I’ve never been someone that’s been affected by the way people look in the media. You often hear it ‘young girls worrying about body image etc because of what they see in magazines and on TV’…nope, never been me. I’ve always been happy with myself. Until recently. Instagram really started getting me down and making me think that I wasn’t good enough and that you have to be and do things a certain way to be ‘successful’. Even then it’s still not a looks thing. I don’t want to be the person in the photos because that’s not me, but it was almost like my life isn’t ‘good enough’. But for the most part I like my life, I LOVE my travels so why should I be feeling like I’m doing it wrong?
Bullet journalling, scrapbooking, in the middle of the digital age it’s kinda cool how more people than ever are expressing their creative flair through arts and crafts! Places like Hobby Lobby are dangerous for the artistic type! I’ve only ever managed to complete two…one that I made for my Sister’s birthday full of childhood memories and a second one documenting my road trip along Route 66! I may not be a pro scrapbooker but I’m ridiculously proud of my road trip scrapbook! In this post I’ll be showing you some of the things I included and why a road trip makes an awesome theme for a scrapbook!
Pinots Palette was founded in Houston, Texas back in 2009. There’s now over 100 studios across the country with 2 being located within Iowa (Dubuque and Des Moines)! The Pinots Palette tag line is “Paint. Drink. Have Fun.” and I can vouch that it is definitely a very fun and relaxed environment! Classes usually operate twice a week, with different seasonal painting each evening, so you could go back multiple times and not have to paint the same pictures over and over! The studios operate a ‘bring your own drink’ policy but provide glasses and ice buckets and all the necessary painting equipment for the evening!
So you’ve probably come across these bucket lists a hundred times before. I had a ‘things to do before you die list’ and I pretty much completed everything on it…skydiving – done, bungee jump – done, canyon swing – done, swim with sharks – done, surf Waikiki Beach – done, you just have to check out my adrenaline activity list to see a whole bunch of crazy stuff that I’ve completed. I HAD a 30 before 30 list, to visit 30 countries before I turned 30 and I smashed it out of the park…I even upped it to 40 countries and I’m currently on 39 with a year to go!
Yes that’s right, not only is Between England & Iowa my travel and lifestyle blog, it is now a book! “Between England and Iowa: A Year In The Life Of An Emigrating Wife” is my story all about the realities of expat life. For a whole year I kept a journal. I wrote down my expat milestones, ALL my thoughts and feelings and documented each time I came across something that sent me into culture shock!
As if I needed anymore camera gear! I now use my iPod, iPhone, Canon Powershot (point & shoot), GoPro Hero 3, DJI Spark Drone, all the necessary mounts and travel tripods and now I’ve added an 80mm Crystal Ball (or Spherical Lens) to the collection and I love it…even though it does weigh the same as a baby elephant…Here are some of my tips for Crystal Ball photography!
As a part time traveller, I’m always on the look out for a way to satisfy my love of travel without actually being on the road. ‘Route 66 Splendor’ is an adult colouring book created by Jo Ann Kargus, an illustrator from St Louis, Missouri (yay Midwest!) and I can tell you now, it’ll provide hours of entertainment!
I recently attended my very first travel blogging conference! I umm’ed and ahh’ed about going for ages. The 2017 Women in Travel Summit (or WITS for short) was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin…just a 3 hour drive from where I now live in Iowa! I’d have been silly not to have gone! But all the thoughts were there…what if my old banger of an American car breaks down? Would I get totally lost driving all that way just 7 months after passing my USA driving test? Would I be spending the whole weekend alone? Is my blog too small to really benefit from anything? Little fish in a big pond…would all the other larger blogs outshine me?