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Picturesque Portugal: Watercolor Sketchbook

When deciding where to travel for our first international trip since the start of the pandemic, we selected Portugal for many reasons. However, I’d been dreaming of visiting Portugal even before the pandemic and longed to photograph and wander through picturesque neighborhoods. Starting in late January, I regained an interest in sketching and drawing and tried to figure out which style resonated with me the most. I then discovered urban sketching - drawing what you see around you to capture the essence of the moment - and decided to use Portugal as a test run.

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Beginning to Boulder

I’ve always loved climbing things. As a kid, I would climb trees in the yard and read a book in their branches. At some point, I must have gone indoor rock climbing for a birthday party and convinced my parents to build a traversing climbing wall on the back of the house.

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Reflecting on 2021

The past six months since I left the daily grind have been an incredibly fulfilling whirlwind of trying new things and taking time to rest.

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A New Unplan-It Earth

Welcome to the new Unplan-It Earth. When I started this blog in 2018, I was anxious, stressed, and needed everything planned.

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Cooking in Lockdown: Traveling through Culinary Experiences at Home

I think one of the hardest things mentally during the COVID-19 pandemic has been the sudden lack of things to look forward to. Normally, my days are spent in anticipation of an upcoming trip or hangout night with friends, so I’m able to enjoy the quiet moments since I know excitement is around the corner. How does one come to terms with the unknown, and enjoy this time instead of letting it go to waste while waiting for something that may not happen for a long time?

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