Karen and Phil

While Karen and Phil might’ve met on Match.com, I happened to meet them on the beach while they were laying out (thawing, probably- it was a little breezy)!

After a few moments of telling them a few stories of my adventures over-seas, I learned that Phil had been all over! Russia, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Figi, India, Japan, Tokyo, and Germany are only a small handful of the places he’s been! Sydney, Australia however, he said, tops the rest of those places.

“It’s almost like a cross between Seattle and San Francisco.”

How neat!

Out of curiosity, I asked Karen about her travels! While she was relaying the places she’d been, I stopped her at a place I’ve been crazy-interested in lately– Chile. Something she found most memorable there, along the coast, were these huge walruses and clumps of “Madusa-like” seaweed covering the beaches.


Surprisingly, they haven’t had the chance to travel the world together yet (aside from Disney). But, I asked, and they definitely agree sharing memories around the world (besides Epcot) would be a joy!

Phil and Karen
Karen and Phil

Cheri’ Smith

Continuing my series on tapping into people’s lives around me-

I had the chance to strike up an interesting conversation with the lovely Cheri’ at the Ren fair. While Cheri’ labored over her intricate dots and swirls she was placing on my hand, she spoke to me about her interest in henna design.

Cheri’s design!

For a while, I’ve been curious if Middle Easterners would be offended if I were to wear these pretty designs that are commonly attributed to their culture. However, Cheri’ actually told me that while checking out at Publix, an Indian woman complimented her master piece she was currently displaying on her hands! Cheri’ was curious, so she researched and found that there is no actual religious significance to henna designs! Really, like she said, “It’s just like a bunch of girls sitting around painting their nails!”

How lovely!

If you’re into henna, or even if you’re not, you should check out her business, “I Dream of Henna!”


(Photos taken on the IPhone 5S)

Cheri Smith Card
Awesome wooden business card

Emily and Austin

All throughout our lives, we’re warned to stay away and avoid talking to strangers. However, breaking that rule, I’ve decided to stop several people and ask them a few questions during my travels and everyday life.

A few days ago, I got the chance to chat with the ambitious Austin and Emily from St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. Sitting on Melbourne Beach, these two caught my eye while they were admiring the awesome scenery. After asking a couple of questions, I learned that both of them have started their own beachy businesses! “Beach Side Body Works,” a swanky yoga company, and “ALee Creations,” a rad surf and sailing company.

Turns out, in fact, they’d gone out surfing at 6am that morning! Whew!

Emily and Austin 3

Stopping for a few minutes to learn a little bit about someone is always great, and I can’t wait to share the rest of these “stranger’s” stories with you.