Shop Designs that Give Back this Holiday

Pay it forward over the holidays and shop designs that give back! Each piece contributes to a nonprofit and it would mean a lot to me if you supported this mission and my art!

There are a variety of notebooks, pillows, carry-all pouches, travel mugs, stationary sets, tote bags, serving trays and many other giftable pieces available. Shop a collection below by clicking on the title or you can view the full store here.

Mar Luna – Includes Donation for Marine Conservation

A portion of the proceeds of this design are donated to Oceana, the largest organization in the world solely devoted to marine conservation. Mar Luna is a calming, cool toned design that is inspired by coastal nights under a full moon. It is perfect for ocean lovers!

 Marble Flower of Life – Includes Donation for California Wildfire Relief

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Southern California Disaster Relief Fund created by United Way of Greater Los Angeles. This fund contributes to relief for the Woolsey Fire. This sleek, geometric, black and white design elevates modern spaces. Brings the flower of life to your home!

Marble Ankh – Includes Donation for the American Cancer Society

A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society, a nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. Create a clean and modern aesthetic with this white marble glitter ankh design that complements any space!

Moonlit Sea – Includes Donation for Marine Conservation

This cool toned oil painting features a seascape at night with a bright moon, vibrant clouds and waves beneath them. A portion of the proceeds go to Oceana for marine conservation.

Mermaid Tendencies – Includes Donation for Marine Conservation

A portion of the proceeds are donated to Oceana for marine conservation. Brighten up any space with this fun, aquatic quote that is fit for any mermaid. It makes a great gift for water lovers who want to help our oceans.

California Waves – Includes Donation for California Wildfire Relief

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Southern California Disaster Relief Fund created by United Way of Greater Los Angeles. This calming, big wave design will elevate any space. Bring the surf of California home.

Mermaid Flower of Life – Includes Donation for Marine Conservation

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Oceana for marine conservation. This aquatic, geometric design will brighten any space and is perfect for water lovers and mermaids. Shop this bright design that gives back to ocean life.

More collections will be added soon so please watch this space! I hope you will pay it forward and shop designs that give back this holiday season. Access the above pieces and more via the button below. Happy holidays!

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Ultimate Gift Guide for Travelers

The holidays are upon us! This Ultimate Gift Guide for Travelers will help you decide what to give to the wanderer in your life. There’s a gift in the guide for every type of traveler and every price range! These travel gifts inspire adventure and suit on-the-go lifestyles.

1. Friends and family will love the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera! It is incredibly fun to shoot mini polaroid photos while traveling or at parties. I have used it on the go and gifted photos to hosts and new friends along the way! It makes the perfect addition to your travel bag. And it is currently marked down 20%.

2. The Tumi Voyageur is the best backpack I have ever used! I’ve found it ideal for travel as it is extremely versatile, can hold a TON and has a strap on the back that slides over the handle of your rolling luggage. The fabric keeps rain out and wipes clean. There are laptop, tablet and phone pockets in addition to many others. I received this as a gift and am thrilled with its performance! There are also great options for men!

 

3. The ideal gift for anyone who flies a lot is the Vapur collapsible water bottle! It’s BPA free, dishwasher safe, eco friendly and has a built-in carabiner. It is light as a feather and becomes super compact when folded. I never travel without it!

4. Apple’s Airpods are the perfect gift for music, podcasts or audiobook listeners! The small case charges them and the sound quality is excellent. I use these every day and they are perfect for long walks exploring a new city!

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5. The Day and Night Heat Sensitive Mug is perfect for world travelers who love drinking coffee or tea! The map of the world lights up with detail as it changes from day to night when filled with a hot beverage.

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6. The BAGSMART Travel Jewelry Case is the perfect gift for female travelers! This travel jewelry organizers has room for necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets and more. Keep everything safe and easily accessible with this jewelry case.

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7. International travelers will love this Scratch Off World Map! It is a great gift for travelers that will remind them of their past adventures and inspire new ones. It is on sale for 19% off and the gold color scratches off to reveal a colorful map underneath!

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8. The Eagle Creek Pack-It Cube Set is a great gift for any traveler! They are water resistant, lightweight and durable. I have used these for years and they make organizing, packing and unpacking such a breeze! They are marked down 22% so get them while you can!

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9.  The SCOTTeVEST is a convenient solution for keeping your luggage light. I have flown airlines that weigh your carry-on luggage and will force you to check it if it is too heavy. These vests have 18 pockets including one for your tablet and another that blocks RFID frequencies to keep your passport and cards secure. I always use this on long flights as it is basically another carry-on! It works great out in the field for photographers too.

 

10.  Pick up a 3D Sleep Mask Set for travelers with long lashes! This pack contains 2 machine washable sleep masks perfect for plane rides or hotel stays. By design, they won’t interfere with long lashes or lash extensions. I never travel without one whether I have lash extensions at the time or not. They are a steal at 2 for $9.99!

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I hope this Ultimate Gift Guide for Travelers makes your holiday shopping a bit easier! You can also ‘Shop Designs That Give Back’ where each design item supports a nonprofit and my art at the same time.

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My Move Abroad: A New Life in Europe

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There will always be a million reasons NOT to do something, especially when that something involves uprooting your entire life as you know it. The decision to move abroad has quite a few challenges.

Where will you live? Why would you leave your creative, stable job? How will you find work? What will you do with your stuff? How can you move that far from your family? And what about your pets? 

These questions presented a wide variety of obstacles that would easily merit a large enough excuse to stay put in my comfort zone of sunny, beautiful California. However, the thing about comfort zones is that not much grows there. I was ready to shatter mine and move abroad!

A completely new environment piqued my interest and I have always been drawn to European city life. Above all, I wanted to set out on a colossal adventure laced with eye-opening, soul-shaking, perspective-shifting self growth. As I really focused and set plans forth to achieve this challenging dream of life abroad, the countless excuses faded away. I have officially made the jump over to Prague in the Czech Republic without ever having visited before.

Your wildest dreams are worth pursuing!

marcel proust travel quote logo 3 fresh eyesBelieve the one reason something might work rather than the million reasons it won’t. I fully trust that large life adjustments and learning how others live is a catalyst for artistic inspiration and personal growth. Travel has opened my eyes in a lot of ways and I aim to continue that perspective shift by seeing and sharing as much of the world as I can. I hope this blog inspires you to follow your dreams, explore the world and create

I am seeking out the imaginative side of every country on this continent (and some others mixed in as well) while I am based in Prague. In conclusion, I will be sharing my favorite travel destinations, tips, art, events and heaps of photography along the way!

I really appreciate your support! Thanks for joining the adventure : )

 

 

 

 

25 Best Adventure Travel Quotes to Inspire

Whether you are dreaming up destination ideas, busily planning details of your next trip or decompressing from your last adventure, this list of the best adventure travel quotes will inspire your wanderlust! This unconventional selection captures the explorer spirit and the global citizen mindset that comes with an around-the-world journey.

I hope these adventure travel quotes brighten your day and provide inspiration to get out and see the world for yourself!

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1.The world is full of wonderful things you haven’t seen yet. Don’t ever give up on the chance of seeing them. -J.K. Rowling

2. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.  -Alan Alda

3. To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice. – Elizabeth Gilbert

4. If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there. -Lewis Carroll

5. If you wish to journey far in this life, then travel light. Remove all your envies, jealousy, unforgiving, selfishness, hate, lies and fears from your luggage and you will live a beautiful, peaceful life.

6. Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain. -Jack Kerouac

7. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust

8. If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move. -Anthony Bourdain

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9. Travel is never a matter of money but of courage. -Paulo Coelho

10. A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safegaurds, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. -John Steinbeck

11. Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. -Mark Twain

12. And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later. – Randy Komisar

13. And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. -Roald Dahl

14. Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry. -Jack Kerouac

15. Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

16. We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls. -Anaïs Nin

17. Not all those who wander are lost. -J.R.R. Tolkien

18. Paths are made by walking. -Franz Kafka

19. For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. -Robert Louis Stevenson

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20. Better to see something once, than hear about it a thousand times.

21. The tragedy in the lives of most of us is that we go through life walking down a high-walled lane with people of our own kind, the same economic situation, the same national background and education and religious outlook. And beyond those walls, all humanity lies, unknown and unseen, and untouched by our restricted and impoverished lives.” -Florence Luscomb

22. I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met. -John Green

23. Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.  -Anthony Bourdain

24. Wherever you go, go with all your heart. -Confucius

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25. A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. -Lao Tzu

I hope you enjoyed this unique list of the best adventure travel quotes! Looking for more travel inspiration? Find me on social media. I post a lot more over on Instagram : )