Travel

Preliminary Life in Corpus Christi, Texas

We’ve been in Texas now for a month. There are a couple things I noticed immediately upon crossing the state line from Louisiana into Texas (besides the dead armadillo on the side of the road).

  1. I’ll be damned if everything didn’t suddenly feel bigger. The trucks got bigger, the land seemed to open up, my hair rose about 3 inches. It’s true that everything is bigger in Texas.everything is bigger in Texas
  2. The radio stations. I’d say about 33% became church music. 33% became country. 33% became latin music. 1% everything else.
  3. Bad drivers. When I lived in Delaware, I thought Pennsylvania drivers were the worst. When I lived in Florida, I thought, well I was wrong… Florida drivers are the worst. Now that I’m in Texas, I was wrong… Texas drivers are the worst. Danger. Danger around every corner my friend.
  4. Drive-thrus. There is literally every restaurant I’ve ever heard of and not heard of in Corpus Christi. And almost every single one has a drive thru. I guess it makes sense why it has been named the fattest city in the country.
  5. HEAT. Goodness gracious is it hot. It was only mid April when we arrived and it took us 6+ hours to unload our moving truck. Not because of how much stuff we have, but because we had to keep taking breaks to recuperate from the heat. It is hot. It is humid. And it is not even summer.

In our first month here, we’ve only done a little bit of exploring. Mostly our time has been spent settling in and adjusting to our new basecamp, but we have been able to get out a bit.

  1. Padre Island. One of the first excursions we took was a drive down to Padre Island.
    • We had lunch at Mikel May’s, which is a wonderful place literally hanging over the water. I recommend the seafood nachos. Thick, crispy freshly fried tortillas drenched in parmesan cheese, gulf shrimp, crab meat, and scallops.Lunch Date on the WaterSeafood Nachos
    • We drove down the beach, literally right on the beach. The sand is pretty packed so you don’t need 4 wheel drive to explore, especially if you stick close to the surf. During our drive we came a campsite of a group of people who were mostly nude. This was not a nude beach, but to each his own! We were definitely overdressed, so we turned around and headed back.Off the Gulf Coast in Texas
  2. Farmer’s Markets
    • I have really grown to love farmer’s markets. Being a conscious consumer and supporting local artisans and small business owners is something we should all strive to do more. I’ve been able to find two farmer’s markets in Corpus Christi. The Southside farmer’s market is on Saturdays. My first visit included maybe a dozen vendors and I picked up some homemade soap from one vendor and green beans from another. The second week was their semi-annual craft fair and they had about 40 vendors with everything from musicians, live chickens, jewelry, crafts, baked goods, and fruits and vegetables. There is another farmer’s market in downtown Corpus Christi on Wednesday evenings from 5pm-7pm. I have not been able to venture down there yet, but it is on my to-do list.
  3. Movies and Shopping
    • Corpus Christi has so much shopping! Just like they have every restaurant you could imagine, there is also every store you could ever want to spend all your money in. I haven’t done a significant amount of shopping, besides groceries-in which case, I recommend the HEB- but it’s nice to know the option is there. And believe me, ALL the options are there.
    • I love going to the movies. I’ve grown a deep affinity for popcorn, and have been known to drive 1.5 hours to attend a dine-in theater. I am not ashamed. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a dine-in theater in Corpus Christi yet, but the one theater closest to us has an IMAX and even their standard viewing rooms have these AMAZING reclining seats. It really takes the experience above and beyond.Movie Theater lounging
  4. Downtown Waterfront Strip
    • Finally three weekends into moving here I was able to convince my husband to go explore downtown with me. It was very beautiful! Spanning the entire waterfront there are white gazebos for overlooking the green water. You can spend the afternoon on a rented pedal bike, jet ski, or boat tour. Or you can even buy seafood right off the fisherman’s boat on the pier! Talk about farm to table!! I was most excited to come across the Selena memorial. This was easily the most popular point of the waterfront. Everyone was taking photos with the statue commemorating the life and loss of Selena. The memorial is beautifully crafted with a life-size statue of her entire body and a white rose bloom. There are also murials painted on the water-facing side of the pavilion. Corpus Christi also has a museum for Selena, which I will be sure to visit in the future.IMG_8389IMG_8390
    • Also located at the far end of the waterfront strip is the Art Museum of South Texas. Every first Friday of the month they offer free admission into the museum. If you love art museums this is a great way to spend a couple hours of your time. There is also a spectacular view of the bay, a wonderful cafe if you get hungry or thirsty, and a marvelous fountain with large sculptures outside. The Art Museum is not the only museum located here. There is also the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. I have yet to visit this museum, but will certainly give a review when we do.IMG_8450Art Museum of South Texas.pngIMG_8449
  5.  Corpus Christi Bay
    • Since my husband is in the military, we are able to rent boats from the Morale,  Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) on base. There are public companies for civilians to do this as well. We rented and 18 ft boat to explore the waters surrounding Corpus Christi. What an amazing way to see the coast and wildlife! We traveled down the shore to get a different view of downtown, the base, the oil rigs out in the water, wind turbines, and Padre Island. Outstanding views!corpus christi bay
    • Part of our boat adventures included docking at Doc’s Seafood Restaurant for lunch. We pulled the boat right up to the back of the restaurant, tied ourselves to the dock, and had a scrumptious lunch before heading back out on the water. I highly recommend the Ahi Tuna Sandwich! My mother in law also said her shrimp and avocado salad was the BEST salad she’s ever had!Doc's Seafood Restaurant
    • There is so much wildlife to see as well. There are 3 dolphins that seem to hang out near the base a lot. I’ve named them Boris, Helga, and Juniper. So many different birds! Big ones, small ones, the ones with the big beaks, I clearly don’t know birds, but there are many and fun to watch the big ones dive bomb into the water with a big splash as they hunt for fish. Speaking of fish, the fish literally jump out of the water down here! It’s quite comical to see! Oh and the jellyfish– not comical to see, and I will NOT be getting into the water.

I guess we have seen and done a lot more than it feels like. And there is so much more on my list! I have my mother in law visiting, and my best friend coming at the end of May. These are perfect opportunities to do more exploring. The definites on my list include going to the USS Lexington, the Selena Museum, Texas Surf Museum, and a Hooks baseball game. My possibly/maybe list would include horseback riding on the beach, the Texas State Aquarium, and glow in the dark mini golf. These are budget dependent.

Stay tuned for more travel updates! Sometimes we get so wrapped up wanting to travel to new and faraway places, we forget to explore where we live! Take a day and be a tourist in your own town! What have you never seen where you currently reside?

Health · Random Ramblings · Travel

Melting Off the Weight in the Texas Heat.

Texas is hot. Balls fricking hot. I attempted to write this while sitting outside. Not only did I start to melt, but my laptop was slowing down and stroking out. We both had to come inside to recover.

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Besides adjusting to the Texas weather (global warming is real), this week has been flipping amazing! And since I haven’t done a list in awhile (how out of character of me), let’s review in list form:

  1. My home is fully unpacked and decorated! It feels so, sooooo good to have a place for everything and everything in it’s place. I never fully unpacked or decorated in Florida since we were only going to be there for a short period of time, so I’m so stinking excited to make my home in Texas feel like my home.
  2. I’m back to writing! It was a long 24 days of not writing on the blog, and it’s one of those things where you’re like…. I don’t feel like it, but then once you do it, you feel so much better. Like working out, or getting a shower. That’s my relationship with writing.
  3. I made the best schedule and I stuck to it all week! For months now I’ve been saying to myself that I’ll be so much more productive if I make myself a schedule. I’ll do so much better with my weightloss if I make a schedule like I did over the summer. And yet, I wouldn’t buckle down and make a schedule. Well Monday I finally forced myself to not only plan out my meals for the week, but also create a daily schedule for my week and it has made all the difference! Not only have I been super productive, but I’ve been eating so healthy, and I’m right on track to hitting my 3% weightloss goal for this month! I’ve talked about my schedules and meal plans on my blog post Eat food. Lose weight. A Recipe for Weight loss. 6D9039B6-C183-4AAA-98B7-F83F33147614This was the meals from one day. minus the Halo Top I had for dessert. Red Velvet Halo Top is now in my top 2 Halo Tops. #1 is Mocha Chip. Halo Top is going to take over the world. I’m also obsessed with those nut bars. There’s some sort of glaze on them, and they’re crunchy and so yummy. They’re made by Nature Valley. Get you some. 
  4. Future travel plans have been confirmed! In my last post I mentioned hoping to be able to go to Seattle to visit my brother-in-law. Well I found dirt cheap airline tickets to Seattle and we jumped on the opportunity. We’re flying on the airline Spirit, which is a budget airline where you only pay for what you use. This means you only get one personal item that flies for free with you. Any other carry on items, checked bags, snacks, choosing your seat is all an additional charge. At first I was hesitant, but I compared what the cost would be flying the next cheapest (Delta) and even after paying for a checked bag, and choosing our seats, it was still $400(!!!) cheaper to fly Spirit. So we will be taking over Seattle at the beginning of June! I can’t wait to plan some great excursions!
  5. Speaking of traveling, being in a new place means I get to explore a whole new city! I haven’t gotten out too much yet. But I did check out my local farmer’s market where I got some new soap, and locally grown green beans. Shop local!! I look forward to going back this Saturday, when there’s supposed to be more vendors. I’ve also been to the beach and had lunch at a unique little place right on the water on the island. It was called Mikal May’s and had really delicious seafood nachos.

     

    I’m pretty excited about how great this week has been! It’s hard to top feeling at home in your home, eating healthy, losing weight, exploring a new city, and buying new soap. Am I right?

In other news, the job hunt continues. I had an interview last week, but haven’t heard anything since. I’ve applied to about a bazillion other places. Fingers crossed something comes along soon!

Any recommendations on Seattle or Washington State excursions?

Health · Military · Random Ramblings · Travel

Moving. Job hunting. & Weightloss. Oh MY!

It’s been a couple weeks since I have written on the dear ole blog. 24 days to be exact. So what has happened the last 3 weeks and three days?

Moving

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Well first of all, we moved to Texas. We knew there was a chance of moving to Texas. We requested it, as a matter of fact. So we were hoping the Navy would give Yanis orders for Corpus Christi to continue his training, but there was a chance he would be sent to Milton, FL instead. Well, on March 30, we got official, hard-copy orders for Corpus Christi, TX, and we had 15 days to pack up and get there.

Pensacola, FL was a ball of a time. The Naval Air Station there is top notch. The museum and lighthouse are divine, and the downtown area has great shops, bars, and restaurants. We loved going to the ice hockey games, the off roading trails at the Eglin AFB and Blackwater State Park. Let’s not forget the gorgeous, white, sandy beaches, and our quick getaway to New Orleans! Most of all I’m going to miss the friends we made, but I am optimistic we will see them all again in the future! We were only in PCola a short 4.5 months, but we were able to make so much of our time there!

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The upside of moving so much, it forces you to truly prioritize what you need materialistically. Before moving from Delaware, I held 6 yard sales purging stuff. We also had two charity pick ups of tons of stuff we donated. After moving to Pensacola, I identified at least 10 more boxes worth of stuff to get rid of and a couple pieces of furniture. I would easily say we have less stuff than your typical American family and yet that 26 ft moving truck is still full for our drive to Texas. Since arriving and unloading, we’ve picked out even more stuff to get rid of. I’m optimistic we’ll be down to two suitcases and a knapsack by the end of flight school.

Job Hunting

My time in Pensacola was well spent with lots of writing and getting to know myself better- the good and the bad. Now that we are in Texas, I have decided to pursue working for a non profit and in the community again. I miss the sense of purpose I felt when working with The Delaware Readiness Teams. I need that again. So I dusted off the résumé, updated it with my new address and other pertinent details and have been applying pretty aggressively for a new job. You know what’s really annoying about job hunting? It’s so redundant. What is the point of having a résumé, if every job posting is going to require you to fill out their job application, asking for the exact information that can be found on your résumé, and then ask you to attach.. you guessed it.. your résumé. I think job hunting is just as exhausting as working, if not more. Just hire me already. I promise, I’m fabulous.

Weightloss

Moving can not only wreak havoc on my ability to write consistently, but also eat well consistently. The last week of the move we ate pizza three times. I had to pack up all the kitchen stuff at that point, and I also couldn’t find the energy to cook anything, even if I had the supplies to do it. Despite these dietary setbacks, I think a combination of the big losses I had the first couple weeks of my diet bet and the stress burned extra calories and fat. I was able to hit my 4% weightless goal by the hair on my chinny chin chin. So Trump will not be getting a donation from me this month.

Unfortunately the losses haven’t continued on their own organically, and I have gained back 4 of the 8 lbs lost. So my brother and I are revitalizing our diet bet this month. We started as of Friday, April 21 with a couple adjustments. My goal is to lose 3% (6.4lbs) and his goal is to lose 4 lbs. Of course, I’ll keep you updated on the progress along the way. Now I want pizza…

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Oh My!

What a helluva 3 weeks. I have a new city to explore now! We’ve been in Corpus Christi for just over a week now and my first impressions are pretty good! There is literally every single store and restaurant I’ve ever heard of in my whole life here. It’s a bigger population than I’ve ever lived in. There are definitely some sketchy parts, but that is to be expected with any large city. I look forward to exploring and experiencing everything I can before we’re told to pack up and move again!

In the meantime, there’s a lot coming up. The mother-in-law is coming for a visit at the beginning of May, the best friend is coming for a visit at the end of May, culminating in a long weekend in San Antonio. Then we’re going to visit the brother-in-law in Seattle at the beginning of June. It’s going to be a busy, busy couple of months! I’ll do my best to keep the blog updated.

Any recommendations on things to do or see in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, or Seattle?

 

Travel

Camelback Mountain Resort

Camelback Mountain Resort.pngLast week I met my family in Pennsylvania for a quick, snowy getaway. This was our second year traveling to Camelback Mountain Resort and we were able to take what we learned from our first trip to make this one even more enjoyable.

Let’s take a look at what the resort has to offer:

  1. Indoor Waterpark: The indoor waterpark is advertised as the best on the east coast, and I can’t help but to agree. I’ve personally been to another Pennsylvania waterpark, that I can’t even recall the name of and the Great Wolf Lodge in Virginia. Camelback’s waterpark surpasses both of these by far. The park as 13 waterslides, a swim-up bar, private cabanas, wave pool, lazy river, splash park, flowrider, and a huge hot tub that extends indoors and outdoors. IMG_7996
  2. Skiing/Snowboarding: I’m not a skier or snowboarder myself. I attempted snowboarding once, but failed miserably at the stopping part. My bum still has not forgotten. Alas, due to my lack of skills, I cannot give a comprehensive review of this portion of the resort. I will say they have everything you need right there. Lessons, gear rental, various trails, lifts. I don’t know what else you might need, but it appears they know what they’re doing there and you can get your ski and snowboard on whether you are a novice or experienced snow bunny.
  3. Snowtubing: The resort boasts 42 lanes for snow tubing. Both times I have been, they only had half the lanes open, so that’s a bit of an exaggeration. Regardless, it’s still a wonderful time, and I highly recommend taking the time to check it out. Despite not having a lick of talent in the standing up snow sports, I can really rock a sit and slide sport like snow tubing. Our second day at the resort was spent throwing ourselves onto inflated inner tubes and hurtling down a hill as quick as gravity would take us. Zero talent or experience needed.
  4. Food: The resort has multiple restaurants directly on site you can feast. We enjoyed the buffet for dinner the first night. In my opinion the food was really good, but it was very pricey at $23/person. That evening my best friend and her husband arrived late and ordered room service. Again the food was good and the price seemed reasonable, but they automatically charged a $5 room service charge and 18% gratuity to the order which made the price not so reasonable anymore. The next day we had breakfast at the buffet (again overpriced). Lunch at the sushi restaurant was more reasonably priced and the roll I received was very tasty. My only note would be that there were not that many different options. That evening for dinner we opted to order pizza from a local business. I believe it was called Big Papi’s and it was absolutely great! The price was reasonable, they delivered quickly, and the pizza was delicious. Our third and final day at the resort we decided to eat at a local restaurant named Barley Creek Brewing Co & Distillery. I recommend this place a million times over!
  5. Indoor Activities: The resort does not stop at only offering skiing/snowboarding, snow tubing, and an indoor waterpark. There is also an arcade, indoor high ropes course, mini golf, laser tag, pottery painting, scavenger hunts, rock climbing, crafts and mini bowling. All of these activities are excellent, but come at an additional cost. I thought the price for most activities was comparable to anywhere, but in my opinion the arcade was grossly overpriced. Although, we had an absolute ball in the laser tag. Unfortunately we wanted to try the high ropes course, but it was closed for maintenance for our entire stay.

Some lessons learned were definitely to be more prepared in regards to food to save money. The convenience of eating directly on site was great, but I’m not sure the cost of the buffet really makes it worth it. At least not for me. If we return, I will definitely do my oatmeal breakfasts in the room and prepare lunch in the room as well. Although, I didn’t think the sushi restaurant was expensive, so that could be an option for one day. And then we’d probably eat out at a restaurant off resort for dinner.

Highlights from the trip:

  1. Indoor Waterpark: My favorites in the waterpark are the outdoor hot tub and the group slide, the Venus Slydetrap. Our first year at the resort in 2016 we probably went down the slide a dozen times. This year I only did it once and I wish I had done it more! Same thing with the hot tub. The first year we spent so much time in the outdoor hot tub. They even had some steps we’d brave standing on in the open freezing air for as long as we could bear before plunging ourselves back into the warmth of the hot tub. This year, I was saving the hot tub for our long day in the park, and then was greatly disappointed when only the indoor portion was open. Of course it was open again the day we were leaving. Go figure.
  2. Skiing/Snowboarding: I wish I had the skills needed to snowboard. I really want to try skiing because I feel like I might be able to do that better, but I’m also very cheap and didn’t want to spend the cash on lessons. Despite no one skiing or snowboarding there was still a moment that stuck out. My brother-in-law seriously contemplated trying it out, but was quickly deterred by a woman at the desk selling lift tickets and gear rentals. Her response to his request was, “Sir, are you sure you want to try, at this stage in your life?” Which of course we took as a stab at his age, and we laughed and laughed and laughed.
  3. Snow tubing: The highlight of snow tubing this year was no one having a bad time. Last year my sister-in-law almost fell from the magic carpet that pulls you to the top of the hill, and my brother lost his phone. This year was drama free and everyone simply had a ball of a time. Also, it snowed our first night there, which was super exciting since it’s been an unseasonably warm winter, so the snow was real and fresh!1318172714775|Carlos Tejeda/1843~LEFT  Hill
  4. Food: My highlights on food would be the pizza we ordered from Big Papa’s and the breakfast place, Barley Creek. I had the eggs benedict and a side of scrapple. Oh how I have missed scrapple.
  5. Indoor Activities: Definitely the laser tag. Without a doubt, the laser tag. It was $8.99 a person, but well worth every dime.

Well Camelback, yet again you provided a wonderful vacation for me and my family. Will we return? I’m not sure, simply because as much as I love it there, I would also like to go somewhere else to add to my list of travels. Perhaps somewhere in Vermont or New Hampshire. Anyone have recommendations?

 

Travel

Inspiration for the Wanderlusts

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So far this year I have been able to cross off two destinations from my goal list. I’ll be traveling to a third destination next week. Travel is something I have loved pursuing since reaching adulthood and being able to afford trips to new and adventurous places foreign and domestic. But travel can be complicated and expensive which leads many people not doing it. I hope this isn’t you. I hope you get to see at least one new place a year. Even if it’s only a short drive from where you live. Travel is the good for the mind, body, and soul. To hold you over, or inspire your next trip, enjoy the following 25 images:

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“IF IT SCARES YOU, IT MIGHT BE A GOOD THING TO TRY.”55f7c5ce1661a8a5ac74bb34b67065f6

“I WAS NOT BORN FOR ONE CORNER. THE WHOLE WORLD IS MY NATIVE LAND.”7bc85c129df00e4e8fee55188e1d9685

“TRAVEL FAR, DON’T LOOK BACK.”d6d5cd8e73441ddf518f55953fc43e14

“LIFE IS EITHER A DARING ADVENTURE OR NOTHING AT ALL.”fdae8f802b5b5e235636248babccfb5e

“I FINALLY FOUND THEM, AND I FOUND THEM TOGETHER NO LESS.”57d1803ba0eab0c47939b39414fdedde

“BETTER TO SEE SOMETHING ONCE THAN TO HEAR ABOUT IT A THOUSAND TIMES.”6164552c208c0f3675b097b2595936a9

“TRAVEL, AS MUCH AS YOU CAN, AS FAR AS YOU CAN, AS LONG AS YOU CAN. LIFE’S NOT MEANT TO BE LIVED IN ONE PLACE.”ad497a6d2b9868ef4515672ea3963a3f

“ONCE A YEAR, GO SOMEPLACE YOU’VE NEVER BEEN BEFORE”11d07b6285d7891cb8fc2c5f8004c88d

“YOU’LL NEVER KNOW UNTIL YOU GO.”202c3dca4bb1391e358f319b94bbcd3d

“I HAVE AN INSANE CALLING TO BE WHERE I’M NOT”8d9fb83d5da0749f0541290ef11b7cf1

“EVERYONE SHOULD BELIEVE IN SOMETHING. I BELIEVE I SHOULD GO TO THE BEACH.”b1c0802061c7438e3a75fca6a5b00613

“BUY THE TICKET, TAKE THE RIDE.”be73ed0867077375266b7ed3167fabc6

“WITH AGE, COMES WISDOM. WITH TRAVEL, COMES UNDERSTANDING.”9aabc580621e4191d183142ab5917ef6

“YOU MUST GO ON ADVENTURES TO FIND OUT WHERE YOU TRULY BELONG.”0ea990a5da2049f59d3d3dbd68a01b40

“TRAVEL MORE. BUY LESS.”7bd3bc321855481573a0e04afc797136

“DON’T BE THAT PERSON WHO IS TOO BUSY WHEN YOU ARE YOUNG AND THEN TOO TIRED WHEN YOU ARE OLD.”15558693c80d2e9c453a35eff043d120

“WORK HARD, TRAVEL HARDER.”098f10dfa44bced164b30500b5453128

“MY GOAL IS TO RUN OUT OF PAGES IN MY PASSPORT.”ca1f539211fcc419b72ef4487698f13d

“I’VE GOT BIG BIG PLANS.”0d08c09d417ad6315ec9f410508bde81-1

“NO REASON TO STAY, IS A GOOD REASON TO GO.”7aba52e1119b0eb58acf5b11ea910d29

“TRAVEL IS MY THERAPY”79c078a70c98736099f62505f0a5c99c-1

“TRAVEL DOES THE HEART GOOD.”3098f1bbaa31470c6fd648bf6752e30a

“VACATION CALORIES DON’T COUNT.”f2916eb62d5538b1817ea6bc34763014

“IT’S BAD MANNERS TO KEEP A VACATION WAITING”a31efd6f516a93588ba1de20b8a29bfc

Feel inspired? Where to now?

 

Travel

SODEL-The Five Beaches you Have to Visit

you-are-simply-theIt’s been over two months since I moved away from the only home I’ve every really known of southern Delaware and moved to Pensacola Florida. I’m going to be heading home for a visit next month which actually got me missing home a little bit more than I thought I would. So in honor of my roots, I thought I would share a bit about some of the beaches we have at home. You might be thinking, a beach is a beach, and while they all have sand and water in common, each one has it’s own uniqueness and quirks to offer.

  1. Lewes Beach– I love Lewes for it’s history, small restaurants and boutiques, views and charm. Lewes is the “first town in the first state” and has so much to offer. You can peruse downtown which has all the history you can want, the restaurants are yummy and the shops are quaint and you will for sure find something that will catch your eye. From downtown, the canal is a brief walk away; which offers more scenic views, fishing and restaurants. about 3/4 of a mile from the canal is Lewes Beach. Lewes Beach is a small beach with very small, if any, waves. You can catch the ferry in Lewes which will take you to Cape May, NJ, or you can just watch the boats come in and out of port. You can also find the Cape Henlopen State Park for additional nature, more beaches and more fishing. Some notable restaurants to try would be Touch of Italy for italian, King’s Icecream for icecream, Agave for mexican, and Crooked Hammock Brewery for a laid back, fun atmosphere.lighthouse
  2. Rehoboth Beach Rehoboth Beach is where you want to go for shopping. Rehoboth has the Tanger Outlets which is great for tax free shopping. Rehoboth also has some delicious restaurants to choose from and I’m sad I didn’t get to try ALL of them before moving, but that’s probably for the best. Once you get down towards the ocean on Rehoboth ave. you’ll find tons more shopping and restaurants, and once you hit the end you’ll have the whole boardwalk to peruse as well. You can get candy, popcorn, play in the arcades or ride rides at Funland. Definitley a fun time for the whole family. Some notable restaurants would be The Greene Turtle on the boardwalk, Delaware Distilling Company for really good margaritas and crab mac and cheese, and Arena’s for a laid back, fun atmosphere.de-hp-main-005
  3. Dewey Beach Dewey is definitely known for it’s nightlife. If you have a babysitter, or are childfree and would like some dancing and drinks, head out to Dewey Beach. Be careful driving through as pedestrians tend to flood into the streets sometimes. Some popular spots include, The Starboard, Northbeach, and the Rusty Rudder. Who am I kidding, there are so many bars and restaurants the line the strip, you can do a crawl to check out as many as you want until you find one you don’t want to leave. I haven’t eaten in Dewey too many times, but I’ve heard marvelous things about The Starboard for brunch, and Que Pasa for tacos.deweybeachsign1
  4. Bethany Beach– Bethany is another family friendly beach. It tends to not be as crowded as Rehoboth, but it doesn’t have the carnival rides. However if you’re just looking for the beach and small boardwalk, then Bethany is definitely for you. Some notable restaurants include Matt’s Fish Camp, DiFebo’s Restaurant for italian, and Sunshine Crepe’s for breakfast food.

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  5. Fenwick Island– Fenwick is as far south as you can go before hitting the MD state line. I’ve only been to Fenwick a handful of times and each time the waves were huuuuuuge. Definitely great for boogie boarding on most days, unless they’re too big and then it’s a little dangerous and I wouldn’t recommend it unless you are prepared for getting tumbled around quite a bit. Fenwick also has a number of mini golf places you should add to your itinerary if you’re in the area. Some notable restaurants include Harpoon Hannas or Fenwick Crab House for yummy seafood. Don’t like seafood? Well I’m sure they have other stuff, but I couldn’t tell you what because seafood is amazing.fenwick_beach_photo-560x254

For my fellow native Delawareans, I know so much was left out of this post. There are so many places and reasons to visit our beaches, but our attention spans are short, had to keep it brief.

I am officially a little a homesick and a lot hungry now after reflecting on the great beach spots back home. I hope you get a chance to check out at least one of these hidden gems. So often I get a confused look when I tell people I’m from Delaware, many people have never even heard of the state, which is embarrassing and you should work on your geography. So if you find yourself in the northeast, swing by, you won’t be disappointed.

Have you been to Delaware? What did you do? Where did you go? What did you see?

Travel

NOLA Bound: 24 Hours in New Orleans

nola-bound_new-orleans-in-24-hoursYou guys! I LOVE New Orleans. Have you been? So much fun!

Before going to NOLA, as it is lovingly referred to by the cool crowd, I only pictured Bourbon Street, Boobs and Beads when thinking of New Orleans. But there is literally so much more to offer! Now don’t get me wrong, Bourbon St. is a good time, but I’m not really much of a partier, so I was good with walking up and down it one time and one night of having a few drinks. If you want to do it more-DO IT!, if you don’t, there’s tons of other places and things to do.

We headed off to New Orleans to return my brother in law to the airport after his brief, but fun visit. Being the bums that we are, we left later than we anticipated, but we were in New Orleans around 3pm to check into our hotel. Unfortunately and fortunately there were issues with our room at the Hotel Chateau and they moved us to their sister hotel Hotel Royal. Both of these establishments are boutique hotels and have beautiful courtyards. I’m a sucker for boutique hotels after working in one in Lewes, Delaware for over a year.

They also upgraded us to their top floor and a suite with a balcony. Some pictures from our room:

Once the room debacle was resolved we headed out to explore and grab some grub before our haunted walking tour around the French Quarter. Since we only had a short time here, we stayed in the French Quarter and all within walking distance of the hotel. I really wanted to get adventurous with my meal selection so I wanted to find somewhere to enjoy crawfish and alligator. We set out to Bourbon St.

Wait…wait.. What am I doing? Let’s process this in list form.

The top 5 things we did in NOLA in 24 hours:

  1. Cafe Du Monde– Beignets! Beignets, also known as heaven. We got beignets from Cafe Du Monde and they were amazing! They’re like if donuts and funnel cake had a baby. And they were so inexpensive! 3 beignets for like $2.63 or something like that! So many exclamation points! Because I’m that excited about beignets!cafedumonde
  2. Witches Brew Tours– We did a 4 in 1 tour by Witches Brew Tours, $20 bucks if you’re military or a student or $25 full price. Orrrrrrrrrrr, look on groupon and you can get an even better deal. Groupons have to be booked at least 48 hours in advance though, so plan accordingly. I loved walking around the French Quarter and getting to hear the TRUE stories of murders, torture, voodoo and more. There were so many groups walking around from different companies, so you have options, but I thought ours was really good! My favorite story was about Madam Lalaurie. Crazy stuff.img_7689
  3. Grubbing– We had dinner at a restaurant called Remoulade on Bourbon St. Very yummy. I got a sampler platter that had gumbo, a crawfish pie, and jambalaya. I didn’t get to sample any alligator like I wanted, but I still highly recommend. The next day we had breakfast at Ruby Slipper. There are a few of these throughout New Orleans and even one in Pensacola. Excellent breakfast. I had the eggs benedict and since I couldn’t decide between all the different delicious options I did a pick two. Let’s all appreciate some Nawlins food:

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  4. Voodoo Authentica– On our walking tour we learned a little bit about voodoo and I was hooked! If you don’t know much about voodoo, I highly recommend taking some time to learn more, it was such an interesting history and we were advised to make any purchases from the store Voodoo Authentic as it is owned by direct descendants of Marie Laveau. I’m super excited about the voodoo doll I purchased and one for my bestie to have at her home too. It’s not quite this large, but it’ll do. img_7693
  5. Music– There is literally music playing ALL THE TIME! Walking down any street and suddenly there’s a 2-6 piece band playing some great tunes on the sidewalk. You don’t HAVE to go to Bourbon St. So slow down, stop, listen, enjoy. Put your phone away. It’s called culture and it doesn’t live in social media. Believe me, I’m still struggling with getting away from social media, so I’m not judging. But there’s so much more out there! img_7691

I think one of the greatest ways we can combat intolerance is to travel. Experience lives and cultures outside of our own. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the day to day stuff and always being surrounded by people who look like us, or talk like us, or have the exact same experiences as us. This is what breeds misunderstandings. The world is such a wondrous place and diversity is what makes it magnificent. Take a trip somewhere different this year. Get out of your comfort zone. Get out of your timezone. You don’t even have to go to a different country to experience a different culture. You’ll be surprised at how much you just might like it.

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Pensacola, Florida- TripAdvisor vs. a Local’s Top 5 Things to Do

tripadvisor-vs-local-top-5-things-to-do-in-pensacola-floridaOne of the challenges of military life is being apart from family and many times you can go  many months and even years before being able to visit “home” or for family to come visit you. However, when the stars align just right, and you’re able to have family come to you, what better way to celebrate than getting to be a tourist in your new home of residence?

My brother-in-law came to visit us last week for a quick, but great trip! We were so excited to be able to show him around Pensacola and we were able to take advantage of a little road trip together to New Orleans, which has been on my bucket list for quite sometime. I’ll write all about New Orleans in another post, but for today I will go over our voyages around Pensacola.

The first time we visited Pensacola was in 2014 during a roadtrip we completed of the southeastern part of the US. We came back in November 2016 to house hunt, and moved in December 2016. In our travels and now residency, we’ve been able to experience a lot of what Pensacola has to offer, but there was still more for us to do that we hadn’t had the opportunity to take advantage of yet. So let’s take a gander at the Top 5 Things to Do in Pensacola according to TripAdvisor:

  1. National Naval Aviation Museum– The National Naval Aviation Museum is a free museum with free parking and free tours. Free Free Free! They also have an IMAX theater and simulation rides you can do for an additional purchase. It is the largest Naval Aviation Museum in the world, and has over 150 aircraft representing the Navy, Marine Corp and Coast Guard. The museum is located on Naval Aviation Station Pensacola, but civilians and military are both welcome. I have been to the museum more times than I have fingers, but I still enjoy it every time. I can see why it is listed as the #1 top thing to do in Pensacola.  pensacola-nationa-naval-museum-tif
  2. Pensacola Naval Air Station– This includes the National Aviation Museum, the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum, Fort Barrancas, and Barrancas National Cemetery. Since TripAdvisor compiles it’s ‘Top’ list based off of comments and reviews of users, some reviewed all of these destinations under the NAS and some reviewed each place individually. I think it makes it a bit redundant, and not as comprehensive, but oh well. All of these things are located at Pensacola NAS and all worthy of your time, military or civilian.
  3. Blue Wahoos Ballpark– Number 3 on TripAdvisor is the Blue Wahoos Ballpark. This location is absolutely beautiful and is located on the Gulf of Mexico with a fantastic modern playground for children, and outdoor amphitheater. Since it is currently winter, there are no baseball games to catch, but if you would like to take a scenic walk/run around the ballpark, it is definitely a great place to do so. 461810650_1280x720
  4. Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum– The Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum is my favorite thing to do on base. It is not free to go inside, but well worth the small fee to be able to climb the 177 steps to the top and take in the view of NAS and also the Gulf of Mexico. The museum portion allows you to learn about the history of the lighthouse and the keepers who have maintained it for decades. There are even rumors that the lighthouse is haunted, and who doesn’t love a good ghost story? Also, behind the museum is a short path that leads you onto one of the many white sandy beaches in Pensacola. The sand is so fine it feels like you’re walking on sugar. pensacola-lighthouse_03
  5. Fort Barrancas– Fort Barrancas is a military fort located on NAS Pensacola. This is another free excursion that can be done. It’s such a beautiful and historical site and I highly recommend going down into the fort and through the underground tunnels. Such a cool experience! fort-barrancas-drawbridge-entrance

We did all of these things when we visited Pensacola the first time, now after living here for almost two months, I think I’ve found a couple other gems that I would recommend you do should you ever find yourself on the panhandle of Florida.

  1. Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum– As described above, the lighthouse is gorgeous, historical and quite the sight to see. Put this at the top of your list. And don’t forget to hit the beach behind the lighthouse, it’s like two birds with one stone! untitled-2798
  2. Pensacola Ice Flyers– I went to see my very first ice hockey game at Pensacola Bay Center. So So So much fun! The tickets are inexpensive, even the most expensive are only $29 and they offer a military discount. There is not a bad seat in the house and many of the home games have an open skate following the game. Definitely do this if they are playing while you’re in town. 15966288_10210209510026789_1555044419640420471_n
  3. Downtown Pensacola– Main Street and Palafox Street are where a majority of the restaurants, bars and boutiques are located in downtown Pensacola. Even if you just take the time to stroll up and down the streets, it is an easy way to spend a few hours. Also be sure to see how many of the pelicans you can find that are on display! fd7352d2_eee9_4384_b16f_fdfdcebd293e_ab3bf5bc-cb94-4d0f-a300-1166378a7f23
  4. Brothers BBQ– If you’re in the mood for delicious southern bbq, Brothers BBQ is a spot I highly recommend. Tuesdays and Wednesdays they even have an all you can eat special. Calories don’t count when you’re enjoying BBQ. img_7361
  5. Seville Quarter– For those adults out there looking for some adult activities, Seville Quarter has 9 bars in 7 buildings all conveniently located together in Downtown Pensacola. My favorite… well technically the only one I’ve been inside is the piano bar, the musicians were excellent and the ambiance and decor was terrific. 10/10 friends would recommend. Also Wednesday night is ladies night and drinks are cheap! img_7655

I’ve always thought no matter where you lived, people and places were all generally the same. But I was wrong, each place is so unique and will have different things to offer. I’ve really enjoyed our time in Pensacola so far and discovering all the quirks that make one a ‘local’. As we spend more time here, my top 5 may change, or perhaps we’ll get orders soon for a new location and I’ll have the opportunity to discover a whole new place. Do your worst United States Navy, I’m ready!

 

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Travels with Carlie-Planning a Road Trip

the-best-road-trip-guideIn 2015 I planned the most awesome road trip of the southeastern part of the United States. My husband was going to be submitting his application for Officer Candidate School soon, and we knew flight school is held in Florida, so I wanted to meander our way down there to scope out the area, and also take advantage of touring other parts of the U.S. along the way and back. Never having been on a road trip before I picked some popular and random cities in states along the way and did some research thanks to my ole pal google. To the seasoned roadtripper, they may be able to plan a road trip in a few days or hours, I don’t really know what would be customary; I however, spent a few weeks picking locations, planning our route, figuring out the budget, and trying to jam pack 12 states in 10 days of traveling. I definitely overplanned, had tons of fun (planning and doing), and learned so much for our next time road tripping. Here are some tips and how-to’s on how I did it (with my lessons learned built in):

  1. Destination Picks
    1. Since we would be starting from our home in Delaware and trekking our way down to Florida, I picked at least one stop in each state along the way for us to experience some sort of activity or adventure. I picked locations based off of what I knew was popular, some I already had my heart set on (Orlando) and some I did a little googling or trip advisor-ing to identify spots. Trip advisor-ing.. hmmm, pretty sure I just made that verb up. It’s pretty handy though. Just download the app, or go to the website: www.tripadvisor.com, plug in your destination, you can be as vague as a country, state or narrow it down to a city if you have one picked out. You can search for things to do, restaurants, accommodations, the works.screen696x696
  2. Navigation
    1. Planning your route can be a bit tricky. How far should we travel in a day? Which route should we take? There were some days we only had to drive 3-5 hours total and some days we drove 8-10 hours. The 10 hour drives were a bit much. So I’d recommend keeping it between 5-8 hours if you have a lot of distance to cover, but if you have the time and can fit in stops with cool things to do and see, plan to do so.its-the-journey-not-the-destination
    2. In my research some road tripping enthusiasts recommend bringing two GPS options on your trip. This is because not all GPS know the same routes. We had a TomTom GPS in addition to our phones, so we thought we had this covered. However, it had been a few years since we needed to use the TomTom, so we discovered the hard way that the charging cord was no longer functional. We discovered this because in the mountains of West Virginia, if your cell phone carrier is Verizon, you will get ZERO service. So cell phone GPSs weren’t an option and the TomTom wasn’t an option either. What did we do? We stopped at a library and begged them for a map of the area to get us along our route. In my mind map reading was this immensely difficult task that only navigators knew how to do; turns out, it isn’t that hard. But yes, I also advocate for double GPS options, just make sure they are both functional before hitting the road! In addition to having the GPS options I also printed map quest directions because it’s 2006 and that’s what we do here, K? It was a waste though, I don’t recommend doing it, and won’t be doing it again. It didn’t help us when the TomTom died, the TomTom had taken us a different route than mapquest and there is NO redirecting on paper mapquest. So I recommend two GPS options and a map. Maps are handy even if your GPS and cell phone doesn’t crap out like ours did because if you plan on following any scenic drives, it’s a challenge to get your GPS to follow that route. GPSes tend to take you the fastest or shortest distance, not the prettiest. So unless you want to have it direct you to a pinpoint of the scenic drive and then wing it to your stopping point, a map will be handy. Better to be over prepared.enhanced-buzz-26374-1389315775-18
  3. Busy Bees along the way
    1. Sightseeing, scenic drives, and quirky stops. There is so much the U.S. of A. has to offer and many of these treasures are a little hidden. So if you’re interested in seeing what there is along the way of your already pre-determined route check out www.roadtrippers.com and/or download their app. This nifty little do-dad will give you lots of info on places within a certain mile radius of your route so you can be sure not to miss all those giant rubber band balls, dinosaur parks, and dives your heart desires. There are even pre-planned trip guides you can peruse for free if you want to let someone do all the work for you! Work smarter, not harder my friends.roadtrippers-iphone-and-ipad-app
    2. Car games, audiobooks, and playlists. You spend a lot of time in the car when on a road trip, so be prepared with ways to help the time go by more pleasantly. You can find tons of car games like license plate bingo, yellow car, I spy, the list goes on and on. Here’s an infographic with some ideas:4d4da30d23a97abd1e64c5e962e8c4ffI also recommend creating a playlist on your phone, or making a cd of music you’d like to hear on your travels. Audiobooks are also a great way to pass the time and you can get them for free from the library if you’re looking for budget friendly options. Lastly, we killed time in the car by pulling up Netflix. Now before you start blasting me about it being dangerous, we didn’t watch movies or TV shows, we pulled up stand up comics so we could listen to a little bit of comedy on some of the long stretches of travel. Some favorites are Mike Birbiglia, Jim Gaffigan, and Aziz Ansari.
  4. Food- My favorite subject. Now to save money on our budget I made sure all of our hotels offered a complimentary hot breakfast to get our day started. This saved us from having to make an extra stop which is time, and it saved us money. The first couple days I was able to pack sandwiches to get us through for lunches. I couldn’t do this the whole trip because I didn’t want to keep having to refill our cooler with ice. So after the sandwiches ran out we either did lunch by stopping along the drive at fast food, or eating at an already pre-planned destination, or sometimes we were still full from breakfast and snacks which held us over until dinner. I think every day is different, so just do what works for you for lunch. Dinners were fairly similar, we’d either grab something along the drive at fast food, or eat at an already pre-planned destination. I found our pre-planned spots using Trip Advisor. Love Trip Advisor.4b7f0a7e2c802c82c23da5ac0116c87a
  5. Budget– When planning this trip I knew there were some more expensive items on the itinerary we would be doing. I had to spend the day at Universal Studios in Harry Potter World, which was going to be more pricey than kayaking in Charleston, SC or taking a hop on hop off bus in Savannah, GA. So there were some days that I budgeted more expensive excursions and balanced out with days of free adventures or fairly low cost. I also tried to find hotel accommodations for between $50-$90 bucks a night, making an exception for Nashville, TN because I knew I wanted to stay downtown to avoid driving around in city traffic. Again Roadtrippers and Trip Advisor are great tools to use to find things to do within your budget. But make sure you figure this all out so you can make adjustments to your plans ahead of time to avoid breaking the bank. This goes for excursions, restaurants, and gas stations. Many restaurants share their menus online or on trip advisor so you can see their prices prior to going. I also recommend the app gasbuddy to help you find gas stations near you with the lowest price. This will definitely help you save some bucks.fa584b9ee703e3ddc9dd0b43e954d2df

So there you have it. Five tips to help you plan your next road trip. But where did we go on our trip and what did we do? Allow me to show you:

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Have you been to any of these destinations? What did you think?

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Not your Typical Millennial: Choosing to be Intentional

courtesy-of-6Twenty-eight years. I’ve spent twenty eight years and some months becoming the person I am today. It’s funny how I have always thought I had my life together. I’ve had to be an adult for as long as I can remember. I started working (on the sly) when I was 11 at a convenience store my mom managed. I didn’t get paid, but she still got in some trouble for that when the supervisor found out. Fast forward to my first legit job at 14 working at McDonalds. I’ve worked for Dominos, Claire’s Accessories, back to McDonalds where I became a shift manager, multiple banks, multiple schools, and even running my own little business selling desserts. All throughout high school and college I worked full-time, and at one point I was doing school full-time, work full-time, and a part-time job.twitter-work-work-work-ahafgeidbdveisnaidhbejdisb-work-work-573277

I have a habit of trying to stay just under being overwhelmed. Which is why I was shocked when I was faced with the brutal truth that I’m considered to be part of the millennial generation, and I. was. appalled. Every time you hear about millennials it’s made out to be synonymous with entitled, lazy, overly sensitive children. So I was very distraught to be lumped into that category. And it didn’t really make sense to me. I’m not anything special. A majority of the people I know my age are very hard workers, and like me, have worked or do work multiple jobs. I think we should split up this millennial category a bit. Because I get around a younger 20 something and I don’t feel many similarities between our two upbringings or lifestyles. But that’s neither here nor there.courtesy-of-7

My point is, I’ve always felt very put together and like I had my shit on track. But something has happened the last couple months since turning twenty eight. I’ve started to really feel more clarity in who I am as a person, my values, what I stand for and believe in, who I want to be and where I want to go. And it makes me realize that younger me was just basically playing life and going through the motions. I was getting a college degree because I wanted to make a liveable wage, I wanted to feel accomplished and successful. I did what felt right at the time. I was getting a degree to be a teacher. And at the time it felt right, or at least I thought it did. Maybe getting a business degree or a journalism degree would’ve felt right too. I probably should have explored my options more because now I have a three degrees and three teaching certifications and have no interest in entering a classroom again. Buuuuutttt I have those pretty student loans to remind me that I paid a lot of money for a piece of paper with my name and and a sticker on it. Hmmmm. Maybe I am a millennial.

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I make it rain on my loan holders.

One degree wasn’t enough though, because even when I started teaching and I thought, maybe I don’t want to teach forever, I continued on to get my master’s degree in school counseling. And my how those student loans very quickly skyrocketed when paying for master’s levels courses. But I didn’t think about it, because I wanted that larger, more impressive piece of paper. And now I have it! And it’s framed, and sitting in a box right now, because I refuse to fully decorate a house I will only be living in for a few months. And I also don’t think it’s fair, or wise, or probably even realistic to find a job as a school counselor when I’ll be moving in a few months.

Even if we weren’t going to be moving soon, I still feel I’ve found a better connection with writing. And while doing research for a few posts this week, I came across another blogger who wrote about being intentional with her use of social media this year. And it really spoke to me, because I feel like intentional is exactly how I see myself now. I don’t want to just go through the motions, I don’t want to survive through the week to live on the weekends. I want to be intentional in a variety of aspects throughout my life. So what does intentional look like for me now?

  1. Career– I’ve always been very job-oriented, and career-driven. And I don’t necessarily want to change that, but I’m definitely pursuing it in a different way. I have this obsession with finishing things that I start. And I think that’s why I have a masters in education. I started my degree in education and by golly I was going to go all the way come hell or high water! And I don’t want to do that anymore. I want to be intentional with my career choices that fulfill me professionally, personally, and can make an impact in others. And while the idealist me would like to say-no matter what the compensation is, the realist me says-you’ve got bills to pay (thanks student loans). So I need to make a way for this writing gig to pay. Writing has connected with me in a way that teaching never will, so my pursuit from here will be taking my writing and finding a way to pay the bills with it. Intentionally step out of my comfort zone of banking, or teaching, or school counseling and truly set my sights on what I want to do. Oh fuck, it’s intimidating. Eh, I swear too much to be surrounded by kids anyways. f6e57fd72fcbf51feff9e60fe0d95184
  2. Social Media– I check social media a god awful amount. Sometimes I feel like my eyes are crossing from staring at a tiny screen. Anyone else scroll through their newsfeed until they have seen every new post, just to refresh so you can see the new ones that rolled in while you were scrolling? I’m going to be much more intentional with my social media usage going forward. Not to cast a dark shadow on the big bad demon of social media, it’s just, I can probably be doing something much more productive with my time. So I’m going to limit my social media usage to two times a day, with a time limit on how long I’ll be catching up. To make this work, I’m going to get rid of all those useless pages I currently follow- Do I really need to like Walmart’s page, or Dominos? No. So this way I truly can focus on staying connected with family and friends. courtesy-of-8
  3. Diet and Exercise– So I started this at the beginning of the year and I’m going to continue it, because even after only two weeks of healthy eating and exercise, I already feel a thousand times better! I’m going to be intentional about what I am eating. In case you didn’t know processed food is crap and really bad for you. So let’s try to stick to lean meats, fruits and vegetables as best as we can, k? K. And exercise. I’m finally getting my exercise regimen into a schedule that works for me. I’ll be sharing more about it on Friday’s post. 0e7c931b14166d183ec643e942a37914
  4. Free time– This is something I need to work on. I want to be more intentional with how I spend my free time. It ties in with the social media piece though. Currently all my free time is spent scrolling through Facebook or Instagram; however, with limiting my time with these apps, I’m going to finally allow myself the time to do some of the things I tell the strangers I do. You know how your dentist or someone will ask you what are your hobbies or what do you like to do? Normally I have no idea how to answer this, because who has hobbies anymore? It’s sad. I’ve gotten so tied to my phone, I’m such a liar when I finally spew out reading or knitting or some other super cool hobby that I have. Oh you don’t think knitting is cool? Psh. Wrong. But I haven’t knitted in probably years! So bye bye Facebook, and hello knitting needles! Or the books that just became available from the library on my kindle. Or how about all that traveling I claim I want to do? Let’s do that instead! So sorry Netflix, but I’m about to get all bookish and artsy AF. tumblr_ndannigsdv1qcy5a2o1_5001
  5. Marriage– My husband is about to become super busy with flight school, but right now we have some down-time while he waits to class up for part of his training. So rather than scrolling through Facebook, I’m going to instead be intentional with spending time with him while I can, doing all the things we both love, him outdoorsy stuff, me traveling and experiences. We cute.untitled-2524

This ended up being a longer post than I originally intended. And it almost feels like all those New Years Resolutions people set. New Year, New Me! Hopefully you’re still with me. Of course you are! If you weren’t you’d miss out on this awesome picture of my cat:img_7282

But seriously, intentional. Intentionality. Intentionalism. Let’s be a little bit more purposeful about how we choose to spend our time. Do you feel like you’re just going through the motions?

“Do not stay in a mistake because you’ve spent a lot of time or money making it.”

I’ll say it again:courtesy-of-9

And if you find yourself hitting your late twenties, or thirties and you realize you don’t want the same things you did when you were 18 or 20. Don’t be afraid to change. Yes it’s important to be responsible, I’m not saying drop the ball on your family and stop paying your bills. But don’t be afraid to change because it will be hard. Fuck yeah it’ll be hard. That’s what makes it worth it.