This might be the gift guide that speaks more to the ‘true Joanna.’ I’m one of those people who likes to be active and outside as much as possible, often chasing adventure. Whether it’s ocean, mountain, or desert, I’m always totally blown away by nature. This is the ultimate gift guide for other ladies with a deep appreciation for adventure and the outdoors!
(Confession: I’ve always wanted to use that as an Instagram caption.)
I’m gonna get real in this post, guys. Get ready. Basically, I am leaving tomorrow for a 2 week long solo road trip. While the blog has continued to run and look like everything is peachy keen, the fact is that things have not been great for me lately. The past few months have been incredibly hard and not for any one particular reason, but for a multitude of reasons all piling up and feeling overwhelmingly crushing. I started to list them as I write this post and when it’s all spelled out, it seems so trivial — work has been slow… I’m not able to rock climb because of an injury… I’m constantly exhausted and struggling to maintain focus. The list goes on and on, but at the root of it is that I struggle with depression. I have for years and I’ve touched on it here, but never in a big way. Currently, the deep dark abyss is looming and I know it. But here’s the thing, I’ve been there before and I am not going back. I refuse. So it’s time to do something about it.
Oof, you guys. This time of year… sometimes it really gets to me. Not only is it the busiest time of year for us bloggers, but it’s also the time of year when lots of feelings emerge within myself. I tend to get caught up in everything being perfect, which results in me losing sight of actually being present in the moment and enjoying it. And I really, really hate that this happens. Nothing makes me feel more frenzied, more stressed out than having to rush from one party to another event… on and on. When The Trust for Public Land reached out to me to partner on a blog post, I rushed to say yes — if anything as the perfect excuse to open up this conversation with you guys and share how vital being outdoors is to maintaining a clear head during the holidays.
As much as possible lately, I’ve been reminding myself to slowwwww down, take a breath… and get outside. It is not always easy to take the time for myself, but it’s entirely vital to my wellbeing. During my most recent trip visiting friends in San Francisco, I felt the stress welling up inside of me — to the point where it felt hard to focus on anything else. It’s moments like this where I drop everything and escape to the outdoors, in this instance I went to Lands End park. I felt totally inundating by social obligations, blog deadlines, an overflowing inbox. So I ditched the iPhone in my car and took to the trails with my camera to breathe in the air and clear my head.
When it comes to gift giving this year, I am way more inclined to focus on sharing an experience, rather than just giving a ‘thing.’ And I definitely want it to be something that falls more onto the ‘want list’ than the ‘need list.’ Recently, I teamed up with awesome gear and menswear shop Huckberry for the ultimate surprise for my boyfriend: a mini makeover for his adventure rig.
Sean bought his ’90 Isuzu Trooper for a song off of Craigslist and has worked his butt off turning into a reliable adventure rig. One of the main projects he undertook was the interior. He stripped out the backseats and installed a wooden platform with storage underneath — it makes for the perfect sheltered campsite, especially in the PNW rain.
We’ve taken Sean’s Trooper out for climbing and camping a ton this fall, but it’s always been a rig that feels barebones. With this makeover, I wanted it to feel more comfortable and maybe even a little bit romantic!
By now, you all know I’m a bit of a wanderer, right? I’ve got a deep love for road trips and hours spent in the car discovering amazing, new-to-me things. And don’t even get me started on discovering new delicious things to eat. When a Seattle-based Chevrolet dealership reached out about lending me a car, I knew I needed to do something cool. After much brainstorming, a coastal road trip was it — down to San Francisco and back in a week, with lots of climbing, camping, mountains, and dunes along the way!
(This is gonna be a long one… so here goes.)
Happy Friday, you guys! Not sure about the rest of the country, but here in Seattle fall has definitely arrived. I can feel that snap in the air and each day feels just a tiny bit shorter than the one before. With this in mind, I decided to take a quick impromptu climbing trip in the middle of the week to celebrate the gorgeous fall weather and get in as much outdoor time as possible before the rain starts. In other words… I played hooky! And it was totally glorious. I watch the sunset (and rise) over the North Cascades, which are referred to as the American Alps, and completed the longest, hardest climb I’ve ever undertaken. Now that I’m back in Seattle, I am so content and inspired by the trip.
In case you missed it, here’s what happened on the blog this week:
- cocktail pairing school with Blurb & Pennyroyal
- all roads x anthropologie
- DIY / drawer pulls with HP Sprout 3D technology
- top 5 wants // september
- nautical & modern jewelry from Porcelain and Stone
Plus, a few other new & noteworthy things:
- you guys, this bag. I have serious lover eyes.
- I’m loving the decrepit wallpaper in this minimalist bedroom (via Remodelista).
- desperately wishing that my bathroom looked like this!
- salted vanilla sunflower butter, need I say more??
- I am still so in love with pale blush pink and these mules are the perfect example of why.
image via Instagram.
When it comes to natural ephemera, I’m a bit of a hoarder. We’re talking rocks, driftwood, bits of seaglass… anything that catches my eye during one of my many beach walks and hikes. I have jars and jars of these treasures, but they haven’t ever served a purpose in my life other than collecting dust. Well, that’s until now — today I’ve partnered with HP to share how to transform your special pieces of ephemera into functional drawer pulls for your home!