NYC | Conscious Travel Guide

I find myself in NYC often. It’s where I landed to search for jobs coming back to the USA after a year of travel. Several of my dearest friends live in the city. When I am in the right mood, New York is pure, pulsating inspiration. There’s no place in the world where you can so easily find anything you’re interested in, while at the same time, inadvertently expose yourself to so many new things which expand the mind and challenge perceptions.

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Salt Of The Earth N°6

The new year has brought an incredible positive rush into my life. I’ve set several weeks aside to focus on growing myself and my businesses, Contrapreneur, Modern Nature & my secret business.

I’m living all by myself (except for occasional family visits) in a beautiful, old farmhouse house built in 1806. I also received mail for the first time in months and received some fabulous, sustainable things I love.

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Habits For Healthy Sleep

Winding down for sleep is the biggest time of ritual in my day. I always try to have a sit down dinner with friends or family by 7 PM or so, followed with the necessary clean up and at least 10 minutes of movement. Most often a walk around the docks but sometimes gentle yoga is what I need.

Most evenings I steep a jar of dream tea I picked and dried myself. It's a blend of passionflower, chamomile, rose petals and ashwagandha. If I don't hydrate well before bed, I find I wake up very thirsty. 

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A Healthy, Sustainable Kitchen

There is nothing with more power to impact our health than the food & drink we put into our bodies. For me, food must be both nourishing & pleasurable. Life is too short to eat bad! I grew up on a farm with a kitchen garden so I was spoiled with ripe-off-the-vine produce at a young age. The amplified flavor and nutrients of fresh produce taught me that shopping at local farmers markets is best for our bodies. Also, by shopping locally, we massively reduce our carbon footprint. I am spoiled at the moment in Berkeley with farmers markets daily, but I've been to dozens of markets in dozens of towns and they're just as good.

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Sustainable Clothing Staples

To me, the clothes I wear make or break how I feel in a day and give me an opportunity to express what I care about in the clothing industry. I live minimally, but I am active enough between exercise, messy boat projects and business that most days require a couple outfits.

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Skincare Ritual

Salinity products are designed to move you towards balance, health & beauty. Each of us is unique and need different methods of taking care of ourselves. Trust your intuition as you find the best rituals for you. If you're just getting started, below are some flexible guidelines to help you out.

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Morning Routine

I was born a morning girl. As a kid, I usually woke between 6 AM and 7 AM and I still do. I loved helping myself to breakfast before anybody else was stirring and going on morning walk, when the sun is cresting over the hills and the light is singing it's soft dawn song. For me, even if I am out late one night, I feel healthiest when I stick to my wake up routine. Sleeping in does not do good things for me…

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Hibiscus Goji Berry Lemonade

Inspired by the vibrant pink jars of agua de jamaica sitting on countertops around Mexico and Moon Juice Cookbook's Petal & Berry Tonic, I spun my own tantalizing pink drink - sans sugar, plus lots of vitamin C rich superfoods. Made from the deep pink hibiscus flowers, it has a tartness pleasant and cooling to the whole body.

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Sailboat Home Tour: Before Remodel

Welcome to our floating home! Her name is Blossom, to remind us to keep ourselves in a position where we can always be evolving into our truest, happiest selves. She is a 1974 Formosa sailboat, built in Taiwan, suitable to sail us around the world, a home for cozy rainy saturdays and a space to keep us inspired. This is my second boat. My now husband and I each owned our own boat at the marina where we met and somewhere along the way, we combined our hearts and boats into one.

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What It's Actually Like To Live On A Sailboat

I get so many messages from people telling me they are considering moving onto a sailboat, or people who are just curious about my experience, I decided to compile my thoughts on the matter here. Keep in mind that these are nothing more than my thoughts about my experience living aboard, so do take everything with a grain of salt.

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Plastic In Our Waters

If you're reading this, I'm guessing you probably have a good idea why it matters to reduce waste but we'll talk about it a little bit anyways. I have been an environmentalist since middle school, but there have been ups and downs on  my journey to reduce waste. I use to be so serious about it I'd go without food or water for quite a while to not get a piece of single use garbage. Now, I am just better prepared!

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Tokyo | Conscious Travel Guide

For a city notorious for it's bustle, peaceful corners are abundant in Tokyo. If you glance around, you'll find a small temple entrance, offering respite from the pace of modern Tokyo life, even amongst the skyscrapers downtown. These spaces are not empty. At all hours, you will find people taking part in the peace.

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Kyoto | Conscious Travel Guide

I'm not sure what drew me to Japan the first time, three years ago, but I do know what I fell in love with while I was there. Ancient and modern are mixed together in Japan in a way that expands my mind beyond the present…

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What's Your Plan, Sarah?

There is a giant discomfort in our society of living in the present moment I am still working to overcome in myself. Sailing around the world is so unpredictable that I have to get comfortable with living in the present moment…

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