My DIY Writing Retreat on Loch Rannoch

Date Posted: August 18, 2019
Posted in: Freelance Writing, Travel Tales

planning a DIY writing retreat in a Scottish hotel

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A cow ambling down a grassy knoll is not, in fact, graceful. Those four legs simply don’t seem to work together as hoof meets angled ground. I realized this as I watched five of those cows attempt the downhill slope to the loch (lake) for a mid-day drink.

It was exactly the bucolic scene I had hoped to enjoy on my DIY writing retreat on Loch Rannoch.

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Visiting the Isle of Arran in Scotland

Date Posted: July 28, 2019
Posted in: Edinburgh Expat, Travel Tales

Visit the Isle of Arran in Scotland for outdoor adventure, history, whisky and more

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The Isle of Arran in Scotland is frequently called Scotland in Miniature, and for good reason. This tiny island boasts everything the mainland has, from ancient standing stones and beautiful castles to whisky distilleries, beaches, and highlands. As my first Scottish island, visiting the Isle of Arran has officially set the bar very high for all others to come!

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A Weekend in Portland Maine

Date Posted: July 9, 2019
Posted in: Travel Tales

Spending a weekend in Portland Maine by the sea

I recently spent a weekend in Portland Maine around the Women in Travel Summit (WITS) travel conference. It was actually my very first visit to Portland! Shockingly, I grew up just down the road in Massachusetts and had spent years visiting Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. But, in all that time, I never stopped into Portland.

I recently spent a weekend in Portland Maine around the Women in Travel Summit (WITS) travel conference. It was actually...

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Easy Day Trips from Edinburgh Scotland

Date Posted: July 2, 2019
Posted in: Edinburgh Expat, Travel Tales

Edinburgh Castle image for easy day trip options from Edinburgh

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Day trips from Edinburgh can be easily arranged so you can explore beyond the city. While there is ample to do in Edinburgh itself, getting outside the city can show you more of Scotland from different angles.

For some Edinburgh day trip ideas, I pulled together my favorite days out that we’ve done in the years we’ve lived here. There are probably plenty more to do, too! But, so far, these seven are my favorites.

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Global House and Pet Sitting Conference

Date Posted: June 24, 2019
Posted in: Freelance Writing, Housesitting

happy dog ready to go to the House & Pet Sitting Conference in the UK

“What is a house and pet sitting conference? Do you just share photos of dogs and cats all day?” That’s the legitimate question sequence I got from a friend when I mentioned my upcoming travel plans.

My response? “OMG I hope so!!”

"What is a house and pet sitting conference? Do you just share photos of dogs and cats all day?" That's the legitimate q...

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So You Want to Work in Scuba Diving…

Date Posted: June 20, 2019
Posted in: Personal, Travel Tales

Having worked in the diving industry and being married to a scuba instructor, I’d like to offer a few words of wisdom to all of you looking to become a divemaster or instructor. If you want to work in scuba diving, there are several realities you need to know before getting started.

Having worked in the diving industry and being married to a scuba instructor, I'd like to offer a few words of wisdom to...

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Going Coast to Coast in Costa Rica

Date Posted: June 18, 2019
Posted in: Travel Tales

Coast to coast in Costa Rica along the golden sand beaches lined with palm trees

A while back, I went coast to coast in Costa Rica on a fabulous vacation with my fantastic cousin. She visited me in Ecuador and in Honduras (3 times!), and she initiated the planning of this outstanding Costa Rica trip. I’ve also just coaxed her into a visit to Scotland! That’s what brought up all these fun memories of trips past.

A while back, I went coast to coast in Costa Rica on a fabulous vacation with my fantastic cousin. She visited me in Ecu...

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Donating Hair to Locks of Love

Date Posted: June 6, 2019
Posted in: Personal

how to donate hair

Donating hair to Locks of Love was kind of a routine for me years ago. I donated twice in four years back in my teenage years and then a third time as a young professional. But it’s been many moons since then, so it’s high time I do it again.

Donating hair to Locks of Love was kind of a routine for me years ago. I donated twice in four years back in my teenage...

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