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2014 – A Year Of Gumption

gumptionI know, who the hell uses the word Gumption anymore?

According to the Google Book historic view the word Gumption really peaked in 1939-1940, started growing again in the 1980’s, and burst back into popularity in the 2000’s (likely as it was a plot point in the Cameron Diaz-Kate Winslet romantic comedy The Holiday.)

So why on earth would I guide my year in 2014 by a word that is best known in modern times by a chick flick?

Here’s the definition of the word Gumption:

gump·tion (gəmpSHən): 1) shrewd or spirited initiative and resourcefulness

That’s right. Gumption is pretty badass. Continue reading

2013 Annual Review: A Year Of Surrender

surrenderAfter my first year abroad in 2012, a year of rough-and-tumble (sometimes literally!) fun and exciting experiences, I was a little overwhelmed. Spent. Incapable of sitting still in any moment and challenged by the simple act of stopping to see the world around me.

I needed to bring a calm awareness to my life in 2013.

I spent the year focused on the word Surrender. Continue reading

What Are You Trading Your Happiness For?


A very happy me at Yi Peng/Loy Krathong festival in Chiang Mai

This weekend I crossed an item off my bucket list.

Well, to be honest, I’m not sure if I really even have  a bucket list. I have a mental list of stuff that seems really cool I’d like to do someday. It is ever growing and changing. Mostly due to the fact that there are a lot of snakes in the world. Continue reading

30 Ways To Approach Your 30’s

jenny_elisa_baliToday my SPIRL, Jenny Blake, turns 30.

Hard to believe that just over five years ago Jenny and I were two young and crazy girls on opposite sides of the United States (me in Portland, Maine and Jenny in San Francisco, California) who barely knew of each other.

Fast forward those five years, and Jenny is one of the most important people in my life, whether we only get to talk once a week via someecards or engage in an epic 2-hour long Skype-Slumber-Party. We’ve flown across states, countries, oceans, and continents to hang out and travel together. Continue reading

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