#flyventurelive

Yay for Saturday! It's a beautiful day here in the Midwest, and I'm having flashbacks to Vienna at daybreak. This is the breathtaking Stephansdom, or Cathedral of St. Stephen. Over the centuries, it's been through a lot, even surviving damage sustained during World War II. Have you had the chance to visit it? 🇦🇹⛪ . . . . . . . #stephansdom #vienna #wien #catholicchurch #catholic #cathedral #sacredarchitecture #streetphotography #travelersofig #wanderlust #passportready #austriatravel #flyventurelive #factorvleiden #invisibleillness #throughmylens #thehappynow #momentsintime #photooftheday #instagood #travelgram #exploremore


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You really can't visit southern Iceland without stopping at Diamond Beach. Pieces of iceberg literally wash up on the black sand shore, and glitter like jewels. When I went, it was a bitterly cold day laced with icy rain, but the colors -- like the country itself -- were magical. 💎🌊 . . . . . . . #diamondbeach #iceland #icelandtravel #wanderlust #wanderlustwednesday #flyventurelive #outdoorphotography #naturephotography #marvelsofnature #majestic #landscape #europetravel #travelersofig #womenwhotravel #womenwhoexplore #exploremore #wheretonext #passportready #flyventurelive #factorvleiden #invisibleillness #livethelittlethings #thehappynow #vacation #mood #photooftheday #iceberg #rainyday #blacksand #beach


6💬Normal

Snow isn't typically on the ground for Veterans' Day here, but it does add a nice touch. Thank you and much love to all who have served. 🙇‍♀️🇺🇲 . . . . . . . . . #veteransday #snowfall #snow #snowshot #outdoorphotography #outdoors #vsco #naturephotography #throughmylens #whatisee #photooftheday #instagood #mood #livethelittlethings #thehappynow #catholic #flyventurelive #travelmore #exploremore #factorvleiden #invisibleillness #carpediem #ponder #inspiration #midwest #fall #winter #wintersicoming #pattern


7💬Normal

Happy Saturday, friends! Today's forecast in my corner of the world is sunny and 75 degrees. I'm definitely going to get some outside time today! What weekend plans do you have? . . . . . . . . #fall #autumn #fallfoliage #outdoorphotography #fallscape #midwestliving #midwest #midwestmoment #smc #blueskies #myview #throughmylens #whatisee #viewoftheday #photooftheday #instagood #mood #ponder #catholic #factorvleiden #flyventurelive #invisibleillness #thehappynow #livethelittlethings #collegedays #womeninacademia #explore


7💬Normal

During my grad student days in the Sunshine State, my best friend and I took a road trip halfway across the country, ending up in Florida so I could take summer classes...or at least that was the plan. As it turned out, I had a major medical emergency and actually had to complete the course later (and my bff didn't get to spend her vacation quite as planned, either...). But...I did get through it, even if it wasn't how or when I had anticipated. I think it's so important to surround yourself with people who love you and will help you achieve your goals. Without people like that in my life, I couldn't have gotten through all the challenges that I have, and even learned a thing or two in the process. Best wishes and a happy Friday to all of you. 🧡☀️ . . . . . . . #friends #family #bff #florida #floridawelcomecenter #flashbackfriday #oldpictures #gradschool #womeninacademia #womenwhoexplore #travelersofig #wanderlust #roadtrip #thehappynow #livethelittlethings #carpediem #catholic #flyventurelive #factorvleiden #outdoorphotography #invisibleillness #travel #throughmylens #photooftheday #instagood #friyay #mood #dolphin #butyoudontlooksick #stoptheclot


10💬Normal

How many of you are fans of old-fashioned brick buildings? 🙋 Maybe it's because I grew up on the East coast, but I'm pretty much in love with brick; I used to live in a brick house, and as a kid one of my dreams was to own a brick townhome. 😆 I found this one on an impromptu road trip adventure (through a snowstorm, no less). 🧱❄️ . . . . . . . #photooftheday #brick #brickbuilding #buildings #architecturephotography #streetphotography #vscostreet #kansas #roadtrip #mood #instagood #womenwhoexplore #womenwhotravel #traveltuesday #adventure #wheretonext #flyventurelive #factorvleiden #invisibleillness #vintage #oldbuildings #smalltown #fortscott #midwest #livethelittlethings #infj #catholic #ponder #wanderlust #travelgram


9💬Normal

For this year's Day of the Dead/All Souls' Day, I thought I'd share some images of the oldest cemetery in New Haven, CT: Grove Street Cemetery. Opened in the late 1790s, it is surrounded by the campus of Yale University. Early citizens of New Haven, various Yale professors, and even nameless individuals all populate this fascinating place of rest. (I took these pictures on a cheap camera phone in 2009.) . . . . . . . . #allsoulsday #dayofthedead #cemetery #diadelosmuertos #grovestreetcemetery #newhaven #connecticut #oldpictures #oldphoto #vintage #rip #requiescantinpace #requiescatinpace #outdoorphotography #newengland #ponder #mementomori #catholic #flyventurelive #factorvleiden #invisibleillness #photooftheday #yale #explore #womenwhoexplore #solviturambulando #gravestone


7💬Normal

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... well, I couldn't find pictures of our Star Wars costumes, but this will do. There I am with my brother and a neighbor kid who Halloween-ed with us a few years in a row. (Ah, we had such a love-hate relationship with him...😂). 🎃 . . . . . . . . #halloween #halloweencostume #costumes #costumeparty #trickortreat #kidscostumes #pumpkin #jackolantern #tbt #throwbackthursday #throwback #oldpictures #80s #flyventurelive #factorvleiden #kidsphotography #vintage #vintagephotography #throughmylens #photooftheday #mood #instagood #invisibleillness #moonboots #retro


8💬Normal

We got just a little dusting of snow today, all of which seemed to congregate at the back windows. How quickly things can change, both in nature and in ourselves... ❄️ . . . . . . . #snow #frost #outdoorphotography #winter #itsstillfall #autumn #buildings #house #vsco #weather #snowfall #firstsnow #thehappynow #carpediem #ponder #infj #flyventurelive #invisibleillness #catholic #womeninacademia #mood #photooftheday #instagood #instamood #amateurphotography #adventure #getoutside #midwest #midwestmoment #meditation


14💬Normal

Yesterday I went to the wedding of a longtime friend, but I didn't get too many shots because I was having such a great time with a truly international crowd! I hope all of you likewise have been enjoying a weekend full of warmth and love. ........... I don't often share low light shots, but this one of St. Peter's at night is really speaking to me today. 🇻🇦 . . . . . . . . #catholicchurches #stpeters #sanpietro #vatican #vaticano #vaticancity #takemetochurch #mood #throughmylens #passportready #nightphotography #livethelittlethings #carpediem #catholic #catholicchurch #catholicsofinstagram #takemeback #takemebacktoitaly #wandermore #explore #womenwhotravel #getoutoftown #travelgram #flyventurelive #factorvleiden #invisibleillness #photooftheday #vsco #theeternalcity #christtheking


6💬Normal

"I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house." -- Nathaniel Hawthorne ....... Beauty is all around us; we just have to look. I've been trying to be a mindful spectator of this fall's brilliant performance, but honestly it hasn't been all that hard. In the Midwest USA, autumn is a wildly unpredictable (and often ephemeral) season, but this year has produced some dazzling foliage, all the more precious for its fleeting loveliness. Here's a little of that same loveliness, which I'm delighted to share with you. 🍁🍂🍃 . . . . . . . #autumn #fallingleaves #autumnleaves #fallcolors #fall #beautywillsavetheworld #thehappynow #carpediem #reflection #instagood #instamood #qotd #quotes #inspirationalquotes #flyventurelive #invisibleillness #stoptheclot #infj #catholic #womeninacademia #throughmylens #outdoorphotography #naturephotography #barn #midwestmoment #midwest #vsco #adventure #travel #letswander


19💬Normal

Half an hour from Charlottesville and the University of Virginia is the town of Scottsville, Virginia. Although I grew up in northern Virginia and often visited the southern part of the state, my first encounter with some of the small towns near Charlottesville was during the summer of 2017. Quaint, picturesque, quiet... something about my mood today took me back there. 🚙 . . . . . . . . #traveltuesday #virginia #virginiaisforlovers #smalltown #roadtrip #usatravel #domestictravel #thehappynow #adventure #outdoorphotography #streetphotography #flyventurelive #factorvleiden #travelersofig #goexplore #getoutoftown #midatlantic #charlottesville #scottsvilleva #throughmylens #takemeback #invisibleillness #womenwhotravel #vsco #classiccar #wanderlust #exxon #vintage


16💬Normal

What a beautiful Sunday it is...and the perfect day to bring you an update on the Clemy dress from @shopparisbloom. (You may remember that I wore their Jackie dress for the first day of school this year.) I'm pleased to say I've found another winner! It's well made, comfortable, and super flattering... I'm in love! I took advantage of the Style Box option that Paris Bloom recently introduced (and which I highly recommend), which allows you to try up to four of their dresses before deciding on which one(s) to purchase. If you haven't already, head over to their beautiful account and peruse their classic yet modern styles. And you can do so with a clear conscience knowing that Paris Bloom dresses are ethically made in the USA! 🇺🇲 . . . . . . . #style #vscofashion #vscostyle #ethicalfashion #sustainablefashion #madeintheusa #classic #flyventurelive #factorvleiden #invisibleillness #instagood #throughmylens #weekend #mood #fashionphotography #amateurphotography #explore #travel #usamade #modestfashion #catholic #instamood #midwestmoment #selfie #professionalstyle #ootd #redhair #sundayfunday


19💬Normal

Happy Friday! Ten (!) years ago, I did a summer program at @yale, which changed my life in a lot of ways and eventually helped me solidify the plans I made to go into the career I now have. To be perfectly honest, I was intimidated going into the program, but I learned so much and had a truly unforgettable summer, also spending time in DC, NYC, and Providence. Two things I appreciate in particular about that time was making genuine connections with such different people, and exploring picturesque places that I'd never seen. So often I think we regret the chances we don't take rather than the ones we do, especially if they are connected with investing in oneself. So, that thing you've been putting off...perhaps now's the time to go for it. ✈️📚🎓 . . . . . . . . . #friyay #weekend #flyventurelive #nothingventurednothinggained #getoutoftown #adventure #takearisk #takeachance #womenwhoexplore #womeninacademia #yale #catholic #catholicchurch #photooftheday #travelersofig #eastcoast #connecticut #newhaven #falldays #churchesofinstagram #instagood #throughmylens #flashbackfriday #ootd #factorvleiden #classics #carpediem #vsco #ars_sacra


18💬Normal

Driving down the 91 along the Icelandic fjords, we found some of the most magical scenery (this is at the Hólmanes Nature Park). This picture was taken after midnight when we were about ready to drop, but beauty triumphs over exhaustion any day. 🏔️🇮🇸 (Hat: @tjmaxx | jacket: @thredup | pants: @prana | waterproof hiking boots: @merrell) . . . . . . #wanderlustwednesday #wanderlust #passportready #iceland #icelandtravel #adventure #traveltheworld #travelgram #takemeback #fjord #nordiccountries #thehappynow #flyventurelive #factorvleiden #womenwhotravel #womenwhoexplore #getoutoftown #goexplore #outdoorphotography #photooftheday #vscooutdoors #vscooutdoors #instagood #secondhandfirst #thredup #sustainable #mood #hiking #roadtrip #fashionphotography


7💬Normal

Brrrr. It's been a cold couple of days, and everyone's starting to unearth their winter gear once again. I felt like this was the first time I put on a *real* fall outfit for the season. Don't mind me as I have an Oscar Wilde moment, as the following quote comes to mind: "And all at once, summer collapsed into fall." 🍁🍃🍂 (dress: @boden_clothing | glasses: @priverevaux | coat: Merona from @target | hat: @tjmaxx). . . . . . . . . #fall #autumn #fallfashion #bodenbyme #vscofashion #fashionphotography #flyventurelive #outdoorphotography #amateurphotography #factorvleiden #invisibleillness #ootd #whatiwore #teacherstyle #photooftheday #thehappynow #thatsdarling #womenwhoexplore #lifestyle #travel #musings #weekend #redhair #mystyle


24💬Normal

Happy Friday! One year ago today, I was defending my PhD dissertation...it hardly seems possible it's been so long already. I'm feeling so much gratitude in reflecting back on the entire process: as with any large undertaking in life, there are so many factors that converge and help make the dream a reality. For me, friends and family who patiently encouraged me (and understood when I had to disappear to my "writing tower") made all the difference. No one's an island, and in my case I think it took a village (#sorrynotsorry for the mixed metaphors 😜). 👩‍🎓 (dress: my perennial favorite Phoebe dress from @boden_clothing | cardigan: the famed snap cardigan from @zulily . . . . . . . . #phd #phinished #womeninacademia #thedoctorisin #universityofflorida #flyventurelive #classicist #happyfriday #friyay #ootd #whatiwore #bodenbyme #vscofashion #photooftheday #throughmylens #livethelittlethings #thehappynow #invisibleillness #takearisk #carpediem #teacherstyle #selfie #amateurphotography #gratitude #friendship #family #flashbackfriday #goexplore #styledbyzulily


9💬Normal

Honestly, if I had the opportunity to live in any European city for a summer (or a year), it would be Rome. Between the treasures of classical antiquity, the splendors of Christian architecture, and everything else that the city affords, I think if I had a lifetime to explore it, I still would never exhaust its possibilities. 🇮🇹🏛️🇻🇦 (hat: @goorinbros | dress: @boden_clothing | bag: @travelonbags | shoes: @thedrifterleather) . . . . . . . #passportready #wanderlustwednesday #wanderlust #photooftheday #instagood #travelgram #factorvleiden #getoutoftown #goexplore #takemebscktoitaly #rome #europetravel #vscotravel #adventure #womenwhotravel #womenwhoexplore #livethelittlethings #carpediem #seetheworld #travelersofig #bodenbyme #lifestyle #travelaccount #fashion #butyoudontlooksick #theeternalcity #vatican #catholic #flyventurelive #portraitphotography


15💬Normal

Monday is here, and so is fall. Today's going to be a great day, I just know it! I found some pictures from a trip I took to Destin, FL a few years ago. My entire extended family used to vacation there every summer...so many happy memories! 🧡💛💙 . . . . . . . . . #destin #destinflorida #floridabeaches #whitesandbeaches #sugarsand #summerdays #mondaymorning #flyventurelive #memories #thehappynow #factorvleiden #invisibleillness #takemeback #wanderlust #goexplore #getoutoftown #vsco #landscape #photooftheday #throughmylens #travel #vacation #womenwhotravel


4💬Normal

I've put off this post for a little while, but I'll keep it short. Please spare a thought and a prayer for my grandmother...we recently found out that she has cancer, and will be undergoing surgery tomorrow morning. (Also, she's the only other person in my family who has Factor V Leiden.) 🙏 . . . . . . #family #love #oldpictures #oldphoto #vsco #vscoretro #tbt #throwbackthursday #gratitude #flyventurelive #prayers #hope #factorvleiden #grandmother #grandma #christmas #childhood


24💬Normal

I'm back! Over the weekend, my phone met with an untimely end 😢, but I've returned to the land of Instagram. Missed you lovely people! 🧡 _____ It's October now, and today is the first day it's really felt something like fall, and so for this edition of #wanderlustwednesday, I'm sharing with you a flashback to the last time I felt these kinds of temperatures. No, this isn't Paris...but it is Poland's answer to it. Lovers' locks abound everywhere on this bridge in Wrocław. . . . . . . . #instapassport #passportready #travelgram #travelaccount #wanderlust #traveltheworld #flyventurelive #womenwhotravel #getoutoftown #adventure #vacation #europetravel #goexplore #thehappynow #poland #polska #wroclaw #visitwroclaw #tourism #factorvleiden #invisibleillness #october


10💬Normal

For National Daughters Day, my feed has been flooded with such beautiful, love-filled pictures of so many of your daughters. I don't have any daughters of my own (although I would love to someday), but I do have so many people in my life for whom I'm grateful, and who've taught me so much. So, today I wanted to give a mini shout-out to a particularly memorable class (pun intended) of women in my life: my students (and guys, don't worry: I haven't forgotten about you 😉). I've taught maybe a thousand of you, but each one of you has taught me in return, and has brought something uniquely beautiful into my life. And although I think that often some of the best memories have no photographic record, one exception is the picture I've chosen for this post. These four young ladies brought their dedication, intelligence, kindness, and insight into my classroom three days a week for two semesters; I will never forget them. 💜 . . . . . . . #gratitude #nationaldaughtersday #teacher #students #latinteacher #professor #blackandwhite #vsco #livethelittlethings #thehappynow #carpediem #horace #blessed #tbt #throwbackthursday #graduation #flyventurelive #groupphoto #vscogirl #factorvleiden #collegedays #inspiration #oldpictures #memories #classics


14💬Normal

On this first day of fall, I'm resolving to do my best to appreciate things as they come -- to practice mindfulness of the present moment with all its beauty, quirks, and even its flaws. I'll be the first to admit, I really dread winter (thanks, poor circulation), and sometimes I let this feeling eclipse what should be gratitude for the manifold beauties of fall. So, I'm just not going to do that this year. Boom. 🍃🍂🍁 . . . . . . . #gratitude #mindfulness #carpediem #fall #firstdayoffall #autumnalequinox #ponder #livethelittlethings #infj #thehappynow #mapleleaf #outdoorphotography #vscooutdoors #naturephotography #photooftheday #instagood #instamood #goexplore #factorvleidenawareness #butyoudontlooksick #invisibleillness #midwestliving #midwest #flyventurelive #inspiration #throughmylens #autumnleaves


6💬Normal

When you wear one of your favorite @boden_clothing dresses, it just makes sense to act like #whatiworewednesday has been your thing all along. Also, I'd rather have a few well-made pieces like this one in my closet than tons of cheaply made clothes.👗💚 . . . . . . . #bodenbyme #boden #ootd #whatiwore #teacherstyle #professorstyle #professor #womeninacademia #collegeprofessor #dressoftheday #vscofashion #fashionphotography #instagood #factorvleiden #invisibleillness #whatisee #throughmylens #portraitphotography #mood #photooftheday #style #flyventurelive #redhair #outdoorphotography #classic #sustainablefashion


21💬Normal

This weekend, I got into a conversation with someone who expressed her reluctance to travel to Europe for fear of all the crowds that might obscure the sights (and sites). I suggested she look into Iceland, which never gave me even the slightest sense of claustrophobia, despite the fact that I was there during the height of tourist season. I simply can't recommend it highly enough for its beauty, diverse terrain, and ease of navigation. --- Somewhere on the Ring Road, en route to the Icelandic fjords, I took this picture from our tiny European rental car (don't worry: I wasn't driving at the time 😜). It was pretty much magical. 🇮🇸♥️ . . . . . . . #iceland #icelandtravel #ringroad #roadtrip #passportready #traveltuesday #travelersnotebook #instagood #instatraveler #wanderlust #takemebacktoiceland #thehappynow #mood #vscotravel #amateurphotography #worldtravel #goexplore #getoutoftown #ponder #infj #mistymountains #throughmylens #factorvleiden #flyventurelive #womenwhotravel #fjords #carpediem #outdoorphotography #natgeoyourshot #yourshotphotographer


27💬Normal

Picture reposted from @flinthillsshakespearefestival --- Last night was the largest crowd we've ever had (2233, to be precise), and wow, what a vibrant and receptive audience! Tonight is our last performance of Twelfth Night...catch us at 6:30! 🎭💐 . . . . . . . #thespianage #thespionage #theatre #anactorslifeforme #twelfthnight #shakespeare #outdoortheatre #livethelittlethings #thehappynow #factorvleidenawareness #invisibleillness #instagood #thespian #ontothetheatre #flyventurelive #infj #flinthillsshakespearefest #backstage #sundayfunday #vsco #actor #communitytheatre #wanderlust


5💬Normal

Sometimes you just need some pretty flowers to brighten your day...I bought these beauties from a wonderful local florist (Blossom & Bramble; sadly, they're not on IG) for my mom. Needless to say, she loved them. I hope they brighten up your day too. Happy Friday, everyone! 😊💐 . . . . . . . . #floralphotography #bouquet #flowers #naturephotography #floralarrangements #masonjarflowers #homedecor #livethelittlethings #thatsdarling #thehappynow #happyfriday #friyay #weekendvibes #flyventurelive #factorvleidenawareness #invisibleillness #womenwhoexplore #ponder #infj #midwestliving #midwest #localbusiness #vsco


14💬Normal

Did anyone else have a rough start this morning? After a long week of rehearsals and performances for the @flinthillsshakespearefestival production of Twelfth Night (and a long night of comforting my poor dog during a thunderstorm), I'm already looking forward to going to bed early. In the meantime, here's a cappuccino from @barsciubba to keep us all going. ☕ . . . . . . . . #cappuccino #coffeegram #cupofcoffee #roma #takemebacktoitaly #pigneto #drinkstagram #passportready #travelersnotebook #travelgram #womenwhotravel #goexplore #getoutoftown #flyventurelive #mondaymorningblues #mondaymotivation #livethelittlethings #seizethecoffee #wanderlust #vscofood #photooftheday #instagood #italy #cornetti #notamorningperson


9💬Normal

There's nothing quite like standing BEHIND a waterfall. Visiting Seljalandsfoss made me glad I had full rain gear. Also, one of these days I'll go back to Iceland when the northern lights are visible...🇮🇸 (👖and 🧥: @columbia1938; waterproof 🥾: @merrell). 📷: @marcie.kagay . . . . . . . . . #icelandtravel #iceland #waterfall #waterproof #outdoorphotography #outdoorgear #flyventurelive #adventurerseeker #goexplore #getoutoftown #wanderlust #vscotravel #thehappynow #passportready #travelersofig #travelgram #womenwhotravel #factorvleiden #photooftheday #ontopoftheworld #invisibleillness #ringroad #sundayfunday #infj #natgeoyourshot #yourshotphotographer


19💬Normal

Since this year's @flinthillsshakespearefestival production of Twelfth Night opened last night, I started looking through some pictures from the nine shows we did before this year. This picture is a throwback (2016) from one of my favorite plays that we've done, Julius Caesar. The set -- including this epic statue -- was 🔥. (👕: @cafepress; skirt: @tjmaxx . . . . . . . . #roma #ancientrome #juliuscaesar #shakespeare #thebard #thespian #theatre #photoop #thehappynow #throwback #oldphotos #fhsf #flinthillsshakespearefest #outdoorphotography #outdoortheatre #livethelittlethings #anactorslifeforme #communitytheatre #magicalliopleurodon #charlietheunicorn #flyventurelive #factorvleidenawareness #geekytshirt #tshirtcollection #kansasmag


7💬Normal

Shout-out to my brother from another mother, @rafchico, on his birthday. Basically, he's got it all together years ahead of most people you'll ever meet, and is always there for friends and family in a pinch (in fact, Raf doesn't even really make any distinction between friends and family), not to mention he's a killer chef. Hope this year is straight 🔥, Raf. 🥳 . . . . . . . #happybirthday #fam #fambam #brotherfromanothermother #hbd #happybirthdaytoyou #celebrate #thehappynow #livethelittlethings #friends #throughmylens #tbt #throwbackthursday #thegang #factorvleidenawareness #flyventurelive #party #peoplephotography #amateurphotography #nyeparty #1940sparty #1940sfashion


3💬Normal

I'll admit it...I was so excited for the first day of classes that I showed up far earlier than I needed to. I think it's going to be a wonderful year. 😊 --- It's nearly 95 degrees today, and so I needed to wear something both breathable and layer-able (for when the AC blasts a little too eagerly). Enter the Jackie dress by @shopparisbloom...and boy, am I a fan! It's cool enough for today's high temps, and yet substantial enough that I plan to throw a cardigan over it and wear it throughout the fall semester. Best of all, it's ethically made in the USA! Be sure to check out their lovely new line of dresses! 💙 . . . . . . . #vsco #vscofashion #lbd #littleblackdress #fashionphotography #ethicalfashion #slowfashion #madeintheusa #americanmade #fairtradefashion #firstdayofschool #collegeprofessor #style #professorstyle #latinteacher #portraitphotography #throughmylens #flyventurelive #factorvleidenawareness #iamhere #instagood #animalprint #thehappynow #ootd #whatiwore #midwestliving #thatphdlife


26💬Normal

For many including myself, today marks the last day of vacation, which for teachers and students alike is both exciting and full of unknowns (as some of you know, I teach college-level Latin). I love this time of year. We're starting down a path that's somewhat defined, and yet the details are still murky; basically, it's a metaphor for life. I've found that it never hurts to go into things with a positive attitude, so I'm hoping this post brings a little positivity into your lives today. A happy and safe Labor Day to all of you. 💙 . . . . . . . . . #collegedays #schooldays #ldw #laborday #shadow #shadowplay #vsco #vscostreet #streetphotography #ponder #livethelittlethings #factorvleidenawareness #newstart #carpediem #latinteacher #classicist #prof #professor #womeninacademia #flyventurelive #vacation #vacay #thehappynow #newbeginnings #throughmylens #instagood #photooftheday #silhouette #midwestliving


6💬Normal

"Vulnerasti Cor Meum" ("You Have Wounded My Heart") --- Flanking the iconic Ponte Sant'Angelo in Rome as one approaches the Vatican are ten imposing angels, each holding an instrument associated with the suffering and death of Christ. The project began as one of the last artistic acts of the famous Bernini, but he completed only two angels before his death. This particular statue, which is situated near the end of the bridge -- close to the very grand Castel Sant'Angelo -- is the work not of Bernini but of Italian Baroque sculptor Domenico Guidi. It also happens to be my favorite of the ten. 🌉 . . . . . . #takemebacktoitaly #romanart #baroqueart #italianbaroque #guidi #yourshotphotographer #pontesantangelo #castelsantangelo #angelstatue #r_a_d #ars_sacra #passportready #travelphotography #factorvleidenawareness #expandyourworld #traveltheworld #throughmylens #vsconight #flyventurelive #wanderlustwednesday #instagood #instatraveler #vulnerasticormeum #catholicart #romaaeterna


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Did someone say it's National Dog Day? Eddie (also known as Edward J. Dog, or just plain Ed, depending on the level of formality required for the situation) is my main canine dude...can't you see why? He's a schnoodle (direct from the local shelter) who adopted me five years ago, and pretty much the best good boy ever.🐕 . . . . . . . #thoseeyestho #schnoodle #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #nationaldogday #goodboi #pupper #doglover #factorvleidenawareness #invisibleillness #adventure #thehappynow #livethelittlethings #flyventurelive #throughmylens #photooftheday #petphotography #instagood #instahappy #doggo #adoggable #verygoodboy #winterphotography #cuteness #theedwardj #puppyeyes #seniordog


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Let me just say the Museum of Illusions in Kansas City (located in the lower level of Union Station) was such a fun stop last week! I wasn't sure what I'd think of it -- in fact, we saw the name and decided to go without even visiting their website -- but it really was great. The employees are fun and helpful, and will be glad to get some pictures for you! (Also, this ponte knit dress by @landsend is a staple in my wardrobe and comes in a million colors, patterns, and sleeve lengths...I freaking love it). 🎈 (Sandals: @blowfishmalibu) . . . . . . . #museumofillusions #museumlover #museumofillusionskc #opticalillusion #vscofashion #trynewthings #getout #explore #flyventurelive #factorvleidenawareness #travelgram #womenwhoexplore #friendawhoexplore #bff #blackwhitered #vsco #vscoportrait #throughmylens #invisibleillness #photooftheday #instagood #kcmo #kansascity #midwestliving #sheathdress #fashionphotography #mylandsend


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2003 --> 2019 I'm technically a few minutes early, but I can't wait any longer... Since I've started this account, I've mentioned my best friend more than I have anyone else. I could tell you so many ways she's an incredible human being, but if you know her, I don't have to. (For everyone else, suffice it to say our first conversation lasted something like six hours...) Happy birthday, Mary the Magnificent! 💕🥂 . . . . . . . #happybirthday #bff #besties #bestfriends #friendswhotravel #friendawhoexplore #sheknowstoomuch #friendship #flyventurelive #factorvleidenawareness #passportready #takemebacktoiceland #thenandnow #oldphotos #lotr #returnoftheking #rotk #godafoss #icelandtravel #womenwhotravel #early2000s


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Today's post pays homage to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a feast day that also ties in with a sort of lingering farewell to summer (I'm thinking of you, Italy's Ferragosto). I loved this statue outside the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Wrocław, Poland, which you can find in the oldest part of town (Ostrów Tumski, or Cathedral Island, for the veritable sea of churches in the vicinity). 🕍🇵🇱 . . . . . . . #takemetochurch #ars_sacra #r_a_d #polska #polandtravel #wanderlust #passportready #churchart #virginmary #ferragosto #europetravels #wroclaw #ostrowtumski #ostrowtumskiwroclaw #catholicstatue #religiousart #instatraveler #instagood #endofsummer #flyventurelive #factorvleidenawareness #stoptheclot #womenwhotravel #throughmylens #photooftheday #vsco #vscotravel #amateurphotography #assumption


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They don't make 'em like they used to...mainly because the exact recipe for Roman concrete is somewhat of a mystery shrouded in the mists of time. At any rate, the Pantheon is the best-preserved Roman monument (probably thanks to the fact that it's been used as a church since the 7th century) and has inspired plenty of other grand architectural plans. (Did you know that Thomas Jefferson designed the rotunda at the University of Virginia after the dome of the Pantheon?) A must-see in Rome, it's worth checking out as early as possible so that you can beat the horde of tourists. 🏛️ . . . . . . . #pantheon #ancientinscriptions #romanarchitecture #oculus #wanderlustwednesday #vsco #vscotravel #travelingwithchronicillness #travelgram #travelgirl #takemebacktoitaly #roma #rometravel #goexplore #getoutoftown #wheretonext #passportready #flyventurelive #photooftheday #throughmylens #travelphotography #travelpicoftheday #europetravels #takemetochurch #ars_sacra #amateurphotographer #romaaeterna #antiquity #latinteacher #ricksteves


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Since yesterday was the feast of St. Lawrence, I thought I'd share this view of the Cathedral of San Lorenzo in Viterbo, Italy. You'd think after visiting church upon church I would have wanted to stop at some point (like day two...), but the truth is the more I visited, the more I wanted to see #allthechurches. I like to think of them as having their own personalities, totally unique and truly fascinating. Here, the distinctive arches and inscribed wooden beams made for a sacred space that was very different from the churches I visited in Rome. Bonus fun fact: Pope Alexander IV's remains lie in this church...somewhere: according to a plaque tucked away in a niche, somehow they were "misplaced." So, next time you have a bad day, remember you could be the guy who lost the Pope's body. 🕍 . . . . . . . #sanlorenzo #stlawrence #cathedralsofinstagram #ars_sacra #r_a_d #churchesofitaly #churchesofeurope #cathedralsofeurope #passportready #travelgram #travelgirl #travelingwithchronicillness #factorvleidenawareness #stoptheclot #invisibleillness #wanderlust #instagood #instatraveler #throughmylens #instamood #vsco #vscotravel #photooftheday #takemebacktoitaly #getoutoftown #viterbo #lazio #flyventurelive #takemetochurch_ig


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Although I've already proclaimed this the summer of the Aperol spritz, this #negroni was arguably the best I've ever tasted. Just one of the many wonderful food + drink items I enjoyed in Rome's Pigneto neighborhood (aka the Brooklyn of Rome) 25 minutes or so from the city center. 🍹 . . . . . . #draaanks #drinkstagram #cocktailphotography #inmyglass #thirstythursday #vsco #vscofood #happyhour #pigneto #viadelpigneto #roma #rome #rometravel #takemebacktoitaly #thepausethatrefreshes #neccidal1924 #thatgarnishtho #factorvleidenawareness #chronicillness #flyventurelive #infj #passportready #throughmylens #neighborhoodbar #womenwhotravel #travelgirl #lodi #ontherocks #tastetheworld


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Hello, neighbor! As someone who grew up watching Mr. Rogers faithfully, I really can't wait to see "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" this fall. Did you know they're using a lot of paraphernalia from the original show, and even hired some of the original crew? This just makes me so happy. --- I bought this t-shirt last winter and then forgot about it until yesterday, but here we are. How many of you grew up watching Mr. Rogers? (👕 from @zulily) ☀️🏘️ . . . . . . #abeautifuldayintheneighborhood #wontyoubemyneighbor #mrrogers #waybackwednesday #vintagetee #vsco #vscovintage #retrotee #selfietime #nomakeup #traveler #womenwhodream #childhoodmemories #vscofashion #80sfashion #instagood #instamood #throughmylens #iamhere #thisiswhoiam #millennial #factorvleidenawareness #invisibleillness #thehappynow #flyventurelive #outdoorphotography #youarespecial #ilikeyoujustthewayyouare #infj #chronicillnesswarriors


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This July 4th, I wasn't setting off fireworks but I did manage a splendid day trip to the town of Viterbo in the Lazio region of Italy, and famous for its native St. Rose. Within the walls of the monastery of St. Rose of Viterbo, there is a lovely sun-splashed and flower-laden courtyard where you can't really help but meditate; here's a glimpse of it. 🌷🌸🏵️ . . . . . . #takemetochurch #courtyardgarden #travelwithme #catholictravel #lazio #flyventurelive #factorvleidenawareness #fourthofjuly #stroseofviterbo #viterbo #passportready #takemebacktoitaly #catholiclife #invisibleillness #instagood #vsco #vscotravel #flowerphotography #wheretonext #statue #sunnyday #girlswhotravel #travelgram #travelersnotebook #traveltuesday #ars_sacra #sacredart #europetravels #throughmylens #R_A_D


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Looking good. (Honestly, they barely survived last winter, so this is kind of a big deal 😁). 🍏 --- One of my favorite ways to unwind is spending time in the garden. What do you enjoy doing in your downtime? . . . . . #howboutthemapples #apples #applegram #gardening #inthegarden #orchard #inmybackyard #heirloomvariety #thehappynow #livethelittlethings #midwestgarden #midwestliving #factorvleidenawareness #invisibleillness #photooftheday #instagood #ohhappyday #womenwhoexplore #iamhere #naturephotography #naturephotos #organicgardening #stronggirlsclub #treesofantiquity #relax #heirloomapples #flyventurelive #adayinthelife


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Q: What does Factor V Leiden look like? A: That depends. Those who have it are at increased risk of abnormal blood clots, especially in the legs and lungs. In fact, a blood clot is often the first indication that a person has FVL. But some people who have FVL never develop these clots, and may never even know they have FVL. In any case, a simple blood test can confirm or rule out FVL. -- For me, FVL looks like this ⬆️ (i.e., happiest in slightly quirky surroundings). If you are ever in Gainesville, Florida, be sure to stop by Flaco's. They make the best Cuban sandwich I've ever tasted. (The narwhal of death is an added bonus, as is the disconcerting smile I'm wearing. You're welcome.) (Cardigan: @zulily...comes in tons of colors; 👕 and skirt: @thredup) . . . #narwhal #floridaphotography #vibrant #vsco #vscogirl #factorvleiden #factorvleidenawareness #stoptheclot #heparin #aspirin #instamood #travelphotography #livethelittlethings #thehappynow #invisibleillness #fvl #lifestylephotography #winningatlife #wanderlust #awareness #shareyourstory #cubansandwich #cubanfood #gainesville #gainesvilleflorida #womenwhothrive #onwardandupward #smartgirls #flyventurelive #stickyblood


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Time for a little #flashbackfriday (if the holdover early 2000s eyeliner didn't give it away, I don't know what does 😂). . After numerous tests, visits to specialists, and symptoms coming to the surface, I was diagnosed with Factor V Leiden in the summer of 2008. Post-diagnosis, I wasn't sure what I could and couldn't do anymore. This picture was taken the following year, when I made a decision that scared and excited me at the time: I spent a summer at @yale, reading Ancient Greek and finishing my Master's thesis (bonus factoid: I currently teach Latin, which I'm crazy about). I loved that summer. I learned so much about myself and my capabilities, and made some new friends to boot. Don't be afraid to stretch past your comfort zone; some of the best things in life lie just on the other side. . . . #fbf #travelphotography #yalesummersession #yale #saybrook #factorvleiden #daretodream #carpediem #womenwhoexplore #invisibleillness #oldselfie #2000s #2000smakeup #iamhere #takearisk #makeithappen #livethelittlethings #thehappynow #flyventurelive #femaleacademics #womeninacademia #smartgirls #ivyleague #wanderlust #10yearsago


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"A lake is the landscape's beautiful and most expressive feature. It is Earth's eye, looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature." -- Thoreau 🚣‍♀️ . You don't always have to venture far from home to discover something new. The revivifying waters of Clear Lake were a serendipitous find, as was the pretty little town surrounding them. What happy discoveries have you made in your travels? . . . . . . . #lakelife #domestictravel #paused #livethelittlethings #thehappynow #travelnotebook #factorvleiden #stoptheclot #hypercoagulability #dvt #invisibleillness #fvl #iowalakes #iamhere #instagood #instatravel #girlswhotravel #girltraveler #lakeside #travelphotography #lifeonthewater #flyventurelive #vsco #vscogirl #vscotravel #vscotravels #womenwhoexplore #adventureisjustaroundthecorner #factorvleidenawareness


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Located near Lake Mývatn in northeastern iceland, the geothermal fields of Námafjall (also known as Hverir) are more extraterrestrial than earthly. Sulphurous vapors hover close to the seething mud pots that dot the landscape. I imagine there's no place on this planet that feels closer to Mars (except maybe Area 51 😜👽). . . . . . . . #ringroad #icelandtravel #travelphotography #womenwhoexplore #girlswhotravel #namafjall #myvatn #factorvleiden #stoptheclot #mars #alien #instagood #passportready #wanderlust #landscapephotography #invisibleillness #iamhere #thehappynow #livethelittlethings #geothermal #area51 #silhouette #chronicillness #hypercoagulability #flyventurelive #instamood #iceland #yourshotphotographer #natgeoyourshot #yourshotphotographer


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Hi...I'm Emilie, and I'm a human who just happens to live with Factor V Leiden, a genetic mutation of one the proteins that influences blood clotting. I love travel, my friends, and living life to the fullest, and I'm excited to share some of my journeys with you here! . . . Here I am, reveling in the majestic views of Goðafoss ("waterfall of the gods"), one of the natural wonders of Iceland. Legend has it that around the year 1000, Icelandic leader Þorgeir Ljosvetningagodi cast his old idols into the falls upon deciding to convert to Christianity. The black sands and blue-green waters made for one of my favorite attractions in this beautiful country. (👟: @merrell; 👖: @prana; 👜: @travelonbags) 📷: @marcie.kagay 😘) . . . . #FlyVentureLive #invisibleillness #exploremore #travelwithme #butyoudontlooksick #iamatraveler #europe #shetravels #clothingforpositivechange #yourshotphotographer


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