faith & alex

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These two make my heart all warm and mushy. Last weekend when I was in Ithaca, I was able to see my dear friend Faith and her husband Alex before they hopped on a plane to Australia.

Backtracking a bit, I met Faith while interning at a community radio station two summers ago. We became close friends and I now consider her one of my most cherished sisters. This past year, Faith took off on a cross country roadtrip in her van “Hayduke.” As a passionate environmental activist, she ended up at Standing Rock, North Dakota, a protest camp set up by the indigenous population to resist the Dakota Access Pipeline. There, she met and married Alex.

These two truly inspire me with their commitment to a sustainable lifestyle and liberated existence. In anticipation of their voyage to Australia, Alex’s home country, they set up The Earthling Dream. Their mission statement is beautiful: “We’re on a mission together — to live in the present, to nurture our love, and to build a lifestyle that is compatible with the health of this planet.”

I cannot wait to follow their journey and I encourage you to do the same. We all have something to learn from their values.

During their going away party two weeks ago, we snuck outside to snap some photos. These snaps are still making me smile. Enjoy.

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weekending – ithaca

Hey friends! I have been sick in bed for the past few days fighting a pretty ruthless virus. Some forced downtime never hurts though, I suppose. This rainy, sleepy day seems like a good time to share some snaps from last weekend’s visit to Ithaca.

I took my boyfriend down to my old college town for the first time, introducing him to my favorite spots and my favorite people. Many of my closest friends, including my brother, are still living there, so it was a great time. We saw some live music, ate great food and wandered around town. Weekends like these always feel like a reset for my soul, keeping me in check and reviving me at the same time. As always, I am looking forward to my next visit.

Here are a few miscellaneous snaps from the weekend, including a few rare shots of me.

What are you up to this weekend?

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weekend visits

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Now that I am back in Rochester, I am getting to know the city in a whole new light. This is why it is extra fun when friends come to visit. I get to show them my favorite spots and let them see this place through my eyes.

Last weekend, my dear friends/favorite couple came to visit. Wandering around Rochester with Jesse and Val was such a joy! They came for the sweetest day trip and it was perfect. We sipped coffee, drove around, shivered next to the falls, and chatted away.

I recently had a similar experience when my lovely friend Faith and her husband Alex came to Rochester for an evening. Living within driving distance of some of my favorite people is such a treat, and believe me, I am cherishing it.

Here are a few snaps from Jesse and Val’s happy, sunny visit.

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how to protect your eyes if you work at a computer

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This is something that has been on my mind a lot lately. I am now working for a digital marketing company, and in my free time I blog and take photos. So, needless to say, I work on my computer frequently. This is tricky — I love to write, but this digital pass time is taking its toll on my eyes.

So, I did a little research about how to preserve your eyes when you work at a computer, and I want to share my findings with all of you. I am going to test these out today at work. We’ll see how it goes!

  1. 20-20-20 Break: For every 20 minutes you are using the computer, spend 20 seconds looking at something 20 feet away from you.
  2. Sit an arm’s length away from the monitor.
  3. Remember to blink!
  4. Avoid working under overhead florescent lighting. (Florescent lighting might be one of my least favorite inventions.)
  5. Upgrade to an LCD screen.
  6. Keep the brightness of your computer the same as the room where you are working.
  7. Lower your computer’s color temperature. The less blue light the better!
  8. Take frequent breaks and move around. (In my case, this means basically doing yoga in the hallway.)
  9. Buy computer glasses.
  10. Unplug!

These were some of the points I found on multiple blogs and websites. I’m excited to start trying them out!

I do want to emphasize the importance of the last listen item: Unplugging. Many of my friends and family members know that this is one of my top stress relieving tips. Stop using your phone an hour before bed, and don’t even think about touching it until you are fully awake, dressed, and ready to face the world in the morning. There are certain times of the day that should belong only to you.

Especially for writers and other digital artists, technology opens up incredible creative opportunities, but it can also be quite harmful. In general, I think it important to understand technology’s role in our lives and to strike a balance when using it.

Readers! What techniques to you use to keep your eyeballs happy while working on your computer? Let me know in the comments.

Much love!