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Yoga Retreat

I Can't Touch My Toes & I Did a Yoga Retreat - Here's How it Went

I'm about as flexible as a frozen corpse. The title of this blog isn't just a catchy phrase by any stretch - as embarrassing as it is, I actually couldn't touch my toes and I still decided to got on a yoga retreat. I was even so eager to go that I booked the early bird deal to secure my spot. At the same time I was eager, I was a little scared. I don't do classes, I don't wear Lululemon & I certainly didn't know my happy baby from a half lotus, what the hell was I doing? Is that a bit crazy? Maybe. But it turned out to be a great idea and also one of those times where I end up really grateful that I have these crazy ideas which is why I want to share my experience with you guys today. I also want to share with you the talented and inspiring woman who created the retreat because she deserves a little shout out. Come on, she created a yoga retreat that even this non-yogi could love so that is pretty incredible if you ask me. As always, I hope to inspire you in some way through sharing my little travel stories and I also hope to see you on the next Yoga, Wine & Travel retreat!

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alternative facts

10 Alternative Facts That Every Traveler Can Relate To

We are probably all guilty of saying a little white alternative fact every now and then. ‘Thanks for the gift, I really love homemade incense’, ‘that’s the cutest baby I’ve ever seen’ or ‘sorry I didn’t reply earlier. I’ve been swamped’.  Here’s 10 alternative facts every traveler can relate to.

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save money for travel

How to Save Money For Travel - The Tricks Nobody Will Tell You

Well, what an intense week that was! The good news is that the election campaigning is officially over. That's certainly one aspect we can all be relieved about. Don't worry this isn't a political post. This is simply some lighthearted relief for all of us, no matter who you voted for, because we do have some things in common. Like, no matter where you stand or who you voted for, I think we can all agree that the true winner was the Obama/Biden, the Joebama, memes. They really were the memes that united America, weren't they? Another thing we all have in common is that most of us probably need a laugh and a holiday! A long one. With at least a few mojitos, or as I'd prefer, an IV mojito drip. So in that light, and since I believe laughter is the best medicine, today I am sharing my money saving tips to show you how to save money for travel so you can enjoy your next holiday sooner rather than later.

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Facing Challenges

Facing Challenges in a Comfortable World and why it's so Important

Facing challenges, big and small, is an important part of life and our personal growth. Today I want to share some of my thoughts about it because recently I have been thinking quite a lot about how challenges or scary things have a powerful ability to shape us. Well, I suppose it's our response to the challenges or scary things actually that have the powerful effect on our minds. Hopefully this post can inspire you in some way to begin facing challenges, or things fears, no matter how big or small they are and continue to step outside the scary place known as the comfort zone. If you already do this in your daily life, I hope you can join in and offer some stories or tips in the comments to inspire others. 

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survive deployment

How to Survive Deployment - The Brutal First 48 Hours

If you follow me on social media, I'm sure you're aware that last week was rough on me. My husband left for deployment just 3 months after we moved here to Italy. We had been apart for 10 months prior and it felt like we had just settled in to our new home together then *poof* he was gone, and there I was sitting in a very quiet apartment wondering if I would be able to survive deployment again. 

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Life in Italy First Impressions

Life in Italy - My First Impressions

Ciao from Italy!

Before I get started, I want to say a HUGE thank you for baring with my while the blog has been slow due to my current Internet drought. Seriously, the Internet desert is no bueno when you're trying to create posts! I am hoping that we can get that situation fixed soon so that I can get back to regular posts, hopefully it's just a little longer.

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Living in Hawaii

100 Wonderful Things That Happened to Me While Living in Hawaii

So by now you guys know my story of how I came to live in Hawai'i and that my time in that beautiful paradise has come to an end. When I think about it, I can't believe I lived there for just over two and a half years - where did the time go? What a big adventure it was though. I was reflecting on my time while I was journaling and I made this list of 100 wonderful things that have happened to me since living in Hawai'i. At first I thought, 'Don't post that Katie, it just sounds like you're bragging' but the idea nagged at me a little and I usually post the ideas that linger in my little brain. 

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The Katie Show Blog Has Moved! Our Overseas PCS From Hawai'i to Italy

Good morning friends! You may have seen on Instagram this week that The Katie Show Blog has now moved. Whaatt? Moved? Yes, that's right, moved from the little slice of paradise to a new home in Europe. 

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5 Friends You Need in Your Life

5 Friends You Need in Your Life (And 5 You Don't)

Good friends can make such a huge difference in life. They can encourage you, teach you, support you and provide great company on the ride of life. When I left Australia, I was faced with the challenge of making new friends and to be honest it took a long time to find a group of people that I clicked with. As I found these positive people and developed friendships with them over time, it taught me a lot about the types of friends that are important in life which is what I am sharing here today. 

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Thriving in a Long Distance Relationship

The Secret to Thriving in a Long Distance Relationship

I have a little bit of Katie trivia for you today. My husband and I have been together for almost 4 years and you know what, we have only been able to spend a little over 1 year of that time actually together. Between an international relationship, deployment and training exercises, most of our relationship has occurred over a long distance so we are well practiced at this and I guess it's kind of our 'normal'. Now, I'm not writing this for you to feel sorry for me. Quite the contrary. I think I have learned a lot during this time and have the secret to thriving in a long distance relationship to share with you. 

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long distance relationship

How to Celebrate Special Occasions in a Long Distance Relationship

The Valentines Day promotion has begun and all around me I see pretty pink hearts, cute catch phrases and images of couples candidly showing their love for one another. It got me thinking firstly of my sweetheart and that I miss him. Sigh. Secondly of what it is like to celebrate occasions like these when you are apart from your loved one. Whether it is Valentines Day, or other (more important) special occasions like an anniversary or birthday, it can be a very lonely experience for those separated by distance. Naturally, this got me to writing and I've come up with these 5 tips for celebrating special occasions in a long distance relationship.

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Thoughts on Publishing

Coming Soon - My Health and Fitness E-Book!

I have some exciting news to share with you guys today... 

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Caring For Your GoPro

A Practical Guide to Caring for your GoPro

I remember the days of old when I first visited Hawaii and was really proud to have bought a disposable underwater camera for the trip. There I was, snorkeling around underwater when all of a sudden I would see something cool. I proudly went through the *wind, wind, wind, click* process to snap photos of the fish that swam by until my 24 photo limit ran out. When I got back into Australia and the first thing I did was take my $12 camera to the store to be developed and an hour later I had a bunch of photos in my hands. Could there be anything cooler right? 

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Living with Endometriosis

5 Survival Tips for Living with Endometriosis

If you saw my recent post on adventuring with Endometriosis, you know a little about why I found it so important to not let Endo slow me down too much (because theres no stopping it slowing you down a little) and to keep on doing the things I love. This time, I wanted to share some tips on the more everyday aspects of living with Endometriosis because if you have it then I don't need to tell you twice about how much it impacts your day to day activities. These are just some tips that have helped me so hopefully they can help some of you too. 

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free dive with sharks

Why You Need to Free Dive with Sharks

Do you guys remember that time I had the crazy idea to free dive with sharks? Well, as you may already know from my Instagram feed, last week I went back for more! After my first dive I said that it was an incredible experience and that is a statement I still stand by because this was just as incredible as the first time (and it was my third dive with the company!) Maybe I'm crazy or maybe I'm onto something great, who knows, but either way I firmly believe that Hawaii Adventure Diving is the gold standard when it comes to diving tours and that it's something everyone has to try while in Hawaii. It is an adventure that will challenge your perceptions of sharks, leaving you with memories to last a lifetime and trust me when I say that it is not as scary as you might think.

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Sea Glass Jewelry Hawaii

Support Local with the Best Sea Glass Jewelry in Hawaii

You're drinking your Starbucks out of a red cup, recently still digested your thanksgiving feast and survived the dreaded day with the family and/or in-laws which can only mean one thing. Holiday season is officially upon us! And that means its time to find the perfect gifts for all of your loved ones. If you want to give a Hawaii inspired gift, to support a local business and avoid the holiday shopping crowds then look no further. A gift of handmade jewelry made is the perfect choice that will please everyone! 

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Adventuring with Endometriosis

A Complete Guide to Adventuring with Endometriosis

I want to share a little something about me. I have Endometriosis. I know sharing something like this is a stray from the usual posts but I felt a strong urge to share for the simple reason that when I was going through the diagnosis and researching how to manage the illness, I found stories from others incredibly helpful. More helpful than doctors to be quite honest. Knowing I wasn't alone and learning from others about how they manage the illness was both comforting and useful. 

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Instead of Watching TV

10 Things You Can Do Instead of Watching TV

Confession. When I moved to Hawaii, I didn't have a TV. By choice. Not because I am anti TV or anything, I just don't really watch it so never got around to buying one. It really wasn't a big deal in my head, but you would think I was living without oxygen from some of the comments that my flabbergasted friends made. It seemed that people could not grasp how one could survive in life without a TV.

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whats in my beach bag

What's in my Beach Bag - The Beach Bag Essentials

Today was such a beautiful Aloha Friday. Traveling down the highway to one of my favorite beaches, I looked out the window to see the sun was shining down, creating an Edward Cullen like sparkle on the surface of the ocean as the rays met the water. It was the perfect day to be outdoors and the perfect day to take some pictures of the waves and document my beach bag essentials. Some of these items are things I have found through trial and error so hopefully they can help you to (without having to go through the trial and error phase!)

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How to live your dreams today

How to Live Your Dreams Today

We all have that dream list right? Things we always want to do but they end up on the 'one day' list. I've been thinking a lot about living our dreams and how some people seem to be living their dreams, ticking these times off their list with zeal while others simply have a list and are waiting for this elusive 'one day.'

What if that day could be today? 

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How to give the best gifts

How to Give the Best Gifts - a Stress Free Guide

This is something I have been told many times that I am good at and with the holiday season looming closer, I figured that now was the perfect time to share some of my tips on how to give the best gifts.

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Tips For Solo Adventure

Tips for Solo Adventure (and Why You Need to Try It)

I can hear you already.

*Celine Dion's 'All by Myself' begins playing in your head*

Solo adventure? You mean alone? As in, without an adventure buddy? What are you thinking Katie?!  Now, now, breathe in, breathe out and read on. It's not as scary as you think (and not as dramatic as Celine makes it seem!)

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working with passion

7 Common Side Effects of Working with Passion

Working with passion, the world needs a little more of this doesn't it? It seems like so many of us are stuck in the mundane, the comfortable life or the toxic workplace and a lot of us have lost our spark along the way. If you were wondering what it's like to make the change, here are 7 side effects of putting your heart into everything you do and working with passion.

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Say no to plastic. Glass straws by glass dharma

Why You Need the Original Glass Straw - Glass Dharma

Last week the video of the scientists who assisted a turtle by removing a plastic straw that was lodged in its nose went viral. In case you missed it, click the photo below to be taken to the video.

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Secret Mermaid Cave Hawaii

The Secret Mermaid Cave

I often see people, quite often those who are sent to live here for a few years, frustrated that others won't share the location of some of the hidden treasures of the island with them. These people are typically the ones who don't like Hawaii and I have seen it over and over again since moving here. It led me to this post where I wanted to share some notes on the culture of this island paradise which most of us are a guest of. I certainly did not know until someone taught me, so now this is my chance to pass it on to others who may be new to the island. 

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how to manage stress

How to Manage Stress (in a High Stress World)

Life in our fast-paced world can be a little hectic right? In one moment our phones are going off, new e-mails to respond to, new problems to solve, deadlines to meet, unexpected meetings, trying to avoid creepy Dan from accounting, don't forget to send so and so a birthday card, and exercise - note to self schedule an exercise class, wait did I pay the phone bill this month? Safe to say our stress levels are high!

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Kamiloiki Ridge Trail

Thoughts on Happiness I Had While Hiking The Kamiloiki Ridge Trail

Hiking is usually a good time to stop and think about things. All sorts of different thoughts come and go during my time on each trail. Sometimes the thoughts turn out wise and insightful, and other times the thoughts are more along the lines of 'am I there yet....and why did I do this again?!' If you have done the Koko Head Trail a.k.a The Stairs of Doom then you know what I mean! 

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Diamond Head. Must see and do in Hawaii

Friendship Lessons and the Ka'ena Point Trail

Today I am thankful for friends who reach out. I am very guilty of being a bad friend when it comes to staying in touch with people. Maybe even the worst! I get so caught up in my own world and whatever I am doing day to day that I tend to forget to reach out to people even if it is just to say 'hey'. I guess you could say I don't make the effort. Now, don't get me wrong, I love my friends and when they reach out to me or invite me somewhere I love it, I am just usually not the one to initiate it.

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Surviving the Long Distance Relationship

Tips for Surviving the Long Distance Relationship

It is pretty safe to say that having to part with your loved one is not fun. Not one bit. Those who have experienced this will know all about that heavy, achy feeling of longing for someone and just how harsh it can be.

Fear not, because this post is for all of you long distance lovers out there and, almost selfishly I say that it is a good reminder for me after having to say 'see you later' to my husband this week. We have been a long distance couple for 2 of the 3 years we have been together and saying goodbye does not get any easier! I miss him already. In this post we are going to explore a few bigger picture tips I have learned for coping with distance and we will finish off with some tips that were submitted by friends on my Instagram page. Let’s get started…

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Leaving My Toxic Workplace

Leaving My Toxic Workplace

I am proud of myself today.

Something toxic had been controlling my life recently…

A workplace.

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A Complete Guide to Juicing For Beginners

Juice Cleansing Lessons

This week, I undertook a three day juice cleanse to give my body a cleansing detox and perhaps a much needed one since I am partial to the odd frozen dairy treat! Ok, maybe a little more than partial! The juice cleanse was just me drinking fresh homemade fruit and vegetable juice/smoothies for three days straight. I did not eat or drink anything else apart from these juices and water. Sounds challenging, but it was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be with the first day being the hardest – a crazy statement I know!

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A Complete Guide to Juicing For Beginners

A Complete Guide to Juicing for Beginners - Recipes Included

You know how important it is to eat your vegetables right? What about drinking them?

You’re right, it is super important and I am about to tell you why with a guide to juicing for beginners.

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Marine Corps Base Hawaii Beaches

The Best Marine Corps Base Hawaii Beaches

Our time at Marine Corps Base Hawaii comes to an end this Friday and what a journey it has been! From flying all the way from Australia to visit my honey, to eventually moving here and building a life together it has been quite the wonderful adventure!

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Barre Kailua - Hawaii Barre Class

Getting in Shape With Barre Kailua

Have you heard of Barre classes? These classes are increasingly popular as they involve isometric strength exercises balanced with a combination of Yoga, Pilates and Ballet postures whilst using the barre to help with stability. You complete sets of deliberate, controlled and effective movements focusing on all the important muscle groups then head down to the mat for some brutal, yet essential, core exercises. Sound exciting?

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20 beautiful women challenge

#20beautifulwomenchallenge

I am taking a turn from the usual adventure/travel blogs today to write about an Instagram challenge – that’s right, an Instagram challenge. Quite a distinct turn from the usual though I felt this one was worth writing about. Now, I am sure there are probably rules in blog land to stay on the one theme but whatever – it’s my blog and I’ll write what I feel right? Why stick to rules when you can express yourself.

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