Growth is growth - no matter how small and even during seasons of waiting.
It’s no secret that the past year has brought its fair share of setbacks. Canceled vacations, postponed events, rescheduled plans, physical and social distance between loved ones… living in a pandemic can really weigh you down on some days.
With that said, I have learned that when life is pulling you back or “slowing” you down, it’ll likely launch you into something incredible. Life is about to get really exciting for us, and we can’t wait to share more on what’s next! But until it’s the perfect time to share, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the importance of: Seasons of Waiting.
Although hiking in the snow and rain can be its own unique experience, there’s nothing like PNW hiking in the summer! Now that spring is here and summer is right around the corner, I’m already creating hiking plans for when I’m back in WA for June. Because let’s face it… growing up in the Pacific Northwest has SPOILED me rotten when it comes to my hiking expectations. Sorry New England... we love you, but the PNW trails just hit differently!
As of April 6, 2021,
Here are my Top 10 Favorite Hikes in Washington State and 10 PNW Trails on my Hiking Bucket List!
I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news… but I have to admit that it’s utterly impossible to explore the entirety of Boston all in one day. That said, the good news is that you can fit in a ton of Boston charm into one full day, because of how walkable the city is!
Maybe you have a Sunday free to drive to downtown, or maybe you’re on a New England road trip and can only spare 12-24 hours in America’s Walking City - based on places we've experienced for ourselves, here’s what I recommend you see and do while you’re visiting Boston, MA for a day!
The effects of COVID-19 in 2020 pushed many comfort zones worldwide. And for those in the office space, the line drawn between work and home was intensely blended.
About 1 year ago, my team was sent home to “temporarily” work remote. I remember having an impromptu Town Hall meeting at the office, where our CEO shared that many of us were to start working from home for an uncertain amount of time, starting that same day.
My team walked away from that meeting, packed up our desks, laptops, and office materials, and drove home thinking that this would last a couple of weeks or maybe a couple of months. I would have never predicted that I’d still be working from home a year later, and indefinitely for the unforeseeable future.
In September 2020, my husband and I relocated to Boston due to military orders. My “temporary” remote position thus became a “permanent” remote position. While I still count my blessings on the fact that my company was willing to be flexible and keep me on the team (even when 3500 miles away), shifting the mindset of “We’ll be back in the office soon!” to, “I have to create an office at home…?” was a bigger leap for me.
Creating space for work where you live has its ups and downs. Now that I have 1 year of working from home under my belt, I wanted to share 5 Tips On How To Efficiently Work From Home that are working for me thus far. Hopefully you'll find them helpful too!
We created the ULTIMATE New England Bucket List! Here’s a list of 50 things we want to see and do before our military contract in the Northeast comes to a close. Let us know if we have any Bucket List activities in common, if you’ve crossed any off of your list already, or if you have additional suggestions!
So far, we've completed 21 out of 50 (42% complete!).
*Disclaimer: Since we're based in Massachusetts, it's a little more MA-focused!*
Since moving to New England, we realized very quickly that there are so many destinations within a short drive from Boston, making the weekend day trip options endless! Even in the winter, on a day with a chill in the air but sunshine still shining, Newport, RI is the perfect ocean escape. While there is plenty to do in and near Newport where you can easily fill up an entire week, here’s how you can spend a day in Newport, Rhode Island in the winter time:
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It has officially been 6 months since Lucas and I moved to the other side of the country. Where has the time literally gone?
Although we still have many more months (ahem... years) remaining here in New England, we have already learned a thing or two during our first PCS Moving experience. I’ve had a few friends reach out asking about how we’re settling in now that it’s been 6 months so I decided to write it all out. To those of you reading, who happen to also have had experiences moving to new homes, please let me know if you can relate to some of the lessons we learned!
I have to be honest: Winter in New England hits differently than in the Pacific Northwest. New Hampshire may not be the most popular travel destination, but it really is no exception to the New England winter magic. A day trip or weekend getaway to New Hampshire is the perfect quiet escape from a busy schedule.
Although be advised that some days can drop to 10 degrees Fahrenheit or less (definitely an adjustment for this PNW-native lol), roads are typically well-maintained for the most part. So as long as there isn’t an ongoing winter snow/ice storm, and you have a vehicle well-suited for winter conditions, try not to let the cold weather deter you from a new adventure and layer up!
Here are 5 Things to Do in New Hampshire during the Winter:
A first-generation Filipino-American’s voice.
An intentional reminder that:
My Diversity is Valuable.
Here’s what I learned.
January 1, 2021
2021 Resolutions + A Year of Healing
Happy 2021 everyone!
For this new year, I’m hoping to manifest a year of continued resilience, slower days, and more rest. By default... a year of less makeup (lol), more time spent building a home, and most likely a little more quality time with Sherbert (and he’s STOKED).
I know New Year's Resolutions aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I personally find them effective as long as you’re realistic with your goals. Ever since I was young, I’ve always been a very goal-oriented person, so creating goals for myself at the beginning of the year has been a great way to keep myself accountable to my personal growth. If you’re looking for ideas on simple goals to set for yourself this year -- keep on reading!
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