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Have You Ever Considered #Vanlife?

The yearning to travel and see more of the world has increased as my first three "children" near adulthood. My partner Christy's two children from a previous relationship are younger than mine, which means we won't be able to hit the road together for a number of years. Still, I can't stop dreaming of something… Continue reading Have You Ever Considered #Vanlife?

#Manifest20 · Gratitude · Travel

Memories for Life: Thailand During Songkran

Last spring I fulfilled a lifelong dream of traveling to Asia for the first time. I will write another post in the future with links and travel information about my experience traveling to Thailand with a toddler and two teenagers. Today I simply want to share the joy of our trip through images. I'll never… Continue reading Memories for Life: Thailand During Songkran


Home Is a Mug of Coffee

I adored this illustrated essay for so many reasons. I felt like I went on a journey with Candace Rose Rardon and was rewarded with her marvelous insights. It was also visually pleasing; I enjoyed the combination of storytelling through prose and art. Candace’s words evoked memories of my own travels and experiences as a young person. She has inspired me to reflect on my love of tea & coffee, the associations and rituals I have developed with my family and friends, as well as my evolving sense of “home.” In a separate post I may continue exploring all of these themes inspired by Home Is a Mug of Coffee.  If you haven’t already, put the kettle on, pour your favorite  hot drink, and get comfortable while you read the original post.  It’s exquisite!

India has long been on my list of travel destinations (I wanted to go last spring, but we went to Thailand instead). I’ve learned quite a bit about the culture there. However, I’d never heard of a dabhara or the South Indian way of preparing coffee. I found all of the details fascinating. I’ve added this simple act- to enjoy coffee decocted by this method- to my bucket list!

To conclude, here is my favorite quote from Candance’s essay: 

All I know is that just as Akansha would only pour a little boiling water at a time into the filter, letting it gradually seep through the grounds, finding our essense takes time.

Isn’t that the truth?  I’m still finding mine.  Inspiring pieces like this one help me along my way…


Candace Rose Rardon | Longreads | October 2018 | 12 minutes (3,184 words)

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Personal · Travel

The Summer of Suitcases, Festivals and a Solar Eclipse

Having survived a dramatic birth and a house fire, our family began a summer of travel.  I decided to turn our homelessness into a holiday when the 4 weeks at the rental came to an end. The insurance company approved two more week's accommodation since our home renovations were taking longer than first anticipated. School… Continue reading The Summer of Suitcases, Festivals and a Solar Eclipse