Sit Down, Talk Me (A life update)

When I was very little, I used to tell my Grandma – “sit down, talk me.” I think she told that story hundreds of times. So here I am, sitting down and talking to you, to give a little life update. A lot has happened in the past three months (what!!) since my last post and you’re probably wondering where I’ve been (if anybody is out there? 😉 )

First things first, major life update. Since we last talked, my boyfriend’s two children (age 13 and 11) moved in with us full time. You won’t hear much about them on the blog (because privacy) but it’s definitely one of the reasons it’s been so quiet around here, as we’ve all been adjusting these last few months.

We all took a road trip to Wyoming, which I’ll dedicate a whole post too, but it was amazing (as usual). Look at those mountains!


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Fourth of July Weekend Recap

Happy Wednesday! The week is half over and it’s almost the weekend! Woot! I can’t wait for this weekend, as my Chicago peeps will be visiting! Can’t wait to show them around 🙂

Apologies for the lack of posting lately, there has been a lot of craziness going on, so I’ve been trying to slow down, relax and focus on myself for a bit. Hot yoga and vacation certainly helped!

Fourth of July weekend was five days of boating, eating, kayaking, biking and family time in Cedarville, MI! It was so relaxing and exactly what I needed!

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Adulting is Hard

Adulting is hard..

Bills, responsibilities, life decisions, career choices, we all have them and who really likes them? Anyone?

When someone is looking for an adult, do you sometimes look around for someone that is more of an adult that you? Is it just me? Am I the only one that does that?

I recently heard about a summer camp for adults! Say what? Sign me up – I think I need a digital detox as I sit here with two computers, one extra monitor and two iPhones (work and personal). There are way too many ways to get a hold of me….Skype, Facebook, Slack, Instagram, iMessage, email….yeesh.

I also think I need this shirt.

But anywho…..

I’ve recently come to the realization (again) that you can’t lose sight of what makes you happy. Sometimes we get stuck in this rut of repetition and begin to focus on the negatives and what’s not working, instead of what is working and the positives. There is so much going on in this world that we have absolutely no control over, that sometimes you just need to let go. We need to remember to focus on today and the happiness that is in front of us. We can’t dwell on the past or the what if’s, it’ll drive you crazy.

I think if we all focused on the positive a bit more, the world would be a better place 🙂

So this week I’m focusing on a weekend/holiday of camping and hanging out with my love and my family. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Thanks, as always, for listening to my ramblings 🙂

What are you focusing on this week? Any plans for the holiday weekend?

Life, Travel

Memorial Weekend Recap

Memorial weekend my boyfriend and I drove up to Drummond Island for a little R&R. Having lived in Michigan for as many years as I have, I’m surprised I haven’t heard more about this island or been there before! It’s located past the Mackinaw Island bridge and as far east as you can go before you have to board a quick ferry (with your car! A new experience for me!) over to the island. From there, you’re practically in Canada – and your phone will keep reminding you of that – international roaming anyone?

On the way there, as per usual we had to stop for some road-trip type food and I found out that KFC has snack size famous bowls! Did you know this was a thing? Why didn’t anyone tell me!? 8 points of deliciousness!

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My Mom

This blog post has been a long time coming…

I realize isn’t very old, but this topic has been on my mind for years. After my Mom passed away in 2004, I felt this urgent need to document her life. I gathered photos, I bought a scrapbook and I tried to get started. Then I realized, how do you document someone’s entire life? How do you capture an amazing spirit in a scrapbook? How can I even begin to explain her to future generations? So I decided to stop until I could find the words and the way. This was pre-Facebook where we can look back and see people’s lives captured in quotes, videos, photos, and the occasional meme. I’d love to see a video of my mom, hear her voice again. It’s one of the things that’s beginning to fade from my memory.

But her spirit will always remain. So even though it’s difficult, I’ll try to describe this beautiful soul.

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