Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Steller Summer

As my blog hiatus continues, I've been finding other ways to get my social media fix…and Steller has quickly become my new favorite app for creative social networking and photo-sharing. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, it's a "storytelling" app.  Like Instagram, you can share your photos, but unlike Instagram, your photos don't become "one-hit wonders". You create your "story" using a group of photographs, and arrange it in a "book' format, into which you can also add video and text. Your stories get saved in "collections" of your choosing. To see what I mean, check out my Summer Adventures collection. 

I just love how creative you can get with this app! It makes so much more sense for me to tell my travel stories via Steller. To see influential bloggers using this app to share their stories is pretty inspiring too. While I love the advantage it offers to adventure-bloggers, I also love how all different types of bloggers/makers are using it to share recipes, showcase their photography skills, show off their style, sell their products, or even tell a story about a group of fellow creatives. 

If you're like me, and downloaded this app months ago, but have yet to try it out…now's the time to do it. Last week Steller announced some big updates, including the ability to add hashtags within a story and in the comment section. It's easier than ever to search and connect with other users, so why not start connecting? I'd love to read your stories. You know where I'll be

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Big Dreams and the Big 3-0

Is it the end of July already? Where has the summer gone?! You may have noticed my little seasonal hiatus from blogging, and if you're still following, THANK YOU! I'm officially back for good. If you're new to my blog, check in here

This summer so far has been wonderful, and jam-packed with fun adventures. The majority of my weekend hours have been spent outdoors, and I haven't opened my laptop in months. (Which feels pretty awesome by the way. Give it a try if you're someone like me who's constantly hooked to technology). But the truth is, I've missed you guys, and I've really missed blogging. 

I'll spare you all the details of the past couple months (although if you're interested in following my adventures, check out the photo-story on Instagram), but I will tell you the defining moment - turning 30. 

Ok, turning 30 is not that big of a moment, and if you're in your 30s or above, you probably already know that. If you're not yet, rest assured, it's not that serious. I never made a 30 before 30 list, and I made it through ok. 

The reason I never wrote the oh-so-popular 30 before 30 list, is because I feel pretty good about what I've accomplished in my 20s. Sure, there are more things I could have done, but there's also a lot less. No regrets.

Although I did spend the better half of my 29th year reflecting a lot on this "big" birthday  - not so much reflecting on what I've done in the previous decade, but what I want to do in the next one. Like my blog header says, I'm a "dreamer", and the best part about turning 30 so far is….my dreams have only gotten bigger. 

Dreamers sometimes get a bad rep, and I think that's something a lot of creative people can relate too. To counteract the negativity towards dreamers, I love these words by Vera Nazarian: 

"It is interesting that we call something good a "dream," but being called a "dreamer" is somewhat of a putdown….. Without dreamers, no dream would ever be given reality, and we would live in a very small and shallow world….. If you are a secret dreamer, it's time to announce yourself."

My challenge to myself in my 30th year is to be unafraid to share my dreams with others, and to act on them. To act on them without hesitation or doubt. To act on them with confidence. Are you with me? What are some of your dreams? 

One of my big dreams is to travel the world. I've been doing it little by little, and I plan to do even more traveling in my 30s. My goal for this blog is to make it more travel-focused. I hope that's something you'll enjoy, but in the meantime, I'll still be writing about dreamy stuff too. 

{The photograph in this post was taken by one of my fellow creatives, who happens to have a great eye for portraiture, Tracey Wei}

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Enjoy Your Weekend

Just a quick note to say, "Have a wonderful weekend!" My blog's been taking a bit of side-seat lately, and this beautiful weather has me forgoing post-writing and photo-editing, in exchange for just being outdoors and enjoying the weekends. It's nice to step away from the computer for a couple of days, and just embrace the moments, without feeling like I have to document everything I do. 

Blogging is awesome, but it's only a tiny reflection of our lives. What would there be to blog about, if we weren't out there just living

Enjoy it!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Questions & Answers

Much thanks to Charlotte for tagging me, and for asking some great questions! I love these Q&A's, it's a great way to gain a little insight on your favorite bloggers, and to discover some new ones. A little while back this type of post was called the "Liebster Award"

And my questions are:
1. What is/was your biggest dream? 
2. What's your favorite quote?
3. Where have you been and where are you going?
4. What/who inspires you?
5. If you had to write a motto to describe the way you live your life, what would it be?
6. Any hidden talents?
7. Favorite outdoor activity?
8. Favorite thing about being a blogger?
9. Homemade dinner or take-out? 
10. Favorite book?
11. What is the best thing that happened to you today?

Rules: Link back to the blogger that nominated you. Answer the 11 questions requested by the nominator. Choose up to 11 nominees (if you want to) with a small following (could be less than 200 or less than 2,000). You cannot nominate the person who nominated you. You must let the bloggers know they were nominated.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Brooklyn in the Spring

Hey guys, today I'm over on Artistic Odyssey sharing several ways to enjoy a weekend in Brooklyn, NY during the springtime. The post is full of ideas for tourists and locals alike!

I've lived in this beautiful borough going on almost 12 years now (minus 1 gap year of living in Queens, whoops), and it still never fails to amaze me. For more validation of my love for Brooklyn, stop by MD Hearts BK or browse the blog. And always feel free to drop me a line, if you're planning a trip to NYC and are in need of suggestions. 

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