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On the Road: Discovering Asheville & the Local Designer Scene

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[[ Travel details: Monday July 6th marked our first day of driving.  Of course, with all the things I saved for last-minute, we didn’t leave until 8pm.  So that meant driving through the night.  Joel is my driving-hero, so I slept while he drove until about 2am when I imagine he was on the verge of passing out behind the wheel before waking me up.  So from 2-4am, I drove through the nearly-empty highway cutting through Atlanta and up into … Read the rest

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Roadtrip Details: Unfolding

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From early July- early September,

ShockT will be crossing the country!  (Well, looping, technically…)

 

Here’s where we’ll be scoping out cities!  –>

Asheville, NC

Baltimore, MD

New York City

Boston, MA

Burlington, VT

Ithaca, NY

Columbus, OH

Chicago, IL

Iowa City

Denver/Boulder, CO

Salt Lake City, UT

(Yellowstone!)

Portland, OR

Eugene & Bend, OR

Eureka, CA  (Mt. Shasta)

San Francisco, CA

Santa Barbara, CA

San Diego, CA

Joshua Tree

(Grand Canyon!)

Sedona, AZ

Santa Fe, NM

San Antonio, TXRead the rest

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Tuning In

7ChakrasTriple(drawn by Courtney Graham, 2011.  The 7 Chakras, drawn according to the traditional representation of each energy center, including sanskrit symbols for their respective sounds: LAM; VAM; RAM; YAM; HAM; AUM/OM)

 

 

I’ve been diving in deep to chakra research.  Understanding chakras= can be a valuable tool in better understanding your self, and in exploring ways to address challenges, ailments, and behavior patterns that can be detrimental to achieving joy & peace.

 

I am reading the book EASTERN Read the rest

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Letting Go & Going Forth

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(the essence of adventure: photos from a hiking trip I did with a NOLS group in New Zealand, spring 2006.)

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A theme that has been surfacing in my life lately: Letting Go.

 

Consider this–

If you went through your closet and your drawers and pulled everything out, and made two piles– one contains items worn within the last year, the second, everything else– how big would each pile be? Can you make your favorite pile … Read the rest

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Mother’s Day Sale!

 To Mom:

Where do I begin?  

My mother has played such a huge role in my life, it’s impossible to find the words to express my gratitude.  

She’s shown me how to be a supportive friend, a caring sister, a loving daughter, and a joyful human being.

Her energy always amazes me– when I feel like crumpling onto the couch, she powers through to get. it. done.  

And what would life be like without the sense of humor she passed Read the rest

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What’s on the Horizon?

Answer: ROADTRIP!

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It’s true.  I am a luster for the wandering.

 

Getting Here

During college, (I count my lucky stars) I had multiple experiences exploring overseas.  Europe, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, and Central America I can check off my list (and plan to check again, sometime in my life, if destiny so allows.)  After I graduated, I quenched more of my wander-thirst by opting to teach English in China (see CourtneyTravels.com for more detailed accounts.)

 

After returning … Read the rest