Living with Ulcerative Colitis: 10 Tips For Traveling

Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a big part of my life. Ten years ago, as I was packing up my apartment to leave for Indonesia, circumstances started to get a bit messy.  I began seeing the signs and symptoms of colitis, and scopes revealed minor inflammation in the left side of my colon.  I managed to somewhat successfully live abroad for the year, regardless. Fighting corrupt customs for maintenance medication and accidentally ingesting a parasite made me appreciate my time abroad even more. I worried that I would never again have the opportunity to travel, especially after starting to see more aggressive UC symptoms. Living with Ulcerative Colitis is truly life changing, but chronic illness does not have to be life ending. My Diagnosis  I barely managed my symptoms, but the blood and gore never cleared up during the first 8.5 years of my diagnosis.  Acclimated to this way of life,…

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Ommm…Beeeeer…Ommm: Central Florida Beer Yoga

I wish that I could constantly sit on a plane en route to countries filled with sidewalk cafes.  I dream of getting lost down small alleyways and finding historic treasures.  Sometimes, though, I find a little local piece of heaven with these 4 words: Central Florida beer yoga. Yoga, Hops, & All The Feels: Central Florida Beer Yoga I have been a yogi since college (guys, I’m old–that means 17 years), and every Saturday is sheer yoga bliss. Seeking inner peace and a solid workout, I attend one of the most atmospheric breweries—dim white lights with a gorgeous twisting tree logo–for morning yoga.  (I also hop around breweries for different teachers.)  As I unroll my Manduka on the concrete floor, a gorgeous industrial-beamed ceiling greets me. Like a Lightroom filter, silver and muted tones of blues and oranges ensconce my mat and soothe my yoga soul.  My love of beer…

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Florida Humidity VS My Hair, Round 1: Curly hair care products to live by

Battle Of The Tresses & Exploding Hairdyers: The one thing that I have learned in the sunshine state is to put down the hairdryer.  …Unless it’s that one month where the temperature actually stays in the 60’s or I need to look like I actually tried to be presentable; i.e. My mom is in town, I’m taking my psychotic cat to the already judgmental vet, or I’m hoping Pep Boys will give me a free oil change.  Curly hair care products are a Florida girl’s best friend, and for me, here’s why: Giving up my straightening tools isn’t a bad idea given my history with exploding hairdryers.  …OK, anddddd possibly also igniting them and the walls that they are attached to through poor international adaptor usage.  Don’t judge this world traveler who just can’t resist a strong American blowdryer.  Sally’s pretty much features my mug on a wanted sign out…

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