Travel hack – the humble clothespin is an overachiever on vacation

Small and mighty, the humble, simple clothespin is one of my packing staples.  What’s it good for?

  • Pull your hotel curtains together so there isn’t that irritating ray of sunlight that could wake you up early.
  • Close snacks so they won’t attract bugs (or worse!).
  • Hang up undies to dry on a coat hanger.  Side note: ExOfficio undies are the bomb–wash in the sink & they are dry within a few hours.  Here’s the link:
  • anything else you can think of…

disclaimer: my Mom deserves credit for this tip–she originally suggested it to me. Thanks Mom.  

Solo travel security tip for under $10

For under ten bucks a small door stop wedge is affordable security for any traveler.  It’s especially reassuring to me when I’m solo, though.  It’s small & lightweight for packing and doesn’t require batteries like some more expensive door wedges with alarms.  No, it’s not Fort Knox level safety, but it’s some reassurance when I’m sleeping in hotel rooms without a deadbolt or inside chain lock.  You can find one at your local hardware store or online.  This bright yellow is easy to spot so I remember it when packing & checking out:


The joy & anticipation of vacation planning (5 minute read)

Webster’s definition of anticipation

a prior action that takes into account or forestalls a later action hired more security guards in anticipation of a large crowdb :  the act of looking forward; especially :  pleasurable expectation looked forward with anticipation to their arrival

“Pleasurable expectation” hits the nail on the head for me. I associate anticipation with good things. You know, like vacation or travel or winning the lottery.  If it’s something bad or worrisome, I usually dread it and I’ll fret.  Here are some examples of what I’m talking about –

Stuff I dread:

  • waiting for hospital test results
  • expecting a bid from a plumbing contractor
  • finding out whether or not I owe on my taxes

Things I anticipate:

  • planning a vacation or trip
  • waiting for friends and family to arrive for a visit
  • watching for the local summer ice-cream shop to open each year

Not surprisingly, trip and vacation planning is a total joy to me. Figuring out my flight, hotels, trains, etc. is like a fun game. I enjoy knowing what my options are, but I don’t usually lock into many “gotta do’s”. So, it’s a research project all about possibility. All the things I could see or do are on the list. These options make my trips feels wide and open, full of choices. These hopeful feelings make me want to say things like “rife with possibility” and “brimming with happy expectation”.

Looking forward to my next travel adventure reinvigorates me and renews my optimism. There’s just something about it that I can’t quite put into words. Until I can travel more, I’m looking for ways to bring that feeling of possibility into my regular, day-to-day life. And now I’ve stumbled upon a topic for another post, another day. Until then, I’ll be hanging out here…

Here’s to anticipation of new trips, travels and adventures – cheers!


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Inspirational websites, blogs, IG feeds and books for living your most authentic, true-to-you life

Inspirational websites, blogs, Instagram feeds and books with tips on how to spread your wings and live your most authentic, meaningful life.  Spread your wings – live!
· “Danielle LaPorte keeps it real on her blog, podcasts and IG. The “Fire Starter” book was the first book I read by her.  And just like that – bam 💥!  I was hooked!  Inspirational without being holier-than-thou, it’s one of my top 5 favorite books of all time. The “Desire Map” book is a personal, clear-cut path to figuring out what matters to you. Her #Truthbomb series on IG is a quick hit of daily motivation, too. Excited to read her latest book soon (“White Hot Truth”).  Learn more:

· Ever considered giving your bucket list a deadline? Well, Danny Dover did just that and his story will inspire even the most determined cynic. Check it out:

· Cupcakes, travel, a new book and an irreverent sense of humor. Geraldine (a.k.a. “The Everywhereist”) is the high priestess of living a bad-ass life. Inspiration and humor at:

· Travel works for me to feel free and alive. And I do my best thinking at 35,000 feet. Google Flights “explore destinations” map is my crack.  I choose my closest airport, look at the world map of airports and click on cities around the globe to get flight pricing.  It helps me narrow down what/where I’m MOST interested in going next. WARNING: highly addictive.

· to find more flexible work. Anyone daydreaming of quitting their 9 to 5 job should check it out. There are other options than the daily rat race (🚫🐀🏁) and this site has a curated, legit list of possibiities.

· Tiny Buddha…come on, just the name will make you smile! Articles and photos to enlighten, entertain and inspire. Their tagline is “simple wisdom for complex lives”.

· My newest inspiration comes from other people’s stories of life changes at 

Please shoot me any of your go-to inspirational spots, I’m open to finding new ones. Happy weekend!