hello, i'm michele

WRITER. WANDERER. PHOTOGRAPHER. PONDERER.

This blog is about…

living intentionally in a world full of expectations
choosing joy over conformity
smiling more and stressing less

may it entertain and inspire

Killing the constant need for more

Yesterday I was sitting on my deck eating lunch and as I looked around I couldn't help but smile.  In that moment, I was completely overcome with gratitude.  I was eating a vibrant, nutritious meal, the temperature was perfect, the view more beautiful than ever and my...

7 ways to simplify your life

Last month Mark & I were in Los Angeles visiting family when my cousin asked us “How do you live such a simple life?”.  I stirred on that question for a week and came to the conclusion that there’s no simple answer.  We all have the ability to simplify or...

Exchanging time for money

Mark asked me tonight if I would be interested in buying a house down the street as an investment property to rent out.  Hell no was my knee jerk reaction.  Then we discussed it for a bit and still, I stood at a firm hell no.  Not because it’s not a great idea.  It is...

This is why we moved to Idaho

We’ve lived in Idaho for a little over two months now.  Last week we sold the Casita trailer that we lived in for a year and if I’m being honest, I wasn’t sad to see it go.  It served the exact purpose we bought it for.  To have a comfortable means of living on the...

The lie I tell myself daily

Everyday life is a whirlwind of tasks.  Work, cook, eat, clean, pay the bills, go to appointments, walk the dog, call mom, don’t forget to return that text, buy that gift, research that thing.  Sleep.  Wake.  Repeat.  Today, as I was deciding...

To my parents, with love (and endless respect)

When I was 10 years old, my parents decided to move our family from a bustling suburban life in Los Angeles to a small town in the Arizona desert.  To say I was both heart-broken and angry is an understatement.  I didn’t want to leave my friends.  I didn’t want to be...

Overcoming Doubt

Doubt.  It’s often the one thing holding us back from reaching our fullest potential.  Me and Doubt, we know each other well.  I regularly doubt my knowledge, strength, abilities, worthiness, potential, talent and so on.  On a daily basis, doubt battles for control...

Taking inventory of your input

I’ve been lost in a haze of negativity lately.  That’s not something I accept lightly.  Whenever I feel like crap, I want to know why and what I can do to fix it.  I believe our moods are largely related to the food and information we consume and the company we...

My quest for meaning

Last year my husband and I sold our house and most of our possessions to live and travel in our RV.  Life and all it’s many questions and complications had begun weighing me down in the years leading up to that point.  I’d never so desperately felt the need for change...

You are a perishable item.  live accordingly.