Sweet success.

In preparation for the new Star Wars movie some friends and I got together and had a Star Wars movie marathon. At the beginning there were five of us, by the end of the series there were only three left standing. We talked through most of the movies and added our own knowledge to the day. We ate delicious food and enjoyed each others company. Needless to say, it was an amazing day.

We choose to watch them in the Ernst Rister Order (Rouge One, IV, V, I, II, III, VI, VII). Personally it is my favorite way to enjoy the series because you get hooked by watching Rouge One, an amazing new addition that flows seamlessly into episode IV before continuing. This was the first time I watched the entire series since before episode VII came out and it truly is a work of art and it never ceases to amaze me how the movies were put together in such a way that they connect and circle around.

I doubt I will ever be able to say that I watched so much Star Wars in one day, so I will stand proud in the knowledge that I successfully watched the series as it stands now today and it was well worth it.


All that matters.

There are many days that I have no words, but for once I feel like there is so much to say I am not sure where to start. I am glad that when I go to bed tonight I will be filled with nothing but happy thoughts, and maybe that is all that matters.

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


Long ago I lost track of how many days it has been since my life took a strange turn. Yet I still feel like the shadow of it has a never-ending reach and the future is too far away to touch. Sometimes I wish there was a date I could look forward to. Something defined and tangible. Even if it is 1000 days away it would be nice to know that it existed. For the most part I am past simply getting through one day at a time but I still feel a lack of something.

For now I will continue on and maybe someday I will have a happy countdown to look forward to once again. I look forward to that day.

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

My desk.

Sitting at my desk has become one of my happy places. When I am there it feels like the whole world is at my finger tips and I can create whatever I want. There are dozens of stamps and washi tapes to use, paint brushes and watercolor on hand, notebooks to fill and pen pals to write. The walls above are filled with an assortment of inspiring words and small things to remind me to smile. Usually I end up having a cat on my lap or under foot reminding me that I am loved.

I wish that I could capture the peaceful feeling I have at my desk and carry it around with me always. Over time I think I will become better at finding a calm peace in all place, but for now I am thankful for the few places I have and will take advantage of them every chance I get.

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


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Sometimes, it would be nice to shut off parts of my brain. I get tired of reliving flashes of moments. Most of them are not bad, actually quite a few are very happy, but then I remember how it all ended and wish I could simply stop thinking.

I have never been a person that wanted to relive a part of my life with the knowledge I gained from an experience, but there have been times this year I wish I could go back to early days in the relationship and stop myself from making the same mistakes again. After the fleeting thought of going back in time, I always remember that there is no way of knowing what problems might have been down other paths. Maybe this heartbreak and recovery is just what I needed to face what the future holds. Besides, even to change my path reliving that time in my life is not worth it.

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

Hiking adventures.

In January I had high hopes for 2017, but they were quickly replaced with disappointment. Although, I have made the best of each situation that has come my way it has still been a rough year. So, in June with the prospect of summer on the horizon I needed a goal. I have always wanted to spend a summer of weekends hiking, I love being on trails, challenging myself and enjoying the outdoors.

So the solution was clear, I got myself an Empire Pass (a season pass to all New York State Parks) and set a goal of getting my moneys worth. The average park admission is $7 so with my $65 investment I had a lot of hiking to do. In total, I hiked over 10 times and let me tell you how cool I felt when I drove up to the gate and said I had an Empire Pass. It was like having a golden ticket!

Christi_Hiking post_4My backpack was supplied with the usual day hike things. Some minor first aid equipment, water and a snack or two, but I also had some wonderful extras. I never hit the trail without my inkDori stored in my backpack along with a home-made altoid watercolor kit, paintbrushes and some other journaling essentials. Most of the time I also had a thin, but sturdy hammock with tree straps, my Fuji Instex camera and my e-reader. What can I say, I like to be prepared for anything.

Christi_Hiking post_journal page_3Christi_Hiking post_journal page_2Rarely, did I hit the trail with a specific plan. All I knew was I wanted to be outside and moving. Each hike brought healing and made me stronger, both physically and emotionally. My favorite part of any hike was when I would set up my hammock and relax. Usually this was near the end of my hike and I used this peaceful time to read and journal, a few times I am sure I fell asleep listening the the wind or a close by waterfall.

There were a few times when my heart was heavy that I wrote and reflected in my inkDori and found peace. One of my journals was for my hiking adventures and nothing else. Within its pages are a record of a beautiful summer spent achieving a goal that seemed unreachable. I marked each hike with Instex pictures, watercolor, pressed flowers, and leaves. I saw so many beautiful sites and watched the season change slowly week by week.

Christi_Hiking post_2I love each bump and bruise my inkDori suffered from being carried in my backpack and used on the trail. Each time I look in my journal I am reminded of what I have achieved and how wonderful it feels to meet a goal. There are still pages left in my hiking journal that I am saving for another year of adventures. Who knows what the future will hold, but with each passing day I look forward to the next time I can hit the trails with my inkDori in tow.

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


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Steadfast & thankful week 5

From a broken car window, to a new project at work and an unexpected ending to a race.This was a very strange week, defiantly one for the books.

img_3577Day 27:
Today was a cat day. I slept in, relaxed and cuddled under a blanket with a good movie. I was slightly productive, but I was thankful for a few days between traveling and going back to work.

img_3580Day 28:
This is my morning. A shattered windshield. Despite the awfulness of it I have a lot to be thankful for. Like a coworker who saw it not long after it happened, the guy from the business next door that came out with a broom to help me clean up the glass, and I am thankful for glass insurance so the replacement is free. Sometimes you have to look at the bright side of an awful situation.

img_3593Day 29:
When I first joined the Art of Film club I honestly don’t think I knew what I was getting myself into. Most of the time the movie are amazing, and sometimes they are not my taste. Thankfully, I have friends in the club with me that I am making memories with movie after movie.

img_3598Day 30:
I am thankful for another month over. True it was not a bad month, but I have been wishing for the year to be over for so long and stepping into December feels like I am almost there.

img_3639Day 31:
I am thankful for a
new challenge at work.
It should be an interesting
project hopefully everything
goes smoothly.

img_3642Day 32:
I have not been running like I should be. So when I somehow placed second in my age group at the WhonNELLville 5k I was shocked, but I was thankful for the fun surprise of winning a prize!

img_3645Day 33: 
At least once a week it is nice to have a cat like day. That you can relax and pretend there is nothing to do. Today I was thankful to have a relaxing day, after the cold race last night I needed some recovery time to be ready for Monday.