Before launching her blog, The Sweetest Way, Leah spent two years living, working and traveling in Southeast Asia where she was an English teacher. She quickly realized that a 9-to-5 job wasn’t for her, but it wasn’t until a chance encounter with a travel blogger while backpacking that she discovered it was possible to make a living while seeing the world at the same time. “I knew then that I wanted to create a lifestyle that allowed for regular travel instead of working for someone else and praying for vacation days. That same year, I started my own travel blog,” she says.
Leah continued to work various location-independent jobs on a freelance basis while she grew her blog into a business. Fast-forward four years later, and Leah is now a full-time blogger. The Sweetest Way offers fellow travel lovers advice on how to become location independent and work wherever there’s WiFi (a cup of strong coffee and a great view doesn’t hurt either). “My writing also focuses heavily on the personal transformation achieved through travel, mindfulness and self-inquiry—I like to think of it as a one stop shop for living your best life,” she explains.
On her perfect day in her current hometown of Leavenworth, Washington. “I start with breakfast and a cup of joe at family-owned health eatery Good Mood Food, before heading into the Cascade mountains for a day hike and a picnic. After all that exercise, I round out the evening with a trip to a local vineyard to relax. Icicle Ridge Winery is a personal favorite for its fairy-tale setting and awesome selection—not everyone knows that Washington is a wine region, but our wines rival the best in the world!”
On the best advice she’s ever received. “Creativity is like a muscle—the more you use it, the stronger it gets. I can’t remember where I first heard this idea, but it has really stuck with me. As a content creator, I have seen firsthand the effects of taking short breaks from creating, and it’s not pretty. These days, I make sure to do something creative every single day, whether it’s writing, shooting photos or something fun like painting with watercolors.”
On how to feel like a million bucks even after traveling. “In order for me to be at my very best, my day has to start with movement of some sort. In the warmer months, I go for short jogs around the neighborhood. In the cooler months, I get on my yoga mat, even if it's just for ten minutes. This holds true, no matter where I am. When I start my day with exercise, I have more energy, focus and mental clarity—all of which are absolutely necessary when you work for yourself.”
On her go-to Instagram filter. “I use Lightroom for all of my photo editing because it gives me the creative control I want without feeling overwhelming. I can also create my own presets, which helps make future editing projects much quicker and gives my Instagram feed a cohesive look.”
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