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World Worth Wandering, Uganda & Mexico Commission

World Worth Wandering, Uganda & Mexico Commission

com·mis·sion /kəˈmiSHən/ Noun: commission; plural noun: commissions An instruction, command, or duty given to a person or group of people When God speaks, we must listen and what He says is simply put. The two most important things Jesus asked us to do: “Teacher, which is the 

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Conservation

Conservation

It’s no secret that I’ve been a wildlife warrior my whole adult life. If you follow me on social media, you see me post about this topic regularly and actively involved in ”doing my part”. For those of you NOT on social media, I thought 

A few of my favorite things – With links & discount codes

A few of my favorite things – With links & discount codes

Hey everyone! I hope you find this list helpful in your search for whatever it is you are looking for! I know I am always so thankful when people who are doing what I do (or what I want to do), put together lists of 

The Best Christmas Gift Ideas for 2021

The Best Christmas Gift Ideas for 2021

Do you have a wellness warrior, wanderluster, or nature lover/Outdoor enthusiast to shop for? If the answer is yes, then I have some AWESOME shopping ideas for you! Click on the underlined links above the photos to be taken directly to the shopping page! 🌝

I have included 3 gifts in each category, at a very wide range of price points! I also threw in a link to my “Amazon favorites” for a HUGE variety of items to browse that I can personally vouch for.💛


The Wellness Warrior:

The worlds BEST superfood powder – I’m serious. Not only is it PACKED with nutrients, it’s also ridiculously delicious!!! Not exaggerating. 3 flavors available.

Hamama Kits – The answer to eating more greens. Especially because in smaller towns it’s actually hard to find these in the grocery store! Trust me, these grow kits are something your wellness warrior friends will think you are a genius for thinking of!!! Noon GMO, organic & beautifully designed!

Ceremonial Grade Cacao – Extraordinarily healthy, natural plant medicine.


The Wanderluster:

The Worlds BEST luggage! – Beautiful, sustainable, high quality pieces! More than just suitcases too!

A Wanderclub token keepsake keychain or necklace – Whether you are trying to visit every continent, every state, every national park, every country, every landmark or every ANYTHING (they customize tokens too!) this is the BEST gift for your wanderluster/adventurer!

Eco-Friendly Travel Utensil Kit – Collapsible Straw and Spork Kit. Collapsible straw kit includes 2x collapsible, stainless steel straws with silicone tips, 2x collapsible straw cleaning brushes, and a stainless steel foldable spork complete in its own travel pouch. Telescopic straws can expand to different sizes, 9″, 6.75″ or 4.25″- perfect for anything from iced coffees to cocktails. The most portable kit – The straws and foldable spork conveniently fit in a keychain pouch to take it on the go. Fits in your back pocket! Perfect for plastic-free living of gifts!


The Nature Lover/Outdoor enthusiast:

National Parks Adventure Book – Not limited to this AMAZING National Parks Book I purchased for myself, they also have dozens of other books, journals, guides & stickers!

America the Beautiful Annual Pass – This would be the PERFECT gift to your outdoorsy friends/family members! In fact, it’s such a good idea, you’ll want to make sure they don’t already buy one for themselves every year before purchasing.

Shinrin Yoku in a Bottle – When you can’t make it to the forest, bring the forest to YOU! Perfect for use anywhere in the world to obtain the benefits of forest bathing without having to leave home! Diffuse, add to a warm bath, apply to your wrists and neck or just open the bottle to infuse your senses.

Check out my Amazon recommendations below too for a comprehensive list of A TON of my favorite things! From book and soaps to camping gear and kitchen gadgets! ALL Hilda approved!

CLICK HERE

Of course you can always buy gas, hotel, airbnb, airline or Visa gift cards for anyone and make their day but those are obviously less personal.

Another option for the person who “already has everything” is making a donation to a foundation/non profit in their name/honor. 🙂

Happy shopping everyone! I hope this list and these links have helped! 🤎

Quarterly Nature Therapy Day Sessions In Yosemite National Park

Quarterly Nature Therapy Day Sessions In Yosemite National Park

Who better to guide you through Yosemite National Park than someone who has spent a large part of her life there? I grew up in a small town known as “the gateway to Yosemite”. Some of my earliest childhood memories include day trips to the 

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French Polynesia, Travel Journal, Part 2 of 9

French Polynesia, Travel Journal, Part 2 of 9

Every flight started with our hands being doused in hand sanitizer by a flight crew member.
Beyond ready to finally lay our eyes on and step our feet on Rangiroa!

The flight into Rangiroa was stunning and unlike anything my companions had ever seen, of course I was also amazed because nature NEVER ceases to amaze me but I had seen similar views from the float plane when I visited Fiji, so though I WAS snapping photos like crazy and was VERY excited, I was even more thrilled to see the looks on my baby girl and friends faces and feel their excitement! Especially Jolee, she was absolutely BLOWN AWAY and said she wished she could jump out of the plane and into the water. She felt like she couldn’t get to the water fast enough! My heart was beaming to see and FEEL her excitement.

After a glorious show from the air, we landed and could hardly wait to get settled in.

The tiniest airport we have ever been to. We loved how quick and easy it was.

We met our accommodation host who was waiting with a sign and told us he was going to drop off another family first who had already picked up their luggage. This gave us time to retrieve our luggage, which was very quick because we were literally the only flight and it was a small plane. The hotel was literally located about 4 minutes down the road from the airport so he returned fairly quickly, it was then that I realized he was barefoot, reminding me that we are not in America anymore.  During the drive, I also quickly noticed that the shades of green in Rangiroa were unlike any green I had previously seen in my travels. The greens here weren’t the deep, dark greens I am used to, rather all different shades of lime green. I was so intrigued. The island was very small and we would end up riding bikes to get around everywhere the whole week. In my opinion, this is the best way to get around a place like this, with the sun shining down on you and the wind blowing in your face. DREAMY!!!

When we arrived to our cute boutique hotel, our host jumped out of the car and scrambled to quickly grab a bamboo tray, sitting at the base of tree that was holding coconuts for all of us to drink. This was THE MOST DELICIOUS coconut I have ever had ANYWHERE, in ALL of my travels. Even prepared with eco friendly straws, which mad my heart smile. 

Oh em GGGG~ BEST COCONUT EVER! No joke!!!

He then guided us to our home for the next 5 days which was even better than I expected.  I knew I had booked us the biggest place on the site but I had no idea I had simultaneously booked us the only LITERAL beach front place on the property. I mean they are all technically beach front but ours was literally up front. What a blessing and fun surprise! So grateful! We quickly picked our beds and immediately changed to hop into the water we had just been oogling from the plane. 

Jolee and I claimed our bed with our flower crowns.
The view from our bedroom window.
Our amazing baathroom!

Jolee wasted no time and completely ditched me, which was actually HUGE since she has severe separation anxiety and rarely ever leaves my side. I was SOOOOO excited that she felt comfortable, safe and at ease enough to leave me.

Marina giving Jolee the job of searching for shells while she waited for me to change and come explore our beautiful blue front yard with her.
Our front yard for 5 days. A stunning lagoon with TONS of fish to play with, even sharks!
We also had full access to kayaks and stand up paddle boards during our stay here. Which I of course took advantage of.

Nature, particularly the water has that affect on her. She loves the ocean more than ANY other human I have known in my ENTIRE life and feels so comfortable in it. She is a real mermaid, ask ANYONE who has ever been to the ocean with her, I am NOT exaggerating. Even Strangers at our hotel took notice of her affinity to the water and would comment to me how beautiful it was that she spent every waking moment in awe of and exploring the big blue! She seriously only got out to eat and sleep, no joke. 

After I changed and pulled out my snorkel gear, I headed to the beach and met up with my little mermaid. Get ready for picture overload. We swam . . .

. . . and swam . . .
. . . and swam . . .
. . . and swam . . .
. . . and swam . . .
. . . you get the picture . . .

We couldn’t believe this was steps from our door and ours to explore whenever we pleased!
I’m convinced that if I look hard enough, I will find gills on her!
PS – In case it wasn’t clear, Jolee has the orange & white fins with a stripped bottom and I have the black and pink fins and a 1 piece swimsuit on.
I quickly learned on this trip that I am not actually pleased with my gopro camera for underwater photos unless they are in close range.
We also let the fish give us kisses as we laid on the waters edge. They were SOOOO CUTE and curious!

After HOURS in the water with Jo(lee), I chose to get out to “take it all in” from the beach. I was still in shock that we were actually there! I wanted to remember every sight, every smell, every sound, EVERYTHING!

It was such sweetness to my soul too, to sit on the beach and feel the warmth of the sun warm me on the outside while the joy of watching Jo play her little heart out in the water, searching for fish, trying to keep up with them and looking for shells in the sand, warmed me on the inside. This was a true moment of bliss in my life, a moment I will never forget. My heart is full.

In nature is where I am happiest.
If I ever say I want to go blonde again, remind how much I loved my brown hair in French Polynesia.
The days mascara smeared everywhere and I couldn’t care less or be happier.

Jolee stayed in the water and swam until I told her it was time to clean up for dinner.

Happiest girl in the world when she is in the ocean.
We watched the sun set before heading in to shower and get cleaned up for dinner.
Ready to fill my belly. I was sure to wear the heck out of this flower crown! It smelled INCREDIBLE and made me feel pretty. 🙂
I was sooooo excited when I saw taro on the plate. I hadn’t eaten taro since I used to live in Hawaii and I missed it!

Truth be told, those rice cakes were awful, they tasted so stale. Maybe they were? Or maybe it was just the humidity that zapped the crispness out of them. Who knows, regardless, I was grateful for a healthy vegan meal.

After dinner, we all headed to the waters edge, our friend Rachael spotted some fish from the table that appeared to be playing, so we went to investigate. Turns out, those fish were actually black tip sharks! It was so fun to watch them “do their thing’ from the sand. At times, we thought the smallest ones might actually beach themselves as they played in the tiny waves, so we stood by, half expecting to have to them back into the water! They ranged from tiny babies that we wondered might be newborns to juvenile sized ones we felt were kind of the babysitters. They appeared to be exercising or learning to hunt, still unsure exactly what we were watching but it was absolutely FASCINATING! It was like watching a nature show in real life! Without the commentary as our friend Marina noted. ha ha

We headed to bed with full bellies and full hearts, excited for what the next day had in store. Check back soon for day 3 of French Polynesia. ?

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French Polynesia – Travel Journal, Part 1 of 9

French Polynesia – Travel Journal, Part 1 of 9

This will be an 9 part journal series (maybe more). Check back every 2 weeks or so for new French Polynesia journal entries. I can’t believe I am ACTUALLY going to French Polynesia. To be honest, I had kinda placed French Polynesia on my list