A snow filled day.

This week seemed to go by too quickly. As much as I am grateful that it is Friday, a part of me is in disbelief that the work week is already over. Today was a snow filled day, so of course all I wanted to do was stay home cuddled up with a book. When I was able to come home early from work, catching up on my journal and reading were my top two priorities. There are few things better than spending time words while the world outside is covered in white.

Now that the week is done, I am looking forward to the weekend. I have very few plans and feel caught up on things for the most part. Hopefully all this adds up to a restful few days. A part of me really needs some low-key, non-scripted time to reset my jumbled mind. I am not sure what the next few weeks hold, but I will do what I can to put myself in the best possible position to face whatever comes my way.

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


New Year’s resolutions.

Last year when it was time to make New Year’s resolutions and set goals I was busy planning a wedding. There was less than a month and a half left to finish everything and be ready for the big day. RSVP’s were coming in, questions had to be answered and final decisions made. I thought my resolution would be to have a happy first year of marriage, but that would never be.

Although 2017 was nothing like I thought it would be, it ended in pure perfection. It was not a happy first year of marriage, but it was a happy year. There was a balance to things that I will never understand. Every down had a counter balance with a silver lining, and the year ended with me surrounded by friends, laughter and happiness.

My goal for 2018 is to enjoy the simple things. To unplug and take advantage of a broader spectrum of life around me. I have no clue what the year will hold, but I know it will be amazing because that is what I will make it. There will be lots of time with friends and family, beautiful hikes, fun in the sun, books to be read, letters to be written and plenty of time in a hammock. I will make this the best 2018 ever.

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

A quiet day.

There are days that I would love to get a lot done, today was not one of those days. I woke up so snuggly and warm I had no desire to get out of bed, eventually I did drag my self up and was productive. My plan was to go for a short hike today and I did eventually get out on the trail but I did not do much hiking. In fact, I doubt I did more than a mile.

What I did was relax. I set up my hammock, wrote in my journal, read, and enjoyed the sound of the waterfall in the background. I was not directly off the trail so on a quiet day like today this spot was empty. I wish the weather had been just slightly warmer, because after about an hour and a half I was cold so I decided to pack up. I am sure I should have done a few more miles, but I was so relaxed I just hiked back along the water to my car.

I am sure I should have done more. There is laundry to be folded and cleaning that should have been done. The list goes on and on, but I regret nothing because sometimes lazy days like this help to balance out the insane ones. Over all I did get a few things done today that I needed to and sometimes a little goes a long way.

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


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Trail 2A.

Fall is officially here. My hike today was a little chilly at times, but it was still a wonderful adventure. I managed to hit my favorite spot when the sun was out. It is strange to think about how much I will miss the little oasis off of trail 2B with its trees perfectly spaced for hammocks and sunshine filtering through the trees. It is wonderful place to relax, journal and read for a bit.

I am very glad I took advantage of the day. Being outside is always a good way to reset after a week with my face stuck to a computer screen. While I am on the trails my brain is able to look at things differently and find a kind of peace. Unfortunately, the peace does not alway stick, but it is always nice while it lasts.

Tonight I go to bed sore, tired, inspired and happy. What more could I ask for?

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

Page by page.

It is not often that I start a book and never finish it. I have forced myself page by page through many a horrible book, but there is one book I am not sure I will ever be able to pick up again. It is not because I lost it or it was a horrible book. It was not an amazing read which was why it was perfect to be reading while planning a wedding. I can not remember the last day I read it, probably February 8 or 9. Sometimes I think about picking it up again, but I can honestly say at this point I don’t really care how it ends.

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

Knot the One.

At some point the Sunday after what I thought would be my wedding day, when I started to come to terms with what happened I did what any millennial would do. I turned to the internet. The first article I clicked on was from thoughtcatalog.com I read 10 short paragraphs by others that had gone through similar moments. No one story is ever the same, but it felt good to have that unspoken comradery with others.

knottheone-final-revisedAt the bottom of the entry was a suggested book to read. it was called Knot the One by Stacey Becker. I purchased it on impulse. It had 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon and the e-edition only cost $5.99 so I figured it couldn’t be too bad.

Sunday evening I read, the book is only 124 pages. I fell asleep reading it somewhere around 70 pages. The book is written by a woman who was left months away from her wedding day, I won’t lie, I was jealous. The book talked about her struggle coming to terms with her loss. How her friends and family reacted and finding a way to trust relationships again.

Monday morning I finished the book before I got out of bed. Of course she found love again, she married her childhood crush. She persevered through her devastation and found herself in a dream.  Happily married with a dog and a baby.

I honestly can’t say one way or another that the book helped. But it made me feel a little less alone, and that maybe someday I too will get my happy ending.

If anyone else knows of any great books that have helped get you through break ups please share the titles with me. 

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