Hi friends!

Sorry I’ve been so silent lately. For those of you who followed along with my posts at the beginning of the year, it’s clear that my family’s world got turned upside down quite a bit last fall. And even that is a total understatement.

Despite that turn of events, I begrudgingly fulfilled my contract that had been arranged nearly a year prior. It was NOT easy. Even things you enjoy doing are near impossible when your head is nowhere near your feet. My mind wandered constantly to my family. Tears fell with no warning: at work, at the gym, in the ports, and everywhere in between. It was clear that the ship was an extremely unhealthy environment for me. On top of the emotional distress, my vegan food desires were rarely satisfied, and the social pressures of “being on” 7 days a week were tough and trying.

I completed that contract on May 4th andFullSizeRender sailed an extra week through Alaska with my parents. I really enjoyed sharing it with them but when that week was through, I felt such a relief! I had been offered a job in social media marketing and coordination about a month before the end of my contract and with that all set in stone, I couldn’t wait to get started. When I started this blog, I had no idea it would help land me a job 5 years later! So many hours have gone into my little corner of the internet. And just because I am taking a needed travel break does not mean I’m ready to give up the blog, but I would say not to expect a ton of timely posts over the summer. I’ll do what I can, but now that my workday is spent on social media, it’s difficult to come home and plop down in front of another computer. Please do check back – I’m even hoping to throw up some fun stuff from past travels.

While I’m home, I plan on taking advantage of this beautiful part of the world. Having traveled all over, it’s more and more apparent that the Pacific Northwest is a true gem and I can’t wait to explore new parts of it. It’s been a month and a half now since I’ve had my feet on solid ground and I already feel more focused, inspired, healthy, happy, and hopeful than I have in years.

Never say never. I may return to ships one day, but for the moment, I’m content right where I am, soaking up as many joyful moments as I can. Follow along on my new Instagram account, @nwbynature.

Even though that contract was difficult, I continued to film our adventure and just recently finished compiling. It’s now up here for your viewing pleasure.

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