Life Lessons

What Travel Taught Me

What Travel Taught Me in 2016 - Lessons From Bad-Ass Female Travelers

Can we all just agree that 2016 was horseshit. Sure there was the odd life changing occasion here and there but for the most part it seems that 2016 was not quite the best, and many people I talk to just had a rough year. The good news is that if what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, then I imagine 2017 to be like walking around surrounded by superheroes in disguise because there's going to be a lot of powerful people! Before we jump into this superhero world, I wanted to close out the year with a post on some real life superheroes. I follow these bad-ass travel women on social media, (I've included their links so you can too), and asked them to share their stories about what travel taught them in 2016. Let's all get inspired by these stories and excited for another year of life full of new opportunities and new adventures!

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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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travel fears

5 Crippling Travel Fears & How to Overcome Them

Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned traveller, one thing we all have in common is that we all have travel fears. And rightfully so. Day in and day out we are bombarded with news and images about just how scary the world can be.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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