Garrett Fojtik

587 Flips | 35 Magazines | 70 Likes | 2 Following | 8 Followers | @garfoj | Natural health nut, vegan foodie, lover of mindfulness and wellbeing, outdoors enthusiast, warrior for Mother Earth.

Appalachian Trail State Profile: Virginia

At over 550 trail miles, Virginia is the longest state on the Appalachian Trail. Hikers reach the state line at mile 466, three miles before …

Hiking

The Best Thru-Hikes You've Never Heard Of

While overcrowding plagues America's most popular trails, there are still places to find solitude<p>The Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails get all the attention—and the foot traffic—but there are plenty of long walks that aren’t crowded. These five offer the best glimpses into unspoiled wilderness, …

Hiking

Introversion, Extroversion and the Highly Sensitive Person

<i>Guest Blog By: Jacquelyn Strickland, LPC</i><p>According to the documentary <i>Sensitive: The Untold Stor</i>y, there are 1.4 billion highly sensitive people (HSPs) …

Psychology

America’s Top 10 Hardest Day Hikes

The word “epic” is uttered a bit too lightly these days. Once reserved to describe the fantastic voyages of brave explorers, it’s now readily used to …

Hiking

Gay Mountaineer of Color Making Room on Every Summit | NBC Left Field

Social Media

Troye Sivan’s new song “Bloom” is the rare pop anthem that’s explicitly about gay sex

All too often, queer men have no choice but to superimpose their own experiences and tastes onto music, movies and television made by and for …

New Singles

Couple maps mesmerizing fiber optic star ceiling after their future daughter's due date

This couple deserves an award, and they haven't even had their child yet.<p>After seeing a thread on Reddit's r/DIY subreddit with a similar idea, Andy …

Lightbox

Wilderness

How Gabriel García Márquez Created a World in a Sentence

The novelist Mary Morris explains how the opening line of One Hundred Years of Solitude shaped her path as a writer.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Colum McCann, George Saunders, Emma Donoghue, Michael Chabon,</b> …

Literature

With Paint And A Camera, She's Forging A New Artistic Vision Of Africa

Many images of Africa in Western media focus on war, famine or other crises that trouble the continent.<p>But Ethiopian artist Aïda Muluneh wants to help people understand that there's more to her country than what they typically see in the news.<p>Born in Ethiopia in 1974, Muluneh spent much of her …

Art

13 things that will happen when you ‘level-up’ as a person

Every next level of life will demand a different you. — Leonardo DiCaprio<p>According to meta-analytic data, confidence isn’t what leads to success. …

Self-improvement

Mindfulness and Difficult Emotions

I have heard some wonderful explanations of mindfulness. The writer and teacher Sylvia Boorstein calls it “awake attention to what is happening …

A ‘kitty portal’ opened up in this guy’s garden and now he has 24 kittens

Imagine going into your garden one day and finding a pile of tiny kittens.<p>Wouldn’t that simply be <i>the dream</i>?<p>Well, that’s exactly what happened to Mike …

Margaret Atwood’s Ten Rules for Writing Fiction

1. Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can’t sharpen it on the plane, because you can’t take knives …

Writing

Here’s a Dazzling Time-Lapse of Mt. Everest at Night

Photographer and filmmaker Elia Saikaly has released a new time-lapse short film titled, <i>Everest</i>. It’s a dazzling look at the beauty of the world’s …

Powerful cover of The Greatest Showman's This Is Me is donating all proceeds to an LGBTQ organisation

The powerful cover version was performed by Shoshana Bean, and the video features Travis Wall.<p>The Greatest Showman was an incredible movie, and of …

18 People Who Took The Art Of Laziness To A Whole New Level

These people are all heroes in my eyes.

Snorkel

'Ikigai': The Japanese Lifestyle Trend Promising To Find Your Life Purpose

Is this the new 'hygge'?<p>From yoga retreats in the Himalayas and weekly mindfulness classes to downloading mediation apps such as Headspace and Calm, many of us spend our lives (and paycheques) on trying to achieve happiness and fulfilment.<p>However, having tried out the Danish concept of finding …

Happiness

Little Snake Is So Obsessed With Her New Birdhouse

“She loves it to bits.”<p>It’s a natural instinct for many snakes to hide under rocks or logs in the wild. But one snake named Sammie has a rather …

The world’s oldest working planetarium

Dutch amateur astronomer Eise Eisinga might have left school at 12 years old, but he built an inch-perfect model of the solar system in his living room.<p>There was a beat of silence as the room’s atmosphere shifted from inward reflection to jittery disbelief. “How is that even possible?” said one …

Astronomy

It's time to diversify and decolonise our schools' reading lists

We don't need to teach books that capitalise on inaccurate stereotypes and vulgar tropes about marginalised communities.<p>Recently, a Duluth school district in Minnesota decided to drop Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" from its required …

The Drag Queen Who Leads His Church's LGBTQ+ Ministry

Performer and Catholic Jay Malsky explains how he balances his faith with his unabashed queerness.<p><i>This Lent, radio host and writer Xorje Olivares is</i> …

Anything-You-Have Coconut Curry Soup

Well, well, well.Soak it all up, friends –> the glory that is this rainbow veg bowl which is turning my face into a permanent heart eyes …

Curries

Why the A Wrinkle in Time Movie Will Change Hollywood

<i>Hollywood’s Once and Future Classic</i><p>Why it took 54 years to turn <i>A Wrinkle in Time</i> into a movie<p>By <b>Eliza Berman</b> | Photograph by <b>Michal Pudelka for …

These 15 Photos From Smithsonian Magazine's Photo Contest Will Take Your Breath Away, Guaranteed

<b>Smithsonian</b> magazine recently released the finalists of its 15th Annual Photo Contest, and each and every one is absolutely stunning. Among the 48,000 submissions from photographers across 155 countries and locations around the world, 60 stand-out images made it to the last round of selections. …

15 Vegan Soup Recipes That Prove You Don't Need Dairy or Meat for Flavor

Sure, they say chicken soup is for the soul. But let’s make one thing clear: Soup sans chicken—or any animal product—can be just as satisfying for …

7 Zen Habits That Will Transform Your Life (Literally)

Do you ever marvel at those people who can be in complete tranquility, yet in the midst of total chaos? Those people who are just… <i>irrevocably at</i> …

Swallowtail tiny house hides its stair in the ceiling (Video)

Every inch of space matters in a tiny house; that's why designers might fiddle around and place big things like the stairs either at the back, or …

42 Ridiculously Easy Vegan Recipes Anyone Can Master

Whether you're new to the kitchen, new to being vegan, or just looking for some new things to try.

Vegan

Verve Lux tiny house puts its toilet over the trailer tongue

With tiny homes, every bit of square footage matters. That's the reason why transforming furniture, multifunctional or hidden stairs and utility …