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Writing, Travel and Updates from April 2015

04.30.15 Posted in Blog by

Once again the school year is winding down faster than I comprehend, so I stepped away from my work for a while in April to spend time with my family. We rented a Jucy van and headed toward Southern California, where we unplugged in a couple different state parks. It’s so easy to get caught up in the craziness of our day-to-day lives, and this was definitely a needed break to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

For those ever wanting to get away from the crowds that often plague Southern California, I highly recommend the state parks. They are grossly overlooked and certainly worth a visit.

This month, my work was published in the following places:

Online for Viator:

Slideshows for Physicians Practice:


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Writing, Travel and Updates from March 2015

03.30.15 Posted in Blog by

One of the highlights of March was driving to Los Angeles for BinderCon, an exciting and inspiring writing conference focused on women and other marginalized populations in the media. The conference was held on the UCLA campus, which I adore anyway, so before and after sessions, I often wandered through the grassy lawns and down the winding passages past buildings, getting lost in thought while contemplating everything I’d taken in throughout the day.

I was particularly busy with my job at the International News Media Association this month, but I also had work published in the following outlets:

In print for Here & Beyond:

In print for Travel Weekly:

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Writing, Travel and Updates from February 2015

02.28.15 Posted in Blog by

February always passes by before I have a chance to realize it’s here. This year was no different, and we never had a chance to leave town as a result. Nonetheless, I kept busy interviewing interesting people and attending openings here in Las Vegas prior to the busy summer months. And, of course, I had plenty of writing assignments as well, including the following.

In print for AAA Via:

Online at Viator:

In print for Travel Weekly:

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Writing, Traveling and Updates from January 2015

01.31.15 Posted in Blog by

I enjoy welcoming the start of a new year. For me, a new year means a fresh start, a sense of rejuvenation and energy to get things moving in the right direction. Except for one weekend backpacking trip with my husband and a friend, I spent the majority of January at home, focusing my attention on new professional goals and personal commitments.

Throughout January, I had my work published in the following places:

In print for Desert Companion:

For the Las Vegas e-letter for Travel Weekly:

Online for Viator:

I also had an article published in Nevada Magazine called “New Year, New Vegas” that highlights the recent changes taking place on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip.


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Writing, Traveling and Updates from December 2014

01.05.15 Posted in Blog by

The month of December always goes by so fast for me. I typed away feverishly at my desk for the vast majority of the month, but we escaped the city to spend time with friends and family for the holiday season. Instead of flying, we chose to drive, making a long round-trip path through Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah.

My work appeared in the following places in December:

For Las Vegas Sun:

In print for Travel Weekly:

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Writing, Traveling and Updates from November 2014

12.19.14 Posted in Blog by

In preparation for an epic thru hike of the John Muir Trail this coming summer, my family and I took our first backpacking trip on the outskirts of Las Vegas. We had a wonderful time hiking into the Hidden Forest, then setting up camp for the night far from anywhere. For the Thanksgiving holiday, we packed up and headed to Flagstaff, Arizona, one of our favorite cities. Once again, we explored the Grand Canyon from the South Rim, and for the very first time, we took a train ride through the Verde Valley, which was awash with fall color. Definitely a memorable journey.

Throughout the month of November, my work was published in the following places:

In print for AAA Highroads:

In print for Travel Weekly:

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Writing, Traveling and Updates from October 2014

12.16.14 Posted in Blog by

October is an awesome month in Las Vegas. We turn off our air conditioning, throw open our windows and enjoy a myriad of outdoor events, festivals and celebrations. I rarely go anywhere in October because I love spending it in Las Vegas, and this year proved no different.

When I wasn’t out and about in my hometown, I was glued to my keyboard, working on the following pieces:

For Travel Weekly:

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Writing, Traveling and Updates from September 2014

10.20.14 Posted in Blog by

I spent several days traveling in September, in a manner I haven’t traveled in quite some time. First, I was in northern Wisconsin exploring the Apostle Islands, though we unfortunately had horrible weather, and so I wasn’t able to participate in water sports as I had hoped. Immediately after arriving home, I hopped a flight from Las Vegas to Zurich, Switzerland. Once in Switzerland, I took advantage of the Swiss Rail system (which I love!) and visited both Zermatt and Basel. Per usual, it was a whirlwind trip, but it was nice to see parts of Switzerland that I’ve never visited before.

When I finally returned stateside, I was terrible behind on just about everything, but that’s like, I guess. Even as I travel, I managed to work full time. You can find my work from September in the following places:

In print for Travel Weekly:

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Writing, Traveling and Updates from August 2014

08.20.14 Posted in Blog by

Coming off a major trip throughout much of June and the early part of July, I didn’t travel in August. That was okay with me, however. It was nice to settle in at home as we welcomed another foreign exchange student into our family.

Throughout the month of August, my work was published in the following places:

For the print edition of Travel Weekly:

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Writing, Traveling and Updates from July 2014

08.01.14 Posted in Blog by

I spent about half of the month of July in Europe, exploring parts of Austria and Germany with a quick side trip to Prague in the Czech Republic. Beyond our European adventures, there’s been a lot of exciting activity going on in Las Vegas this summer, so my schedule has been packed with media events.

Throughout July, my work was published in the following places:

For my bi-monthly Travel Weekly e-letter:

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