Festival of Balloons near Portland, Oregon

This weekend-long hot air balloon festival near Portland, Oregon is your chance to see the enormous balloons up close. Here, I share what it’s really like to soar in the clouds using nothing but hot air, how to make the most of the Festival of Balloons in Tigard, OR, and a tip to get a…

7 ways to be more joyful every day / Catherine Ryan Gregory

7 Ways to Make Your Life More Joyful

Neuroscience explains how the Fijian principles of happiness can cultivate long-term joy. This article, sponsored by the Fijian tourism board, shares how anyone can adopt the Bula philosophy—no matter where in the world they are. Read the article on Thrive Global or download it to read later.

Portland's mead scene pairs perfectly with this Oregon city's dedication to the environment—and to its foodie identity.

Portland’s buzzing mead scene

Mead pairs perfectly with Portland’s quirky booze scene: The alcoholic drink, made from honey, aligns with Portland’s commitment to the environment and its love of out of the ordinary foodie experiences. Read Mead in and around Portland, Travel Portland

How to answer nosy questions from askholes

How to Deal with Askholes

Everyone from your family to randos on the street feel the need to butt into your love life and ask the most insensitive, intrusive and rude questions. Here are real-life scripts and tips to get askholes to MYOB. Read How to Deal with Askholes, Cosmopolitan, November 2017

How to deal with awkward family situations during the holidays. Catherine Ryan Gregory

Deal with awkward family during the holidays

Two-thirds of people expect arguments during the holidays, but the season doesn’t have to be so fraught with family disagreements. Here is how to handle awkward family at the holidays—from responding to insensitive comments to dining with loved ones on the opposite side of the political spectrum. Read the story online, Women’s Health, November 2017.

How to finally reach your New Year's Resolutions.

Reach the resolutions you’ve been trying to achieve

Even if your New Year’s resolutions fizzle before you’ve reached success, this year doesn’t have to be the same. Here, six women share what they’re trying to achieve, and experts bring customized advice to how they can finally get what they want in career, fitness, weight loss and more. Read the story online, Women’s Health,…