All posts by Mimi McFadden

Mimi founded The Atlas Heart to create a community of travelers inspired to see the world. The Atlas Heart is a space where you'll find anecdotes on slow travel, craft beer, outdoor adventures, and all the eccentric bits in between that this world has to offer.

Postcard from Veneta, Oregon

When my dad told me he was moving out of the house I grew up in and relocating to Oregon, I was nostalgic and sad to let go of so many memories from my childhood and adolescence.

Well, I finally had the opportunity to see his new place just outside of Eugene, in Veneta, Oregon, and I fell in love with my new home to come back to.

I’ve been to Oregon a few times before, but I forgot just how incredibly beautiful a state it is. I can see why so many people are relocating there, it’s a one of a kind place.

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Postcard from the Top of the Empire State Building

Nighttime views of NYC from one of its most famous landmarks – the Empire State Building

As it was my first time visiting New York City over the holidays, I made sure to check all the tourist attractions off my list, including the Empire State Building. Although, the wait to get up to the top was close to unbearable, it really is something that everyone should do once in their lifetime.

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La Bella Vita

From the time I was very little, I remember looking up at the sky every time a plane would fly over me on my daily walk to school.

I would imagine where the people up there were going, what adventures lay ahead for them. Every time I would see an airplane in the clear blue California sky, I would make a promise to myself that someday soon it would be me on my own adventures.

It became a promise that structured my whole life around when I could travel next.

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The Future Belongs to those who Believe in the Beauty of their Dreams

Florence, Italy - Europe

Last June, I walked across the stage at my college graduation with the words the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams“ glued to my cap.

I found the quote appropriate, not only because my college at UC San Diego is called Eleanor Roosevelt, but because those words are what I hope to live by as a recent graduate.

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