3 ‘Drop Everything and Go’ Vacations

   Auberge du Soliel            |    Glacier National Park     |      The Dreamcatcher

I am the WORST at committing to traveling and taking time off. I have the desire to see places around the world, but not the boldness to hit ‘purchase’ on my flights. If I had an unlimited budget, extensive vacation days, and the perfect travel buddy, here’s where I’d be headed in a heartbeat:

  1. Auberge du Soliel Resort in Napa Valley: I’ve been to the Bay Area before, but not since I’ve hit the ripe old age of 21, and no farther North than the Golden Gate Bridge. Soon will be the perfect time to experience my love of a big Cabernet Sauvignon in the place of its domestic origin. I can picture myself with a bunch of friends at this luxury resort: hiking during the day, relaxing in the pool, and enjoying a glass (okay, multiple) of amazing wine.
  2. Glacier National Park: The images of Glacier National Park caught my attention while view National Parks Adventure at the Museum of Science in Boston – you must see it! I’ve been dying to plan a trip ever since, and hope to spend a week one summer exploring the wonders that our country has taken such lengths to protect. 
  3. The Dream Catcher B&B in Puerto Rico: It’s always around this time of year that I itch to fly somewhere warm. This B&B rose is clearly perfection with its multitude of hammocks, access to beach, and fresh vegetarian meals. What else could you ask for, anyone in? 


6 Old and New Podcast Episodes

I have several (meaning over 10) podcasts I follow closely, but I heard a few specific episodes that caught my attention recently, and also have those I will always remember. Looking to just have a quick listen without the need to check in every week? These six episodes are memorable, thought provoking, and/or downright hilarious.


1.     How I Built This – Dermalogica: Jane Wurwand

This woman knows grit; she knows how to start and how to keep going. Takeaways? Get certified in SOMETHING…ANYTHING…so that you’re always employable.

2.     The Mortified Podcast – Naomi: Harry Potter Fan Fiction

True story: I listen to Harry Potter on Audible almost every night before bed. This combines my nostalgia with my severe second-hand embarrassment, and I cringed and smiled through all 27 minutes. 

3.     Embedded – The Police

Kelly McEvers has the PERFECT podcast voice, and this episode specifically reminded me that there are people out there who care. For fans of Serial…this is a perfect podcast to follow. 

4.     Modern Love – ‘Maddy Just Might Work’

Jennifer Finney Boylan taught many of my peers at Colby. Unfortunately, I never took her class, but love hearing a former mule on one of my favorites. She is incredibly inspiring. 

5.     Yoga Download – 20 minute Power Abs

Yes, this requires movement, but this is the most effective ab workout, and you will be sore in the best way. Everyone needs g0-t0 core workout during the holidays!

6.     The Axe Files – Michael Morell

My roommate Susan suggested this episode, and despite the longer length, I was hooked. I’m always intrigued to where an economics degree takes people, though I don’t believe mine leads to Director of the CIA.

4 WWII-Era Books

     I continually reach for WWII-Era books, in which it seems there is a prerequisite for the cover art: blue background with a black silhouette. Am I the only one who has noticed this?  If you haven’t read these bestsellers yet, be prepared to be transported back in time!

Here are the books I recommend:
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The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr