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Curious about what I'm reading, what camera gear I use or what's bringing some extra joy and presence to my day? I've got ya covered - everything from my favorite podcasts, journals, dresses and skincare! All here in one spot.

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hello, I'm helena!

I'm a creative storyteller in love with celebrating the simple joys of daily life. When I'm not creating, I'm happily at home, cozying up with my sweet husband and foster cat or two! I wanted a place where you can find all of my favorite things - items that help me live a more simple, intentional, and value-driven life. From travel items I can't live without, my video gear and my favorite books and lifestyle items, consider this your go-to resource for all things that have helped me elevate my life! Thanks for stoppin' by!

Spiritual Reads

Fiction Reads

Life Reads

what's on my bookshelf 

Spiritual Reads

Fiction Reads

Life Reads

what's on my bookshelf 

what's on my bookshelf 

Spiritual Reads

Life Reads

Fiction Reads

what's on my bookshelf

what's on my bookshelf 

My full list of beauty products, makeup, assesories and journals I adore - all in one place!

ALL MY FAVORITES

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Want free hotel stays? Learn the art of signup bonuses! My favorite card is the Marriott Bonvoy card (I recently got 3 free nights at the Mariott in San Diego)!  Get 40,000 points here

travel favorites

Travel hacking has allowed me to travel for free, from Iceland, Bali and Cairo to Paris. I use sign up bonuses for every single major flight. My favorite card for travel is the Capitol One Venture card.

It's never too early to start thinking and investing longterm for the future and I have a small monthly automatic investment plan by dollar-cost averaging on Swan Bitcoin. So easy and streamlined, I don't even think about it!

my video gear

main tripod

camera Body

main lens

drone

mini tripod

I typically film alone, so having a tripod is essential. The Manfrotto Befree tripod is lightweight and simple to use so I can get in the shot! 

I made the switch to Fuji in the fall of 2020, and I'm so glad I did. The color tone is impeccable. I love the Fujifilm X-T4 for its in-body stabilization, a flip out screen and better battery life! 

My favorite lens. This is  a focal length equivalent to 35mm on other camera models. Beautiful bokeh, great in low-light, crystal clear sharpness. 

I love the 50-230mmF4.5-6.7 lens because you can zoom in so tight AND it's one of the most affordable lenses in the Fuji series! Amazing for nature shots, wildlife and travel. Super lightweight and beautiful clarity. 

The dji mavic pro 3 has the smoothest ride and the smart controller makes flying it so fun! This is a steady, solid beast. Pricey but worth it for the quality. 

I use this little compact tripod for vlogging on the go and changing up my angles when filming day-in-my-life videos. Steady, easy to use and a must for any youtubers just starting out!

zoom lens

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Blue Yeti Mic

card reader

vlogging mic

This is the best mic that all the podcasts swear by! I use it to record meditations, voiceovers on my cinematic videos and when I'm a guest on shows! It's the best. 

This card reader is lightening fast and easy to connect to my mac computer for editing large video files. I've used many different card readers over the past 6 years - the is my fav hands down. 

Rode VideoMicro is the best choice for an affordable microphone with quality sound. I attach this to the X-T4 while filming sit-dow and vlogging videos. 

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Quick Disclosure: Some of these links happen to be affiliate links which means when you click the link to purchase something on this page, it won't cost you more but I may receive a tiny commission for sharing this with you. Which is great, because it helps me pay my blog hosting, website costs and allows me to continue making videos and sharing all the goodness I was going to share it with you anyway!