Why You Shouldn’t Go To Iceland

When you think “vacation”, I’m sure you are picturing blue skies, a blazing sun, sandy beaches, a Mai Tai in one hand, and if you’re me, a chicken wing in the other. So flying to an island south of the Arctic Circle, which starts with the word “ice” if you didn’t catch that, is out of the question, ESPECIALLY during winter.  I mean, how are you supposed to wear your bikini on a…


Why Being Selfish is OK

Are you selfish?  Probably.  I know I am. Is being selfish always wrong? NO. The term “selfish” has a bad connotation, and sometimes rightfully so.  Part of the definition is “lacking consideration for others”.  But if you are one of those people that sometimes lacks consideration for others, then guess what!? You are normal!! I don’t particularly like to use the word “normal”, but for this instance I want to…



  • On this day one year ago...#hikerheaven
  • Me: 0, Upper Lip Sweat: 1 • #upperlipsweatqueen #virginiabeach #whysohot
  • #sponsored I am very excited to share my top picks from REI’s Anniversary Sale, which is their biggest sale of the year! I always wait until this sale hits to get all of my outdoor gear I have been eye-ing because the discounts are just too good. This year I snagged a new tent, down blanket, and a jacket perfect for layering. Clink the link in my bio to shop the sale through 5/27! And make sure to tag your friends so you can all share in the adventure together. ✨ #rei
  • I am so excited and honored to announce that I have teamed up with REI for their 2019 Anniversary Sale! #sponsored and ready for it. This jacket is one of the MANY items on sale right now! And just a heads up, I bought this bad boy myself months ago and it is my FAVORITE outdoor top. Use the link in my bio to go get all that outdoor gear you need or simply want and save up to 30% off! Use coupon code ANNV19. Make sure to save this post and tag your friends! • Disclaimer: This post is not being paid for by REI and nothing in this photo was given to me from them. However, REI is compensating me a percentage of your purchases through the link in my bio. • More details to come later on why this is happening and why it means so much to me. ✨📸: @dyanacarmella
  • I have been feeling quite sad and somber lately over reading a lot of sad and heart-breaking news stories. But life doesn’t become any less fragile or fair because of our sadness, so in order to continue on we must learn how to face the demons all while embracing the beauty. Tell me, what is something beautiful happening in your life right now? • For me, I am working in Virginia for several months and getting to FINALLY “date” my boyfriend since he lives in Virginia Beach. It’s been almost a year and a half of long distance and this face-to-face time has meant the world to me. ✨✨ 📸: the wonderful and strong and amazing and powerful and beautiful @karenkwang & @mcwangerson • #virginiabeach #westcoastforlife
  • On this day, one year ago... • I left Big Bear, CA around 1pm and hiked 20+ something miles. My sleeping pad from @thermarest was still so big and squishy and I still strapped it to the top of my pack. As I continued hiking I switched up how I packed my gear many times until I got my system down. One year ago today I was on a blissful high. ☀️ #onthisday #onthisdayoneyearago

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