Manatees in Blue Springs, Florida

Blue Springs State Park

I want to shed a little light on a spot near my hometown that you’ll definitely want to hit on your next trip to the Sunshine State. Blue Springs is not one of the typical tourist destinations, but definitely worth a day trip if you’re in Central Florida. It’s been years since I last went to Blue…

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Hitting the Reset Button in Cape Town

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

It’s always amazed me how even a short trip and a change of scenery can make the world feel like a completely different place. South Africa certainly doesn’t qualify as a short trip for me. I ventured nearly 16,000 miles round trip from New York City to Cape Town, South Africa’s Mother City. But it was…

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When Running Away Works

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“All journeys have a secret destination of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber Lately specific names, cities, musicians, and phrases keep showing up consistently in my life. I love when this happens as it’s usually a sign of good things to come. More on that another time. One of the recurring themes in…

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Simple Sugar Swaps: 5 Healthier Alternatives

natural sugar alternatives

By now you probably know that sugar is bad. Got that. But toxic artificial sweeteners like Nutrasweet, Equal, and Splenda (yes, even Splenda!) should have no place in your diet. Smart marketing makes it difficult to understand what you’re really putting in your grocery cart. For example, when agave came on the scene it was…

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