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AK Monthly Recap: January 2024

Kate taking a smiling selfie wearing a big winter coat with a furry hood. She's on a snowy square in Prague, a Gothic church behind her.

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After a whirlwind trip to South America in November and December, January was meant to be a quiet antidote. And it was — a busy month of working, healthy living, and starting the year off strong!

This month, I made a big goal for 2024: I want to visit at least one new destination in the Czech Republic every month of the year. I’ve been resolving each year to visit more places in the Czech Republic, and it hasn’t really been working out, so this seems like a way to actually visit new places on a regular basis.

I figure that even in very busy travel months (and March is going to be one!), I can squeeze in a quick day trip somewhere.

So I got to work this month, with a very snowy and wintry visit up to Liberec.

A snowy day in my neighborhood of Karlín, Prague.

Destinations Visited

  • Prague and Liberec, Czech Republic
Balloon letters spelling out "Happy Ne Year."
“Ne” means “no” in Czech, so this “Happy Ne Year” sign made me laugh!


Getting really, really into closing my rings. Charlie got me an Apple Watch for Christmas — something that I resisted for awhile because I thought it would make me look like a Spy Kid.

Well, turns out I love my watch, especially the detailed health tracking information. I have become obsessed with is closing my rings every single day. Now Charlie and I are both doing crazy dances when it’s time to get another standing minute!

Between that and Dry January, it’s been a very healthy start to the year.

I got my eyebrows microbladed! This is something I’ve been thinking of doing for years. Microblading is basically a semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo that fills in the sparse areas in your eyebrows and makes them look more uniform; most last around a year.

I went to AR Aesthetics in Prague and absolutely LOVE how Alesia recreated my brows into a gorgeous shape. But right now you can’t tell I had anything done at all — post-scabbing, your brows look bare until the skin finishes a regeneration cycle, which takes about 22 days. So I should see the final results in a week or so.

If you get micro bladed, my big tip is to book yourself a blowout or haircut 5-7 days after the procedure, because I wasn’t able to get my eyebrows wet until they stopped scabbing (took about 13 days), and thus couldn’t wash my hair. I got by on dry shampoo until a week in and it was SO nice to have someone else wash my…

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