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October 23, 2016โ€ข

by Alyssa

Life Lately + I’m going to THAILAND!

Hiya! I've been wanting to write a more personal post like this, just to share a bit about what's been going on lately because life has been absolutely nuts. But sometimes when life moves so fast, we forget to take a moment and reflect. And since this is also a personal space for me to share, I figured there's no better place than right here to talk about life.

Life Lately: October 2016

So like obviously the first thing happening is that… I'M GOING TO THAILAND!!! In 10 days. And I'm flying SOLO.

I'm so scared, but also crazy excited at the same time. This trip is going to be full of a lot of firsts for me, but mainly it's my first time visiting Asia AND it's my first time traveling alone. The reason for the trip is self-care and self-discovery. Over the last few months, I've been feeling like I really need a break. I've been going through some things in my personal life (that I'm not quite ready to share about), have been super stressed with my business, and am just starting to generally feel burned out. I'm tired, I'm overwhelmed, and I really want to get my spark back.

When burnout hits, which I'm sure it has for you also, you can either keep pushing through and hope that it just gets better (which is what I normally do) or you can take a step back and really listen to what your body, mind, and heart are telling you. For me, that was going on an adventure and doing something I love.

So I booked a solo trip to Thailand! I know it sounds a little crazy, but I've wanted to travel to Thailand for years, and it's just never been the right time. Somehow though, the stars aligned for this trip–the tickets were cheap, I didn't have any big projects or deadlines, my family could watch Trevi. So I made it happen.

My itinerary is pretty much set; I'm flying in and out of Phuket where I'll be spending two nights in Phuket Town exploring the old city and visiting the Phi Phi islands, and then I'll be heading 30 minutes south and spending the next 6 days at a yoga and meditation retreat. I'm going to do my best to unplug (no computer!), but will definitely be sharing photos, snaps and Instagram stories, so make sure you're following along.

I'm planning to share a few things before I leave and after I get back, but let me know if there's anything, in particular, you want to see/hear about. Here's what I'm thinking:

  • The Best Travel Snacks (snacks you can bring with you on the airplane)
  • What I Eat in a Day: Airport Style
  • Phuket Tour (2 part series; one of the town and one about my retreat)
  • What I Eat in a Day: Thailand Style
  • Tips for traveling solo
Life Lately: October 2016

In other news… I'm redecorating my bedroom!

This is something I've wanted to do for ages and now I'm finally getting around to it!! I'm going to be sharing a complete tour of the space once it's finished, but it's been such an exciting process. It feels amazing to get rid of stuff that is no longer serving me and to breathe new life into a space that has felt stale and uninspiring.

I'm keeping the design pretty simple, but also kind of modern. Lots of white, cozy dark woods and filling the space with things that make me happy. New art, a new bed, and mattress, new window treatments, bedside tables, etc. It's pretty much getting a head-to-toe makeover and so far it's looking great!

Life Lately: October 2016

I'm mixing in some DIY projects too (like that shelf & vision board), so it's been fun to let out some of my creativity.

My mattress just arrived on Friday, I'm waiting for my bed to arrive this week and then the final touches will probably have to happen after I get back from my trip. I'm definitely planning to share a complete tour of the new space, talk about why I chose some of the things I did, and give you some tips for creating a space in your home that helps you destress.

I seriously can't wait!

(and Trev is excited too!)

Life Lately: October 2016

Other than that, I'm spending the week up in Vermont with my parents, getting tons of recipes done before the trip and then dropping little Trevi off with them. She's gonna have so much fun playing in the woods, chasing squirrels and deer and barking her head off. She'll probably drive my parents crazy, but she deserves a little vacation too, right? Right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

So that's pretty much what's been going on with me lately! What's been up with you? I'd love to hear how you're doing and if you have any thoughts/questions/comments, you know I'm always just an email away ๐Ÿ™‚

I think I'll sign off by leaving you with some links to things that I've been loving lately. I hope you have a great rest of your weekend! xo

This Week's Inspiration

These spaghetti and quinoa meatballs as a healthy pasta alternative

This chai spice quinoa breakfast bowl for a warm cozy fall evening

This Thai curry veggie soup to try after I return from my travels

My chunky monkey quinoa breakfast cookies for a healthy sweet treat

This toast alternative because it's made of sweet potatoes!

This vegan shepherd's pie…because hi it's shepherd's pie!

This quote <3

This super cute outfit for fall

Such a fun DIY project for a bedroom (when I have more space!)

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  1. Wow. Take lots of pictures and videos. Write or record a little narrative or some notes each dayโ€”you will forget about some things when you get back from the trip.

    Take cameras on the smallish sideโ€”you aren’t going on a photo shoot and you don’t want to lug too much stuff around during the day. A smartphone is good, but also take a portable charger (Unu is a good brand ~$25) for your phone since it will need charging during the day, especially if you use it to take photos and videos.

    Hopefully your phone has plenty of free memory; wifi (for storing to the cloud) will probably be scarce and your phone and other equipment will fill quickly with videos.

    I don’t know what to say about the food, yoga or other things in Thailandโ€”I’m sure you’ll tell us. I expect you will eat decent on the transpacific flights. Airports nowadays have reasonable options, although pricey.

    Of course have fun, look around, stay safe, and be thankful for where we live.

  2. Hi Alyssa!
    I’m so excited for you and wish you a wonderful trip. I’m sure you will return re-charged & with a lot of positive energy! Quick question, I’ve been doing a lot of research on yoga retreats, would you mind telling me what retreat you are going to? I’d love to hear how you liked it afterwards too!

    Thanks and have a safe journey!!

    • Thank you so much! That’s exactly how I’m hoping to feel when I get back, so I can’t wait. And yes, the yoga retreat I’m going to is at Santosa Wellness Center in Phuket. I’ll be sharing more about the experience on the blog when I get back!

  3. Asia is fascinating – your senses will be excited. Experience the flavours! Let them overwhelm you. And be prepared for this: you will want to go back! Best to you Alyssa.

    • Thank you so much!! I can’t wait for all the food and culture. I know this won’t be the only time I’m over there ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I traveled to South Korea by myself for a summer and taught English. Lived in a homestay where they didn’t speak English too! I learned so much about myself! It was definitely life changing and amazing and I’m so thankful I did it! Enjoy! Can’t wait to hear about it!

  5. Love that you are choosing to put yourself first ๐Ÿ™‚ You will have a great time in Thailand! I found Phuket town (Patong) VERY touristy and in your face, you cannot walk down the street without someone shoving something in your face or wanting you to come into their shop or buy something off them off the street, I found it a bit much but others love it so definitely go with an open mind. I loved the quieter places like Koh Phangan. Looking forward to hearing about your journey x

    • Yes I’ve heard the same thing! I’m avoiding that area completely and am instead opting for a day trip (maybe overnight) to Koh Phi Phi and then my yoga retreat is in Kata Beach, so hopefully it will be more relaxing and manageable than Patong ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Have a great and safe trip!! I hope you are able to get recharged and enjoy the time to yourself. The furthest I have been by myself is from the west US to the east US, so I admire your courage.

  7. I love your post !- I struggle with stress and really helps to hear you talk about how you handle your stress . Thanks !

  8. I am SO excited for you!! I wish I could take my own solo trip to Thailand ๐Ÿ˜‰ but I will vicariously live through you, haha. I can’t wait to see the bedroom redecorating because I am about to move and need some design inspo. Wishing you all the best with lots of love!! <3

  9. Love this format. Have a great trip and definitely ride the elephants at the elephant sanctuary. I was there two years ago and it was fabulous. Add Vietnam to your bucket list. It was my absolute favorite country on my SE Asia tour.

  10. Alyssa,
    I honor you, admire you and commend you for choosing to take care of you and go on an incredible adventure to Thailand that you have always wanted to do. Way to go, girlfriend across the miles! (from AZ)
    I bless you with a beautiful trip, enlightenment and everything you need to learn and recharge your batteries along the way on your journey to Asia.
    Have fun, enjoy, get well, refresh and return to us with more peace, love and joy in your heart and soul.
    I look forward to your posts about your trip when you return. I promise you that all your faithful quinoa fans will still be here and await your return with grateful anticipation.
    Love & Blessing Always,
    Warmest Regards,

    • Thank you so much, Susan! That is incredibly sweet ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to share the experience with all of you!! xo


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