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My First Frost

24 Jan

This is a year of firsts for me. Getting back to school, adapting to a new part of the country and truly feeling like an adult. So, a whole lotta different going on. As mentioned before, I like change. I thrive on it. But no matter who you are, it can be daunting and unsettling. That was my thought when I noticed the weather changes here in Indiana. Actually, on seeing my first snow fall, my first thought was “what have I done? I don’t belong here.” But I do. It’s just different and takes some getting used to.

I have spent more than half my life in a sub tropical climate. First, the Bahamas and then Florida. No snow. Hell, if it got below 70 degrees people wore parkas. So this was my view this past week:

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I was excited and then went, “what now?”

Thankfully, not a lot of snow. Mother nature needs to ease this FL girl into winter. But I have learned a few tricks. These are great for warding off the cold wind:

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Soap and Glory Hand Food lotion, Nivea Lip Butters

And on those long winter days when I feel like this:

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Sometimes you just have to remember it doesn’t last forever and have a big cup  bowl of tea.

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Stay Warm and Happy Thursday!

Newbie

1 Sep

I made it! I’ve hit the 3 week mark and I’m finally starting to feel at ease. During my latest transition, I’ve had a bit of trouble. For some reason I’ve been hit with homesickness mighty hard and just couldn’t shake it. Some days I would be feelin’ good, making progress and then, bam! Not feelin’ so great.

Honestly, I’m kinda embarrassed by this. I pride myself on being able to move about, adjust as necessary and blend. So, while I’m moping about, wanting to go home, I’m also super mad at myself for feeling that way. Crazy, right? Yup. Definitely.

But this week, I’ve think I’ve turned a corner. No surprise that when I finally eased up on myself, the homesickness eased up as well. And I’m finally on my way :)

And this quote has helped immensely: 

Happy Sunday!

Adventure

9 Aug

Hi all!

It’s been a crazy whirl wind lately. I just got back from a trip to Quebec and Montreal. We went for a wedding, but it was really great to be able to check out new cities and get a feel for the area. Both of which are great. They have nice restaurants and cool shopping, but we found we just liked hanging out and seeing where we ended up, which served us well. We had so much fun. So, I thought I’d share some pictures. 

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I also head out for Indiana this week. So nervous and excited. I can’t really tell which side is winning. lol. But it’ll be a new adventure!

Happy Thursday!

25

28 Jun

I turn 25 in less than a month.

Geez.

That’s just crazy talk.

But, it’s true and I’m not really sure how I feel about it. I guess it comes down to both excited and nervous. Excited, because of the old adage “celebrate growing older because it’s a privilege denied to many.” And quite frankly I used to be a bit snobby about getting older. I didn’t understand the vanity of botox or lying about age to seem younger. Granted, I have a bit of a baby face and often get thought of being younger than I am (which until recently, drove me absolutely crazy.) But with the development of my first grey hair, let’s just say my opinions are a lot less harsh.

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And nervous because I dread the inevitable question, “so what are you doing now?” that seems to follow getting older. After spending a year at home with off and on work, this question makes my heart race like a hummingbird. Somehow telling people I spent 3 hours teaching myself to french braid doesn’t seem to hold the same weight as spending the day in an office.  And trust me, I desperately want to be in that office. But, instead I’m going to Grad School. I’m actually getting really excited about it but it’s not really what I thought I would be doing at 25. When it comes to my future, I’ve always been a big picture person. I imagined myself working in a publishing house or a museum or traveling, but I hadn’t really given much thought to how I would get there…and turns out that’s a crucial step.

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But I have course corrected and am now on the right track, so in a way 25 is arriving at just the right time. I came across an article by Sarah Shanfield, “What It Means To Be 25 Today”  from the Huff Post New York that was also perfect timing.The pressure we feel to have life figured out by 25  is in a way self given, a make believe do or die situation.When in fact, just like anything else it’s a journey that is so different for each person.

I’m inclined to believe her and walk through my invisible 25 threshold with my head held high.

Happy Thursday!

 

Hero

7 May

I’ve been feeling particularly powerful lately. Have you? Well, just in case you need some motivation, here are some fierce thoughts to get you started on the right foot this week.

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And what a coincidence, this lovely note was waiting for me in my inbox this morning.

Remember, you will always have friends, guides, and love, Grace, but no one is coming to “save you.”

 That’s the adventure package you signed up for.

 The one that comes with all the superpowers, guaranteed rebounding abilities, and the all-powerful scrunched-nose-when-you-smile. 

 Your 5 Star Time-Space Adventure Tour Agency Manager,

    The Universe

Happy Monday! Have a great week!