After 5 Weeks in Scandinavia I Caught an Incurable Case of Hygge and Fika

In travel, some of the best souvenirs you can bring home are cultural traditions that enrich your life. That’s why I’m bringing hygge and fika back to the Upper Midwest. … More After 5 Weeks in Scandinavia I Caught an Incurable Case of Hygge and Fika

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I went to a town Rick Steves deemed “dreary.” Here’s what I found.

On a recent tip to Denmark, I set aside several days to explore outside of the city of Copenhagen. For while I love big cities, I’m a true believer that they do not typically offer an authentic look at local life and culture. They’re expensive; they draw crowds of tourists (including me!); and they’re filled … More I went to a town Rick Steves deemed “dreary.” Here’s what I found.

Setting Goals that Matter, Amidst the “Shoulds”

I can’t help but wonder how many of us are blindly following the “shoulds” of this world–the deeply-engrained expectations others hold for our lives–when really, we must set the goals that are right for us and build a life that supports the experience we dream of having for this short, precious go-around.  … More Setting Goals that Matter, Amidst the “Shoulds”