The Mountains Keep Calling So I’ve Given in and Picked Up the Phone

Two weekends ago, Payson and I headed to one of our favorite little mountain towns in Colorado: Crested Butte. This was only our second visit, but we decided pretty early on that it is a place where we could spent a lot of time. Our first visit was over New Year’s and we had a blast. Well, most of the time…A few late nights led to some exhaustion and tears as I was nearly faced with having to go down a black diamond on one of Colorado’s steepest ski mountains. Luckily, we found an alternative way down and the tears…


I Love You

I didn’t post anything last week because I wasn’t inspired to write about any particular destination. Writing about travel is hard during a pandemic. Who wants to read about my trip to Bali when they really just want to be able to see their grandma in another state? That being said, it was a great trip so if you need some escapism feel free to check it out

These past two weeks have been wonderful and weird, for many reasons. The weather in Denver has been all over the place — blizzarding one minute and 70 and sunny the next…


Something to Celebrate?

Photo by Joel Muniz on Unsplash

In honor of International Women’s Day on Monday I was hoping to write something inspiring and uplifting this week. Instead, the thoughts in my head and the headlines in the news have made me feel less uplifted and more frustrated. This week, the media told me another woman was murdered while walking home, Andrew Cuomo is an alleged sexual predator (shocking) and Meghan Markle is an attention-seeking, family-ruining harlot. This week, my mind told me that I am not good enough, thin enough, smart enough or determined enough (among other things). …


What to Do and See in a Time Crunch

One of my lifelong dreams has always been to visit all of America’s National Parks. I have managed to knock out eight of the sixty-three parks so far, but still have quite a ways to go (once I make it to Alaska the list will fill out significantly). However, having lived overseas for over 6 years, I am pretty proud of how many I have managed to see so far.

I think it is safe to assume that the first national park I went to was Acadia National Park in Maine. I assume this because my mom’s parents lived in…


Where Do We Go From Here?

I have recently been feeling increasingly strong in my femininity. I’ve always considered myself a feminist, and proud to be one, but lately I have felt an increased pride in being a woman. Perhaps it is because I recently finished watching “Mrs. America” on Hulu which led me to purchase and read Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me. In that same online book order, I also bought Betty Friedan’s iconic feminist manifesto The Feminine Mystique, which I am currently working through.

Perhaps this enhanced feminist lens through which I am seeing the world is also being born from feelings…


Maybe Being Curious is a Good Thing?

This past week has been busy in the most wonderful way. Payson and I spent a long weekend skiing and eating copious amounts of food in Crested Butte, Colorado and it was an escape we were both craving. I think next week my travel-focused post will talk about this charming little mountain town because it is truly unlike any place else.

My busy week also meant I contributed little to no time brainstorming a blog post. I don’t have too much to say about my life at the moment other than how steady and fulfilling it feels. However, I told…


Moab, Utah

I recently read an article (read, here meaning, skimmed briefly and looked at the pictures) from Travel and Leisure called “11 U.S. Destinations That’ll Make You Feel Like You’re in Europe.” The title caught my eye because we obviously cannot go to Europe right now and this is something I am reminded about daily. As I’ve mentioned before, I work in travel and we are coming around (once again) to a Spring travel season that will likely not happen. I can’t say I am all that hopeful for a European Summer either, but hey…a girl can dream.

My last travel…


Facing a Physical, and Unexpectedly Mental, Challenge

This week I am once again veering away from my original blog topics of “Love” and “Travel” and focusing on something I have been working through lately. I guess there is a lesson to be learned here about loving yourself (too cheesy?), so maybe it isn’t so far off. Either way, I hope my thousands of readers out there aren’t too put off with the haphazard nature of these now biweekly posts.

I moved to Colorado in October of 2019. Writing that sentence makes me realize just how long I have been here — time really flies. The summer before…


What Better Time to Start Daydreaming of Travel Than During a Global Pandemic?

I know, this is not the time to be talking about travel. Believe me, I hear that nearly every day working in the travel industry (in sales, nonetheless). We are all locked up in our homes wanting nothing more than to get the heck out. Whether you’ve been dreaming about a two week-long safari in Africa or simply a beach vacation in Florida, it has likely been unattainable. Maybe the thought of travel is just too disappointing to entertain. I get it. But, if you’re like me and can’t stop dreaming despite the pandemic, maybe we can dream together.

I…


Sometimes You Just Feel Bad

This has been a hard week. Maggie and I moved apartments over the spans of five days (do not recommend), during which we were both diagnosed with COVID. Feeling physically ill and having to move boxes and furniture was tough to begin with, but this also meant we couldn’t have anyone help us either. It was quite the ordeal.

Nonetheless, we persevered. Maggie made a very wise investment in a dolly and we wheeled tables and chairs and pots and pans up and down flights of stairs and in and out of elevators. We organized and reorganized and took water…

Sonya Stephen

Living and loving in Denver, Colorado.

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