This Week’s Everyday Adventures & A Few Links

Happy Weekend

Happy Spring Break week everyone! My office has been unusually quiet as people have headed out for a little break with their families. This weekend, I will be participating in some St. Patrick’s Day activities and enjoying the beautiful weather that has suddenly appeared in Dallas.

This week, my adventures included:

+ Cooking my first Thai recipe ever that was on the cover of Bon Appetit. I really love Thai soups that have coconut milk in them, so I thought I would take a stab at it. I would say it was a success!

+ Having so much extra energy because of the added hours of sunshine each day! I have spent some quality time on restaurant patios (including trying this one), taking some long walks outside and making a couple of shopping runs to my favorite areas.

+ Guest posting on Elizabeth’s blog about my “Perfect Day in Punta del Este.” If you haven’t already had a chance to check it out, you should!

** And a few of my favorite travel related links and finds from this week **

You would probably have to be living under a rock to have missed all of the reporting going on about SXSW (which is a bucket list item of mine). Here is Tory Burch’s playlist for, as she puts it, “Spring Break for Techies.” – The Tory Blog

Whole Foods is expanding their healthy living empire with a health resort, [Read more…]

This Week’s Everyday Adventures & A Few Links

Up Coffee Table

I’m hoping that this will be the weekend that I get a grip on my schedule, have some serious R&R and really just get organized. So far, the stars seem to be aligning for that to happen and I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so excited to just be lazy. Wishing you all a very happy Friday!

This week, my adventures included:

+Spending last weekend in Houston and eating delicious food at Underbelly.

+Attempting to recover from being sick for the better part of the last week and, therefore, going to sleep way to early every night. My allergies have announced it to be spring in Texas and I need them to chill out.

+Learning that my new site design should be ready in the next two weeks! I can’t wait to share with all of you everything we have been working on over the past couple of months.

** And a few of my favorite travel related links and finds from this week **

Sign me up. How cool does the Arizona SkyCenter excursion from the Miraval Resort look? The idea of hotels becoming experiential activity creators sounds 100% like the future of travel to me. – T Magazine

I discovered a new startup site called Roomer, which allows you to purchase people’s pre-paid hotel rooms [Read more…]

Amongst the Chatter

Thoughts on Worry

Worrying and anxiety are two things that many people are naturally inclined to cling to when any uncertainty comes their way. I know when I was younger, it was an attitude I adopted too many times as a response to a variety of situations. It all changed for me when I first got to college and someone shared Matthew 6:27 with me that states “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” For the first time I made an active decision that because worry was 100% useless and would do absolutely nothing for me, I needed to place it on the shelf and proclaim it an activity of the past. It’s true though isn’t it? Worrying will not add an hour to your life, it will not fix the problem and it certainly wastes your time.

I am not sure why that one sentence influenced me so much, but it has since enabled me to always put things in perspective. [Read more…]

This Week’s Everyday Adventures & A Few Links

Debbie Powell IllustrationsGuys- I really am sorry that I went totally MIA this week. I’ve been at a conference at work learning all kinds of exciting things, and was working much later than usual every night. Even though it was crazy busy, I can’t think of a week in the past few months that I’ve had as much fun in a seven-day period of time.

This week, my adventures included:

+ Cooking my first live lobster. We named him Lloyd and I was totally paranoid about putting him in the pot of water (like he knew it was coming). It was super fun and also quite delicious!

+ Participating in a flash mob at a work conference with about 100 of my other colleagues to Footloose in front of 1,200 people! It was great to see how surprised everyone was at 8am starting the conference out with a bit of dancing.

+ Taking some of my work friends that I met when I was in Montevideo for a mini tour of Dallas.

+ Learning how to load and shoot a gun at a shooting range! I hung a zombie target we were shooting in my roommate’s shower as a prank for her to find when she got home, and now we have been hiding the zombie in various places around the house. (I know, we’re weird.)

*And a few of my favorite travel related links and finds from this week **

Love this story on the Wayfare Mag blog about a honeymoon experience in Merida, Mexico.   [Read more…]

This Week’s Everyday Adventures & A Few Links

French Bulldog

This week was a lot of fun. You have probably seen that I had quite a few adventures in New Orleans last weekend, and this weekend I will have a few more celebrating a friend’s birthday tonight and Valentine’s Day tomorrow in Dallas (which means consuming lots and lots of good food). I hope you all had a chance to read this week’s edition of Amongst the Chatter, where I am talking about one of the fundamental elements of everyday adventure: celebrating life. Happy Weekend everyone, hope it is great!

This week, my adventures included:

+ Attending my first Mardi Gras (which was a huge success), watching lots of parades and trying out Spirit Airlines for the first time.

+ Becoming completely obsessed with Downton Abbey. I know I am a bit behind the times by just starting to watch it now, but I have almost made it through the first two seasons. Does anyone else watch it?

+ Compiling lots of resources and information for my site redesign. I have been working on putting together a master list of resources for travel and everyday adventure the past couple of weeks, and finally got it to a place I am happy with. If you have any you’d like to share, I’d love to hear about them.

** And a few of my favorite travel and everyday adventure links and finds from this week **

If you love wine as much as I do, but could still use a little education on what to pair it with etc. The Everygirl has partnered with Cupcake Vineyards to create Wine Education and Tasting 101. Love it! – The Everygirl

In honor of Valentine’s Day: A roundup of a few vibrant pink lakes around the world. [Read more…]

Amongst the Chatter

Sweater Stack

A major part of the idea of being an everyday adventurer is the ability to view life as a celebration; a gift worth throwing a party for. It is the notion that there are incredible and important things happening to us and around us throughout our day-to-day routines that are adventurous, thought-provoking and inspiring.  Although, this isn’t true 100% of the time, it’s also viewing life as a party. Don’t wait for the most special days of the year to get dressed up, to pop open the bottle of champagne and celebrate today.

One of my favorite books of all time that really captures this core competency of everyday adventure, is Cold Tangerines, written by Shauna Niequist. She says that she

“Believe[s] that this way of living, this focus on the present, the daily, the tangible, this intense concentration not on the news headlines but on the flowers growing in your own garden, the children growing in your own home, this way of living has the potential to open up the heavens, to yield a glittering handful of diamonds where a second ago there was coal. This way of living and noticing and building and crafting can crack through the movie sets and soundtracks that keep us waiting for our own life stories to begin, and set us free to observe the lives we have been creating all along without even realizing it.”  [Read more…]