

If there’s one thing I was excited for in Washington D.C., it’s the plethora of museums. Knowing there would be plenty of museums and organizations throughout the city that my Southern Utah University Arts Administration classmates and I could enjoy gave as all excitement and anticipation. Unfortunately, I realized I would only be able to see a few museums this visit instead of every single one on my list. My admiration for cultural preservation and passion for art steered me in the direction of a few notable places that piqued my interest. If you love art and culture as much as I do, take a look at the visits that have become some of my favorite places. Continue Reading ›

Moms and Fair Trade

This weekend marks two important dates that are all about honoring and empowering others. You may already be celebrating Mother’s Day, but World Fair Trade Day might be an unknown to you. What does fair trade have to do with Mom? As I’ve found, Moms teach us about the principles of fair trade, whether we realize it or not. What exactly are those principles and how does Mom teach them to us? Today, I’m taking a closer look at each one to see how Moms inspire us to uphold the principles of fair trade. Continue Reading ›

How to Support Gender Equality

Although sustainability is a cause I care deeply about and was the focus of my last blog post, there’s another cause I support that falls into the realm of sustainability and ethics. Just as I care about how we treat the environment, I care about how we treat one another. With March officially designated as Women’s History Month, you’ve no doubt noticed many people wearing red or knitted and crocheted pink hats to show solidarity for the equal treatment of women. While I agree that it’s incredibly important to empower women all over the world, not just in developing nations, it’s also important to realize that we cannot have equality for women without considering men too. Men and women are both placed in roles and feel pressure to fit specific stereotypes. Even though we are currently encouraging and inspiring people to reach beyond their gender roles, there are still some areas where we are making our way through the complicated labyrinth of gender and society. How can we break the mold of gender expectations? Here are few ideas and steps I’m going to start taking to show how I support gender equality: Continue Reading ›

The Importance of Kindness During Travel

Getting ready for travel requires careful packing and making numerous checklists. Any experienced traveler will tell you what you shouldn’t forget: passport, tickets, money, snacks, first aid kit, and a camera. All of these items and more are incredibly important and should not be forgotten, but there’s always one thing we forget to bring with us: kindness. I’d like to think that travel can make us more tolerant and willing to assist others, but as posts from Adventurous Kate and Expat Edna will tell you, people are still close-minded and judgmental. I find this is true not only of travelers, but locals as well. Is there a way to make the world kinder? On Random Acts of Kindness Day, here are a few situations that have inspired me to think differently about how I travel and live: Continue Reading ›

World Hat Styles

A few years ago, I decided to embark on a rather unusual journey that involved nostalgia and days gone past. This journey didn’t have to do with my travels, necessarily, but with learning the art of millinery, or hat making. Making an hour and a half drive to Fort Collins for several months, I studied under a skilled milliner who showed me some tricks of the trade. Hat making might sound simple or easy, but this art form is anything but simplistic. Millinery requires great attention to detail and to my surprise I found the covering and decorative work to take much more time than the shaping of a hat. I admired the work behind millinery so much that although I don’t practice it anymore, I still write about it and want to convey the same admiration on National Hat Day. So, what better way to look at culture and travel than through hats? You might be surprised, but there are numerous hat styles out there, as this infographic from Venere.com shows: Continue Reading ›