Friday Links: The Little Things

Here are my top links for the week!

I’ve posted this one before, but it still makes me happy! A customizable noise generator, how sweet is that?

Check it out: Noisli

Next is just a goofy animal that made me smile. I told you, these links are all about the little things, like goofy animals!

Check it out: Spirit Animal

As an overly romantic female, it would be a shameful lie to say that I’m not a huge fan of Michael Buble. And on my drive home from work the other night, I heard a duet that pretty much touched my soul.

Check it out: Something Stupid

I’m a total baby when it comes to scary things, but my imagination demands to be scared once in a while since it it BRILLIANT for one’s writing. You can’t only expose yourself to happy, sunshiney things if you want to improve your creativity. You must run the gamut. Who else is excited and terrified for this new show?

Check it out: Freak Show

So it’s a bit behind the times, but I finally got around to watching Emma Watson’s speech on Feminism and I can’t rave about it enough. I think it’s admirable and inspiring. Bravo!

Check it out: HeForShe

And finally, for celebrating the little things….these instagram accounts.

Check them out: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, and Seven

Have a great Weekend!



Friday Links – Wanderlust Edition

Alright, it’s that time of the week. What sites have me trolling around the internet this week? Right this way, good sir!

Exhibit A: The Wild Yonder Project

I love to try out new platforms and design new sites. The idea for this project was born over the summer, likely over a glass of cab sav on the back patio. My sis and I have numerous illustrations and ideas all set to roll out into a T-shirt line, possibly as soon as the end of the year. Stay tuned, exciting things are in store! This site is just a bit of an experiment, a developing platform celebrating the spirit of adventure and soon to be home to the precious creations of a dynamic duo.

Exhibit B: Roadtrippers

If you’re planning on visiting the states, or you’re living here and just need ideas of things to do, THIS is the site for you. Off-the-beaten-path galore! What’s the weirdest thing to do in x, y, or z? Find it all consolidated on to one useful and rather fetching webpage. I had the good fortune of running into one of the photographers for this website when I was training in Cincinnati. He specializes in time-lapse, and does some stunning work. Check him out here: Joel Schat

Exhibit C: I’m So Francy

The only thing I love MORE than a travel blog, is a travel blog written by someone I know. How exciting??! To play along at home, when you know the person who’s out having adventures?? It’s a beautiful thing. This is the journal of my high school friend, Emily. She is teaching English to high school students (the brave soul). Check out her adventures and be jealous of all the delicious looking food she gets to eat!

Exhibit D: Ken Kaminesky

This is a beautiful travel photography blog. The images that Ken creates are intricately composed, and make me restless for travel.

Exhibit E: European Vacations

So my current obsession is with planning a New Years trip to the UK and France. This site is pretty helpful for ideas, and the flight and hotel combos are appealing. I just need to decide whether or not to grunge it up in hostels and wander blind with the spirit of adventure as a guide or to actually plan and make the trip less spontaneous.


That’s all for now. If you have a link that you think I might enjoy, go ahead and send it my way.



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Are You Fleeing from Battle?



“So to flee from the battle is the worst thing that could happen. It is worse than losing the fight, because we can always learn something from defeat; if we flee, all we do is declare that our enemy has won.” – Paulo Coelho

How often do we run away? I think that often times, we run away in our minds, by telling ourselves that something we want is silly, simply because we think it to be unattainable. We think that we will never have the job we want, the friends we want, the lovers we want, and thus settle for something less spectacular than what is meant for us. Running away robs you of your destiny. Man up! Show up! Do not flee from the battle of life and great things will come your way. Happy Thursday!

(I borrowed this picture from one of my Paris posts)



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What are you afraid of?

“You are in a spot that is absolutely safe, with one exception: the danger created by your own fear.” – Paulo Coehlo

This timelapse was one of my first attempts with the GoPro. It was taken from my favorite sunset spot, my parent’s backyard in California. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the concept of fear, and what it means to be afraid. Living in a new place may often push you to fear being alone, or to fear that being as happy as you were is no longer attainable. But I think that Paulo summed it up really well in “The Pilgrimage,” that fear is personal and purposeful, but often times unnecessary. We focus on what’s wrong or what’s altered in our lives and that creates fear. But maybe if we simply embrace our fear it can serve us. For all of you Doctor Who fans out there, the Doctor summed fear up amazingly as well. Check it out! Fear is a superpower.



Friday Links

I’ve never done a link post, but I absolutely love them! Life is about sharing wonderful treasures, so here are a few of my current favorites.


Paris in Four Months

The Londoner

These two ladies have such lovely blogs. Truly, a couple of artists. I love reading their posts and looking at their pictures in the morning with a cup (or 5) of coffee.



This Apartment

I’m moving to a new apartment next month, so research is key in the next few weeks!


Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writing

We can always learn from the greats!


John Mayer, Born and Raisesd

This album is gorgeous, it reminds me a bit of 1970s singer/songwriters. Great easy listening.

Ed Sheeran


Care to share? I’d love some new treasures!

Happy Friday!





Are you trapped in a Sunday Afternoon?

Lake Michigan

I took this picture back in 2011, on the beach of Lake Michigan. Yesterday, as I was going through my picture files, reminiscing and dreaming the recurrent travel dream, I understood why. Yes, sunsets make me weak in the knees. Yes, I wish I was a mermaid and could swim all day and night. But the reason I love this photo is that it gets a slew of “The Wizard of Oz” quotes whizzing through my brain! “It presents the idea of the epic journey, “Follow the Yellow-brick road!” “You had the power all along.” These are things we forget in the day-to-day journey, and it’s a nice reminder. My good buddy, Paulo, puts it best in terms of “fighting the good fight.”

“And, finally, the third symptom of the passing of our dreams is peace. Life becomes a Sunday afternoon; we ask for nothing grand, and we cease to demand anything more than we are willing to give. In that state, we think of ourselves as being mature; we put aside the fantasies of our youth, and we seek personal and professional achievement. We are surprised when people our age say that they still want this or that out of life. But really, deep in our hearts, we know that what has happened is that we have renounced the battle for our dreams—we have refused to fight the good fight.”

Paulo Coehlo, “The Pilgrimage”



"The Good Fight"


“The second symptom of the death of our dreams lies in our certainties. Because we don’t want to see life as a grand adventure, we begin to think of ourselves as wise and fair and correct in asking so little of life. We look beyond the walls of our day-to-day existence, and we hear the sound of lances breaking, we smell the dust and the sweat, and we see the great defeats and the fire in the eyes of the warriors. But we never see the delight, the immense delight in the hearts of those who are engaged in the battle. For them, neither victory nor defeat is important; what’s important is only that they are fighting the good fight.”


Paulo Coelho, “The Pilgrimage”

In case you’re wondering what’s with all the quotes, I’m currently reading a book called The Pilgrimage, by Paulo Coelho. I’d highly recommend it for anyone who loves journey stories, quest stories, or just good ol travel tales. Cheers and happy reading.



P.S. Leave me a book suggestion??

Cincinnati Celebrations

This is  to be my final Cincinnati entry. And what better way to end our time in Cincinnati than with a Birthday celebration?


Happy Birthday to me!

Happy Birthday to me!

Now I’m the kind of person that doesn’t have a birth-day….I have more of a birth-week. Why limit your celebrations to just one day?? I mean, you’re celebrating being alive for pete’s sake!

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