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Travel Lust – Fiji Memories


You know when that travel bug hits?! It slowly creeps up on you and all of a sudden BOOM, you feel like packing your bags and heading off to far-flung places on the first plane you can catch! I’ve been looking through some past travel pictures lately, and realized I never truly downloaded & shared an epic trip to Fiji from a few years ago…so here it is! If you’re considering visiting Fiji, make sure you not only enjoy the breathtaking beaches, private islands, and stunning resorts, but get off the beaten path a little and take time to visit the locals in their villages. They’re some of the most modest, but happy and open people I’ve ever met. Smiles all around.



The beautiful rooms at Vatulele Resort.

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The only “danger” you’ll have to worry about here…


Village laundry day.

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Local women work tirelessly to create beautiful stamped “Tapa” cloth.

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Some of the sweetest kids in the world!

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A village elder preparing the traditional Kava drink to welcome us visitors (beware! If you’re not used to it, this stuff will make you sleeeepy!)


Your own little private island is just a short boat ride away!

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Travel // Bali Adventures


Hello, Lovelies & welcome to a (hopefully awesome) new week! Today, I wanted to take a little look back at my Bali adventure earlier this month. I had such a great time relaxing, exploring Bali’s beautiful beaches, checking out the food markets, biking through mountains and rice fields, savoring the local food (and even taking a super fun Indonesian cooking class!), meeting the locals and just generally soaking up the inspiring and magical vibes!

If you’ve never considered traveling to Bali, it’s time to put it on your bucket list!! It’s such a beautiful and spiritual place, and the Balinese people are among the most gracious and friendly I’ve ever encountered. I took part in a wonderful yoga & health retreat for women during my time there, which was a great way to safely experience the island while traveling solo (and it took most of the organization & guess-work out of the trip.)


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Adventures // Bali Bound


Hello, Lovelies! I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend – wherever you may be. As much as I’m loving my time here in Australia, it’s time to pack my bags for a bit & head into the open skies….or to Bali to be exact. I’m joining a week-long yoga & health retreat in Seminyak and I am pumped! There will be lots of exploring, moving, stretching, meditating, reflecting, and enjoying island life. It’s been about 3 years since my last trip to Bali, and I can’t wait to soak in a different side of the island this time around. Last time I mainly got to explore Ubud & its surrounding mountain areas….below are a few of my favorite photos I took on that trip!

I’ll be taking a little time-out from the blog for the week, I hope you can forgive me. I promise to be back with some fun stories when I return to Sydney!

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Home is wherever we are…


Happy 2014, Lovelies! I hope you all had a nice beginning to the new year. We’re in the middle of a crazy 3-day Snowmageddon-style storm here in Chicago, and I can’t WAIT to get out of here tomorrow (if my flight actually leaves)!!

With my Bondi Beach adventure imminent, I’ve been mentally getting into the beach spirit…so here’s a little video of 2 of my favorite “famous” dudes out there. Jack Johnson & Kelly Slater hanging by the beach, making some impromptu music. I know that Jack Johnson has been regarded as “overplayed” by some, but I still really like his music & the relaxed and positive vibe it creates. Both these men are incredibly talented in what they do and have lived their life the way they dreamed without excuses. Jack spends most of his time living in Hawaii making music, and Kelly mostly lives on the road traveling the Cali-Hawaii-Australia-Tahiti/Fiji-France circuit for surfing. What’s better than that?! Here’s to Freedom & Creativity!