Simple Pleasures


from left to right

1, 2) Went on a business trip and stayed in a beautiful hotel. This was the view from breakfast. They made their very own doughnuts, and they were delicious.

3) Watched the sunset behind the Smoky Mountains next to AH, and our friends with their beautiful new baby.

4) Woke up to the view of these trees and watched the fog roll over the mountain.

5, 6) Walked around a new city with our friends. It was hot, humid, and full of history.

7) Visited an arboretum, and walked through admiring all the plants. Noticed a lot of calatheas and philodendrons.

8) Walked to the park with our favorite little. She couldn’t wait to get to the playground, and courageously climbed through everything there.

What a week!


Traveling Light – South East Asia

AH and I spent time in South East Asia, and I distinctly remember being very choosey with what I brought with me. The benefits of traveling this way start with mobility. I rode on the back of a scooter to a bus station with a heavy pack, and that was painful. Literally painful, so now I choose less.

Packing thoughtfully meant every top had to work with the bottom, and the other way around. It was easy to choose because: fewer options. I usually bring a rain jacket with me no matter what. Besides the rain jacket here is what I packed:

  • white top
  • plaid long sleeve
  • blue t-shirt
  • black skirt
  • denim shorts
  • black denim jeans
  • PJs
  • flip flops
  • tennis shoes


I was pretty happy with how everything fit. Comfort is number one, and aesthetics are number two. Each piece was enough to be simple, and versatile without forfeiting my personal style. Because this worked so well I try to keep the same template for future travel.

On this trip we did everything from night markets, hiking, hanging out in coffee shops to walking and exploring around. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything.

Do you like to pack light? What are your must-haves on a trip? And, have you ever forgotten an item behind only to wish you hadn’t?

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Dear Reader,

Sorry it has been so long since I last updated this blog. My intention to write was for accountability, and inspiration. Since my last post AH (awesome husband) and I went abroad for a couple months. When we returned I became awfully ill, and the majority of last year was recovery, and ‘taking it slow’.

Since my last post we continue to walk towards our goal of living simply, in whatever form that looks to us. In our case its to enjoy life and live with less stress. We work hard when we have to, and we savor the still moments of enjoying simple pleasures, too.

Anyways, I hope to be more present here, and continue to grow towards a life full of enjoying the simple things, health, and joy.

With love. Xx