Questions to Fight the Small Talk

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Image via Karissa Nickish
Small talk. Let me tell you - I hate it. Naturally, I know I am far from good at it, tend to cringe or often duck & hide whenever it arises. And, I am not the only one: Eleanor Roosevelt claims, "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people". I think Eleanor gets my intense dislike and would probably of rather had an in-depth one-on-one conversation with someone than talk about the weather any day. For, small talk is what it's name recalls - small. We are prone to talk about surface similarities and the lives of others which ultimately does not allow for the authentic understanding of one another that we so crave.

So, how do we get past talking about the weather? My answer: be curious. Be interested in others past the initial thing we have in common, past the obvious, and past a factor unrelated to conversation. This does not mean going down the TMI road, but simply choosing to ask good questions that simulate a real and rooted relationship.

01 | What was one of your favorite seasons in life?

WHAT THIS DOES: Sometime the present is not always pretty or fun to talk about, so this question grants us the opportunity to recall a time that we hold dear and share that with one another. Getting to talk about why a year of your childhood was so sweet or how much you adored a certain semester of college creates a space to learn about one another outside of what is right in front of us. 

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02 | If time, money & resources were unlimited, what room would you like to add to your home?

WHAT THIS DOES: Showcases, quite literally, what we want to make space for in our lives. Whether it be a space to create, cook, read or play, this questions allows for our mind to dream out loud and together.

03 | What is one of the best gifts you have either given or received?

WHAT THIS DOES: Allows us to talk about what we value when we give and receive. Birthdays, holidays and various other celebrations come around so often that an idea should pop into our head with ease to avoid the silent stumped face and "that's a good question, but..." response. When we give, we are thinking of the interests of others - this can let us acknowledge the traits we admire in those we love. And, the gifts we like to receive normally come from those who we are fully known by, thus letting it be a natural avenue to talk about ourselves in a real and honest way.

Image via Karissa Nickish
04 | What is one thing you always keep with you?

WHAT THIS DOES: Identifies a unique quirk that you may not notice or guess at first glance. Whether it is a photograph, go-to makeup product or that emergency 20 dollar bill - these small aspects, though material, can showcase a consistency in a person's life that is translated through both their purse and personality.

05 | [...] How are you learning from that? 

WHAT THIS DOES: This is a good follow up question that goes past the "what" of a situation, but doesn't cross into the "why" territory that could be uncomfortable for someone to navigate through in a conversation. By asking someone what they learned from a small instance that may be easy to divert from in a conversation (i.e. doing poorly on a test, a difficult week at work, relational problems), it opens up the door for a friendship centered on growth and authenticity.

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Other go-to questions that cultivate that deeper relationship we desire: What would you want to implement in your daily routine if you had an extra hour each day?, What you would tell yourself to not worry about five years ago?, or What are ways you would reinvent your life (i.e. jobs, locations, hobbies)?

Keep the conversation goin': Do you dislike small talk? How do you get past talking about the weather? 
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Summer Recipes that Even a Gilmore Could Make

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Let's be real - eating well can be a challenge. Especially considering other factors that are inevitably apart of our lives: budgets, business, tiredness and emotions & situations that are seemingly unpredictable. In Gilmore Girls, Lorelei gives the following advice to daughter Rory after going through a breakup:

"Get back in your pajamas, go to bed, eat nothing but gallons of ice cream and tons of pizza." 

And, you know - I like that advice. That guidance feels good and holds a bit of truth in the area of comfort. Yes, for a period, wallowing and eating junk food may be necessary. But, does that advice truly satisfy?

I have partnered with fellow Gilmore Girl lover and nutrition-savvy friend Sawyer Cobb from The Wholesome Blog to share with you three easy summer recipes that even a Gilmore girl could make. (Well, almost - throw in a Pop-Tart and we can call it a day, alright?) Creating meals that both satisfy our body but don't let the preparation consume a large portion of our day is a creative endeavor at its very core. So, let's get creative with our meals this summer with these three recipes.



01 | Homemade RX Bars

Ingredients:

1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup shredded unsweet coconut
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp pure coconut extract
4 egg whites
10 dates
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup carob nibs

Instructions:

1) Throw it all in a high powered blender, and BLEND.
2) Lay it all out on a small baking sheet.
3) Bake on 35o for 20 minutes.
4) Let them cool and cut them in squares! It should make about 6 square bars.


02 | Veggie Curry

Ingredients:

1 jar of Maya Kaimal Jalfrezi curry (Ingredients: Onion, tomato puree (water, tomato paste), sweet red peppers, coconut cream, expeller-pressed canola oil, lemon juice from concentrate, apple cider vinegar, salt, spices (including turmeric), garlic, ginger, cilantro, Serrano chili, xanthan gum.)
*I got the jar of curry at drug emporium but they also have it at natural grocers and market street
1 can of full fat, unsweetened coconut milk
1 zucchini
1 sweet potato
1 bell pepper
1 bag of crinkle cut carrots (You can use any kind, but I used the crinkle cut ones)
1 large head of broccoli
1 head of cauliflower
1 tsp of cinnamon

Instructions:

1) Mix the can of coconut milk, jar of curry, and cinnamon in a pot and turn the heat up to medium/high.
2) Let this heat up for 5 minutes and then add all the veggies and stir it together.
3) Put the lid on and simmer it on medium/high for 45 minutes, stirring a few times.
*To make the cauliflower rice all you do is throw it in a high powered blender and blend! Then put it all in a skillet and turn the stove top to medium heat then stir it around for 5 minutes.

03 | Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Ingredients:

2 cans of unsweetened full fat coconut milk
1 cup of coconut sugar
1 cup of strong brewed coffee (I used Intelligentsia coffee made in a french press)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp coconut extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup carob nibs
2 tbsp coffee grounds
 INSTRUCTIONS:
1) Mix milk, sugar, and coffee together in a saucepan and whisk together on medium heat until it is all combined.
2) Remove from heat and add in the vanilla and coconut extract.
3) Put in a container and chill overnight.
4) After chilling it, it is ready to be added to the ice cream maker and just follow the instructions that your ice cream maker gives you.
5) About 5 minutes before done, add in the ground coffee, chocolate chips, and carob nibs.
6) If you do not have an ice cream maker, these would also make really good popsicles too! I want to try that in the future!
*Side note: this will not taste like dairy milk ice cream. Coconut milk always tends to be a little more icy than dairy milk. This recipe is vegan, gluten free, and dairy free!

A LIL' PSA ON VITAMIN B12:
"Sources include red meat, milk, & eggs. B12 helps regulate proper red blood cell formation, normal brain functions, and distribute energy throughout the body. Without adequate intake of this vitamin, one can become anemic and begin suffering from always being tired, sick, and weak. Doctors recommend that if you are a vegetarian or vegan, you should get your levels checked regularly and consider taking a B12 supplement."

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Thank you so much, Sawyer, for sharing these three great recipes for the summer. We eat well because we love our body and want to treat it right - plus, if chocolate chip ice cream can be healthy, I'm in. OH, and be sure to follow along for more recipes + fun with Sawyer on her Instagram  and  The Wholesome Blog!
Join the Conversation: What is your go-to meal for the summer, or a recipe you want to try?

Ten Years of Missing on Father's Day

Sunday, June 18, 2017

*Note: A personal post. I learning it's good and important to talk about stuff like this. Even on the internet. YEAH, the internet. Okay. Here's a piece of my heart, dear friends.*



I can almost feel the old, droopy ceiling lining of my dad's green Jeep Cherokee just barely resting on my head. (We always meant to get stuff like that fixed.) Listening to James Taylor on the stereo, windows down, probably driving to do something fun + carefree. Maybe ice cream or a trip to the pool. It was five and six and seven years old - and all the years before that - that my childlike nature was natural and distinct. The constant question asking and curiosity that quickly turned into nosiness, the afternoons spent in the backyard unaware of time, the way in which life seemed stable. Peaceful, even. And, yet, these childlike years were blended with first encounters of pain, grief, and confusion.

A decade later, today marks the tenth father’s day without my dad. That number feels heavy these days. Sometimes as weighty as it felt those first few years and sometimes barely noticeable at all. A lot has happened in these years - times of joy and grief. Seasons of letting go and starting new. Spaces + people to laugh, cry, and share in the everyday with. It’s stuff like this that is as beautiful as it is heartbreaking. 

I'll be honest - I like to ignore this day. It makes it easier. I never really know how I will feel on Father's day, but I do know one thing: I will choose to celebrate because it’s a day worth doing just that. Celebrating the time I had with my dad - the sweet stories and moments both big and small. The strength, the grace, the fun he shared with me + so many in each circumstance. Celebrating the immense growth over the years - a lot due to the love of family + friends + mentors who have walked beside me in both obvious hard days like today and the basic missing that lingers in each day since his passing. And, ultimately, I am choosing to celebrate the pure grace and power of the forever Father we have in Jesus. 



These days (months, years - you name it) I am learning a few things:

01 | Celebrating can look like laughter and shared stories, but also comes in the form of reflecting and tears and longing. I’m learning to be okay with that. Missing is a beautiful thing, for it declares how beautiful and temporary this life is only further pointing us to better days. Today, celebrating looked like getting ice cream for dinner after work and sitting in my car teary-eyed as I felt the weight of all that this day means to me. The joy, the pain, the love, the growth. We've come so far, I kept saying to myself, we've come so far. It is grief and it is grace - both heartbreaking and beautiful.


02 | Healing happens in the passing of time. In choosing to grieve. In community & letting people be apart of your life that is too heavy to deal with alone. And, it happens in Jesus since he provides purpose in that passing of time. It is only through Him that I can say how thankful I am for this long + ongoing season of loss. There are not many words that allow me to genuinely explain this, really. (&, I hate that. I like to be able to accurately account for these things well. My writer soul is kicking myself right now.) Thankfulness for such a hardship seems odd and honestly, a bit wrong. Yet, being able to walk through this period (& continuing to do so) with an overwhelming sense of joy is only possible through the power of Christ. Truly cannot explain it any other way.


03 | I'm so damn human. I am a mess of emotions and feelings and thoughts most days. That's why I am choosing to say "I'm learning..." in regards to a lot of things lately. Learning how to embrace, celebrate, and even grieve the contents of what each day brings. It is easy to convince myself that after a decade, I should have all the answers or understand in full. I’m learning that A) I don’t (haha) and B) It’s better that way. For, it leads me over and over again to the perfect love of Christ and to eternity. I’m so stoked for that. 

Therefore I can say: 
Today & everyday, hallelujah

[ Authors Note: Thanks for reading and being apart of my life, friends - the real and the far-from-pretty life. I know that days like this are hard for so many. Whether you yourself have lost a significant male leader in your life, or perhaps your father is simply not a part of your life or apart of it in the way you long for - I get it. I read this article on Darling that hit home with me today. Maybe it will for you, too. Surrounding yourself with Truth on days like today is so vital. Allowing yourself to be loved on. To cry. Stuff like that. This life can be heartbreaking & beautiful, yet actively choosing to be apart of that kind of life produces joy + hope. All in all, writing this to share my heart and to allow you lean on me if you need it. Comment, message, text or call - we are meant to go through this life together. Here for ya, C. ] 
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When Life Is Far From Rosy, We Choose...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Image by Karissa Nickish
There are seasons in our lives that seem hopeless, awkward, painful and just down-right difficult at the core. The list of descriptions can be exhaustive when we inspect the hard details of our lives. Yet, we are not guaranteed a life without trials, hardship, transitions, or pain. Nonetheless, we are promised a full life of joy and hope despite our circumstances. 

If you are in a season that is far from rosy, or perhaps know a friend in this season, here are six things we can actively choose to do in this period. That is the key -- it is a choice. We choose to not retreat from the problem but rather embrace this season with all the beauty it, too, has - a time of diving deep into growth. 

We Choose to Learn

Ah, learning. While looking at the situation through a more academic lens may initially cause the chills of a high school math class, it can allow us to see multiple perspectives of an issue. It is important to feel all the emotions in a circumstance, yet we should not let them rule our hearts. In practice, this could look like asking ourselves questions in our seemingly-hopeless circumstances: Why is this causing pain or hurt? What are specific ways to hold fast to hope? And, ultimately, how can this be used as an avenue of growth and learning? 

Note that choosing to learn does not simply mean "looking at the bright side of things" -- for, that solution is only a temporary fix. Let's look at all the sides of the circumstance to fully embrace and press on in and through the mess. 


Photo by Karissa Nickish
We Choose to Zoom Out

When I was purchasing items for my college dorm last year, I bought a magnifying mirror to use when I get ready in the morning. And, boy, let me tell you -- you see everything in this mirror. Your facial imperfections and morning bed head are even further emphasized making the thought "do I really look like this?" roam your mind too often. 
What this mirror is good for is a small list: plucking eyebrows, fixing stray hairs and perfecting my contour*. Yet, at last, it mostly just punctuates an issue I wouldn't focus on otherwise. Likewise, when we zoom too closely into a circumstance, we are only seeing a fraction of our condition and letting that define it in its entirety. So, let's take a large step back, shall we? This way, we are able to gain proper perspective and allow the little details to take the back seat.

*Who am I kidding? Contour?! You know this girl does not have even the slighted clue how to do that. 


We Choose to be OK with Imperfection

In these far-from-rosy times, we are tempted to want to fix and fix now. While recognizing a problem and choosing to move forward in some way from it is a wise step to take, let's give ourselves some grace. We do not have to formulate a 1-2-3 step action plan to get back on our feet or have it all figured out in a set number of days. It is in the valleys brimming with imperfection that we have the opportunity to realize our humanity in full. When recognized and felt, we can choose to just do our best with where we are at each day (even considering purchasing this shirt with the mantra). Grace  on grace on grace, friends. We are all just trying to figure out this doin' life thing, right?


Photo by Karissa Nickish
We Choose Vulnerability

Allowing people to be apart of your season of life that is painful is scary. Terrifying at times, even. Yet, the vulnerability of admitting your hurt or lack of hope to a friend reminds both of us that we need each other. We were not made to go through the hard times alone, for it is in community that we can experience the beauty of carrying one another's burdens.

Practically, this can appear as simply sending a text to a close friend or family member letting them know what you are walking through and inviting them to be apart of that. Or, this can look like sitting down with someone older and wiser than you over coffee to process your emotions. Whoever it may be, those who are deeply rooted in your life want to be apart of your mess to encourage and hold you.

We Choose to Surround Ourselves with Truth

It is easy for our heart + mind to get a little foggy in a cloud of emotions some days. We tend to forget the things we know to be true, thus leaving us to buy into falsehood left and right. Though it may take time to fully believe or feel, choosing to surround ourselves with truth is vital to maintaining our sense of worthiness. What we need to remind ourselves of in a situation can differ depending on circumstance & person, but here are few phrases I prompt myself of in the thick of it: 01) This is only temporary, 02) Community heals and 03) There is hope (even if I do not see it right now). Either it be a close friend who speaks truth often or simply a sticky note on your mirror, setting our minds on what is real and honest far outweighs any lies we can believe.

Photo by Karissa Nickish
We Choose to Love

When life does not seem to be going our way, it is only natural to let that consume us. Still, life somehow seems to continue for both ourselves and our community. Therefore, we are not alone in our struggle; actually, we are in great company. While we are limited people making our giving modified in times of sorrow, we can still love those around us. Whether that be through thanksgiving for our friend's support or listening to someone's struggle without the intention of pulling our own into the conversation, we can love.


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While not a perfect or complete list, I hope that we can be active participants in our lives and the lives of our friends + family in these far-from-rosy times. For in our mess and weakness, there is strength and beauty.


Join the conversation: What do you choose in times of struggle? How do you hold fast to hope despite your circumstance?

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Mastering Flat Lays Without a Studio

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


We live in a world of creatives with impressive studios, fancy lighting and expensive camera lenses. While this picture-perfect situation is fun to pin or spend time in a day dream, it often leaves us discouraged, making us wonder: Can we still create with quality without an abundance of resources? The answer: A sure and strong yes. We can and should create where we are & with what we have; it is in these limitations where true creativity takes place. And, you're in luck since flat lays, knolling and styled photos in general can be done well with very few materials.

This past year, I worked with my local Anthropologie to help develop creative content for social media. Specifically, I created artistic flat lays within different themes for the store's Instagram. Despite the advantage of having an abundance of beautiful items to style and curate together, it was a learning curve to master styling these products without a formal studio. However, through the process I discovered a few simple ways to work with whatcha got, as they say. 

What you need: An iPhone camera, natural light and some 
styling props you have on hand 
(This can look like tissue paper, beans, greenery, scrap fabric, washi tape, etc.)


01 | Creating the Right Backdrop 

One can never go wrong with a sleek, white backdrop. But, due to space or lack of access to an ideal situation, this is not always possible. A few solutions: 1) Want to fake it? Use a couple of white poster boards (one laid flat, the other standing up to create "L" shape) or a large piece of butcher paper (secure top of sheet about 3 feet up from bottom of a wall and let drape onto ground). 2) Or, keep an eye out for different spaces in your area that may have the ideal backdrop. Whether that be the wood table at your local coffee shop or a nice floor in a shop, use it! 3) Lastly, texture is key when creating a well-designed styled shot. Utilize materials you have on hand - whether that be a rug, blanket or table runner - to help add dimension to your shot. 

Lacking something? Ask a friend or neighbor! Sharing creates community, even in the simplest way of expressing and meeting a need. 


02 | Make it Individual to You

If you are styling for a brand or business, it is easy to just focus on the products chosen for the photo. Yet, creating your artistic style requires putting your own spin on the circumstance. Add personal details to the flay lay that would be relatable to your audience. Whether it be choosing to work in your favorite magazine or having your everyday sunnies stick out of a bag, these little details make the your work individual and unique to you. 


03 | Add Some Life!

Incorporate a small plant or greenery, include a cup of coffee or add in that last slice of cake on a plate. Overall, make the photo more than just lifeless objects. By adding a bit of soul to the shot, it allows the branded objects to take on more movement and personality than they could alone.

Tip: Grocery store flowers are usually no more than $10 -- not only do they look great within a styled shot, but add a little more joy to your home, too.


04 | Remember the Art of Play

Styling is an art. And, I think as we grow up and continue to create, we forget the carefree and playful aspect that art should obtain. Give yourself permission to mess up a shot. That idea that just popped in your head that could-or-could-not look really cool? Try it. Let's try not to get so caught up in the desire for efficiency and planning that we forget the wonder of creating.


05 | Don't Forget the Finishing Touches

For all of these shots, I just used my IPhone to both shoot and edit. As editing goes, I keep it simple and personal to my aesthetic. I use the app VSCO to crop & straighten, bump up the contrast, adjust exposure as needed and fix any temperature or coloration problem. Then, I will softly layer a couple of filters depending on the style of the image and how it will be used (favorites include: A6, J2, Q2, M5; available to purchase within app). These final touches make a world of difference by curating images that are both stylized and uniform.

Join the Conversation: What are your tips to style creative content in imperfect conditions? And, how can we use these limitations to boost and grow our creativity?

Your Softness, Celebrated

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Image via Karissa Nickish
Sensitivity, softness, tenderness, gentleness... these are words that are very near to my heart, for they compose a good amount of it. For so long, I believed the lie that these attributes are negative and should be avoided to live life well. Still, that is far from the truth, friends. Our softness is needed in this world. To mend and to grace and to love the brokenness that surrounds our lives and those around us. It is a gift that is lovely and beautiful. 

I could go on, but sometimes borrowed words say it far better than I ever could. Here are a few thoughts from some wise individuals who celebrate and encourage our softness amidst a rigid world. Without further ado,

"I'm sorry if anyone ever said you needed thicker skin. Or to toughen up, man up (ugh, I hate this one the most), or get it together. Your sensitivity is a gift the world is searching for. Where there is thin skin, there is tenderness. Where there is tenderness, there is empathy. Where there is empathy, there is love. Stay soft this week."

-Sammi Harvey, via @sammiharveyco


Image via Karissa Nickish
"There are so many people who believe it is one or the other, softness or strength, when the truth is there is so much strength in being soft. The ability to go through life without turning cold is tough, and it takes a lot of courage."

-Leslie Tulip, via Darling Magazine

"Being tender and open is beautiful. As a woman, I feel constantly shhh'ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy washy. Blah blah. Don't let someone steal your tenderness. Don't allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to be truly affected by things."

-Zooey Deschanel


Image via Karissa Nickish
"I begin with an open heart, being honest about how I feel and what affects me, but then releasing it, handing it over to someone and something much bigger than me. This is both freeing and comforting. I wasn't made to carry too much weight, nor was I made to carry all the luggage alone. When I grab onto bitterness, it's as if I'm refusing to let someone else carry the bags for me; it creates more work and ultimately more pain. [...] There's a beauty in softness - a simple beauty that's both powerful and inviting. It's often the harder choice, but it's the wholehearted choice."

-Tori Schaulis, via torischaulis.com

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Oh, to be tender and soft and sensitive. I always have referred to it lovingly as a blessing and a curse, but learning that is more so the first. It is blessing to feel deeply, love deeply and be affected by life deeply. If you are are someone who resonates with this, a message from me to you: Keep being soft. Keep being tender. Keep being gentle and vulnerable and delicate. Here, you are celebrated.

Join the Conversation: Do you think of sensitivity and softness as a strength? And, how can we continue to show tenderness in the hard seasons of life?

How to Document Your Travels with Intention (& Giveaway!)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago 
Our desire to share is innate, it seems. This is why when we experience something - whether it be a trip to your favorite city or the coffee shop that just opened down the street - we are quick to snap a photo (or a dozen if you are like me) and eager to show it off to friends. Traveling is one of those experiences that we cannot simply keep to ourselves - and, we shouldn't! Yet, if poorly executed or even over-done, capturing your experience can transition from a fun expression to an obligation or burden. While there are many stressors that contribute to our overall experience on a trip, documenting should not be one of them.

So, let's capture our travels the right way - here are five tips (along with some photos from my recent Chicago trip with some friends) to do just that with a little more intention and a little more fun.

*Also, stay tuned for an exciting announcement at the end of this post. Oh, the intrigue.  

Photo by Molly Sullivan

01 | Take Photos for the Sake of Remembering, Not Sharing

It is easy to find ourselves in the mindset of wanting to post this and share that when we take a photo or are thinking up an idea. Yet, it is vital to continually shift that mindset back to a more humble beginning. Yes, that latte you had at the super hip coffee shop is worth sharing. Heck, you probably paid six bucks for it; I think it is well worth a photo and share! Yet, the "picture-perfect" moments should not take precedent over the real and the raw moments of our lives. Capture the in-between moments, the stressful moments, and the just plain unexplainable moments.

Antique Taco, Wicker Park
02 | Forget the Rules

You should really only post once a day, someone once said to me. I quickly let out a snarky laugh and proceeded to post my third photo of the day to Instagram. Here is the deal, friends - there are no rules on what or when or how you should post. When it is all said and done, posting an image or caption is really just sharing an experience like we would in person, and therefore should be treated as such. When IRL with a friend, we naturally want to share multiple aspects of a trip or story while also being mindful to not over share.

Wicker Park
Chicago Art Institute
03 | Don't Worry About Getting it "Right"

We complicate the simple, travel being no exception. Often times, we think we have to take the "perfect" photo with the "perfect" angle or lighting to depict the moment. While, yes, those images may be more appealing and fit into the "aesthetically pleasing" category, it is not needed to communicate your experiences well. It is as easy as this: document what you like, what interests you, what sparks a reaction. (Example: I just about shrieked at that red door and could not stop gawking over the beautiful staircase at the Art Institute. See, interesting and simple and fun.)

Wicker Park
Wicker Park
04 | Write it Out

Documenting is not confined to just visuals, but should include some jargon here and there too. As the cliche goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Nevertheless, they tend to leave out the little moments that are easy to forget (we are human, after all). Take a few minutes at the end of each day to stop and reflect. Write down your favorite moments, quotes, feelings. By taking time to pause, it allows us to be mindful and thankful of what we are encountering, only furthering our overall experience.

Hotel Hangs
Harold Washington Library 
Millennium Park

05 | Make it Physical

An experience takes on a  whole new meaning when it is not confined to our IPhone screen. It allows your stories have a physical home and be remembered more than just for the instant gratification of feedback. This can look a variety of ways, some of my favorites include: printing off 10 photos, framing your favorite, making a scrapbook or Photo Book, or creating a document of key highlights from journals or notes throughout the trip. Let's go the extra mile and make the digital physical to  salvage memories near and dear to us.

Do you struggle with capturing a trip, holiday, or moment well? How do you document with intention while still staying present in an experience?
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*OH HEY... It's a GIVEAWAY!


I have partnered with friend and fellow blogger, Kristin from RoundTrip, to giveaway a few of our current favorite items that make both travel and the current space around you just a little more joyful. We will be giving away the following items to one special person:

01 | Mini Lightbox 
02 | Three travel-inspired prints
03 | Six travel-inspired stickers

To enter, visit THIS LINK, as well as follow along with updates and instruction on our social media (@cate.marg@round.trip). Also, Kristin's post on her four biggest travel regrets is found HERE. Best of luck!

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