How to travel from home: a guide to creating experiences that inspire

"When will we be able to travel again?" I used to think this question had a clear answer. But considering how this pandemic has unfolded, I've realized that maybe it's no longer the right question to ask. Maybe a better question to ask is— what makes travel so unique...

Turning 30: dreaming beyond this moment

As I write this, I'm coming off of a week that felt particularly catastrophic. We're in a global pandemic. The US west coast, where we live, is ablaze like never before. People are missing, the air is dangerous to breathe. Massive injustices plague our communities...

I graduated from business school. Here’s what I learned.

No cap, no gown, no frenzied march around campus in a sea of cheerful graduates. The Class of 2020, from middle school to graduate school, skipped commencement this year, and I am among them. While the temptation is to allow our current pandemic to engulf any...

How we’re spending our last summer in Connecticut (socially distanced)

When we moved to New Haven two years ago for my MBA program, we never imagined this season would end in a global crisis. Lately, the pandemic has contributed to how challenging it seems to truly close this chapter. In just a few weeks, Aaron and I will leave the East...

Pursuing a dream when no one can show you how

One of my personal heroes, Jacqueline Novogratz, launched her second book this week. As the founder and CEO of Acumen, Novogratz is extraordinary for her achievements; but what has always taken my breath away is her vibrant, honest storytelling. When I was beginning...

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Hello! I’m Daisy, a social entrepreneur, writer, and fellow adventurer. I’m here to help you finally follow your heart, explore the world, and live with meaning and joy everyday.

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The Treasure is in the Challenge

The Treasure is in the Challenge

Some believe that life should be easy. In fact, so many proponents of minimalism appear to advocate for simple living so that life can be easy. Or at least, easier. And those writers do have a point: our constant consumption complicates our lives. Our acquisitions...

How To Dress Up Your Favorite Old Sweater

How To Dress Up Your Favorite Old Sweater

Most of my favorite clothes are old. I've had them for at least a couple of years, and they've become significant elements in some of my favorite memories. I love the memories that old clothes invoke. Sweaters are no exception. Old sweaters are the best-- and despite...

6 Practical Ways to be Creative Every Single Day

6 Practical Ways to be Creative Every Single Day

Is creativity only for vocational "creatives"? I used to think so. I used to love the word creative, while also regarding it as a lifestyle for people far different from me. Be creative? I hardly have time to work out and sleep enough, much less finish that long to-do...

How to Avoid Overwhelm this Holiday Season

How to Avoid Overwhelm this Holiday Season

It's already happening. The holiday season with its celebrations, expectations, and impositions looms overhead as we progress into the second half of October. And if you're like me in this season, you're feeling tired. Perhaps you're also stressed and swamped, and the...

5 Signs You Need To Slow Down

5 Signs You Need To Slow Down

Counting today, there are only 11 Mondays left until Christmas. In other words, most of our schedules will only get busier from here. So why talk about slowing down now? How is that helpful? The truth is, most of us will pack our schedules to the brink this year. We...

4 Elements of a Calming Evening Routine

4 Elements of a Calming Evening Routine

Developing a calming evening routine is one of the best at-home accomplishments I can name for this year. That's how much I believe in it. If I can help it-- and usually I can-- I now try to be asleep before 10PM. Call me a granny, but this schedule has worked wonders...

How to Stop Worrying: 4 Essential Practices

How to Stop Worrying: 4 Essential Practices

"I can't stop worrying about this." "I'm worried that it's not enough." "I did everything I could, but I'm still worried." These words are familiar to us because we've probably said them at one point or another. Worry is a default mental state that occurs whenever we...

6 Surprising Ways Minimalism Can Change The World

6 Surprising Ways Minimalism Can Change The World

At church this past weekend, our pastor made a point about how we misunderstand the purpose of our faith, or of spirituality in general. The stories we read and tell about God are often used to put us to rest; they provide the relief we seek in the midst of lives...

One Dress 3 Ways: Capsuling with Symbology

One Dress 3 Ways: Capsuling with Symbology

This fall, I'm focusing on getting the absolute greatest mileage out of all of my clothing. This means figuring out how to contextualize, accessorize, and maximize each piece so that I can wear them over and over. Beyond living simply, one of my biggest passions for...

One Question To Ask When You Think You’re Stuck

One Question To Ask When You Think You’re Stuck

This weekend, we gathered with multiple friends who felt stuck. Something's gotta change, they said. This isn't how it's supposed to be. Without divulging their particular issues, I'll tell you what I realized as we had these difficult conversations with them. This...

The Snare of False Simplicity

The Snare of False Simplicity

I woke up one morning last week in a panic. There was something I hadn't finished. I couldn't remember what it was-- perhaps it was a work responsibility, or a blog responsibility, or a familial responsibility, or a relational responsibility. Or perhaps I had...

How to Ask for Help (without wanting to die)

How to Ask for Help (without wanting to die)

I'll be honest. I hate asking for help-- no matter how noble the cause, how reasonable my request, or how potentially beneficial it would be to my "helper." So for most of my life, I've tried to avoid asking for help. As much as possible. Yet much (at times) to my...

The Ultimate Guide To Mexico City in 2020: itinerary & map

The Ultimate Guide To Mexico City in 2020: itinerary & map

[Updated in 2020!] This has to be written. Ever since we visited Mexico City in 2016, we've returned every single year. For our first trip, Aaron and I scoured the internet, print magazines, published books, and videos for tips. We found very little akin to what...

Choosing Peace: Rediscovering Quietness in Chaos

Choosing Peace: Rediscovering Quietness in Chaos

I'm not great at resting. In fact, I'm more inclined to hustle, rush, and accomplish than to relax, rest, and reflect. But the past several weeks have reminded me that it's not always necessary to talk. Sometimes we just need to sit. There is a time and place for...

7 Ways to Spend More Time Outdoors

7 Ways to Spend More Time Outdoors

Last week, I spent a few days down in San Diego and Temecula participating in a close friend's wedding. It was an absolutely marvelous event, and I could not be more excited for the happy couple. But as you know, the past several months have already been quite the...

Create More Margin: 6 Steps to Taking Back Your Schedule

Create More Margin: 6 Steps to Taking Back Your Schedule

If you're like me, this is what happens at the beginning of every new month: you flip the calendar page (if you remember), marvel at the fact that it's already whatever-month, and decide to create more margin or be more intentional with your time. And, if...

Discovering Unselfish Reasons to Simplify Your Life

Discovering Unselfish Reasons to Simplify Your Life

The simple living movement often appears to be very much about the self. Simplifying one's life is often motivated by the desire to achieve goals, enjoy experiences, and generally feel happier. There's nothing wrong with this-- in fact, it is vital for us to...

4 Ways Minimalism Redefines Beauty

4 Ways Minimalism Redefines Beauty

Minimalism has helped me better understand beauty. But it took me a long time to get here. When I was a little girl, my idol was Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. I wanted to clever, kind, sophisticated and beautiful. I wanted to be a princess-heroine who could...

Reader Survey! (with a gift card giveaway)

Reader Survey! (with a gift card giveaway)

Hey friend, I can hardly believe that in the nearly 2 years that I've been blogging here, I haven't offered a reader survey. Your feedback has been absolutely essential to my work here at Simplicity Relished, and I am excited to have formalized the process today! In...

Yosemite National Park: A Quick Guide

Yosemite National Park: A Quick Guide

Yosemite National Park is iconic. It's nature's majesty on display, creation at its best,  and emblematic in the world of all outdoor pursuits. Its international fame has reached the ends of the earth. Each year, more than 3 million people visit the park, and the...

How To Fall In Love With Mornings (and become a morning person)

How To Fall In Love With Mornings (and become a morning person)

I've never met an adult who couldn't use an extra 5 minutes of sleep. But I've also met people who love to wake up early and seize the day. In fact, I never thought that I'd become a morning person, but I have.  You see, I used to believe that mornings and evenings...

The 6 Types Of People You Need At Your Table

The 6 Types Of People You Need At Your Table

Say yes, say no. We are constantly told to draw boundaries, especially in relationships. It's hardly enough to "be intentional" when choosing friends. It's impossible to choose relatives. And try as we might, we find ourselves connected to, enmeshed with, and...

5 Ways to Relax When Your Mind Won’t Turn Off

5 Ways to Relax When Your Mind Won’t Turn Off

My husband and I have enjoyed sharing meals since our very first date. We both love food, and have come to love it together-- refining each other's tastes and preferences as we explore culinary possibilities at home. But my favorite thing about eating together is the...

Goals for May 2016

Goals for May 2016

For as long as I can remember, the month of May has meant several things: my mom's birthday, piano recitals, and the promise of summer break. May is such a glorious month when it comes to weather, and I've always been fond of it. That said, I can hardly believe how...

5 Common Stressors To Let Go Of Today

5 Common Stressors To Let Go Of Today

Have you ever felt that in every situation, the same feeling of stress shows up to overwhelm? Perhaps the actual circumstances are different-- and whatever is at stake varies-- but you find yourself in the same hamster wheel time after time. If this is you, you're not...

Our Next Travel Destinations (and a little life update)

Our Next Travel Destinations (and a little life update)

It's all too easy to plod along in the nebulous season of our twenties, forgetting that life is rapidly unfolding as the years go by. I recently started a new full-time position marketing for a small non-profit here in Pasadena. The past several weeks of transition...

7 Fashion Myths to Stop Believing

7 Fashion Myths to Stop Believing

Friends, we've been fooled. We've been fooled to believe that there is such a thing as a fashion rule. We've been told over and over again that there are certain indispensable "essentials" that must be a part of every wardrobe. We've been told that we're not capable...

10 Reasons To Visit Morocco Now

10 Reasons To Visit Morocco Now

I often do a "10 best snapshots" post after we travel (see Japan and Ecuador), because our passion as travelers is to find frames that capture everything we loved about our trip. But Morocco is different. I've had countless people ask me whether going to Morocco was...

Why You Should Talk About Money (and how to do it effectively)

Why You Should Talk About Money (and how to do it effectively)

Never discuss politics or religion, many of us have been told. But what about money? To some, money shapes their politics, and it can easily become religion if we allow it to. Most people I know refrain from discussing money in crude, numerical terms. In American...

5 Simple Reminders for the Weary Soul

5 Simple Reminders for the Weary Soul

As we draw near to Easter, I have been thinking about what good news might sound like right now. Would it sound like peace and reconciliation between vengeful populations? Would it be the sound of the "right" presidential candidate winning the election? Would it sound...

A Quick Guide To Marrakech, Morocco

A Quick Guide To Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech is a party, and everyone is invited. It's not as old as Fes, but it certainly tells its own stories of art, celebration, tradition and finesse. Marrakech was our last stop in Morocco, so we were already familiar with some of the local scenes. Still, it was a...

Capsule Accessory Series: 5 Powers of a Statement Necklace

Capsule Accessory Series: 5 Powers of a Statement Necklace

Welcome back to the Capsule Accessory Series, where I share my capsule wardrobe secrets and how I use accessories to spice up my wardrobe. All the pieces featured here are from Noonday Collection, my favorite jewelry and accessory company. Noonday collaborates with...

How To Actually Save Money For Travel

How To Actually Save Money For Travel

This is a topic covered by many other bloggers. So why am I chiming in? First, I am a strong believer in intentional, thoughtful, socially-conscious spending. And I happen to believe that responsible travel is a wonderful pleasure upon which to spend our money....

Are You Ready For Minimalism? 5 Ways To Tell.

Are You Ready For Minimalism? 5 Ways To Tell.

I don't openly tell people (outside this blog community) that I'm a minimalist. I think there's a certain image that comes to mind: whether aesthetic minimalism, extreme minimalism, or philosophical minimalism-- and I don't want to be immediately associated with those...

Why We Need Rituals (and how to develop your own)

Why We Need Rituals (and how to develop your own)

I spent this past weekend celebrating a friend's wedding in Columbus, Ohio. If you've ever been involved with a wedding-- yours or someone else's-- then you're aware of all the fanfare and fuss that surround it. Not only are there standard elements in almost every...

10 Simple Things That Remind Me Of Home

10 Simple Things That Remind Me Of Home

It's funny the way that your childhood home shapes the way that you perceive that concept for the rest of your life. My childhood home was nestled in the hills, a peaceful getaway from the busy-ness of school and activities. It was the perfect place to grow up. Time...

How to Build Daily Gratitude Practices

How to Build Daily Gratitude Practices

Gratitude: I'm working on it. It seems that outside the month of November where Thanksgiving is nestled, our culture isn't a particularly grateful one. We're consumers by economy, and as a result we're constantly told to want more, acquire more, dream of more. While...

Into the Desert: Sahara Dunes and Surrounding Scenes

Into the Desert: Sahara Dunes and Surrounding Scenes

Our journey through Morocco continued from Fes to the Sahara desert-- nearly 4 million square miles in size and the largest hot desert in the world. In other words, there is a lot of sand. It's pretty amazing to me how, when there is a large quantity of one thing, it...

5 Mindset Changes That Limit Unnecessary Shopping

5 Mindset Changes That Limit Unnecessary Shopping

I have come a long way in this area. I used to be able to enter the first letter of my favorite brands into my search bar, and their full URLs would pop up. That's how often I "window-shopped" online. Of course, said window-shopping quickly became real shopping. There...

Fullness in the Waiting

Fullness in the Waiting

I had promised in this Instagram post that stories and photographs from the Sahara would come out this morning, but alas-- we have a surprise visitor with us tonight and I'm not quite done editing. Recently, I've been thinking about why most of us hate to wait. We...

7 Lies That Keep You From Changing Your Life

7 Lies That Keep You From Changing Your Life

Have you ever wanted to drastically change something about your life? Perhaps it was a habit you wanted to quit, or a habit you wanted start. Maybe you wanted to finally "grow up" in an area of your life, such as your finances, your health or your relationships....

Fes, Morocco: 10 Things You Absolutely Have To Do

Fes, Morocco: 10 Things You Absolutely Have To Do

I could wax poetic in a long exposé about this fascinating city with institutions dating back to the 9th century. I could, but I won't-- because I want more people to see this. So, despite my love-hate relationship with the list-form blog post, here it is. Because in...

Morocco Travel Diary: Casablanca and Beyond

Morocco Travel Diary: Casablanca and Beyond

Traveling through completely unfamiliar territory is inevitably like drinking from a fire hydrant. There are depths of culture to plumb, ancient stories to sift through, and pockets of communities that are nuanced and complex. I continued to return to a single...

5 Ways to be More Intentional with Your Time

5 Ways to be More Intentional with Your Time

When we were in Morocco, our guide got used to us being 10-15 minutes late to everything. Eventually, he got tired of reassuring us and we got tired of apologizing-- so he told us this: "In the West you have watch. In Africa we have time." I can still hear his accent...

72 hours in Barcelona: Architectural Wonderland

72 hours in Barcelona: Architectural Wonderland

We had a special Barcelona experience: we were barely there for 72 hours, and spent Christmas Eve Catalonian-style. I can hardly do justice to Barcelona's highlights since we only had time for a few stops, but I was absolutely in awe with its architectural...

Choose Your Adventure

Choose Your Adventure

I've been wrestling with some gut-wrenching career and life decisions. Robert Frost's poem about the road not taken has never resonated so powerfully with me. And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day!...

Alhambra Photo Diary & Quick Guide

Alhambra Photo Diary & Quick Guide

Oh, the Alhambra. What a gem. No visit to Andalucia is quite complete without strolling the grounds of this magical palace, the last Moorish stand against Christian Spain. I've raved about the Moors and their architectural prowess in this post about the Royal Alcazar...