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 ›

Seasons at the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

A few years ago living in Denver and needing a change of scenery, my friend Caitlin and I decided to head to Littleton to see the Christmas Trail of Lights display at the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms.  Since we already lived in the neighborhood of the York Street location and seen their garden lights, we decided it was time to head to a different destination.  Running through the walkways and trying to stay warm in the chilly air, I continually wondered what the gardens looked like in the daylight.  So, upon returning to Denver for my sister’s wedding a few years later, I know the one place I want to journey to.  Luckily for me another friend, Reagan, who’s also visiting Denver, is eager to join me as I take a closer look at how these two different seasons and friendships evolve within the world of the Denver Botanic Gardens in Chatfield. Continue Reading ›

Lessons from Living in a Small Town

Growing up in a small town in southern Utah, one thought always crossed my mind: “I can’t wait to get out of here.”  The confines of my hometown combined with perspectives that didn’t seem to go beyond those boundaries only made me more anxious.  It was obvious I didn’t fit in, and at times I wondered if I ever would.  I had dreams of big cities and bright, colorful lights in the night sky.  I yearned to live somewhere with a few close friends rather than a place where everyone knew everything about me without really knowing me.  My whole life I had lived in and gone to school in small towns in Utah and Colorado, so when I held my college diploma in my hands and headed to Denver, I thought the city life would be just what I needed all these years.  Looking at the tall buildings as I drove along 1-25, I thought this was the start to my life in cities and that it would only continue to get better in bigger places.  However, after a few months I realized the city was not everything I thought it would be.  My realization wasn’t that I yearned to return to small town life, it was that small town life had more insights to offer than I understood.  Now that I’ve lived in both large cities, medium-sized towns and small off-the-wall locations, there are few valuable lessons I’ve come to understand from those littler-known spots on the map: Continue Reading ›

City or a Country Girl?

For as long as I can remember, one thing has always been a priority in my life: adventure.  I’ve always wanted to be on an adventure in a new and unique place and constantly dreamed of it.  Eagerly daydreaming of possibilities from my books and diligently putting extra change and birthday money in my piggy bank, I always found ways to prepare for my great escape.  Growing up in a small town in Southern Utah and then heading to a small town in Colorado for college, I was anxious to experience city life.  I was thrilled to live and intern in London and I headed to visit family in San Francisco to see if it might be my residence after college.  Indecision held me back as I made my way to Denver, a small city that became my home base, and I continually yearned for more in a city.  Even though I had two brief summers in San Diego and most recently I finished my time in Chicago, my sense of adventure still isn’t satisfied.  It seems as much as I love being in a city, I yearn to be out in the wild and the unknown.  In the middle of downtown Chicago or in Lincoln Park, I enjoyed finding patches of green and even ventured outside of the city to find gardens and conservatories.  Was I not a city girl, after all?  Did I only think I wanted to be in a large metropolis but was really a country girl at heart? Continue Reading ›

The Mishaps of 2015

2016 is approaching and although 2015 has been a fantastic year of family and friends, it hasn’t been without a few hiccups.  Traveling across the United States has been fun and exciting, but it always has an unexpected amount of surprises that can test your patience and knowledge.  Following my passion and advocacy for revolutionizing the fashion industry to Chicago as well as chasing down my dreams in writing and photography brought along many opportunities as well as a few wrong turns and dead ends.  So, before 2016 begins, I’d like to share a few humorous mishaps to show exactly what it’s like to take on so many changes at once: Continue Reading ›