Trip of a Lifetime

In March, 2015, my friend Corey announced he had been accepted into the Peace Corps and he was headed to Botswana. That’s when the wheels started turning. Fast forward to August 2015, and Corey was officially a Motswana. Click ahead a few months and that’s when the planning started to come together. In June, on my birthday, the tickets were purchased. I was going to Africa.


I would mention the original contents of the plan, but that almost all changed and isn’t even worth mentioning. What did happen was a flight from O’Hare to London Heathrow, to Johannesburg, South Africa to Maun, Botswana, three days on a guided canoe trip, three days in the bush with the San people, three days of a self-drive safari and three days in Zambia and Zimbabwe checking out Victoria Falls.

How could I forget the near-death experiences, hundreds (thousands?) of animals, run-ins with criminals and swimming amongst hippos and crocodiles? Silly me. Well buckle up, because this blog is about to start on a two-week backpacking trip across Africa.


Source: my own and jillianbraun on Instagram

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” 

— Anne of Green Gables

House Twerking

I need a project.

We’re rapidly entering the winter months which means one thing to me: hibernation. Snuggling up in my freezing apartment with a stack of good books and endless supply of tea/cider/coffee. Which is great until spring rolls around and I feel as though I’ve missed an opportunity to make some updates and dig in to some projects. So, if you have any ideas, send ’em my way! Until then, I’ll be living vicariously through my sister’s latest project which you can find at @housetwerking on the Instagram machine. How that girl has the energy, I will never know.


A photo posted by The Ericksons (@housetwerking) on

Source: housetwerking on Instagram

Happy Birthday, National Geographic!

On this day in 1888, the first issue of National Geographic Magazine was released at newsstands. 1888! NatGeo keeps popping up this week, from the celebration of its publication, to securing a regular blog channel on behalf work, to Instagram follows galore (seriously… here, here

and here). But the one thing I consistently come back to are the photo submissions and contests. You often times hear people say, “the photo doesn’t do it justice.” If that is true of these photos, then I have a whole lot of world left to see.


That little cutie patootie fox is my background of my computer screen(s) right now because the best part of the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contests are the downloads available. Tablet? Phone? Computer? One click and boom! An adorable fox skipping through the rain is at your finger tips. We’re on Week 8 and I’m already contemplating my next background. Perhaps my phone needs and update, too…

Source: National Geographic/Vladislav Kamenski

“It was one of the October days when to breathe the air is like drinking wine, and every touch of the wind against one’s face is a caress.”

— Sarah Orne Jewett

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