How I’m changing this year’s Valentine’s Day Dinner

As Valentine’s Day gets closer, I always start to think about quick ideas to celebrate the day. I usually celebrate with a dessert and glass of wine. I’m not one to celebrate at restaurants or vacations as I’m usually busy working. While working as a ski instructor, I always joked that we should have chairlift […]

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My five favorite snacks for the Super Bowl

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Living in the United States, it’s a given that every year you watch the Superbowl, even if it is just for the commercials. A friend of mine hosts a Super Bowl party every year, filled with friends and snacks. Now that I am focusing on eating healthy, I realize that eating several slices of pizza […]

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A Case for Darkness

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Photo by Aperture Vintage This past week we learned that the United States Men’s National Soccer Team will not be in the World Cup. Supporting the USMNT is really fun for me and it sucks that I won’t be rooting for them this time. But hey, Wales is killing it and my Uncle is here […]

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An impromptu trip to Zion National Park

Laurel at Zion National Park

This weekend I went on an impromptu trip to Utah’s first national park: Zion National Park. Originally, I had planned to visit Pando, the Trembling Giant, but I stumbled across an open campsite in Zion and jumped on it. So I found a dog sitter and hopped in the car with the hubby for our […]

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My best advice for improving confidence

Selfie of Laurel downhill mountain biking

Every once in a while, I go through moments in my life where I can sense my self-confidence diminishing. The trigger can be large or small—a negative review from my boss on a project I’m working on, a snarky comment from a friend, or forgetting something important. What we need to remember is that our […]

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My Jalapeño Invasion

A jalapeno plant

This year, I planted two jalapeño plants in my garden. I’ve had success plants two of everything (in the event that one plant dies…like my cucumber did). However, I felt really overwhelmed when I realized my jalapeño plants were flourishing. I had three baskets full of jalapeños, with even more left on the plant! So […]

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Star Party at a National Park

telescopes pointed towards a stary night sky

This summer, I made it a goal of mine to visit Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, USA. I had heard about the cliff dwellers throughout my life and decided it was time to see these buildings in person. It was a spontaneous trip, planned around visits to visit family in New Mexico. I didn’t […]

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Yes, the stars are there

After moving to the city, you start to get used to all the noise and light after a while. The cars and sirens fade into the distance and you start to convince yourself it’s quiet at night. I look up into the sky and see nothing. I know the stars are there even though I […]

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A stormy walk on the beach

  A cool breeze goes through my hair, bringing my attention to the shore beside me. The sun is starting to set and, off in the distance, a storm is growing larger. I continue walking along the beach, doing my best to keep sand out of my shoes. The sand has many colors in it, […]

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Why is it so hot?

In my mind, I’m still this strong, athletic teenager who can ski any run and bike all afternoon. In reality, I’m an average adult who sits at a desk 40 hours a week and gets outside sometimes. These two perspectives are not in tune and I didn’t realize it until I went mountain biking.

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