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I'm so glad you’ve found What I’d Rather Be Talking About, the newsletter to help you do life better.

This is a (twice!) weekly lifestyle newsletter featuring all the WELLNESS, TRAVEL, CAREER, FASHION, and LIFE tips and tricks I can’t keep to myself.

I share my favorite podcasts, YouTube & streaming services, books, and life inspiration in carefully curated lists… not once, but TWICE weekly.

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  • What I’d Rather Be Talking About every Thursday.

  • MORE content every Saturday in The Saturday Sidebar.

  • Coming soon… audio and/or video versions of interviews with interesting entrepreneurs, writers, and general rock stars all around the world.

  • Extra surprise bonus content - travel tips, wellness hacks, Spotify playlists, more…

  • My deepest thanks and appreciation for your support of my efforts. I literally eat🥣, sleep😴, and breathe 😮‍💨 these newsletters all week long! 🥰

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In addition to tips and tricks, I’ll share a little about my life each week. But to get things started, check out my bio below:


I’m Abbey, a writer based in the US, but my soul country is Spain🇪🇸.

But do you need to love Spain (or even know how to say hola) to read this newsletter?

Of course not! Spain is just a big part of my back story and might explain some things as you read my work.

I’ve been in love with Spain since traveling there at the age of 9 when I swear timelines collided, and I realized I’d lived another lifetime exploring the streets of Madrid and the white-washed villages of Andalucia.

A pic of me at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain… age 9.

Therefore, I’m always looking for ways to travel to the Iberian Peninsula… whether it’s travel writing gigswalking the Camino de Santiago, English & Spanish immersions, retreats, or visiting our amazing Spanish friends with my husband.

When I’m not traveling, I’m writing about golf, travel, lifestyle, & wellness.

My favorite thing is telling stories.

I feel that everyone, everything, and every place has a story.

I love uncovering those stories and bringing them to life. 

When not writing, you can find me at home with my husband, Eric (who’s also my editor, chef, and personal golf instructor). I’m like a dog- if I haven’t been run or walked, you’ll find me gazing longingly at the window, longing for freedom and space. And, nothing warms my soul (or body) more than my hot yoga.

Eric & I on a hot, well-lit date in our town. We’re the weirdos who will walk to dinner when it’s five below.

Oh, and don’t get me started on podcasts. Or wellness trends. Netflix. Clothes from Evereve. I could talk about these topics for hours.

This leads me to what you’re reading now: What I’d Rather Be Talking About.

I started this newsletter in December of 2022 so I’d have a place to talk about the stories of people, places, and things I uncover daily. (I also did this in 2007 when I started a blog called imrunnerchica, where I wrote inspirational stories about running and life.)

After I stopped writing Runnerchica, I missed having an outlet to share the insights inspired by daily life.

I found that stories would crop up at the most inopportune times…like in the middle of a meeting at work.

Since most people don’t like to be interrupted to hear about the latest ingredient, I’m putting in my smoothies (Creatine) or hear about an amazing new golf apparel company (Pirdie)… I needed to find a place to express What I’d Rather Be Talking About.

Just about that time, I heard a bunch of buzz about Substack. Everyone and their sister were starting Substacks. So, I jumped on the Substack party train.

I call it “the newsletter that helps you do life better.”

Each week, you’ll find important things I need to share, such as:

The amazing black boots with pink heels I found on Instagram.

I’ll vent about various atrocities of the 80s, such as home perms.

(Also, did you know my senior picture inspired the 🤔 emoji?)

I’ll tell you what’s in my smoothie, where I shop for gluten-free food, and how to make the best vegan dinner in the land.

green and white drink with straw in clear drinking glass

ll let you in on the latest podcasts, YouTube channels you can’t miss, and what’s hot on Netflix.

I’ll take you around the world and introduce you to new people, places, and things.

(Like this golf course in Spain that overlooks a CASTLE.)


I’m also a freelance writer! 👩🏻‍💻

If you’re in need of someone to bring your message to life, refresh your website content, or help you create a weekly newsletter… I’m your gal.

Head to my website for more info!

My services include:

  • Newsletters - Writing this newsletter is the joy of my week. If you’d like me to help you get started on a newsletter or write one for you.. let’s chat!

  • Website refreshes - I can bring new life to your current copy.

  • Blog posts - I can provide daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly posts.

  • Travel pieces - I specialize in golf tourism and travel to Spain, but if you have a destination, I’ll go there and introduce your location to the world.

  • Social media content - Stumped for content? Let’s discuss a strategy.

If you want to check out my work first, here’s my portfolio.😉

Thanks for being here, and I hope to see you back soon!



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What I'd Rather Be Talking About is a weekly newsletter to help you do life better. The latest wellness, travel, lifestyle, and career advice, mixed with a little bit of inspo.


Slightly Spain-obsessed yogi, golfer, runner, and writer who firmly believes there's a podcast to answer any dilemma or question life presents.