How Do I Plan One Week of Workouts?

I am insanely schedule-driven. I love my calendars and my annotated lists and spreadsheets and just in general filling up my time productively. I know that internal motivation is where it’s at in the psychology research these days, but hot damn if I don’t get a real thrill out of crossing off to-dos one by one.

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Moving and Minimalism: More Than Just the Trash Can

Moving and Minimalism

As we’ve been downsizing drastically for our big move we’ve repeatedly run into issues with finding ways to get the junk out of our house. Here in Portland we get one trash can that’s picked up by the city every two weeks that we share with our two roommates, so we have to be very strategic about tossing items in there. Besides, I’ve seen Toy Story 3 and I always assume that objects are sentient just in case. Continue reading

Backpacking in the Pacific Northwest: Day One or One (Really Long) Day

Backpacking in the Pacific Northwest - Day One or One (Really Long) Day.

Hello and welcome to the day one recap of our epic backpacking saga! If you missed my first post on prepping for our trip, my good friend Julianne & I set off this last weekend on an adventure to push our limits and really explore the beauty of Oregon. Many of these photos are courtesy of her far more artistic eye.

The first day we set out early, which was an excellent idea given the miles we had in front of us, and we knew that we were ‘front-loading’ with our hardest day first. The pros: we had the most energy and mental fortitude; the cons: our packs were at their heaviest and we were still figuring out the best way to distribute the weight on our hips and shoulders. Continue reading

Summer 2017 Bucket List: The Minimalist Remix

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It’s the longest day of the year, friends! It’s also the perfect time to stay up well past your bedtime (mostly because the sun hasn’t even set yet if you go to sleep at 9 like my granny self) and dream up your ‘Summer Bucket List.’ This year I’m really trying to prioritize experiences over things in all areas of my life. I’ve been on a Minimalist kick, and I’m really enjoying the memories I’m creating. Continue reading

Backpacking in the Pacific Northwest: Prep and Gear Packing List

Backpacking in the Pacific Northwest Gear Packing List

I’ve been lucky enough to call the Pacific Northwest my home for almost a decade now, and the beauty of this place still takes my breath away every time I venture out to the woods to enjoy nature.

One item that had been sitting on my bucket list for years was to tackle a tough backpacking trip, one that was both challenging and rewarding. One of my closest friends, Julianne (who took half of these photos), is heading off to graduate school and had the same pre-move goal. And thus our plan was born! Continue reading

Travel Guide: Crater Lake National Park

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My friends and I have had Crater Lake National Park on our Oregon-centric bucket list for years. With a few of them headed off for graduate school at the end of the summer, there was no time like the present to check that one off. Here’s the thing though: on a good day Crater Lake is about 4.5 hours away from Portland and while I can rock out to Oops I did It Again and A Thousand Miles in the car for a few hours at a time, even I have my limits. Continue reading

Moving and Minimalism

After 8 years of dating and 4 different living situations, Ian and I are FINALLY moving into our own place together. In some ways it feels like a step back since we’re going from renting a house to renting a one-bedroom apartment, but it’s going to be so worth it to finally live without roommates. Plus the location is perfect for both of us! Continue reading