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Embrace the holiday spirit with a very snowy (and nostalgic) photo diary by nature photographer extraordinaire, Kate Rentz. Read More

Courtney -Dec 22, 2015, 11:02AM
Oh my, I'm going home for Christmas this year (surprising my family) and Im soo excited to be leaving the coastal rain forests of the PNW to the lovely snowy north. I can literally feel the sting of the winter air on my nose and hear the crunch of the flakes beneath my feet. That to me is a true Christmas.
Michelle -Dec 21, 2015, 9:01AM
These photos are so beautiful, I would love to have a bit of snow here as well! https://www.makeandmess.com/

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Today we’re discussing part 2 of Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling book, Big Magic: EnchantmentRead More

Mary -Dec 21, 2015, 4:12PM
I like how she gives a lot of examples not only from her life, but different people's lives and their quotes which are really good! For me, my genius shows up very unexpectedly, like hers. It can come any time any day. This chapter really helped me realize that I should work on my idea. When she talks how later on people see their ideas in the papers, tv or elsewhere, it made me think that what if I miss this moment (and be lazy) and it will be too late to make my idea come true and I will regret it later.
Rabecca -Dec 18, 2015, 11:07PM
What a super amazing cover! It's so artistic and pretty! Love it <3 Becca: http://www.midnightburnout.com/

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When a trip isn’t what you expect it to be…what do you do?

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Isobel -Feb 27, 2016, 7:20AM
Have you had the chance to go to Cairo since? The university has the most beautiful campus, it is a complete juxtaposition to the rest of the city once you leave it. Having said that, I spent 4 of the best years of my life in Cairo so you should definitely try to go again one day! http://mugamara.blogspot.com
Paige -Jan 23, 2016, 7:41PM
I love this post, and your honesty. A lot of times we romanticize the "just go" mentality, and while it's great, it also fails to mention that it can be crazy hard, wearying, and anxiety inducing. Not every part of the trip, certainly, but some, and I love how you wrote that you took the pressure off yourself for having the "best time ever" and realised you just have to go with it. I studied abroad for a year in Northern Ireland and am moving back to the republic of Ireland in 2 weeks. I always tell people to "just go" when you're given the opportunity, but so many are held back and I wish they could see how, even though I had to endure some of the hardest days of my life, they were all incredibly worth it and I'm moving back again despite the challenges. Worth it to pick up, go, and face it head on.

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Beauty is everywhere, even in those seemingly wrong turns we take in life. Read More

Alice -Jan 11, 2016, 2:58PM
This. is amazing.
fp joanna -Dec 18, 2015, 11:59AM
Dylana, Rabecca, Jessica, and Michelle -- thank you gals. xx, Joanna

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Keep your journeys alive by creating a home for the memories…
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Sarah -Jun 16, 2016, 3:33PM
This is a great article! Another tip I have is to write down the little things. Like maybe something that made you laugh one day or something that inspired you. By doing this you will retain the little memories, and when you go back in a few weeks, months, or years and read it, all of the feelings you had in those moments will come rushing back to you. It is a wonderful feeling.
Phyllis -Jun 14, 2016, 3:45PM
I have kept records all my life. My footprint. When the kids were little we had a scrapbook that they would draw the favorite moment of the day using nature's leaves etc. They themselves can go camping now to the same places and find the same lot #! I have kept a journal at our cottage from the first day it was built. There is even a year 2000 time capsule hidden in the wall! I journal all my trips and when I am short on time I just make entries on the Notes page of my iPhone to use later. This is helpful on motorcycle trips! Why? My Dad use to sign my books and do things like pick up a piece of drift wood, put the date on it and hand it to me. His footprint.

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This week we’re discussing part one of Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller, Big Magic: Courage

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Erica -Jan 17, 2016, 9:03PM
"The outcome cannot matter" (258). The outcome, how the world perceives your art has nothing to do with you. The reward is in process; the gift is the creative journey. Preach, Ms. Gilbert!
Mary -Dec 20, 2015, 2:22PM
I really liked first few pages when she talked about Jack Gilbert, it reminded me of my English professor and how inspiring he was, how he encouraged (at least me) not only to improve our writing, but also be successful, creative and LEARN (because there is a difference between learning something and just listening & getting information). I think when a person, like Jack Gilbert, is passionate he or she wants to share it with someone and inspire others. Then next few sections of the first chapter weren't that interesting for me. The idea was good, but the way it was written... I just tried to finish the chapter to see what's coming next. Now I see some people felt the same way - so I'm excited to read next chapter, hopefully it will get more fascinating and inspiring. I also loved how she talked about being brave vs being fearless. I think it is important to know and remember that there is always fear within us and we cannot or even shouldn't "kill it off". We need to embrace it and learn how to control it. It is always scary to start something new .

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Even as a tourist in Kenya, writer/traveler Ariane Marder discovers the connective thread that binds her — and you — to everyone else.

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Regina -Dec 11, 2015, 11:22AM
Wonderful! Love that you're seeking adventure for yourself. My good friend just moved back to Nairobi after years of being away from home. Already planning to visit her :) Enjoy the rest of your travels! xo, Regina gardeniasandmint.com
Paulina -Dec 10, 2015, 1:32PM
What an amazing place! http://www.thepaarblog.com/

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Announcing our December book club pick: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

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Joanne -Dec 09, 2015, 6:38AM
I listened to The Big Magic on audible. In her voice!! So amazing . So inspirational. I loved it- just what I needed!
Kobe Wagstaff -Dec 05, 2015, 11:57PM
This is one of my all time favs

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The free spirit, led by curiosity to the places she could only ever imagine…

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Kobe Wagstaff -Dec 06, 2015, 12:02AM
These photographs are so inspiring!
JNectary -Dec 05, 2015, 12:40PM
Mel does a wondrous job. I love her and I'm glad Asher lent her his cameras, hehe.

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In Morocco, kindness greets you warmly and without abandon. “As-salamu alaykum” — may “peace be unto you.”Read More

FD Handini -Apr 13, 2016, 5:19AM
Beautiful written, simple and honest. I guess you have took me there with you through your words.
Erin -Dec 04, 2015, 2:52PM
This post is written beautifully. It is elegant yet simple and powerful. I think most of us have experienced moments such as these, maybe not in another country but right in our backyard. Knowing the small peaceful moments of life will come and go is a wonderful feeling. I love the part where you dance with the little girl. I can see the imagery in my head and it brings me peace.

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Color. I don’t believe anyone can deny the fact that colors trigger emotions.Read More

Kat -Dec 11, 2015, 8:38PM
I thought your blog post was very true and inspiring so keep up the good post
amal -Dec 08, 2015, 8:46PM
As a Moroccan I find your words heart warming to read, thank you for speaking about this side of my beautiful country, I hope you enjoyed your stay. xoxo

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Tour Morocco via Melodi Meadows’ Polaroids, captured on our December Catalog shoot…Read More

Lah -Jan 10, 2016, 4:29PM
This is great article about Morocco, it reminds me of our Morocco tour.
danaeL -Nov 30, 2015, 5:46AM
Amazing pics! So dreamy

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