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Putting the “Pro” in Procrastination – deadlines anyone?

Putting the “Pro” in Procrastination – deadlines anyone?

What is it about deadlines that I must flirt with them so extensively before finally giving in to them? In two weeks plus three days I will be traipsing around Alpine Texas and not sitting in my Austin apartment, on my fiendishly stylish (and oh-so-comfortable) Humanscale Liberty office chair, that should have been listed on Craigslist quite some time […]

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Going Nomadic – Forgetting Fear – Taking a Leap

Going Nomadic – Forgetting Fear – Taking a Leap

While transitioning to my soon-to-be nomadic lifestyle, occasional moments of fear and doubt creep into my psyche. I shoo the negative thoughts away pronto! I don’t have time for doubts and fears. I have too many things to do before I leave for my year-long road trip adventure. My brain is skilled at creating what if scenarios […]

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Nomadic Lifestyle – Road Trip Begins in 4 Months

Nomadic Lifestyle – Road Trip Begins in 4 Months

My plans to begin a nomadic lifestyle are coming together! The road trip begins in four months! September 30th I pack up Yar-Yar (my 2009 Toyota Yaris) and head to west Texas to do some hiking in Big Bend National Park. On October 15th I will arrive in Tucson Arizona, my home for 7 weeks. I have been […]

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Planning on Going Nomadic – Getting Rid of Stuff

Planning on Going Nomadic – Getting Rid of Stuff

It has been a month since I wrote about weighing the pros and cons of going nomadic. Whether I embrace the location independent lifestyle or not I am starting to downsize my life. I want to have fewer possessions. Planning on going nomadic gives me the motivation to start getting rid of stuff. Each day […]

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Graffiti Wall Austin Texas – Hope Outdoor Gallery

Graffiti Wall Austin Texas – Hope Outdoor Gallery

I love taking photos of graffiti and public art while I am traveling and here at home. The graffiti wall in Austin Texas has been around for several years but I only just stumbled upon it last year.       Hope Outdoor Gallery is located at Baylor and 11th Street in central Austin. The location […]

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2014 Solo Travel Highlights – Wanderlust Fix

2014 Solo Travel Highlights – Wanderlust Fix

2014 Solo Travel Highlights 2014 was a wonderful year of solo travel. Looking over the highlights of my year I did do more traveling than in prior years. I made a point of trying to see more of Texas. Although my goal of taking one road trip per month was not completed – not even close! […]

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Pelicans Port Aransas Texas Gulf Coast

Pelicans Port Aransas Texas Gulf Coast

My solo road trip to Port Aransas on the Gulf Coast of Texas was planned around the whooping crane festival in February. I didn’t see any whooping cranes but I did see plenty of brown pelicans in Port Aransas Texas. I visited the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center in Port Aransas and was surrounded by some […]

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Big Bend National Park – A Solo Road Trip to West Texas

Big Bend National Park – A Solo Road Trip to West Texas

  I never gave too much thought as to why the West Texas park known as Big Bend National Park was so-named. I found out when I took my first solo road trip to West Texas in December 2010. The trip would take me from Austin to Marathon – Alpine – Big Bend National Park […]

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Zilker Botanical Garden – A Little Zen in Austin Texas

Zilker Botanical Garden – A Little Zen in Austin Texas

Zilker Botanical Garden is a little piece of Zen in central Austin. I often stop by in-between bookkeeping client appointments to take a meditative break. Spring is my favorite time to visit Zilker Botanical Garden because I love to see the redbuds begin to bloom but there is beauty in every season. The setting is serene with […]

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Cotton Clouds – Leaving Austin for Barcelona via New York

Cotton Clouds – Leaving Austin for Barcelona via New York

I flew out of Austin headed to Barcelona via NYC on Wednesday morning and a short while into the flight I noticed the clouds all seemed to be lined up in tidy little rows as if someone had planted them in the sky! I am always in awe of cloud formations – looking up at […]

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Canon Powershot SX-700 w/30x Zoom Lens Test Photos – Initial Review

Canon Powershot SX-700 w/30x Zoom Lens Test Photos – Initial Review

I just purchased the Canon Powershot SX-700 for my upcoming solo trip to Barcelona Spain (read my post-trip review here). My previous camera was also a Canon Powershot – the pocket-size SD1300IS which is a great little camera for everyday use. However, mine had developed a grey smudge mark in dead-center on certain photos – most […]

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Pretty Peacocks of Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve in Austin Texas

Pretty Peacocks of Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve in Austin Texas

Exotic peacocks can be seen wandering about the grounds of central Austin Texas. The peafowl living at Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve are descendants of the original pair of peafowl given as a Christmas gift to the Mayfield’s in 1935. In the springtime visitors to Mayfield Park are often greeted by the peacocks fanning their tail […]

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