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Happy Hungry Journey- My New Website

Dear Subscribers to Savvy CitiZen- Thank you for following my adventures since 2009- out in the world, in the kitchen, and in the yoga studio. I will no longer be writing on this website. I invite you to subscribe to my new website- Happy Hungry Journey. I’ve made the jump to the new site for […]

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Raw Vegan Valentine Treats!

The hours are ticking away, and you still have no plan in place to surprise your special someone tomorrow on Valentine’s day! I’ve always agreed that the best way to a person’s heart is through his or her stomach. We foodies like sweets, but we like real sugar, not fake sugar! Get that box of […]

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My Top 5 Takeaways from Yoga Teacher Training

When I committed to practicing yoga seriously just over three years ago, my top 5 Takeaways (or goal list) would have looked a lot different: 1. Hook ankle behind neck 2. Visvamitrasana 3. Scorpion 4. Headstand with no props 5. Handstand away from wall in the middle of the room Fast forward three years, I […]

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John Krakauer: Into the Wild

I read Into the Wild while on my 256-day journey living in a pickup truck all across North America. During this era of embracing and relishing in my newly simplified and sustainable lifestyle, I could relate to most of Chris McCandless’s sentiments of bourgeois malaise and understood his expressions of upper-middle class angst. However, Alexander […]

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The Power of an Idea

A few weeks ago I saw an article / video entitled The American Who Quit Money to Live in a Cave, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. The article is about this dude Daniel Suelo who apparently “stopped using money in 2000.” Finding out more about Daniel reminded me of […]

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Favorite campsites in Arizona

I’ve already mentioned Slab City in Niland, CA, as the coolest place to camp in the US. For more info about Slab City, you can check out my previous post about Slab City and take a look at some of my Slab City photos in my Picasa albums. Please take note of the unique photos […]

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On top of Mt. Skylight

Dear Readers, Back in February I had an article published on Travel with a Mate.com about why more people from a wide range of athletic abilities should get interested in mountain climbing and hiking: http://www.travelwithamate.com/mountain-climbing-america-top-peaks I came across this picture while looking over my adventures with Shane in Adirondack State Park in New York. I […]

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Why to travel… really

Last week at a funeral, the priest told all of us in attendance: [Regardless of whether you are Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, a believer, or a non-believer, everyone’s moral obligation is to seek the truth.] The rest of his sermon suggested that he was talking about the importance of everyone seeking religious truth and […]

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5 Reasons to Visit South Dakota’s Badlands National Park

1. You’ll be greeted on your way in. 2. As if those prairie dogs weren’t cute enough, the wildlife gets even better once you get inside the park. The best part is that I had actually been INSIDE that port-a-potty building mere minutes before we snapped this picture from the top of a nearby hill. […]

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Marisa gets published on Travel with a Mate.com

Dear Readers, I’m excited to share some writing news with you! I wrote a blog post about my earliest hiking and mountaineering experiences for the travel blog site Travel with a Mate. They think my outdoor stories and writing style are a great fit for their website, so they have included my article! The link […]

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