August has flown by for me. I feel like I just got back from my trip to the UK and Portugal… but life goes on! I had one trip this month to Mackinac Island… a northern Michigan island I’ve been to four times and loved every time. I have also made some progress with my chronic health condition this month… both within the ‘alternative’ medicine sphere, and the very traditional Western medicine sphere.
When I was in college, one of my friends described my aesthetic as ‘just-finished-teaching-a-yoga-class-chic.’ Well, the ‘chic’ may have been debatable. But for as long as I’ve been dressing myself, I’ve focused on versatile clothes. Yes, something I can wear to teach a yoga class. But I want to also wear it to lunch afterwards, maybe a poetry reading, a flight across the country, a panel on women saving the world, and a buffet-style dinner date. Girl’s gotta eat…#notimefortightwaistbands. Does it sound like I’m describing the best travel pants ever?
For the past few months, those big brother Facebook ads have been serving me up with adverts for a company called ‘Sprinly.’ Curious, I looked them up. Well, props to big brother, Sprinly was right up my alley: A gluten free meal delivery service in the Midwest! (In addition, they are also 100% organic and plant based).
For a long time, I’ve been considering the pros and cons of a travel filter water bottle. Now, I’m not really a spontaneous person when it comes to spending my money on physical products… ask me to zipline across the alps or swim with manatees and I’m your person! But if I’m spending my hard-earned cash on an actual, physical item? I want to make sure it is worth it. A couple months ago I decided I’d done enough research, and bought a travel filter water bottle. After looking through lots of sites, weighing the benefits of each brand, I decided to test out Berkey Sport Water Bottle.
I have been thinking a lot about this lately, and have decided to share some thoughts on how to make an international long distance relationship work. I was staying at a hostel in Portugal with my boyfriend recently, and everyone we met was so confused when he said he was from England, and then I would say I’m from Michigan. At first people would nod and smile, but you could see the confusion in their eyes. People we hardly knew asked us ‘wait, are you guys together?,’ and one guy from our surfing trip said ‘I’m not gonna lie, I’m a little confused here. What’s your situation? Are you actually dating?’
I’ve definitely been experiencing the post-travel blues since I returned from my big European trip. I think this is in large part because it was my first time back in the UK since I moved away, and because I miss Dan. However it was sweet to return home and reunite with my puppies and my family and the heat of Michigan summer! Here’s what I got up to in July!
It is hard to believe that June is done and dusted. In many ways lately I have felt like time is slipping through my fingers… I can’t believe I have been back in the USA for 7 months already. I still feel like I just moved here. But reality is that it’s been 7 months and it’s now time for me to start thinking ahead, planning my future, and working on my career goals. Before that happens, though, I have some travel coming up! (I mean obviously, this is me after all).
Today’s post is the most personal I have ever shared on this blog. For months I have mentioned bits of my health struggles, but never told the whole story. Why? First, it’s frightening to share such personal details. Second, this is very much a fight I am currently in – I am not “healed” and I am not here to tell you how to cure yourself. I can only share what I have been through up to this point, what has worked, and what I will never do again.
It’s time for the second installment in my new series chronicling my latest wellbeing habits – what’s working, what’s not, and a sprinkling of products.