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It’s Time to Take a Vacation

Tag along with me and discover how to have a successful career and still travel often. You can find better balance in life, work and play. I am an author, adventure traveler, volleyballer, biker, hiker, and yogi…I prefer life NOT on the couch. My job as a travel writer is to be an ambassador for increasing travel dosage, not work hours, and my goal is to inspire you to take the trip. West Michigan is home base for me to write, play and co-own FineLine Creative, a marketing communications company founded in 2003. In the blog and upcoming book, Travel Light discover trip ideas, people, adventure and twists/turns that will make you laugh. Come with me and travel your way to happy.

The Year of 50

I turned 50 in September. Middle age. How to celebrate this milestone? Plan a trip, of course! I hope I've learned some valuable lessons in my time so far. One of them is to work less, spend time with important people, and vacation more. A milestone birthday is an excellent opportunity to celebrate with travel rewards. Back in 2009, the adventurous year of 40, I took a trip every month...

Ride Like a Girl – Park City, Utah

I am a woman. I am a mountain biker. I am in a significant minority. I want to inspire more women to ride.I want the sport to grow. I want people to get outside, to be mentally and physically healthy and connect with nature.The Outdoor Industry Association shows a 2:1 men to women ratio across mountain biking disciplines in the U.S.  Source: OIACurrently, less than 20% of IMBA’s (International Mountain Biking...

Michigan Mountain Biking

Is Michigan one of the Midwest's premier mountain bike destinations? Yes, but only if you are willing to cross the bridge to the U.P. the much wilder peninsula. The U.P. is home to two IMBA (International Mountain Biking Association) ride centers, one in Marquette and the other in Copper Harbor. Below the bridge, it's just not the same for two-wheeled thrill-seekers. Until now... Things are changing in the lower half...