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Take Me With You- Travel Chronicles

I’m sitting and writing this post with my travel memories as fresh as this itchy sunburn. My husband and I just returned from a weeklong trip to Cancun/Riviera Maya! You see, travel is our self-care.

Travel is our bonding time.



Travel is how we reward ourselves for everything…..for being alive, for being thankful for our blessings, for our hard work and for our marriage.

I think couples can learn a lot about each other when they travel. Whether it’s a road trip or an international trip, being in close quarters and ALONE TOGETHER for a stretch of time can teach two individuals a lot about each other.

What can you learn?

  • How does your partner view the larger world? New cultures?
  • How do they handle lost luggage? (Maya Angelou has a great quote about this)
  • Are they able to unplug and relax? Do they need you to teach them HOW?
  • Does your partner have healthy relaxation skills that you could learn from?
  • Is it easier to communicate about shared goals or values when you both have a break from your daily schedules?
  • Does travel allow you both to fully enjoy interests outside the daily grind? (water activities, outdoor interests, food/wine, museums, arts, music, sports, volunteering)
  • What makes them laugh from deep down in their gut??

I carried my love for travel into this marriage. I travelled often before I got married and now my hubby is addicted to international travel! I had two intense jobs before I got married, therefore travel was my ultimate self-care. I literally flew by myself to New York on a red-eye, dropped off my bags and went running in Central Park. No lie. (Running outdoors is a GREAT form of self-care).

There’s so much to learn about yourself when you venture outside your block, your city, your time zone. Your way of doing things is not the only way.

You are just a microcosm of this diverse, complicated and magical world.

Travelling really reinforces what I’m grateful for. I can’t complain about going back to work when I have a steady paycheck, an office, air conditioning, health insurance and paid days off. Not to mention, a safe home, family, my beloved pups and food in my fridge.

Take yourself somewhere. Go somewhere with your partner or family. It’s freeing to break away from your schedule. Click To Tweet

And as I write this post I have specific song lyrics stuck in my head. This video is in honor of Prince’s birthday today and in honor of your next adventure……Where will the road take you??


(Sidenote: We learned of Prince’s passing while on vacation in Denver. The scenery in this video looks similar to our drive in the Rockies. This song was playing on the radio……..)

3 Beautiful Places on Earth

In honor of Earth Day, I thought it would be a welcomed change to share pictures of my favorite places on Earth. These locations are the reasons I work hard, the reasons I save money instead of buying a home and my motivation to stay healthy.

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Being in these peaceful locations keeps me humble and grateful. I couldn’t share all my favorites but these are my top 3.



Central Park (1)


It’s no secret how much I love Central Park. I mentioned it in my About Me section of the blog too!

I try to avoid it in the snow (cold weather is hell on my fibromyalgia) but this picture was on a rainy day. Before I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia I enjoyed running near the reservoir and along the numerous pathways. I love walking through this area, called the Mall, because of the overhang of the trees. I enjoy sitting on the benches, people watching, writing in my journal, breathing in the fresh air and holding hands with my husband. This location holds a special place in our hearts.




This was one of my favorite spots in Northern Maui. If you drive up the coast, on a one lane road, you can reach this location. Surprisingly, there is a smoothie truck at this edge of the cliff! Honestly, it was the best passion fruit smoothie EVER! Maui is known for its beautiful sunsets and of course, its iconic beaches. It was hard to choose which picture would make the cut!


This is a hidden treasure in my beloved San Francisco. Born and raised in the Bay Area, there are so many places to explore and to enjoy the outdoors. This is one of my must-see spots when I visit home. You are likely to see brides taking wedding pictures, children feeding the geese and people relaxing on picnic blankets. Not pictured: Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito and Muir Woods, which are nearby locations that are also must-sees!!

Which locations didn’t make the blog post?? 

Palace of Versailles (France), Coast of Monaco, Seine River and 17-mile drive in Monterey. 

Which locations am I excited to visit someday?

Italy, London, Cape Cod, Spain 

Hmmm….is that a cue to write some travel blogs?? Challenge accepted!!!

What are some of your favorite locations on Earth?? 

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