Laura Claypool

aspire to inspire

Fall Foliage in the North Cascades

OCTOBER 2-3 | WINTHROP, WA My mom, sister, and I drove the Cascade Loop Highway earlier this summer and saw beautiful lakes and waterfalls.  It was a very long drive … Continue reading

October 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

10 Easy Hikes Near Seattle

Seattle doesn’t have big hikes in the city itself, but you can find yourself surrounded by forests within 90 minutes.  If you’re only visiting for a few days and have … Continue reading

October 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Don’t Skip Mount St. Helens

COUGAR, WA | SEPTEMBER 6 In elementary school, we learned all about Washington State history and geography.  I learned the names of a bunch of cities I’ve still never been … Continue reading

September 20, 2020 · 1 Comment

Baltimore Is a Foodie City?!

BALTIMORE, MD | August 22-27 I cancelled all my travel plans for 2020 because of the pandemic, but Sarah’s post-grad job is located in Baltimore at the National Institutes of … Continue reading

August 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

I Launched an Online Print Store!

~CLICK TO VISIT MY PRINT STORE~ During these times of COVID-19, I have seen a lot of artists start selling their prints online and I finally took time to research … Continue reading

August 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

36 Black-Owned Subscription Boxes That Make Great Gifts

Subscription boxes are packages full of curated products that are shipped to your door, often monthly or quarterly.  These boxes allow you to discover new brands and offer you a … Continue reading

June 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

48 TED Talks to Understand Racism in America

These TED Talks are listed from shortest to longest. All descriptions are from ted.com. UNDER 10 MINS———————————————– An artist’s unflinching look at racial violence (5 mins) Conceptual artist and TED … Continue reading

June 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

29 Organizations Focused on Supporting Black Youth

This list was compiled from resources published by NY Mag, Esquire, Charity Navigator, Town and Country Magazine, HuffPost, NBC, Elite Daily, and ArtNet News.  Descriptions are from the organizations’ websites. … Continue reading

June 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Order Online From These 29 Black-Owned Tea Companies

I’ve compiled this list from resources published by Shoppe Black, Forbes, Green Matters, the AAMBC Journal, The Black Wallet, Old World New, Eat This Not That, Black Enterprise, Sprudge, and … Continue reading

June 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Order Online From These 36 Black-Owned Coffee Companies

I’ve compiled this list from resources published by Shoppe Black, Forbes, Green Matters, the AAMBC Journal, The Black Wallet, Old World New, Eat This Not That, Black Enterprise, Sprudge, and … Continue reading

June 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Drop the Diptyque: Check Out These 33 Black-Owned Candle Companies

This list was compiled from resources published by @sarahmian, @birthdatecandles, Apartment Therapy, The Zoe Report, and Madame Noire. Images are from Instagram. Alexandra Winbush | Brooklyn, NY | https://www.alexandrawinbush.com/ | … Continue reading

June 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

40 Activism and Anti-Racism Accounts to Follow on Social Media

These accounts were mostly compiled from resources published by Parade, Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein, High Snobiety, Independent UK, and The Good Trade. ACLU Nationwide: Twitter | Instagram | … Continue reading

June 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Map of 250+ Black-Owned Restaurants in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego

I compiled a bunch of articles to make a Google map of Black-owned restaurants in Southern California, I hope to check some of them out when I get back down … Continue reading

June 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Map of 100+ Black-Owned Restaurants In the Seattle Area

I’m always thinking about my next meal and am always looking to try new restaurants. Here is a Google map of Black-owned restaurants, I hope to check some of them … Continue reading

June 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Listen Up: 27 Podcasts About Race and Privilege

This list was compiled from resources published by Forbes, Glamour, Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, and WBUR. 1619 Brought to you by The New York Times, 1619 … Continue reading

June 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

55 Documentaries, Movies, and TV Shows To Learn About Systemic Racism

This list was compiled from various lists and articles published by @theskimm, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein, NPR, Netflix, USA Today, Glamour, and Vox. DOCUMENTARIES: FREE TO STREAM 13th — … Continue reading

June 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

60 Books To Read About Racism in America

I’ve compiled this list from resources published by @duendedistrict, The Key Bookstore, @jane_mount, and @beaconpress. The book descriptions are from Amazon, but please consider purchasing books from Black-Owned Bookstores. A … Continue reading

June 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

91 Black-Owned Bookstores Across America

I’ve compiled this list from resources published by @duendedistrict, @Bookshop_org, shoppeblack.us, Refinery29, Lit Hub, Conde Nast Traveler, and Travel Noire. ARKANSAS Pyramid Arts, Books & Custom Framing | Little Rock, … Continue reading

June 12, 2020 · 1 Comment

Black Lives Matter

“I can’t breathe.” George Floyd’s death was not an accident.  He was murdered on May 25, 2020 by a white police officer in Minneapolis, MN named Derek Chauvin, who kneeled … Continue reading

June 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Flying South for Spring Break

AUSTIN, TX I got so busy with life I guess I forgot to write about this trip back in March 2019! This was my first time going to Texas. I … Continue reading

May 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

40 Lessons I Learned From My First Year of Full-Time Employment

My year anniversary at my job was back on March 25! In some ways it feels like I just started and in some ways it feels like I’ve been working … Continue reading

May 5, 2020 · 1 Comment

Finding Productivity in Quarantine

With all this free time that used to be taken up by commuting and hanging out with friends, you’d think you’d be able to start all those projects you’ve been … Continue reading

April 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

Monterey for Kat’s Birthday Weekend

MONTEREY, CA While I know a lot of places around Southern California, anything past Santa Barbara has been largely a mystery to me. A couple of years ago, I had … Continue reading

April 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Quick Trip to SLO

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA My friends and I had been trying to go to San Luis Obispo (SLO) for a while.  It’s really not that far from Los Angeles, about … Continue reading

April 16, 2020 · 1 Comment

Best Shoots of 2019

I shot a lot last year. Actually 106 times to be exact. Somehow even with a full-time job, I was averaging two shoots a week! There were good shoots and … Continue reading

February 3, 2020 · 1 Comment

2019 Resolutions Recap + 2020 Resolutions

Why make resolutions? I guess when I think of resolutions, January gym-goers come to mind.  So I don’t really think of them as resolutions, I think of them as goals.  … Continue reading

January 22, 2020 · 1 Comment

The Influencer Industry

How do you choose what clothes to buy? Which movies to watch? Where to eat? Which hotels to stay at? Do you just look at a company website and buy … Continue reading

November 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

5 Days in New York

NEW YORK & CONNECTICUT This year, I took an extra two days off from work and visited a few friends from college in New York for Labor Day weekend. Thank … Continue reading

October 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

How to Spend a Day in Seattle

*This itinerary assumes you get an early start, by 8am because that is the way I travel* Depending on the weather, I’d walk or take the bus, as parking can … Continue reading

September 26, 2019 · 1 Comment

The End of #Funemployment

I went to Chapman University and graduated with a degree in public relations and advertising in December 2018.  I had started searching for jobs in October 2018 and was hired … Continue reading

September 20, 2019 · 1 Comment

How Does an Advertising Agency Work?

I don’t do a lot of work for commercial clients, but a lot of my photos could definitely advertise something (and I needed pics for this post). First product shot … Continue reading

September 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Feeling “Settled” in Los Angeles

TL;DR: give yourself a full year to feel good about your life in the City of Angels When I first came to Chapman, people already started asking me if I’d … Continue reading

September 10, 2019 · 2 Comments

Hello World! It’s Been a Minute…

Hi Grandma and Granddaddy + my other blog readers! I stopped blogging because…hmm actually I can’t remember my rationale for that.  Probably because I got overwhelmed by moving to LA … Continue reading

September 6, 2019 · 4 Comments

Spring Semester 2018: May It Rest in Peace

Spring semester was the longest and shortest 16 weeks of my life.  I was #thriving over interterm back in January: I made all those resolutions, took so many photos for … Continue reading

June 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

40 Lessons I Learned From Junior Year

No matter what I quit, I always overbook myself. Start with gratitude.  I didn’t get anywhere on my own. I thrive on 7 hours of sleep. I don’t regret leaving … Continue reading

May 28, 2018 · 1 Comment

Spring Break: Exploring SoCal

SANTA BARBARA & SAN DIEGO DAY 1 (Saturday) Because UW and Chapman’s spring break lined up again, my sister and my mom came down to California for the first half … Continue reading

March 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Seeing Salvation Mountain (Finally!!)

NILAND, CA I had been wanting to go to Salvation Mountain ever since my freshman year when a girl from one of my classes went and her boyfriend took awesome … Continue reading

February 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

My Last Interterm

As I was thinking of the title of this post, I realized that I just had my last interterm.  College has just flown by.

January 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Resolutions for 2018

I usually think of general resolutions like dress better, and I somewhat follow through, but this year, I have specific goals. 

December 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

How to Up Your Gift Giving Game

November may mark the holiday season, but I’ve been thinking about gifts for my friends and family since this summer.  I LOVE getting people things! Finding an item that someone … Continue reading

December 15, 2017 · Leave a comment