My Mother’s Day Video

My mother’s day compilation… because I love this girl and I’ve been pretty blessed to have so many amazing experiences with her.  She is my world, and I’m so happy to be her “Nanay”. Happy mother’s day to all those mamas out there.

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Celebrate EWR’s 1 Year Anniversary!

It was March 1st when I posted my first thoughts on starting this Ever Winding Road endeavor.  I had decided to step out of your own comfort zones and change how I will make my way in this world.  I wanted to take more photos and document the world around me, to find my voice in my experiences and really take the time for a bit of learning and gratitude, and to take a new approach in my life and be mindful of my own influences as well as my daughter’s.  It has not been an easy year, and I still have bigger goals in mind, but I am so glad I took that first step. As I look back on what has made a big difference in my outlook, it was to have the support of friends, family, and even strangers… who have offered so much encouragement in my journey.  This […]

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Celebrating 5 Years of Camping on Angel Island

It was 5 years ago, when Evie was only 7 months old, that we took her on her first camping trip.  We went to an island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, called Angel Island.  Of course I was worried.  I didn’t know if she would cry all night or be fussy on hike to the campsite.  I called the State Park ranger on duty to confirm emergency procedures if something should end up happening while we were there.  I hadn’t even been to the island prior to the trip so I had no idea if they had boats docked overnight or even signal to reach anyone. She slept in the Bjorn carrier as we climbed Mount Livermore, the highest point on the island.  We apparently took the hardest trail to the campsite, with baby and backpacks of camping supplies, and my husband and I were exhausted by […]

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12 Points of Interest on the Lost Coast Trail, as Told By Us

First off, let me preface this with the part of the Lost Coast Trail that we did was a portion of the southern trail.  Most time when people talk about the Lost Coast, they are referring to the northern part, about 25 miles between Mattole and Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove.  The southern trail is about 32 miles, from Shelter Cove to Usal Beach. I passed on the north part because I thought it would be harder to hike.   The trail has a lot of sand hiking, long stretches of rocks that roll underfoot, and tides you need to account for in your hike.  A lot of times, the tide comes in and leaves hikers stranded on parts of the trail, unable to move forward.  I wasn’t sure how my pace would look and don’t have too much experience with tide tables, so I preferred the southern part. The […]

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The Birthday Trip That Almost Didn’t Happen

In a previous post about backpacking in Point Reyes, I had mentioned that I had given myself this birthday goal to hike part of the Lost Coast Trail in northern California before the next birthday.  I had never gone on that long of a hike before and I don’t really do too much in the backcountry.  Maybe it was a way to just literally break free of all the things that weighed me down in my last birthday, and get back to a feeling of independence, self-reliance, and the general untethered-ness that one would like to feel again after having a child and family.  Of course I love my family and my life, but that birthday hit me like a ton of bricks, and I was faced with a lot of feelings about turning off my life’s auto-pilot.  That year was a turning point for me, and I’m happy to report a […]

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Running Oakland’s Pride 5K When You Aren’t Ready To Run

A couple months ago, I was convinced by my friend, Jessie, that we would start running together again and run another 5K together.  We had run together before, almost every day at one point, as she helped me to train for my first 5K over four years ago.  We decided to do it again, set ourselves a goal, and work towards it.  I even convinced a third friend, Kirk Ann, to run with us. Back when we ran regularly, I was feeling pretty unhealthy and wanting to make some changes with my life.  I ate better, took up running, signed up for the San Francisco Marathon 5K race, and even raised a couple thousand dollars for the American Institute for Cancer Research in honor of some very important relatives that I had lost.  That first race was pretty tough as well as rewarding for me.  Shortly after running it, I […]

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Traveling with Kids Packing List

This blog is now almost three months old and writing on it has made me a little more conscious about my writing skills (or lack thereof).  I struggle sometimes to find my voice and share my thoughts openly.  Fortunately, I have found a group that has given me some opportunity to share with new audiences and has been really supportive of my writing.  I have published once again with TourRadar‘s online travel magazine, Days to Come. This article focuses more on some things that I have found helpful when traveling with my little Evie.  There’s so many products out there for travel with children, that I tried not to focus on products as much.  I wanted to pass along some helpful insight into what to bring with and why.  Things that maybe people don’t consider when planning a road trip or long vacation. My article can be found here: What […]

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Getting Some Photo Love From MatadorU

So flattered that I photo I took was shared with some travel journalists at MatadorU and I just wanted to share. “This photo was taken on the steps up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, in Chiang Mai. As I walked up the stairs to explore the mountaintop temple, I saw the Hill Tribe people scattered among the tourists, in traditional costumes. Groups of girls were playing on the steps as little girls do, and one caught my eye. Something about her reminded me of my own daughter; she had a similar hairstyle with a little button nose and almond-shaped eyes. As I got closer to her, I could see there was a confidence about her that also was similar to my daughter. I tried to explain with my unclear hand gestures how she was like my daughter, and she just laughed at me. I continued to ask her if […]

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Thailand Travel Blog Linked out to My First Bangkok Post!

Sometimes, I start getting in my own head about starting this blogging thing.  I’m super new at this gig and trying to figure out what I’m doing (not just with writing the blog but the general direction of it all).   I check out other Instagram accounts and start getting critical of my own, I read other people’s work and I feel like I’m not a writer at all.  It was all getting to me a little.  Luckily, I have some really positive people in my life to check me out of that.  You all know who you are, I really appreciate it. Then, out of the blue one day… a travel website from Thailand likes what you’ve written about Bangkok, directs their readers to you, and you see double the traffic on your site!! Holy moly. Check out the website that totally made my day: http://whatsonsukhumvit.com/from-paying-your-girlfriend-a-salary-to-becoming-a-teacher-in-thailand/ From Paying Your […]

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Realistically Achieving Balance in Life and Travel with a Child

Recently, I was luckily able to be published by an online travel magazine called, Days to Come.  I am truly flattered and appreciative of this opportunity to get my writing out in the world.  It’s always scary to put something out there for others to review, especially when it comes to personal feelings with experiences, so this was definitely a test to overcoming my own fears. http://www.tourradar.com/days-to-come/achieving-balance-in-life-and-travel-with-a-child/ Life is full of surprises. At one point, I considered myself only a student and then in the blink of an eye, I became an adult. Adult life is filled with responsibilities to juggle while still finding time to do what you love. I don’t claim to be the best at this adult-business; in fact, I’ve lived most my life being somewhat of a free spirit. I have to try hard everyday to balance my own life and work, and it’s never an […]

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