Like Unmined Gold

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“Hidden in the glorious wildness like unmined gold.” - John Muir

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That quote, we'll get to it.

But first:

Presently I'm tucked away in a teeny tiny ski lodge on the edge of downtown Aspen. So gypsy glam.

However, the not so glam part: it's taking everything I've got to even move my fingers across the keyboard and there's a pile of tissues and a cup of half drank tea that I can't quite clean up.

Pure exhaustion. The least poetic thing I can think of.

I've acquired a nasty summer cold, experienced my first emergency landing on a plane ride in from Los Angeles and am doing everything I can to not just crawl under the blankets and sleep away the weekend.

The thing of it is however, that quote - this wild life is all about finding the gold. So here I am. In Aspen. Reflecting on the gold.

As my birthday came and went about 5 days ago, I've been on 5 planes, in no less than 5 cities and have had the most mind blowing start to my new year. I spent my birthday celebrating on a mountain top with a boy that's showing me daily how brilliantly kind people can be.

Pure gold.

Then had a visit from my family that reminded me of the special bond that those of the same blood can have.

14 Karat. 

So here's a few snaps from my time in Boulder last week. Colorado is quickly winning a spot on my all time favorites list. Boulder and now Aspen.... what a place. I highly recommend it!

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Venturing up to Chautaqua Park for an afternoon picnic in a meadow we made our own. Never travel without a picnic blanket, by the way, impromptu picnics are the best! ... also Ben's excited, you should have seen him, oh 8 minutes before as we hiked up the last 1/4 mile.

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Little Boulder has the sweetest front porches. Our little Airbnb sat next to this beauty, I was dying to sneak on to the porch for a glass or two of wine.

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Birthday treats: flowers, champagne and my favorite records on vinyl.

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 Kisses and happiness, much love to this one for making the getaway so perfect!

p.s. while I've been traveling I've been working on book number 2! I promise to share details soon... I'm already beyond excited about what's in store! In the meantime, here's a few items I love whether you're picnicking on a mountainside or on your own living room floor.