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Just a quickie this week.

This week’s Essential Reading:


Essential Reading Posts from Campfire Chic - Articles, Blog Posts, and Videos from Around the Web

I had an awesome (awesome awesome awesome) chat with Katie of The Small Change Project last Friday. My last chat with her was in November 2013 as part of the Network of Nice on (check out the most recent Network of Nice here) where Katie was offering free coffee talk sessions to the first few people who contacted her. I was super nervous before our first chat but once we got into the groove of things and I let down my guard a bit, it was incredible. Fast forward 11 months and I was nervous all over again as I set up my iPad and handy yellow legal pad for my second chat with Katie. A lot has changed in the last (almost) year and I tried to talk myself into not gushing about how my first meeting with Katie helped guide Campfire Chic and how I crossed a ton of things off of my list that we discussed (but I secretly thought was nearly impossible to do).

I’m going to be spending the rest of this year really focusing on small changes that (hopefully) have big results…ones that will help me get over some growing pains and ultimately (and most importantly) benefit Campfire Chic readers. Most of these changes are behind-the-scenes, so don’t worry about me changing things up all of a sudden (don’t expect any recipes, no fashion-blogger-inspired-pigeon-toed photos, or babies), all the changes will be for the best.

If you feel like you need to chat with somebody (who isn’t your mom!) to get unstuck with something, I suggest scheduling some time with Katie. We talked about business, confidence, Imposter Syndrome, routines, and more during my two meetings with her. She’s super easy to talk to and it’s nice to talk to somebody who isn’t expecting my usual excuses and will call me on my bullshit.

But enough about me…

This Week’s Essential Reading:



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Essential Reading Posts from Campfire Chic - Articles, Blog Posts, and Videos from Around the Web


30 Days of Lists is my life right now. And so is paddleboarding/kayaking. And carbs…but carbs are kind of always my life.

Some things coming up: Project Life® posts — I finally put in a giant order of photos and I’m ready to roll! Mini-albums. Personal posts — like things that I’m making and our micro-adventures. More books to feed your wanderlust…and probably a few jokes about Dungeons & Dragons as I get started on two different campaigns (one of which I will be DMing, so there’s that).


  • If you’re looking for cute and inexpensive workout clothes that also flatter your body, check out Fabletics. I have a TON of their clothes, so feel free to ask questions about specific pieces…if I don’t own it, I’ll find somebody who does and get you an answer. I’m also an ambassador for Fabletics, so I’ll get credit (for more clothes and bragging rights) if you use that link to sign up for the site.
  • I’m Pinning everything mini-album related lately and this post and this post are just fueling this strange fire
  • Each year I get behind on Project Life and my biggest challenge seems to be printing photos — it may be time to order a photo printer. Kelly Purkey’s recent travel album post has me convinced that the SELPHY may be the best option for me (no space, easy to use)
  • It is this kind of post that has me making huge messes in the living room lately
  • Heather shared some backpacking tips for beginners
  • If you’re thinking of trying canyoneering for the first time, read up on these 10 tips 
  • It’s a bit of a read, but Neil Patel (so you know it’s a good read) wrote a blog post for Buffer on how to safe time each week on social media
  • 24 packing tips — because I have cabin fever and need to book a trip ASAP

What I’m reading:

I’m slowly making my way through Four Boots, One Journey: A Story of Survival, Awareness, and Rejuvenation on the John Muir Trail by Jeff Altwhich was sent to me for review in July. The book follows a newly married couple as they make their way along the 218-mile John Muir Trail in California. The trail goes through three national parks and includes Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states. Jeff thinks the hike will do Beth some good following the tragic passing of her brother. Beth is the hot shower and warm bed kind of gal so taking her out for a big backpacking trip with mountain lions and food shortages is a little out of her comfort zone.

I emailed the author’s wife, Beth, to see what she thought of the idea of hiking the JMT and she responded,

Jeff showed me brilliant pictures of the Sierra lakes and the mountain views.  He knew how much I love water and beaches. He carefully left out the word “glacial” though. He knew I didn’t like the cold. He also said there would be a resort half-way. What he didn’t fully explain to me was that to qualify as a resort in the backcountry simply requires cold beer, hot food, and a shower. There were no massages or chocolates on the pillows. The rooms were rundown, the mattress was as if a boulder dropped off the cliff and landed on the bed leaving a pit in the center of the mattress for us to roll in. But, the staff was great, the food was good, and the beer was cold and we had the option of sleeping in our tent if we didn’t like the rooms. It all worked out (Ha ha).”

When asked what she brought with her on the trail to stay comfortable, she let me know that travel wipes, hand sanitizer, and plenty of toilet paper are essential to comfort.Beth also recommends that adventurers find a comfortable backpack, synthetic undies (the unsung hero of all outdoor adventures!), lightweight boots and wool socks.

I think my favorite part of our chat was about the memory-keeping aspect of Beth’s journey:

“Journaling gave me emotional comfort. Walking in the mountains surrounded by raw beauty combined with the euphoric state from the workout conjures up inspiring thoughts to savor by writing them down.”

I’m looking forward to finishing this book and learning more about the John Muir Trail…who knows, maybe I’ll be brave enough to look into getting permits for next summer!

I was contacted by the author’s publicist to do a review of the book. I received a digital copy of the book and requested a short interview to share with Campfire Chic readers. All opinions are my own.


Essential Reading Posts from Campfire Chic - Articles, Blog Posts, and Videos from Around the Web

Happy Friday!


This week’s Essential Reading:

  • Welcome to the “Incomes Generation” — a short talk on how having a side-hustle may be what is best for employees…because some people like to consider their “desk job” employers to simply be their biggest client in their multiple-income life
  • Add this webinar to your calendar if you want to see some magic in progress
  • Not only does Elise do a great job of explaining a way to give life to old content, she does an excellent job of promoting a course she wrote in the process…without the reader feeling like their being sold something. If you are looking for ideas on how to create content that refers people to your products without feeling “sell-y” you should seriously take a look
  • Did you see my ridiculous face on Amy’s announcement that 30 Days of Lists will return this September? I need to remember to get “camera ready” for our next Skype date
  • What iphoneoraphy taught Ronnie
  • The complete guide to building your personal brand
  • Chocolate chip cookie dough frosted brownies
  • Give an old (and maybe even ugly) table a second life with these simple tips
  • This mini-album has me eyeballing my supplies
  • While my heart belongs to rdio for my music streaming needs, Songza is pretty nice to have on deck when we have friends over or if I just need to have something on in the background while I work
  • Yes, bears poop in the woods…but how to little kids (and adults, for that matter!) do it when there isn’t a toilet around?
  • Casey doesn’t just hike in LA…he added this hike report from Tepozetco pyramid
  • Does the idea of packing for a picnic have you flustered? I blame Pinterest, to be honest. Terri has some simple ideas for an easy picnic dinner with your family


Have a great weekend!


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Essential Reading Posts from Campfire Chic - Articles, Blog Posts, and Videos from Around the Web

I officially changed my posting schedule to three days a week. After making some small updates to the Spark ecourse, I paused on the day that starts out with, “Seriously, what’s wrong?” and started writing a list of the things that have been on my mind lately. I noticed that under “feeling” on my weekly Currently Lists there is some variation of overwhelmed/unsure/anxious/like I’m not doing enough for almost every week for the past two months. So it was time something changed and it was the frequency of my posts.

Expect a few more creative projects. Expect better photos of my Project Life layouts. Expect a new word/phrase under the “feeling” portion of my Currently Lists.

This week’s Essential Reading posts are from the archives, because there is life for posts beyond the front page:

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