The Uncoventional Traveler

Journal Entries, Life Unfiltered

How the Stigma of Mental Illness Has Affected Me

Hi! I’m Jenna I have depression and anxiety. My recovery came with a new passion of helping others as they find their own path to light. It sounds sappy to say it that way but depression/anxiety/whatever mental illness you have truly is a darkness in a world full of light. To help me cope I took up volunteering at the Suicide Hotline. I started boxing to release my frustration and anger in a healthy way and I ran as a way to face my thoughts. Let Me Start From The Beginning… In  ...

Continue Reading

Journal Entries, Life Unfiltered

To Anyone Experiencing Stigma Because of their Mental Illness

Hi! I’m Melanie. I was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa on my 20th birthday. For the six months leading up to my diagnosis I knew that something was wrong, but an eating disorder was the last thing I expected it to be. Here’s my story. I was always the girl saying, “I could never be anorexic! I love bagels way too much!” Just like most people, I believed that eating disorders were a choice. I believed that they were only for models or people who were so unhappy with themselves  ...

Continue Reading

Adulting 101, Journal Entries, Life Unfiltered

4 Bloggers Share Their Secrets to Reflection and Their Favorite Places to go for Reflection

Last week I wrote out a how-to on creating time for reflection and travel. When I started incorporating travel into everyday life, I realized setting aside time every week seemed like quite a commitment so I asked a few of my friends the same two questions about taking time to reflect. Their responses made me realize how taking time to reflect can actually be as little or as much of a commitment as I want it to be so I wanted to share them with you.  Sylvia I met Sylvia through blogging and  ...

Continue Reading

Travels

Why Reflection Should Be A Part Of Your Travels & How To Integrate Both Travel and Reflection into Everyday Life.

Traveling is something that appeals to most people. There’s something about dropping everything, hopping on a plane, and spending a week in a foreign city. That “something” being that for that one week nothing else exists except what’s going on in the present moment. Work (or school) and the struggles that each day may bring simply don’t follow us. This notion of traveling has become so sought after that when people search for something they are lacking (happiness or knowledge of who a  ...

Continue Reading

Journal Entries, Life Unfiltered

The Perfect Method to Destress This Winter

It’s about that stressful time of the year again. Whether you’re holiday shopping or cramming for finals, here is the perfect way to destress this winter. Today I write to you from a Korean Spa! As a Gonzaga grad, I’ve learned the importance of caring for the whole self (mind, body, and spirit) and have tried finding people, places, and things that emphasize this. Although I’ve found some pretty great things, the Olympus Spa in Lynnwood takes the number one spot for  ...

Continue Reading

Journal Entries, Life Unfiltered

Thank You Snail Mail

Even though it’s now December, the feeling of Thanksgiving is still lingering in my mind (and on my stomach). Blogging has given me so much. It’s given me a creative outlet, a safe space, more knowledge about how to go about being an adult, and new friends. That list is ever-growing and I couldn’t be more grateful. Since it wouldn’t be possible without my readers, I’ve been searching for a meaningful way to thank everyone. And I’ve finally figured it out!  ...

Continue Reading

pizza, Travels

Late Night Pizza – Hot Mama Pizza

One thing I’ve been struggling with since moving to Seattle in May is finding good go-to food places, like Hot Mama Pizza. You know, when you move away from home for college, there’s a whole community there ready to support you. Lists of things to do are given to you and people are around to ask seek advice from. But once you’re out of college, you don’t have that. When you move to a new city, where does one find that kind of support? One of the places I found that  ...

Continue Reading

Journal Entries, Life Unfiltered

How to use list making to get out of the Post Grad Rat Race

Today I got a small snack with someone I met at a networking event. We ate and talked for a couple of hours. She mentioned the Post Grad Rat Race, and how before she got married, people were asking her where her ring was. After she got married, not too long into her marriage, people started asking her when she was going to buy a house or when the baby would be coming. This got me thinking… Somehow, and for some reason as a society, we’ve created life check points so we can gauge  ...

Continue Reading

coffee shops, Travels

Must Visit Coffee Shop in Mill Creek – Spotted Cow

There are 3 things that set the Spotted Cow coffee company apart from all of the other coffee shops that I’ve been to. 1.Perfect for hosting a meeting (left) On the far side of Spotted Cow, there are two big tables for large groups of people to gather. Groups can even reserve these two tables if they want! So not only is the Spotted Cow a good place to work for individuals and small groups, but they also leave room for larger groups. Not to worry if you’re coming as an  ...

Continue Reading