Photo Friday: A Slice of RV History

Before the weather gets too cold, I’m daydreaing about my future RV life. In the meantime, enjoy these pictures from the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, IN. The museum boasts 100,000 sq. ft. of space that houses historical RVs, walls honoring notable notables in the industry, library, gift shop, RV toy displays,…

Remember the Reason for Labor Day

Like most people in the United States, I am savoring the Labor Day weekend and lamenting what many folks recognize as the official end to the summer–as weird as it was this year. The weather has been great, so I’ve taken advantage of the free time to enjoy it. Nevertheless, Labor Day is a federal…

Photo Friday: Patterns of Alhambra

Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Granada, Spain. The first structures of Alhambra date back to 889. This visit was one of my favorites sites during my trip in 2018. I was enthralled by its many colors, shapes, textures, and patterns. Want to publish high-quality posts that’ll make your readers want more of…

Fear Might Not Be the Reason for Avoiding the Dentist

My post yesterday was about facing fear and taking necessary actions, even though they may seem scary. I talked a lot about the fear of going to the dentist, something that affected me for several years. Despite the worst my imagination could conjure, I bit the bullet and got the dental care I needed. After…

How I Learned to Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway

For several years in my early adulthood I didn’t go to the dentist. I know, gross. You’re probably wondering, just how many years is “several?” Not gonna tell; it’s too embarrassing. But I was scared–of the needle, the drill, getting a lecture about neglect, being told in my early 30s I’d need dentures . ….

Photo Friday: Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska

Carhenge is a quirky model of Stonehenge using old cars. It’s outside of Alliance, Nebraska, and definitely worth the short drive from town. The entire replica was built with the same proportions as the original Stonehenge monument. Want to publish high-quality posts that’ll make your readers want more of your content? For a FREE download…

Photo Friday: Scenes from Vienna in Fall of 2017

From Mozart’s apartment, which is portrayed in the movie Amadeus. Vienna Opera House at night Coaster from the 1516 Brewing Company Want to publish high-quality posts that’ll make your readers want more of your content? For a FREE download of my guide, The ULTIMATE BLOG POST CHECKLIST, just click here!

Why Am I So Hungry?

I was standing in front of my open fridge the other night. I thought I was hungry, but I didn’t know what I was hungry for. After several minutes, I grabbed some sliced cheese and wolfed it down. Just a few minutes later, I thought, “I really didn’t need that.” During times of stress, uncertainty, sadness, or…

Photo Friday: The Dolomites in Italy

A few years ago, my boyfriend took a cycling trip to the Dolomites in Italy. The Dolomites are part of a mountain range in northern Italy. He was fortunate to see various landscapes, quaint towns, and ride the Stelvio Pass. If you want to learn more about my boyfriend’s cycling adventures, check out his blog:…

How to Fall Asleep Every Night With No Effort

Lately, there’s a lot to keep us awake at night. The big you-know-what-virus. Fragile economy. Travel uncertainties. For many of us who do freelance work, earning a living seems precarious at times. Worries can occupy our minds and keep us from falling asleep. We can’t underestimate the importance of adequate sleep. According to the National…

Photo Friday: I Miss Prague

Prague, Czech Republic, is one of my favorite European cities. It’s so cosmopolitan and friendly to visitors. If or when this COVID thing ever ends and travel can resume, I strongly suggest this city if you haven’t been before. I think it’s a great first city for people traveling to Europe for the first time….

Keep Your Mental Health When Working from Home

Working from home is no longer a sign of laziness or lack of professionalism. Whether it’s for a sticks-and-bricks company or for yourself, remote working can be fulfilling and provide the flexibility that keeps your work and personal life in balance. One factor that often gets overlooked, however, is keeping your mental health while working…

Photo Friday: A Bit of Australia

My boyfriend took a trip to Australia a few years ago. He took some great pictures, and I asked to share some of them with you. Near Cairns, Queensland Near Cairns, Queensland Near Cairns, Queensland Near Cairns, Queensland At a nature preserve. The guide told them the koala bear just woke up. Sydney Opera House…

How to Sell Yourself If You Don’t Like to Sell

Do one thing every day that scares you. Eleanor Roosevelt Whether it’s interviewing for a job, selling a product, or gaining a new client, it would be nice if we could rely solely on our expertise and experience to succeed. Unfortunately, the real world doesn’t operate that way. Getting others’ buy-in usually requires selling, and some…

How to Be Productive Instead of Busy

When I bump into someone I haven’t seen in a while, we exchange the usual, “How’s it going?” greetings. In response, I habitually say, “Oh, I’m keeping busy.” I’m sure that’s a stock phrase for a lot of people. But think about what it means to be busy. Busy keeping up with email, busy editing blog…

Photo Friday: Images of Grandma

For no reason in particular, I’ve been thinking of my late maternal grandmother, Bernice Temme Seier. The top picture is of her (woman on the right), her father, and three of her siblings taking a lunch break on the farm. This is her later in life. She’s third from the right, with family. Mom told…

Develop a Productive Morning Routine as a Freelancer

I’m a morning person. I’ve trained myself to wake up by 6:00 AM. At this time of year, the early morning coolness and lull feels good. It’s quiet time I have all to myself, and it eases me into my workday and increases my chances of a productive morning. You might not be a morning…

Photo Friday: Sample of Bavarian Food

During our 2019 trip to Germany, we visited Neuschwanstein Castle near Füssen, and then we took Germany’s intercity express train, Deutsche Bann, to Nuremburg. This was a great way to experience some Bavarian cuisine, which includes a lot of meat, potatoes, and noodles–foods that are common within the region’s cold and more rural climate. If…

I Quit My Job and I Feel Great

I did it. I mean, I was true to my word. I quit my job of six years and now I’m freelancing. That was over a month ago, and today I still feel great. At my last job I had great pay, a generous leave package, and the best damn health insurance I’m ever going…

Photo Friday: Food from Spain

There’s no better way to get to know a country than through its cuisine. When we went to Spain in 2018, we barely scratched the surface when it came to the places we visited. The food is a diverse, rich reflection of Spain’s complex history. Barcelona Seville Granada Madrid If you’ve been to Spain, please…

Hoarding and Collecting: What’s the Difference?

I’m putting my foot down. From here on out, I will no longer collect anything. I used to be a collector, not of valuable paintings or artwork, just . . . things. When I was in college, I started collecting coffee mugs. As a University of Nebraska student, I just had to have a mug…

Celebrate World Whiskey Day the Self-quarantine Way

Happy World Whisky Day, everyone! Do you crave a good bourbon, Scotch, Irish, rye, or something else? For me, it has to be double-oaked bourbon. Do you prefer your whisky straight or in a cocktail? Either way for me. Do you enjoy sharing a good whiskey with friends, but recent Twitter images of unmasked patrons…

Believe Me. You Really Don’t Need These Kitchen Gadgets

Decluttering the kitchen is one of the most satisfying tasks you can ever accomplish. It’s been tough for me, but the more I do it, the easier it is to discard the kitchen gadgets I once thought I needed to be a better cook and to keep from going out to eat all the time….

7 Easy But Exceptional Ways to Cope with Coronavirus Cabin Fever

Happy April! This will be a quick post. In case you’re not yet sick and tired of Googling, Tweeting, discussing, or hearing the phrase social distancing, I thought I would weigh in on the global conversation. If you’re sick of it, that’s okay. Hear me out anyway. Did you know that the World Health Organization…

4 Ways Daydreaming Can Get You Through the Tough Times

Is daydreaming a distraction from work, or work a distraction from daydreaming? Marty Rubin It’s Friday happy hour. The waiter brings over the shishito peppers, which are bright green and blistered from roasting. We’re just finishing our patatas bravas, which taste just like the ones we sampled for the first time at Madrid’s Mercado de…

Can I Still RV Full-Time During a Coronavirus Outbreak?

Hello! Unsettled Essence here. I’m finally digging myself out of my lethargy and working on my next post. In the meantime, I’ve thought about how the Coronavirus threat has changed my day-to-day life–I’m teleworking full-time, I can’t go out for a nice dinner, and I can’t hang out and play cards with my boyfriend at…

The 5 Best Ways to Clean out a Peanut Butter Jar Like a Boss

Do you recycle your food jars or toss them straight in the trash? What about messy containers like peanut butter jars? Are they still worth the trouble to wash out? You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know how to clean out a peanut butter jar. You can be practical or more creative…

Let Go of That Sentimental Item Without Feeling Guilty About It

As a lifelong book lover, it’s been hard downsizing my library. I can’t have all that book weight slowing down my future RV and taking up valuable space. After many months, I’m proud to say that I’m now down to about a dozen books. One book that I’ve held on to for a while is…

Book Corner: Ten Years a Nomad

Do you like to read? I hope so, because you’re looking at my first monthly installment of Book Corner. Once a month I’ll give you the low-down on books that inspire me, as well as teach us an aspect of hitting the “reset” button on life and pursuing the dream. I read Matthew Kepnes’s book,…

With this carry-on, you’ll never have to check a bag again.

If you travel a fair amount you’re familiar with the hassle of boarding a full flight or being on a low-priority boarding list. The hassle is made worse if your carry-on bag is too big and has to be gate-checked. That means waiting in a line upon arrival to retrieve the bag, often causing you…

Three compelling reasons to travel more this year

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page. –St. Augustine As an introvert, I’m not really good at small talk. But if you really want to engage me, tell me about the cool countries or cities you’ve been to. Having seen some wonderful places myself, I love talking…

A no-fail Home Decluttering Timeline to get ready for RV living

Deciding to make a life change is a major milestone. For me, that means getting out of my sticks-and-bricks apartment and transitioning to full-time RV living. For you, there might not be an RV in your future, but maybe you want to simplify your life and live with less. Intent is important, but you also…

4 easy ways to survive the 30-Day Minimalism Game

Yes, I’m still doing the 30-Day Minimalism Game . . . mostly. I forgot to purge 18 items on Tuesday, so I have to catch up somehow. Yesterday was Day 19, and here are the items on their way out the door: Why did I deviate from my goal on Tuesday? . . . Well,…

How to downsize for your RV kitchen

One of my favorite things about camping is getting up early, brewing coffee, and then fixing breakfast. I can’t wait to do this in my very own RV kitchen. But you can imagine how space can be an issue. This means that to make the adjustment to RV life I have to start downsizing the…

Update: 30-Day Minimalism Game

As promised, I have an update on my progress on the 30-Day Minimalism Game. It’s Day 9, and today I got rid of: a rhinestone necklace a pair of rhinestone earrings a rhinestone bracelet a knitted bracelet a flower vase a pair of reading glasses a sleeping mask a tan wicker basket, and . ….

De-clutter with the 30-Day Minimalism Game

Getting rid of excess stuff used to be hard for me. I’ve been a pack rat for most of my life. It’s a trait I must have inherited from my father, who still keeps some of my old toys in the attic. I’ve hung onto old t-shirts, commemorative mugs, and other things for sentimental reasons….

Save time with a muffin in a mug

In my quest to do things on a smaller scale, I often experiment with cooking and baking. One of my favorite breakfast foods is a muffin. I know how to bake a dozen or two in the oven, but that takes time and planning–blech! Baking can also take up a lot of space, which is…