When you’re reading this, I’m going to be going through security at the airport.




I know, I know. Iceland is like, the place that everyone and their brother has been going in the last year. It has literally exploded in touristy popularity. So yeah, I’m jumping on the Nordic bandwagon and hitting the land of glaciers and vikings!

If you’re surprised that I’m going, well, join the club…because so am I.

This trip was actually a gift from my parents. My best friends in the world are going, and my parents wanted to give me this experience as a way to say thank you for the five months I spent at home helping my mom recover from her stroke back in December.

And honestly, I felt undeserving. I mean, I never made the decision to come home with the motive that I would “get” something out of it in return. I was helping my mom — my life line. My person. My best friend. — I never in a million years expected anything other than a hug. My parents are above and beyond generous, and so — I know they read every single one of my blogs — I just wanted to say, thank you. 🙂

Honestly, the time at home those five months was one of the most defining times of my life. I know technically, my mom was the one who was growing and blooming and getting her life back, but for me, that time was such a gift and growth period too: I was getting to be with my family. I was learning about who I was and what was important. And was being inspired every single day by the strength and courage my mom was showing, and the steadiness and faith my dad exuded.

That season was as much a gift to me as it was to them.


But any who. Better quit now before I bust a pipe and unleash the water works up in here!


This is going to sound silly, but one of the biggest things I’m looking forward to in Iceland is getting away from my smart phone.

Seriously, I’m so excited to just unplug and go explore some of God’s gorgeous landscape with friends who I’ve known since I was 3 years old.

I think we’ve gotten so used to the magnificence and beauty of the world around us, that we’ve forgotten that God made all of it.

Literally. Everything is a figment of His imagination. Created out of love. For you and me.


The trees with their color-changing leaves. The flowers that scatter the mountain side. The birds with their whistling songs. And the waterfalls that majestically carve through stone.

All reflect His glory and creativity.

And all made to delight His children.

And if that doesn’t make you feel loved, I don’t know what will.

There’s so much negativity out there, that is constantly fed to us through our phones all day, every day.

I recently listened to a TED talk about how much we use our phones every day, and it said that we pick up our phones roughly 75-85 times per day.

And that sounded conservative to me. I mean, replying to comments alone is about double that.

But you think about what we’re being fed through our little pocket computers: Social media is just one giant comparison match. The news belches out tragedies and hyper-slanted fabrications of the truth. Celebrities are either feuding, flaunting, or filling our hearts with envy or lust. Even sporting events have become political and scandalous.

Sometimes, you just need to put the phone down, and take a walk in the wilderness.


So that’s what I’m excited to do.

And I can’t wait to share my adventures with you. (I’d love for you to follow along on Instagram! @beauty.beyond.bones ) I’m lugging my massive DSLR camera across the pond, so the pictures are going to be legit.

So Monday I’ll be tuning in from Iceland, and then THURSDAY the 31st IS MY BOOK LAUNCH!!!

Have a beautiful weekend, friends. And I’ll talk to you soon from the other side of the world!

Hugs and love,


Tell me: Where has been YOUR favorite destination!?

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273 thoughts on “ICELAND BOUND

  1. Would love to go to Scotland and backpack south through Europe, visiting historical war sites and memorials all the way to Greece! Have fun and be safe Caralyn!


  2. Wow! A book. Congrats.
    I agree that people have a hard time putting down their phones. Yet. It is so nice to have the internet at our fingertips. It’s a whole new world and I randomly found your blog. Can’t wait to read your book on my Kindle. He he. More technology🤓


  3. Hi BBB,

    Have a great time. Have you seen *The Secret Life of Walter Mitty*? That made we want to go to Iceland and Greenland, too. Seattle and Utah, where my boys are have been two places I would like to visit more. Have a great week. Hey, I have two questions for you. How would you like to do a book swap? I read your book and give you a review, and you read mine? I will be ready when you come back. The other one is in process as well. I work with a few other writers with a nerd and geek outreach blog called, God Among Geeks. We are getting ready to launch our podcast called Neekology 101. We feature people with dreams and where they are going with them. I wanted to promote some of the folks in our blogging community and do an episode about them. We are just getting our first episodes recorded, so it will be a little but, pray about being on our show. We will send you the format and the times to call that work for you. Oh,

    Have a great week,


    On Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 4:00 PM, BeautyBeyondBones wrote:

    > beautybeyondbones posted: “When you’re reading this, I’m going to be going > through security at the airport. Because… I’M GOING TO ICELAND!! I know, > I know. Iceland is like, the place that everyone and their brother has been > going in the last year. It has literally exploded in” >


    1. Hi Gary! I haven’t seen that but sounds like I should check it out! I am honored that you would like to have me on your podcast. I would absolutely be interested. Thank you!! I’ll let you know about the. Oil swap when I get back – things are pretty swamped early September! Hugs and love xox


  4. Yes, Iceland’s tourism has been blooming all thanks to their national football team at Euro 2016. I can’t wait to read your book. All the best.


  5. Would your parents like to adopt a 28 year old? 😀 They sound so lovely and thoughtful!! Have a fab time!!!! Planning a big 30th birthday trip to Iceland… can’t wait to eye up your pics!!! XX


  6. So excited for you! I’m glad that you have gotten to experience this trip and that part of the world. We get so caught up in what we have surrounding us all the time that we sometimes forget that there is a whole other world out there! Thanks for a good read 🙂


  7. The line that sticks out the most is when you wrote about unplugging from your phone. I spend less time on mine than the rest of my family, but I feel it is still too much. Thank you for the reminder. In answer to your question about the best place: North Shore. It is on Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota. Best place ever!


  8. I hope your book launch went exceptionally well, Caralyn…! I’m excited for you. Judging by your blog posts I can imagine how remarkable your book would be. And have a great time in the heavenly Iceland.


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