My Book Inventory

Making my way through The 100 Thing Challenge, I find there is one thing I love to purchase no matter where I go: Books. When I visited family in San Francisco, I didn’t buy tons of clothes or souvenirs, I bought books. My cousin even apologized for taking me to a bookstore where I spent most of my vacation money. I’m not sure what it is about books, but they’ve always been something I’m eager to dive into. I think this stems from my childhood of being a bookworm, and admiring Belle from Beauty in the Beast. Unfortunately, what this has led to is too many books and no library to store them in. My bookshelves are full and it seems whenever I relocate, I always find boxes dedicated to my book collection. Since taking on The 100 Thing Challenge, I decided this had to come to an end, not only for future moves but also for my back after carrying boxes of books. Continue Reading ›

Ethical Fashion: Star Wars Style

High school is often seen as a time for prom, football games, and SATs, but that’s not what I often recall. My time in high school revolved around spending time with my friends: Wookies, Droids, and Jedis. Even if they weren’t real, they always gave me a sense of community and belonging. My love of Star Wars has extended beyond my teenage years, and I find multiple opportunities to enjoy this science fiction world whether I’m in Seattle or reflecting on how I travel. Searching through the infinite galaxy of the internet, I’m thrilled to find my new admiration for sustainable fashion shares the same sense of enthusiasm I have for this galactic film. From an upcoming shoe design launch to luxury fashion, Star Wars can be found throughout ethical fashion. If you believe in the Force as I do, follow me to a galaxy not so far away to discover how eco-fashion has merged with my favorite high school pastime. Continue Reading ›

May 2016 Book List

Change of place and employment is nothing new to me, but May turned out to be a constructive move to my future.  Returning to my hometown and beginning assistantships for graduate school became a pivotal move for my career and future outlook, as well as a chance to catch up with some good books.  After settling into work and assembling a R2-D2 like vacuum, I was looking forward to a reading list that included a Star Wars-related book as well as a chronicle to get me thinking about future ecotourism opportunities during school breaks.  What kind of galaxies was I taken to?  Find out with my latest books:

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Travel: Princess Leia Style

It seems like galaxies away since my visit to Star Wars and the Power of Costume at the EMP Museum in Seattle, Washington. Looking through photos and remembering my costume for the Sadie Hawkins dance in high school, it’s clear that although Star Wars may not be as prominent in my life, it still has an effect on me. While Star Wars has been ridiculed for its wooden dialogue, the most recent trilogy criticized for being “Popcorn Movies,” and people wondering about its future success with Disney, I can’t help but continue to be intrigued by its heroines, mainly Princess Leia. Known for having cinnamon roll shaped hair buns on the side of her head and the unforgettable metallic bikini from Jabba the Hutt scenes, her courage and strong-willed behavior is something I keep in mind throughout my life. My most recent solo travels in British Columbia, Canada had me thinking on exactly how much this princess of the Star Wars universe influence my thoughts, actions, and decision-making. Here are a few ways Princess Leia has shaped how I travel: Continue Reading ›

A Galaxy Far, Far Away . . .

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . OK, well maybe not a galaxy, but a few states away in Utah, a girl fell in love with the story of a sci-fi hero and his band of loyal friends on a journey of self-discovery and success in saving the universe of tyranny. Like many others before me, I found the magic of Star Wars and my admiration didn’t stop at the movies. I read numerous books that were sequels and continuations of the story beyond the movies. I researched all of the details behind the scenes and even played Star Wars Trivial Pursuit with any willing participant. It came as no surprise to my family and friends that my date and I dressed up as Princess Leia and Han Solo for the high school Sadie Hawkins dance. So, how did I feel when I learned about the Smithsonian Institute’s Traveling Exhibit of Star Wars costumes? I’m sure it’s only an experience and feeling my dad could understand if the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series. Luckily, my cousin and fellow Star Wars enthusiast, Keony, joins me and my cousins Eric and Jasmine on a trip to a distant galaxy from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition display “Star Wars and the Power of Costume” at the EMP Museum. Continue Reading ›