If It Doesn’t Challenge You, It Doesn’t Change You

  When was the last time you took a leap of faith? Went outside of your comfort zone? Did something that scared you? It’s all too easy to fall into a routine. Routines can be good. They give us cadence and predictability. And in a world where unpredictability swirls around us like a hurricane, routines…

Beach, Please: Epic Guest Room Redesign

Being in the ocean is damn near a spiritual experience for me—and that’s not hyperbole. I never feel more intimately connected to the world and simultaneously so infinitely a small part of it than when I immerse myself in the deep blue. However, I have grown deep roots in a city that does not give…

#MakeTime

Time. That fleeting, ticking thing that seems to fly by, leaving us with never enough to get everything done that we want to do. If you follow me on Instagram (@jzshipp), you’ve likely seen a new hashtag emerge with quite some frequency: #maketime. It is typically either explicitly or implicitly joined with the concept of…

The Virtue of Traveling Solo

What fills your soul in a way that nothing else can? Are you mountains or ocean? Sun or snow? Adventurer or relaxer? If you plan to fill your life with travel, getting to know yourself and your own travel style is incredibly important. And the only way to truly discover that is to venture out…

On Life Mottos and Foreign Grottos

At any given moment, I’m exactly where I’m meant to be. That has been the guiding motto of my life for over a decade, and I plan to keep living by it. There’s a certain peace I get in trusting—and celebrating—the poetry and patterns of life. In a month where I will find myself somewhere…

Snap Back to Reality

Whenever I end a vacation, I have this impending feeling of, “Welp, back to reality.” But I had a moment of realization as I sat at the airport awaiting the return flight from this last vacation: it’s all reality. Yes, my trip to Grand Cayman was a dream incarnate. But it was real. Every. Piece.…

You-Turn

Show me the blogger who hasn’t at least once written (or thought about writing) something along the lines of: “it’s been a while since I’ve written here,” and I’ll crown them a unicorn. The fact is that we all start blogs with the best of intentions and a zillion posts in mind, but life gets…