My Belgium Food Diary

“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” -Paul Prudhomme One of the reasons why Belgium had so much appeal to me as a travel destination was because of the abundance of traditionally dutch food that is found there. Perhaps this may come as a surprise to you, but Belgium has some of the best food around. Traditional, delicious and some rather famous dishes come from this little country. I mean you have heard of the Belgian waffle right… need I say more? I wanted to go through my favorites that I tried while in the…

Searching for Happiness – Know What Makes you Miserable

I have been realizing that the more I put happiness in the forefront of my mind the more misery seems to also inflict me. It sounds not that great and believe me it is less than exciting to discover the truth in your own beliefs. This is a warning to you fellow happiness searchers. Be prepared. If you have recently made the decision to make true happiness a priority then be prepared for the misery that will come along with it during the transition phase. Feeling positive yet? Hear me out… I want to share with you all the…

Three Unique Amsterdam Dates

When people think of Amsterdam what may first come to mind may be images of hippy youth frolicking freely hidden in clouds of smoke. Or red fluorescence lighting the haze of prostitutes showing their nightly goodies in window fronts. Or maybe of picturesque canals and bikes buzzing. While Amsterdam is, of course, all of those things, and perhaps it does live up to those expectations more than even your wildest dreams could let you imagine. There are still many things to experience that are slightly tamer. My boyfriend and I traveled to Amsterdam for a few days and wanted to…

Searching for Happiness – Self Love Books

I have been reading like a madwoman this year. My reading adventures have consisted of biographies, fiction, non-fiction, and self-help. One thing I have discovered on my reading adventures is that there are a lot of really, really bad self-help books out there. Seriously… In fact, it is no wonder why more people don’t read these types of books. Many can be overwhelming and unmotivating, leaving you feeling confused and discouraged. Don’t let those bad books discourage you from gaining the benefits of the good self-help books that are out there…

Searching for Happiness – Happiness is a Choice

Human beings are such interesting creatures. We are the only creatures that place personal desire above safety and health. For thousands of years, humans have walked this earth like nomads of the soul, searching for happiness. Happiness is this way. No, this way. If you do this you will be happy. No, wait, this is what really makes you happy. Did you hear about this car? This job? This brand? If you look like this you will be happy forever. If only I was younger I would be happier, if only I was older. Humans roam all corners of the…

10 Reasons to Travel Airbnb

If you are a traveler and are not using Airbnb yet then you are seriously missing out! Whether traveling solo, as a couple or with a group of friends or family,  Airbnb is perfect for just about everyone. I have been using it since the travel bug bit me some years ago, and I have had nothing but amazing experiences. As a result, I’m now a self-certified Airbnb enthusiast and have happily converted many friends to the not so dark side. Now I want to share with you wonderful people the amazing benefits of travel through Airbnb…

Searching for Happiness – Goals

Welcome to my new series… Searching for happiness. Everyone I speak to, everywhere I look, there seems to be a worldly fascination with the elusive word happiness. What is it? Where is it? It sounds too wonderful and perfectly complete to ever really be obtained. I want some, you want some. It seems that everyone out there is searching high and low for this 9 letter word. I am among the happiness hunters of the modern age. I’m among the young, inspired, wide-eyed optimistically driven hopeful generation that is destined to finally find what eluded our…

12 Tips From my First Year of Blogging

It has been almost a full year of blogging life. There goes time. Flying. Blogging has enriched my life. I have found my outlet to write. I enjoy sharing my thoughts and I love that I now have a little community of people who are like-minded in their passions. It has been fun and has kept my creative juices flowing. If you are thinking of starting a blog for whatever reason, I strongly suggest trying it out. There is no right or wrong way to do it. Just do it! Take the plunge! I have learned a lot in…

3 Ghent Highlights you Need to Explore

An ancient hidden gem left much unnoticed in the European tourism ads. Ghent is a city that is so rich in history, art, culture and preserved medieval and modern architecture that it can be a little hard to understand why it is not as popular as places like Bruges as a place to visit. (Check out my 10 Things to do in Bruges post here.)  While in the research phase of our European trip planning it was difficult to decide where to set up a home base. We both agreed we wanted to stay in Belgium for a full week…

5 Ways to Spot a Toxic Friendship

I recently ended a very toxic relationship with a life-long friend of mine… deep breath. It is hard to walk away from any relationship after so much time spent together.  When it comes to friendships, I often feel a great sense of duty towards those I call friends, mainly because I do not throw that term around lightly and it takes a long time for friend status of deep meaning to be attained. That’s just how I roll. Regardless, I ended it. The most shocking part about this relationship ending was not the end but perhaps…