Don’t blink.

A week of vacation flies by so quick you are scared to blink. There is nothing I can do to hold onto time and make the week off last longer. The memories of adventures will have to carry me through till my next vacation. Now all I can do is face Monday head on.

Alarms are set and I am doing my best to get back into the work frame of mind. But I am less excited than normal for Monday. After a week off I have no clue what to expect. While I was on a mountain my coworkers were dealing with the day-to-day. Although I tried not to think about what was going on there were times I wondered and scrolled through my email. Now with tomorrow hours away I am doing nothing but think about what another work week holds. Will there be a mess waiting for me? Or just a typical Monday? What unexpected thing happened and what will I need to do to make up the difference?

Tomorrow will hold all the answers.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.


Post vacation brain.

I think the best thing about going on vacation is coming home again. I find I missed everything. Of course the obvious, my bed and cats. But I also missed the mess I left behind. I knew the list of things that still needed to be done and I dreaded walking in the door, but now that I have I actually look forward to moping and vacuuming tomorrow. My post vacation brain is ready for this fresh start and I plan on giving it the best go I can.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

A well marked path.

For my adventures this week I have had a marked path to follow, a trail blazed by many who have gone before me. A part of me has enjoyed not having to make any tougher decisions than what color dot I will follow through the woods.

Today I started with blue, then white, next was orange, then pink and finished back at blue again. True I made a wrong turn somewhere in there and did not end up going where I thought I would. But like so many things, the miss step ended up being the correct decision in the long run. Too bad all mistakes could not have immediate positive outcomes.

I will truly miss the mountains and the woods that cover them, but one way or another I will be back again.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Until next time.

I am sure that by now this will sound very redundant, but here I am saying it again, I have truly loved spending time with my family this week. Between my aunt and uncle and cousins, I feel so spoiled. If only it was a shorter drive to get to them, I would make it more of a normal occurrence. But a long drive is not something I can cope with consistently.

This morning I was just starting to eat my breakfast and I was being asked if I wanted to go for a walk. As soon as my breakfast was done my shoes were on, my backpack on my back and out the door we went. There are so many perfect moments like this from the past few days. I wish they never had to end.

Tomorrow my walk will be alone. There will be no one with me to get excited over a beautiful view or a pretty flower. But hopefully before I know it a new adventure together will be underway, and I can’t wait!

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Perfectly in step.

Today I did something that I never remember doing. I spent a whole day with one of my cousins. We are 13 years apart, and have always been in such different places in our lives. She was in high school, I was learning how to walk. I was in elementary school, she was in college. Over the years we have spent time together at thanksgiving and maybe a few other family get togethers, but today was just us, a mountain and miles to the top.

We had fun chatting away. She’s training for a marathon, her husband is doing a crazy hiking challenge, my job, pen pal writing, her kids, my brother…the conversation flowed so easily. Even our hiking pace was perfect. Neither of us felt pushed or slowed down, we quickly fell into a rhythm. When we got to the summit it was beautiful. We sat back, relaxed and ate lunch. Our timing could not have been more perfect, because we got to enjoy a fair amount of peace before others started to show up.

When it got too busy at the peak, down we went. Step by step we slowly made our way down and still the conversation was wonderful and the pace perfect. It honestly felt like we were constant hiking companions, instead of this being the first time in years we spent any amount of time together.

I truly hope that this is the first of many adventures with her, hiking or otherwise.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Not so little anymore.

Where does the time go? Every time I plan on seeing my two little cousins I wonder if this is the year they will tower over me. It appears that I am safe for now, but it is starting to get a little too close for comfort.

They are my favorite pen pals. It feels like we talk all the time, but unfortunately we live so far apart that it is a rare and wonderful opportunity to get this time physically together. I love to hear them tell stories instead of reading them. To see how much they have grown, not just read it in their words. Best of all I love that we have built such a great relationship letter by letter.

I know the rest of the week will be full of great memories and hopefully a lot of hikes!

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Caught up.

img_7390Dear pen pals,

I was behind on my responses, but I believe I have finally caught up. I wish I could promise it will never happen again, but we all know that it will. What I can promise is that I will reply… eventually.


I know that as soon as I fall behind on something, anything, it feels like it takes forever to catch up. Yet time after time I let things get ahead of me. Cleaning, dishes, sleep, letters… lets face it, sometimes we are simple a mess. When everything falls behind at once the process of getting back to where you should be is long and frustrating. But when you are finally caught up, or at lease see an end in sight it can be such a relief.

Tomorrow I head off on an adventure and I like I knowing the apartment I will come back to will have well fed cats (thanks to the best cat sitter ever) and will be somewhat disaster free. At the moment that s all I can ask for.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.