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  • Wonder Walk #3: Small Town New England

    Something I’ve struggled with in my life is maintaining habits on the move. It’s difficult to keep up with routine when you’re out of your element. With family and friends scattered around the country, and my partner and I being childless, we are often the ones on the move — so maintaining my habits where…

  • Wonder Walk #2: My Milwaukee Neighborhood

    Life is full and something I keep learning over and over (and over and over) again is that energy is finite and must be restored. So, as much as I’d love to go to a different park or state forest every time I go on a Wonder Walk, I mostly need to keep it simple…

  • Wonder Walk #1: Hawthorn Glen

    A glen is a noun meaning a narrow valley. Hawthorn Glen is the name of my favorite spot by my house. The first time I happened upon this place I thought I had entered some cinderella-esque land where the birds and the chipmunks might actually speak to me. It’s a nature preserve just a few…

  • Wonder Walks: An Introduction

    Long long ago, in 2020, when the pandemic hit, everyone and their mother began to walk outdoors. It was our saving grace having been cooped up for months. In the north, it was cold, too. So there were two months in which it wasn’t even pleasurable to go outside. When it hit 50 degrees every…

  • How to Cope with a Pandemic

    Ok, so I’ve been saying for quite some time that this is the perfect time to learn to slow down — especially in this country (USA). Yet here we are at the start of year three of the pandemic and still there doesn’t seem to be a collective message or understanding of how to truly…

  • Hello, I’m Alaina and I’m a Recovering Artist

    Hello friend, I’m Alaina and I’m a recovering artist with a fear of my own greatness. I suffer from scalding amounts of skepticism and bitterness. I have 100 ideas and I start 5 of them and finish exactly 0 of them. This blog is a blaring example of that. This blog is a source of…

  • Whose Got the Funk? I Got the Funk

    Whose Got the Funk? I Got the Funk

    How I Shook the Funk The other day, I was in a complete and utter funk.  This happens to all of us sometime or another. Lately, while adjusting to a new culture, new (HUGE) city, new routine, it seems to creep on me more frequently than usual. I started the day with meditation. This is…

  • Creative Living: 8 Ways to Stay Disciplined

    Creative Living: 8 Ways to Stay Disciplined

    If you follow this blog or take the time to look through it, you might notice there hasn’t been a whole lot of consistency. I know, I know. I beat myself up about it ALL THE TIME. I tell myself things like: “If you really loved it, you’d just do it. It would be a…

  • Monthly Food Budget in Colombia

    Monthly Food Budget in Colombia

    Something ultra important to me when I settle into a new place is food. Duh, right? While good restaurants in close proximity are a perk, having grocery stores and markets that are close by and affordable is KEY in order to create a solid monthly food budget. Within a one block radius, there are three…

  • The Reality Behind Travel

    Behind all the “grammable” moments, the gorgeous album of photos uploaded to Facebook, the amazing snaps and instastories blasted out for the world to see, the reality of traveling is a sobering one. First, let me start by stating that I recognize how lucky I am to have earned opportunities to travel and to live…