Goodbye November.

November has held some interesting adventures, and thankfully not all bad. Although there were a few weeks that felt far to long and a few moments of irrational fear, for the most part the month went smoothly. Looking back over everything that happened, I honestly can not believe it was only a month.

What I will remember most about November is all the time I got with extended family that I am not always able to see. Each time I am around my little cousins I am amazed by how much they have grown, I am scared that someday I will show up and they will suddenly be adults. Probably my aunts and uncles felt the same way about my generation when we were little. Honestly, even for me it is shocking to see how much we have grown.

I am not sure what the last 31 days of 2017 has in store for me, hopefully it is kind, but time will tell. What I do know is there are many things I am looking forward to thought the month. My hope is that the last of 2017 is a happy month that foreshadows what 2018 will be.

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


Inside jokes in the making.

Often I have found myself walking into a situation thinking that it will be one thing, then getting in the middle of it and realizing that it is something else entirely. Too many times I have been alone in these bazar moments wishing I had someone to share them with. After all, memories and inside jokes are made from unique experiences. Lucky for me, the past few times I have felt this way I was able to look beside me and see a friend sharing in the oddity of the moment and it is a wonderful feeling.

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

Puzzle pieces.

I am not quite to a point where I can handle unexpected issues with a calm grace, but I think I am slowly getting there. I always know that in the end everything will be fine. My experiences over the last year tells me that one way or another things work out for the best even when we are unable to see the reasons behind the pain or frustration.

2 Corinthians 5:7
Our life is lived by faith. We do not live by what we see in front of us.

Slowly pieces fall into place and we gain confidence in our actions. Eventually we remember the things we love and run toward them. In time we find others that have similar perspectives and count ourselves lucky that we have found them. So far it has been a long year full of many life lessons and so much growth. My hope is the last bit of 2017 holds many adventures and wonderful memories. So far this has been a year I will never forget and it would be nice to end with a few more puzzle pieces in place.

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

Vacation time.

I think one of my biggest summer regrets is not taking time off. Beyond regular holidays I only took a day or two. In some ways it is nice because now going into December I have a nice chunk of time off, but I think it would have been good to have some time when the weather was nice. At the beginning of the year, I felt like time off would not be so good for me, it would give me too much time to think. At the time working seemed better because it was consistent and forcing me into a routine, but I wonder if I was wrong. There is no way to know for sure, just a thought that I had while enjoying my long Thanksgiving weekend.

Next year will be different. I want to have a few adventures. Spend time with family and enjoy making my own decisions about my time.

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

Steadfast & thankful week 4

This was such a wonderful week that gave me so many things to be thankful for. Time with family and friends, downtime with my journal, and cuddles with my cats. I am excited to see what the rest of this holiday season has in store for me!

img_3495Day 20:
Group cuddles are rare with these two, but tonight they both curled up with me for quite a while. I know it’s a silly thing to be thankful for, but it was nice to feel loved.

img_3500Day 21:
Today I am thankful that this
evening was too beautiful for
me to make excuses not to go
for a short run.

img_3512 Day 22:
This is the third year one of my morning swimmers has brought me one of her amazing giant promotional calendars. I was thankful that she thought of me again this year.

img_3526Day 23:
I started off Thanksgiving Day with the Turkey Trot 5k. It is the perfect way to kick off the day. I was thankful my race buddy ran today too! She is a much faster than I am, but she is always at the end of the race to cheer me on to the finish.

img_3547Day 24:
I am so thankful for the next generation. These kids are such fun to be around, even if it is a little overwhelming at times. I hope I get to see them again soon.

img_3558Day 25:
I was feeling pretty low the past few weeks, but I think the last two days were just what I needed. Time with family is always a thing to be thankful for, especially when you have a family as wonderful as mine.

img_3565Day 26:
Today I spent a good part of the day at my desk finishing up my bullet journal set up for 2018. I am looking forward to filling the pages with many adventures and am thankful they are ready to go for January!


There is no place like home after feeling like you have lived in a car for the past three days. True, I was lucky enough to be able to sleep most of the time. That is the benefit of only having to share the back seat with a dog or two. Sometimes, I forget what a long trip it really is to go out to Ohio and back. I have driven it a few times by myself, but usually am a passenger not paying full attention.

For me all the traveling was worth it. Seeing family was something that I really needed right now. Honestly, is there ever a time that seeing family would not be amazing? Personally, I think not. My aunts, uncles, cousins, and little cousins on all sides are so wonderful and supportive. I always wish there was more time to spend with them because over the holidays there never seems to be enough time to do everything.

No matter what struggles you are dealing with, your family is always your best support system. I hope if any of you are dealing with troubled times that you have are leaning on your family as much as I am on mine.

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

The first hurdle.

The past two days have been full of family. My parents and I spent Thanksgiving Day with some of my mom’s family and Thanksgiving number two we spent with my dad’s side. Both days were wonderful, yet completely different.

On my dad’s side there were over 30 people celebrating together. Between my cousins there are 13 kids, so everywhere you looked there was someone coming and going. It was a fun, busy, crazy day.

Thanksgiving day with my mom’s family was much smaller and quieter. I was sad that some of my cousins and their kids were not able to come this year, but I am always thankful for those who are there.

I was worried going into the holidays, but now that I am here I am excited for what will come. Sometimes the most difficult part is getting over that first hurdle, and I feel like I am well on my way to a wonderful holiday season.

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