09/ 11/ 16

A Week in Costa Rica: Rest and Revelations

Kristen on the beach in Nosara

A few months ago, I indulged in a week-long yoga retreat in Costa Rica with my soul sista, Kristen. We traveled to Nosara, a small, lush beach town on the Pacific Coast known for being a Blue Zone — a place where statistically, people live past 100 years-old at 10 times the average rate. After spending a week on the island, it was easy to see why. From its abundance of antioxidant-rich superfoods to its focus on holistic well-being, conscious living is an all-encompassing lifestyle in Costa Rica.Read more »

07/ 01/ 16

Quarter-Life Reflections: 25 Lessons in 25 Years

25 Life Lessons in 25 Years - Scratch The List

Every time my birthday rolls around, I take a moment to reflect on what I’ve experienced and what I hope to accomplish with a new year ahead. This usually means casually chit-chatting with a friend, or jotting down a few notes in my trusty red Moleskine. Since this year marks my big 2-5, my quarter-life crisis, my maiden voyage into true adulthood, I figured it was go big or go home. Here are 25 lessons I’ve learned in my 25 years of life.Read more »

05/ 22/ 16

Reminders of Gratitude at The Lantern Festival

Shot of Denver's first Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival is a lustrous celebration of Chinese New Year, where people illuminate lanterns with wishes for good fortune and new beginnings off into the night sky. It’s something I’ve always wanted to attend, and I’ve envisioned my first lantern festivity taking place in Taiwan, where my dad is from, or at least somewhere authentically in Asia.Read more »

05/ 10/ 16

Uganda: 3 Adventures of a Lifetime

Uganda, Kibale Forest - Mel at Top of the World

Hey, Scratch the List readers! I’m Mel, a twenty-something writer and traveller. I hope you enjoy this guest post, and that one day, you get to visit Uganda. Thanks, Kat, for so kindly having me!

Uganda, I miss you. I miss your radiant smiles and dusty red roads. I miss your reverence for Bob Marley and vibrant sense of rhythm. I miss Kampala’s traffic-weaving boda-bodas and honking midday chaos. I miss Kibale’s wild forest creatures and glittering stars. I miss Jinja’s glorious sunsets and the divine stillness of the River Nile.Read more »

04/ 25/ 16

What Balancing On My Head Taught Me About Fear

What balancing on my head taught me about fear

I remember my very first yoga class. My friend Lauren dragged me, along with a few of our other sorority sisters, to a magical place called Blackbird Yoga in Ithaca, New York. We closed that class with ten wheel poses. As I write this five years later, I realize that ten urdhva dhanurasanas in a row is a pretty intense sequence even for an experienced yogi, let alone someone brand new. I must’ve been crazy, or at least a little loopy from back-bending — either way, I was hooked.Read more »

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