Meditations in nature

“Everyone of us already has the seed of mindfulness. The practice is to cultivate it” -Thich Nhat Hanh To some, meditation may feel unaccessible. It’s a practice that often seems too time consuming, too difficult or unfamiliar, or maybe it just seems impossible simply because a quiet mind is a foreign concept. But truthfully, meditation […]

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5 benefits of spending time in nature

I think everyone can benefit from getting outdoors a little more, so this week I’m doing exactly that. I’m hiding away on Hog Island in Maine for a nature writing retreat. As I go into this week with a blank notebook, a pen, and an open-mind, I’m already beginning to think of all the benefits […]

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A Snowy Walk Through Wolf Hill

Wolf Hill Preserve Smithfield, RI   Silence. A gentle breeze snakes through the trees. Pine needles tickle each other, creating rustling all around. Birds sing in the distance. I’m reminded that the modern world is not far as the sound of the natural symphony is cut by the sound of a plane overheard.     […]

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Hiking trails I hit this June

If there’s anything you should put before yourself it’s the planet, and there are so many different ways to do this. At times it may be hard to see why the little steps you take make a difference to the big picture, but think of it this way: If every person did at least one […]

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Can’t handle the heat? Step away from the STEM

Being a woman is hard, and being a woman in the sciences is even harder. As a young girl who played in creeks, explored tide pools, and tried to save abandoned baby animals, I had no idea that challenges I would face as I pursued a career that followed those young interests. Through college I […]

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Behind the blogger

So what’s this blog about? I more or less would categorize this as a lifestyle blog. But not the kind of lifestyle that’s over glamorized and out of reach. This lifestyle is about self growth and self discovery. I want to be raw and real about the post grad life. I want to talk about […]

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Twenty-four, twenty-seven: Why Kauai should open our eyes this Earth Day

“Our entire reality has been shattered at the mercy of Mother Earth in a single day. This crisis has been humbling and eye opening beyond what I can attempt to place into words. How fragile our existence truly is and how much we take for granted.” – Claire Michelle About 27 inches of rain in […]

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Preikestolen

Dusk snuck upon us as we sat in the Lilland Hotel in the Preikestolen Village, sampling beers and munching on olives with multigrain toasts. It had been a long day, and we could hardly muster the energy to head back to our bed and breakfast in Hundvag. I wanted to get some thoughts down on […]

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a Rendezvous in Oslo

Ah, the journey that is traveling. I came quite the direct route to Norway. Something like Boston to Lisbon, to Munich and then to Oslo. I was so grateful to myself, upon hearing that my connecting flight closed their gates as I was hustling through security, that I had spent the extra $35 on flight […]

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Finding Freya

Freya has finally figured out that my hand is not food, but a friend. Freya was named after a Scandinavian ice princess, as she’s been cold and standoffish ever since her arrival at the aquarium. She had moved from a facility on the west coast, and moving can be stressful for anyone. Yet not octopuses […]

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