Welcome to Life Devoured! This blog was started with the intention of it becoming a place to share ideas and experiences. Here, you will find posts about travel, books, and sustainable living.

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Packing and Travel Tips Downloadable

I recently hosted an event at Athleta Atlantic Station here in Atlanta about how to pack minimally and make the most out of a few pieces. During the event, I also handed out a PDF I created to help you get organized while you're packing. The PDF includes other helpful tips for travelling safely both domestically and internationally. I took the picture above when I was in Cusco. I just loved that the people there aren't afraid to hold hands in public. Old school ride or dies make me happy.

To download the PDF using Google Docs, click here!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Warhol at the High Museum

As you probably know, I'm all about taking advantage of seeing your city and exhibits as much as you can and exploring for cheap! The second Sunday of every month is free at the High Museum here in Atlanta but this is the first time Charley and I've gone on this day. We've been members for six years. After parking in Ansley Park and walking 10 min, we saw the line...hours waiting in 93 deg to get in for free! I don't know if it's always this bad or if it's because this is the last free showing before the Warhol exhibition leaves.

Virtually Friends. And Spouses. 

I'm a Millenial. And while some people love to hate on us as a generation, I think there are some amazing things about us. Everybody complains that we're addicted to our phones but let's face it, our phones make our lives better-or at least mine does.

These days, meeting online is extremely normal. Even your grandmother probably knows what Tinder is. I'm always amazed when I think about how less than a decade ago, Google Maps didn't even exist. As a Millenial, I don't want to live in a world without live traffic data. 

When Charley and I met about six years ago, there was a certain stigma about having met online-like you were this loner loser who couldn't meet people in "real life." That wasn't the case for either of us-we'd both dated plenty of people and were social but he wasn't into meeting girls at bars and I was looking to just meet new people since I was moving back to Atlanta and only knew my aunt here.

Minimizing _ Editing X

Over the past six months, I've tried to make a conscious effort to embrace only the things in my life that I value. Good people, real friends and relationships, sustainable clothes, interesting books, and inspiring content.

As for everything else? It had to go. I realized that people I thought were friends really weren't. That for relationships to be such, they have to be two-sided. That your time is the most precious thing you can give and you shouldn't give it too freely. The time I've saved by eliminating those crap relationships, I've been able to be a much better friend to the people that matter. Overall, It's been really eye-opening and I have to say I'm much happier living a heavily edited life.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

When we were out West I kept seeing this book in all of the little shops in all of the small towns we drove through and eventually at Powell's in Portland-which if you're a bibliophile, you've found your heaven. So many floors. So many rooms. Powell's is really well organized and curated-I could have stayed for days. Anywho, the cover of the book kept catching my eye and after reading the inside cover, it got pushed to the top of my list.

Rather than buy the book (which I know, I usually do support small, local shops), I opted to rent it from the library on my Kindle. I LOVE our local library's e-book selection and not too surpisingly, they had it but I had to wait a few days for it to become available.

This book is about an old-ish man named Arthur Pepper. His wife, Miriam, dies and after a year of mourning, he decides it's time to clear out her things. In her typically bland wardrobe, he finds an intricate box containing a charm bracelet, far more fancy than Miriam would typically would have worn. He starts to investigate each charm-where they came from, what they had meant in relation to his wife and her life before him. And throughout his travels making these discoveries, Arthur realizes quite a bit about himself, as well.

I really enjoyed this book. It's engaging and emotional but not overly so-you won't find yourself sobbing necessarily but you might find yourself misty-eyed. It makes you think about your life and how relationships have changed over the years. Before Facebook and Tinder and all of the other trash out there that clouds and skews your judgement, the world was a smaller place with a much more (seemingly) finite group of people to choose from when it came to marriage. Arthur recognizes that the times have changed but it's really moving to see that regardless of how many fish are in the sea, given the choice again, Arthur would still and always would, choose Miriam.

I don't know if I would say this is one of my favorite books I've ever read but I'm definitely glad I read it.

Have you read it? Do you have any recommendations for me?! I'm ALWAYS looking for new reading material. Don't forget to follow me on Goodreads @RachelBaird ! 

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