Chop it, Trim it, Charlie Brown.

This year J wanted to cut down our tree. There is something romantically sentimental about chopping down your own Christmas tree…..in theory. Perhaps in some states, that idea carries through from forest to living room and you end up with a full, vibrant fern. But in the northern Alaskan hills- the picture isn’t painted quite so […]

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Hatcher Pass: A travelers diary

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” -John Muir It has been a while since I put pen to paper, or fingers to keys (as the case may be.) We have done quite a bit of traveling up here in “great white north” the “forgotten state” the “state no one ships packages to for […]

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Everyone focuses on the end, what about the beginning?

Exploration. Adventure. Pursuit. In search of the new, unclaimed and excited. Is to explore always to discover? Can we not simply relish the stillness, take in the varying tempos, absorb the colors, observe the rhythms, and cherish the beauty that surrounds us? An explorer will seek new worlds and grand adventures, but no two adventures look […]

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the little things.

I drove up to that familiar House, where so many memories are stored- both old and new. Home. Where I learned to roller skate across, into, and between imaginary worlds drawn onto the surface of it’s driveway. Where fortresses were built from piles of chopped firewood, and props were fashioned from original Carolina clay. Where in the summer […]

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A Minimalist Approach to 2017

As the New Year so lovingly tends to do, 2017 stared me smack dab in eye and said, “Abigail, what are your goals? Are you going to make one of those half-finished bullet journals again? Filled with unfinished tasks, lists, recipes, workout trackers, book lists, daily water intake, bucket list…list….lists….lists?!?” Am I painting an accurate picture for you? […]

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Connecting From Afar

I’ve been struggling with something lately. Let me know if I’m not alone……. We are all busy, right? 40 hour plus work weeks, a significant other, spouse or partner that you NEED quality time with. Friends. Hobbies. SLEEP. But what about time for staying connected with family and friends far away?  We ALL get this. […]

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10 Living Room Dates: for the snow bound couples.

With Valentines Day just around the corner, some of you may be snow-bound (like us), on a budget, or want to keep things low key- yet special. J and I are always looking for new things to do for date night, that feel exciting and fresh- even when it’s too cold to explore. Here is […]

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15 Dates for the long distance couple

I know when I am long distance, the dates can start to run together. “Facetime again?” If you stick to just texting or just facetime, then long distance boredom and resentment can start to form. There are fun and interesting things you can do as partners, through the restrictions of distance, that help to squelch that anxiety. So next time […]

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Speak your partner’s love language through distance

Knowing your love languages. Distance can be embraced as a time of nurturing, rather than a hurdle or an obstacle to overcome. It is all in perspective, attitude, and choices. Perspective: I’m dating my favorite person. Attitude: The bright side? We will be back together when this all ends, not the other way around. Choices: We choose to use this time […]

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How to Ease-Stress in an Ugly Sweater

I don’t know about you, but when the holidays roll around, I can feel my muscles start to tense up. While I may be able to socialize with larger groups of people, my introverted nature starts to reach for the curtains and seeks to “cocoon” as soon as possible. The “being on” all the time […]

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