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.
When my Mom and I road tripped to Stratford Ontario, we were expecting to see great theatre (thanks to the world-famous Stratford Shakespeare Festival)… what we weren’t expecting was all the great food! Stratford Ontario is a small city but it has a big foodie scene. As always, I was on the hunt for gluten free restaurants, and the gluten free Stratford Ontario restaurants did not disappoint! We truly ate our way around the city. It wasn’t too hard to find gluten free restaurants, but luckily we got even more advice on gluten free Stratford Ontario restaurants from locals, courtesy of Visit Stratford.
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.
Today I’m bringing you not just any gluten free travel guide, but my most researched one ever! You could say I’ve been researching it my whole life 😉 Jokes, but today I am telling you all the best greater Lansing gluten free restaurants. I grew up in Lansing so I have had years of doing my own research! I also recently went on a press trip hosted by the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau, who showed me even more gluten free restaurants in Lansing. And finally, I managed to pick the brains of my new Dietitian, who gave me an entire book about her recommended Lansing gluten free restaurants!
I am very lucky (in a lot of ways) but here is a big one: When I was an expat in England, I didn’t have to do UK taxes because I was a student on a Tier 4 Visa. However, I did have to do my US taxes. Even though I wasn’t living in the US! Many people from the US don’t know that when you live abroad, you actually still have to file US taxes on your worldwide income. That’s a pretty important wakeup call because you do not want the IRS hunting you down, my friends! Think how complicated doing taxes for expats is: You have income in multiple countries, bank accounts in multiple countries, multiple jobs (hello blogger life), and more. Taxes for expats is no mean feat.
May was quite the month and it went by way too fast. Michigan finally decided to forget the snow/blizzards/ice storms and it promptly turned to SUMMER! I’ve had a big month of travel (including my first travel conference and first press trip!) and even more travel plans coming up. Here’s what I got up to in May!
One thing about loving travel is you’re always looking for the next destination. Far flung tropics? Towering fjords? Bustling bazaars and deserts? Count me in. We spend so much time scrolling through flight deals (that can’t just be me…) that it’s easy to miss what’s right under our noses! I figured it was high time to quit doing that…for me, that means getting familiar with things to do in Lansing, Michigan – my current home base!
I had a flying visit to Toronto on my way home from the Women in Travel Summit. After an 8-hour day road tripping from Quebec, I arrived to Toronto sticky, cramped, and exhausted with my family. My dad was there to receive an award at a conference, but I had only 17 hours in the city before I had to hop on a Greyhound bus back to Michigan and cut the family road trip short. Due to, ya know, work. Besides just being exhausted from all the conferencing and driving and just wanting to stay in one place and CHILL, I think I also wanted to stay in Toronto because it’s… cool! As in, sunglasses emoji cool. It reminds me a bit of a Canadian Chicago. I only wish I had more time to explore, so I’m hoping I can make that happen soon…
If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you know I just had a 16-hour road trip to Quebec for the Women in Travel Summit! I love road trips because they are cheaper and better for the environment than flying, and you can stop off at so many fun places. However they are also hard. I always feel exhausted after a day in the car, and if you take into account the occasional flat tire or getting lost… well, sometimes road trips don’t seem worth the hassle! Which is why when I was recently contacted about publishing a guest post* on 5 tips for a stress free road trip, I thought it was perfect timing. I don’t usually share guest posts but I think you guys will like this one!