Gross National Happiness

The idea of Gross National Happiness was first revealed to me by the famed author, Yuval Noah Harari. The thought-provoking concept has challenged me to consider a world where the Gross National Product (GNP) is joined with, or even replaced by Gross National Happiness (GNH). Let's consider it. The idea of GNH was coined by… Continue reading Gross National Happiness

Adventure, Hiking, Travel

Top 4 Waterfall Hikes Near Portland, Oregon

Finding waterfall hikes near Portland, Oregon comes at little difficulty for the every-day adventure seeker. With such a vast selection of waterfalls to choose from, it's easy to become a waterfall chaser, sorry TLC. If you fancy placing your eyes on the best waterfalls the Portland area has to offer, continue reading my list below.… Continue reading Top 4 Waterfall Hikes Near Portland, Oregon


Bangkok in a Week

Suffocating heat,  crowded markets, congested streets and traffic - welcome to the capital of Thailand, Bangkok. If you couldn't tell by the opening line, I didn't really care for Bangkok. I was hoping to skeet by this bustling city and find my way to the beautiful islands and jungles I see on the brochures of… Continue reading Bangkok in a Week

Testimonial, Travel

The Best and Worst of Bangkok

As one of the hottest cities in the world, Bangkok also showcased some of the hottest attractions. From golden temples and Buddha statues to parks and fortresses, Bangkok was my tourist's dream for a lesson in Thai culture. As much as Bangkok was filled with this rich culture, it was equally compiled of high energy, nightlife and… Continue reading The Best and Worst of Bangkok


Moving Without a Job

When it came to moving across the country, it felt like I was partaking in the Lewis & Clark Expedition, but 2k17 Abby style. This is mainly because I was moving west and it seemed fitting. I mean, let’s be real, most of my thoughts about moving to Oregon were based upon getting measles while playing… Continue reading Moving Without a Job


How to Climb Mt. Hood

At an elevation of 11,250 stands the tallest peak in Oregon, Mt. Hood. The iconic mountain brings in roughly 15,000-20,000 visitors around the world attempting to summit each year.  Located just 50 miles east of Portland, Mt. Hood is a popular climb for urban city-dwellers and Pacific Northwest adventurers alike. In fact, Mt. Hood is… Continue reading How to Climb Mt. Hood


9 Proven Ways to Increase Your Longevity

You eat kale, whole grains and even ride your bike to work everyday. After sitting behind a desk for 8 hours, you lift weights, catch up with family, have a glass of wine, then go to bed. All to do it again the very next day. You do the best you can, but is it… Continue reading 9 Proven Ways to Increase Your Longevity


What Do Millennials Value More – Time or Money?

We've all heard the phrase, "time is money," and many times it is followed with, "and money is time,” meaning you can use your time to make money. However, many don't consider the fact you can't use money to purchase more time. Imagine every time you glanced at your bank account you were glancing at… Continue reading What Do Millennials Value More – Time or Money?


Happiest Places to Live in the World – What’s The Secret?

We spend the majority of our lives working, so it’s no wonder that the amount of work and what type of work we partake in greatly shapes our levels of happiness. Work-life balance, among many other facets, is a strong predictor of one’s happiness. Looking at data from the happiest countries on Earth, we begin… Continue reading Happiest Places to Live in the World – What’s The Secret?