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New Skill Acquired… Metalsmithing

One of my “life list” goals is to be constantly learning something new (Life List post coming soon!). This past winter, a friend of mine told me that she had recently become involved with the Bellingham Metal Arts Guild. When she told me about the classes, I was instantly intrigued. I have always been interested in metalwork, specifically as it pertains to jewelry, but the cost of all the necessary tools made dabbling in this field cost prohibitive. These classes offered a chance to...

travel journal

Starting a Travel Journal

The Christmas before our world trip, I gave everyone — my husband, two sons, and even myself — a small journal. Each was a different color and had a different saying that I imagined suited each of us. Mine was “LIVE A LIFE YOU LOVE.” Eight months later when we packed our backpacks and headed out into the world, I am the only one that brought along said journal. Maybe it’s because the rest of the travelers are male or...

5 Favorite Books of 2016 and 20 Others That Weren’t

I read 25 books in 2016. Ok, maybe I didn’t “read” them – I  listened to them. I really don’t think there is a difference, but my husband insists that I can’t say I “read” a book if I only listened to it. Whatever… read, listen… it’s all the same to me. Here are my top 5 from 2016… 5. Small Great Things: A Novel, Jodi Picoult Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins...

sunset fun in Bagan

Welcome to Northwest Rambles!

Welcome to Northwest Rambles… a blog dedicated to living every day to its fullest, stepping outside your comfort zone, making the world a better place, being your authentic self, experimenting, exploring, creating, photographing, playing, and all-around fun! I believe that being happy is contagious and I hope to spread that feeling as far and wide as possible. Life’s too short to be unhappy. I am working on surrounding myself with like-minded people who are passionate about life and learning and...