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Do you ever find yourself feeling on edge? All of a sudden your heart starts pounding out of nowhere? Maybe you lie awake at night thinking about all the things you have to do the next day.

Anxiety is a normal part of all our lives. It keeps us on track, gives us a healthy sense of anticipation and nerves to make sure that we’re prepared, and can help us remember the important things that we need to accomplish. …

With the holiday season upon us, this time of year has got me thinking about all the different holiday traditions the hubby and I have gotten to experience over the years. From growing up in Indiana, to living on the east coast, to traveling abroad to Iceland and Ireland, to now being residents of New Mexico, we’ve gotten to see and partake in many different traditions and holiday foods over the years.

From Christmas trees to old colonial brick sidewalks covered in snow to holiday markets to trolls who come and wreak havoc, here’s a look back at the holiday…

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As a therapist, yogi, and just a human who has done it before, I know that journaling is a great habit to create. Keeping a consistent journal is a great way to process thoughts and emotions, improve mood, express and discover creativity, and more. We all have seen a million articles on it, too, from the benefits to how to do it. With that comes a million ways to do your journal. You can keep a daily log of your accomplishments, practice gratitude, use writing prompts, free flow your thoughts down on paper…the list goes on.

So, in an attempt…

Ásbyrgi canyon was easily one of my favorite spots along our Ring Road trip. Not technically on Route 1, Ásbyrgi is considered to be part of the Diamond Circle but still listed on many suggested itineraries for the Ring Road and for good reason.

Ásbyrgi is a canyon in northern Iceland that was formed by glaciers many many years ago. But, the really interesting part about it is that there’s a legend attached to the canyon. With its horseshoe curvature, it is said that Odin’s horse, Slepnir, created the canyon when one of his hooves touched down on earth. …

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Learning languages has been, I think, one of the best things I could have ever done for myself. Learning and practicing languages other than my native tongue has made me feel wiser, made my brain sharper, and opened me up to other countries and opportunities.

The majority of my foreign language education has revolved around Spanish. I started in high school, minored in it in college, studied abroad in Spain in order to immerse myself, and continue to practice it on my own today. Throughout the years, I’ve also dabbled with German, Icelandic, Gaelic and French. …

After finishing up in the Mývatn area, we headed towards another one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls, Dettifoss. Dettifoss is the largest waterfall in Iceland and considered to be the most powerful waterfall in all of Europe.

If you are following Route 1, or known as the Ring Road, you have two options for getting to Dettifoss. There are two roads that will lead to Dettifoss; however, depending on the time of year, you will only have one of those options available. This is what happened for us.

The two roads leading to Dettifoss, 862 and 864, will take you…

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Photo credit: Bettina Vass

Just let that sh*t go. We hear it all the time. This simple phrase meant to be a symbolic releasing of our problems. Surrendering our worries into the universe and trusting it will all work out.

I was one of the people that said this so often. It was a motto I thought I lived by, but when I actually thought about what I’ve “let go” of in my life, it was way more complicated than just a single moment of release.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there are some things that if we could just let go of we’d…

Today, I’m going to be writing mainly to the ladies that are reading this; however, I know that this topic can absolutely apply to men just as equally. So, while the writing will be addressing women from the point of view as a woman myself, I think this could be helpful to anyone who reads it, whether it rings true to your own experience or it just gives you insight into what others have experienced, this is an important message.

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After enduring an abusive relationship for over two years along with experiencing a lifetime of men treating me as though…

Just past the Mývatn area, you’ll find a couple more interesting spots to experience more incredible nature. One of those is the Námafjall Hverir Geothermal Area.

If you’re coming from the west, this spot will be a little bit of a shocking site. As you round and start to descend the substantial hill you just climbed, it will all of a sudden feel as though you’ve been transported to another planet. The landscape will turn from green and lush to almost desert-like with these mud pots spewing steam all around you.

Once you’ve seen the mud pots and steam rolling…

Last week, I shared several places in the Mývatn area that the hubby and I explored. Today, I want to continue that but talk about food. You know, while you’re out exploring and hiking you can really work up an appetite. I know we sure did! So, you gotta know the best spots to refuel.

The Vogafjós Cowshed Café is not to be missed. Not only does it have an awesome name, it really holds up to what it means. It is indeed a restaurant mixed with a cowshed. When you arrive, you turn off the main road (Route 848)…

Kelly Ann

Social worker, yoga instructor, & writer inspiring others to live authentically and chase their passions. Living and practicing in northern New Mexico.

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