Happy Friday! Thanks for joining me for another round of sharing the things I’ve been loving lately.
It’s been a busy week! M and I made it to April, celebrated Easter, marked the two month anniversary of launching Full Life, Full Passport, moved into a bigger apartment, and finished our taxes (try not to get jealous of that last one). I’m ready for the weekend!
I hope your week treated you equally well and that you enjoy the three things I have for you this week!
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Need a little pick-me-up today? Check out these photos of a project undertaken by an elementary school teacher who wanted to show his students how wide and diverse and wonderful the world is. After he put out requests on Reddit for people in other states and countries to send postcards to his students, the project went viral and the responses poured in from all over the planet. As it says in the article,
To date, the class has received postcards from every single US state along with 90 countries around the world.
What a great way to educate kids about the world to which they belong, and what a heartwarming story about people taking a few minutes out of their busy lives to send some love across the globe.
I would love to spend some time poring over all of the different postcards, notes, and other gifts in person, but the photos are a decent substitute!
Well done, Mr. Arwood!
2.) My KEEN Sandals
I mentioned these briefly in my A Week in Belize post, but these sandals were such a godsend on our recent trip that they’re worth highlighting here.
I know I am so late to the rugged sandal game, but guys… I love these things. They’re comfortable, functional, and just so handy. I don’t know how I traveled without them.
Despite having not worn my new pair at all beforehand except to try them on, I was able to take my KEEN’s on an active, all-day tour without so much as a blister. They were so comfortable from the very beginning, though like any new shoe you probably should walk around in them a bit before committing to a full day of wear. (I, obviously, like to live dangerously.) The soles are strong and hardy and the big-toe-protecting design is a life-saver when hiking or navigating rough terrain. Best of all, they are fabulously amphibious – I wore them to cross rivers, tube through caves, and take a dip in a swimming hole just as easily and comfortably as when I was climbing ruins or trekking through the jungle.
I regret not having invested in a pair earlier, as they would have been much more helpful on my backpacking trips than the open-toed sandals I took along at the time. Although KEEN’s aren’t cheap, the quality and versatility made them worth every penny for me, and I will happily purchase another pair once these wear out. If you don’t have a good, versatile sandal for outdoor adventures, I encourage you to check out any of the KEEN offerings and see for yourself what I’m raving about!
3.) New Beginnings
As I mentioned, last weekend M and I said goodbye to the first home we shared together and moved to a new apartment complex a short distance away. We had outgrown our old apartment, plus the rent had gone up so much over the course of our time living there that it just became foolish to pay what they were going to charge for another year.
Man, the housing market. That’s something I have certainly not been loving lately!
Anyway, I’m excited to be in a new place with all the possibilities that come along with fresh starts. It’s time for some new decor, new routines, and a couple new pieces of furniture to replace things that are worn out. We also acquired an additional bedroom and bathroom, so the extra space is a nice change and will be much more comfortable for people who come for an overnight visit.
Although the apartment is a box-ridden disaster at the moment, it’s been fun to set things up and establish how our life will look within these new walls. Since M moved into my place after we got married, this is the first time we’re establishing a home together from the outset. It’s nice to have an apartment that feels truly, equally ours.
Hopefully, by the time next week’s Three Things roll around we’ll have everything unpacked and be all settled in!
Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back on Monday for more new travel content!
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(PPS: This easily could have been another March Madness post, since M’s grad school alma mater, Villanova, won the NCAA men’s national basketball championship on Monday, but I spared you 🙂 Just know that these past few days have been a very happy time in our home!)
What have you been loving lately?
Is there an item of clothing that you can’t live without when you travel?
Do you get sentimental or nostalgic when you move?