Monday Mood - Road Trippin

Summer in New York City is stifling, sticky and sweaty. The city is incredible at night when there is a slight breeze whispering through the heat, but during the day, it can be oppressive. I'm not complaining or anything, just feeling ready to escape for a little bit...

I've been jealously eyeing and simultaneously swooning over some road trippers on Instagram over the past few weeks. Whether told by a full-time nomadic family or by a few girls on an artistic road trip, the stories of the road are beckoning. Hot tar stretching out as far as the eye can see, dusty side roads, bug-filled plains, misty mornings and clear mountain air. I'm itching to hit the road, but for now, this visual inspiration will have to suffice.

Tell me, who or what is inspiring you today?

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Monday Mood - Vietnam

This time last year Jeremia and I were getting amped up for our big life changes - you know, traveling around Southeast Asia for three months and then up and moving to New York. It's mind blowing when I realize that we have now lived in New York for longer than we spent in Asia. How does time fly so fast here? I swear those three months of travel felt like a year, while three months in New York feel more like one.

So today I'm looking back to inspire myself to move forward. I am looking back at one of the craziest, out of the norm months in my life to date; the month we spent in Vietnam. I've written about Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and Saigon. I've even told you about our epic 'On the Road' saga. Still, though, there are so many more stories and sights from our month in Vietnam that continue to live in my head and in my heart.

To me, Vietnam is fishermen and motorcycles. Pineapples and mangoes vibrantly thriving in the midst of hot, dusty towns. Vietnam is salty water and gravel, dirt and jungle mist. I have never been more relaxed than I was when we sat on the side of the road slowly sipping iced coffee. I have never been more daring than the time that I fell off my motorcycle and saw that the only thing to do was to get right back up. I have never feel more connected to a provincial, older way of life than I did as I stood in the middle of verdant fields surrounding villages comprised of huts. I'll never forget the wind in my hair, the dirt under my fingernails and the feeling of utter freedom and lack of responsibility to anything other than today.

The collection of images below represent what our experience in Vietnam meant to me. There is so much more spirit in the country that I can't capture in my images, but I hope you'll enjoy seeing it through my eyes anyway. If you want to see more, check out the travel archives

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All images taken and edited by me.

Monday Mood - Beet It

Whew, I got through Monday. Life in New York has certainly been getting harder, and with a week-long trip to California coming up, I've been having a hard time focusing and scheduling. I have a few exciting things in the works for your reading/viewing pleasure, so I hope that I will be able to get it together this week! I do it all for you, friends ;)

Despite my lack of focus, I managed to be inspired by something very simple this weekend. Beets! Do you love them? Hate them? I don't think I was really into beets until about a year ago, when I learned just how delicious they are raw. My favorite smoothie recipe involves frozen beets and blueberries. When you drink that 3 times a week, you realize just how cleansing beets really are. They flush your liver and your bloodstream of toxins and yes, they do aid digestion. They are also delicious when made into a salsa or slaw. I am dying to experiment with beets as a DIY lip stain, too. Pinterest has also just revealed to me that beets are relatively easy to grow at home! So probably a lot of beets in our future, here.

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Try some of my beet recipes! And tell me, what is inspiring you today?