My absolutely favourite top stop was in Chur, Switzerland. We never intended to even be in Switzerland, but as luck would have it, the trip was rerouted and required a 5 hour trip in the car from Munich to Milan. In that single drive alone, we drove through 5 countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, and ending in Italy), stopping only for gas and coffee.
This second book, 52 Lists for Happiness, is even better! Instead of being sectioned by seasons like her first journal, this second one’s “chapters” are in order of reflect, acknowledge, invest, and transform. In her first journal, I jumped from section to section, whereas I’ve been working through the sections in chronological order for this second one.
My partner and I have a weekend tradition of exploring Seattle’s coffee shops and spending a morning unplugged from our phones, laptops, etc. During this time, we bring the Sunday newspaper, books, magazines, or journals to enjoy some unplugged quiet time with each other.
On top of my weekly magazine reads, I’ll pack my 52 Lists for Happiness journal and spend 10 minutes reflecting on my week based on the prompt. Being unplugged helps me to stay focused and grounded during these quiet mornings. What I love the most about Moorea’s journals and prompts are the actions at the end of every list.
Aside from the content itself, let’s talk about the design! The rose gold foil looks so regal against the floral cover. Similar to her first book, the 52 Lists for Happiness is full of gorgeous photography and illustrations throughout the journal. Not only is this journal an emotional and self-reflective treat, but it’s also a very visual and creatively-stimulating one!
To avoid making the same mistake I did last year of waiting too long to stock up on these journals for the gift giving season, I made sure to stockpile. I purchased 3 copies of the 52 Lists for Happiness journal so that I can avoid scrambling to find them in stock this holiday season!
Disclosure: I received a copy of the 52 Lists for Happiness journal to review in exchange for this post. I did, however, also purchase 3 in addition to the review copy because I just love the journal so much! All opinions are 100% my own.
Since this yurt adventure was the first time in a few years since I had last been off-grid, it took a while to figure out what essentials to pack. My goal was to bring no more than a single backpack for this 3-day trip. This meant packing light and bringing toiletries that would either play multiple roles, or strategically packing complementary essentials. Here were my glamping must-haves:
cold shoulder top: ASOS (exact)
denim: AG Jeans (exact)
strapped clogs: c/o Musse & Cloud (similar)
1. I live for bubble tea. I’ve been to every bubble tea shop there is to visit here in Seattle and have all the stamp cards to prove my dedication. Bubble tea is my comfort food on good, bad, and ugly days. My friends have joked that if I ever become pregnant, I’ll need to be hooked to an IV bag dispensing bubble tea because my everyday cravings are already insane. Sadly, I have recently become lactose intolerant, so… dang. No more milk teas for this girl!
2. The Bachelor franchise can have all my roses. The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise? So grateful to have the Bachelor franchise in my life almost every season of the year! There’s something about the over-the-top drama and ridiculous meltdowns that I get hooked into every. single. season. I love trashy reality TV like no other.
3. Squirrels are my favourite animal. You read correctly! Squirrels, not cats. As much as I love cats and am a self proclaimed crazy cat lady, squirrels are my favourite. Why? I think squirrels have the perfect facial feature ratios. The ratio of their eyes-to-ears-to-nose size is just so cute! I know this makes me sound totally crazy, but check out Jill The Squirrel’s Instagram account and you’ll see what I mean.
4. I love food, but I’m also allergic to a lot of it. First and foremost, peanuts are my most severe allergy (yay for Epipens!). Next to peanuts are strawberries, almonds, and recently, hazelnuts. Any pitted fruits? Forget about those! No apples, peaches, plums, necatrines, etc, for this lady. Also, no carrots. With the recent discovery of being lactose intolerant, it’s been a challenge to figure out my morning breakfast routine since I was so used to making overnight oats with milk. Being allergic to milk, soy milk, and almond milk, my options are now limited to rice, hemp, or coconut milk. It just doesn’t taste the same!
5. I retain a lot of useless information. A solid 90% of my brain (hah, ok maybe a tiny exaggeration) is filled with song lyrics, even lyrics of songs I don’t like. This is particularly frustrating especially when some song from the 90s comes up that I really don’t like but might’ve heard over 5 times on the radio back in the day and now the words are engrained in my memory; so engrained to the point that I’ll start singing along years later!
This was such a fun post to put together! I’d love to get some other bloggers to share 5 things we may not know about them. I’m tagging Julia of Style & Cheek, Jenn of Hello Rigby, and Nicole of Writes Like a Girl to share 5 things about themselves!