While I was living in Portland, I went through some really hard times. I had moved to Portland with my boyfriend at the time, we ended up breaking up a few months later, I was dealing with confusing health stuff and I was establishing myself as a newly single girl in a city where I knew next to no one. During this time, I made it a mission to take self-love and self-care super seriously. I wanted to learn what it meant to show up for myself and to truly love myself inside out. It was intense. During this time, it was the little things that brightened my days and made me feel good. One of the monthly rituals I established during this time was going to Treat in NE Portland where the lovely Megan Fisher, founder and owner of Treat, would always make me feel x1000 better.
As I get ready for my travels, I’ve been keeping with my capsule mentality but have extended that to basically all of my belongings that I will be bringing with me (clothes, makeup, electronics, shoes.) I’ve also been keeping in mind some of the concepts I learned from Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up like only keeping things, or in this situation, packing things that bring me joy and are functional. The whole process of packing for my travels has been challenging and fun because I have very limited space so I can only bring the absolute necessities with me and things I truly love and will use over and over again.
As you know, I’ve kind of fallen in love with exploring the toxin-free, natural makeup scene. It’s literally my favorite. I wasn’t much of a makeup person growing up or during my teenage years because I always felt like makeup made my skin breakout. And the truth is, conventional makeup from department store and drug stores did make my skin breakout. It still does! A little under one year ago I started experimenting with clean, crap-free makeup. I had so much fun with it. And the best part? It didn’t make my skin breakout.
Helsingør, also known as the land of fairy tale houses!! On my second to last night in Copenhagen, I decided to catch a train with a friend to the city of Helsingør, which is located on the Northeast coast of the island Zealand in Denmark. This was an incredibly spontaneous trip that we planned only hours prior and I found myself racing the clock to catch the train, making it with only thirty seconds to spare. It was a pleasant forty-five minute train ride from bustling Copenhagen to the quaint city of Helsingør.
I’m doing some major catch up and have been sifting through images of Copenhagen these past few weeks and am excited to be sharing some of my soul trip highlights with you. As I’ve mentioned, I’m starting to dip my toes into traveling blogging as I embark on my digital nomad journey. Just the other day I posted a curated guide of where to eat gluten-free in Copenhagen and will plan to share these city guides for healthy travelers as I make my way ’round the world. One of the highlights of my trip was staying in a gorgeous Scandinavian design Airbnb in Copenhagen, specifically the Vesterbro neighborhood.