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Why We Love Our Home Base Life

Why We Love Our Home Base Life

Confession time: I've been spending way too much time in front of the computer lately and not nearly enough time exploring and traveling.

And I miss it.

Over the last several years, we've had incredible opportunities to travel. Yet, as my freelance business has gained momentum (thank you, freelance Gods!), I've sought out travel opportunities less and less.

But you know what? It's sort of okay.

As much as I love adventure and miss hitting the road, this season of life has been more about appreciating our home base. We're working in the yard (and painting our house this week); we're spending time with friends and family as much as we can; I've kept my head down and said yes to professional opportunities that push me to learn more about content creation and we even adopted another puppy!  

Why We Love Our Home Base Life

Being home more reminds me how much we love having a home base. We love having a community to nurture, favorite local haunts to visit and a space to return to after a long day. I often get caught up in the stories I hear about those who've sold it all, packed their bags and decided to travel full-time—it all sounds so dreamy—but I'm not sure we'd ever be willing to give up a home base.

Why We Love Our Home Base Life

The next few months will have more travel sprinkled in, which I'm sure will satisfy my urge to wander a bit more, but I'm also trying hard to appreciate all of the goodness we have right here at home.


So, what about you? How to you balance a home base life with wanderlust that won't quit? I know some of you have mastered this concept and would love to hear your tips!



Featured: Wand'rly Magazine + Vacation Rentals


Wand'rly Magazine has just launched their 9th issue and my latest feature for the publication, which had me digging into the details behind vacation and room rentals, is now live!

Here's an excerpt:

"After a long day on the road, every traveler needs a place to rest for the night. Some may prefer tents, RVs or tricked-out buses, while others would rather get their shuteye in hostels, motels or high-end hotels. Some wanderers, however, choose an increasingly popular option: the short-term vacation rental.

Since the mid-2000’s, websites such as,, and have offered easy access to various types of lodging for those seeking unique spaces. With listings ranging from rustic cabins in the woods to grand seaside castles, it’s easy to see why rentals have caught the eye of savvy travelers.

Many of the websites offer the same type of information regarding rental properties, such as number of bedrooms, amenities, rates, reviews and location; but they can differ when it comes to the type of listings found on each site, the payment and reservation process and how owners get feedback from travelers. We’ve rounded up a handful of the most popular vacation rental websites to find out what you need to know before booking your next stay."

You can read the full article here.

If you have yet to check out Wand'rly Magazine, you should stop in and see what the new issue has in store. Those interested in experiencing the Airstream life or living like a local while on the road will find plenty of good information!


Your turn: What is your take on the vacation and room rental scene? Love it? Hate it? Have any experiences you'd like to share? I'd love to hear your thoughts on it all in the comment section!



Grand Tetons + Edward Abbey + Happy Links


"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome,  dangerous, leading to the most amazing view."// Edward Abbey

Happy Links:

  • Erin Loechner from Design for Mankind posted this amazing video to her design blog for tiny humans, Design for Minikind and it totally made my day. Children are the best at telling it like it is. I truly feel like we grown-ups can learn a thing or two from these small, wise souls.
  • Love art and food? Me too. I came across this beautiful post on the Anthology Magazine blog and now I'm hungry and kind of want to hit up the show.
  • If I'm ever feeling a bit lacking in the wanderlust department, Designtripper always comes through like a champ. This post on winter cabins has me wishing for a warm fire and a bit more chilly weather.

Wrap it Up:

  • Way back when, I mentioned wanting to write more about where I live. The Sacramento region is a wonderful place to live and I love sharing my favorite spots and activities with people. So, I put together a few of my favorite places to take a stroll in Sacramento. It's looking like we have a beautiful weekend ahead of us, so let's all go outside shall we?
  • I'm having a wonderful time dishing on my favorite independent publications in the 'Cover to Cover' series. I was lucky enough to get my hands on Volume 4 of Off Switch Magazine and interview Founder and Editor-in-Chief Katie Michels this week. If you missed it, you can check it out here.


I hope you all have a lovely weekend!