homemade granola in 30 minutes

within the last year or so, I’ve made an extra effort to challenge what I believe I am capable of. the stories I tell myself beginning with “I don’t know how” or “I can’t do that” have served as my starting point for many…

72 hours in beijing

I typically operate somewhere between severe wanderlust + cozy homebody. so, when all this stay-at-home began, I was optimistic. at the time, the weather was still playing its part as “winter”. I’m a midwesterner, which means I basically hibernate all winter long. going out…

5 eco-friendly swaps llbychels

5 eco-friendly swaps for daily use items

this year, I set twenty goals for myself. they would require additional effort + focus to accomplish, but definitely obtainable. and then unprecendented times hit. it’s not unlike hurdles + setbacks to come after “a man on a mission”. this is just a more…

20 goals to tackle in 2020

I’m pretty certain I have been living in some sort of fast-moving cloud over the past four (ish) years. covering a lot of ground, continuously changing, occasionally producing turbulent storms, but nonetheless staying the course + moving quickly.  I entered this metaphorical cloud the…

vegetarian slow cooker chili

during the winter months, I catch myself making chili almost weekly. apparently my wintertime cravings include: cozy sweatshirts, a warm fireplace, soft blankets, and a bowl of chili. a warm bowl of chili may offer some comfort during the colder months, but it’s become…

how to make dinner when you don’t want to

a hack to adulthood: have a list of super easy dinner options for the nights you JUST CAN’T. in my life, those nights fall into two categories. the first is: “I just can’t imagine having to cook”. if I don’t make a game plan…