Summer to fall.

The days are already getting shorter. The sun comes up a little later each day and sets a little earlier. I must admit I am a little sad about this. I wanted a never-ending summer of hikes and adventures. Instead I got few adventures and lots of long work weeks. Now with the middle of August in site, I can sadly see the end of summer. In my town, high school sports are starting to practice and the a new school year is not far behind. Although the school schedule means little to my day-to-day life, it is always a way to mark time and the beginning of fall.

Thankfully I have one big adventure planned to send summer off with a bang! Hopefully it will be a timeless memory and one of the highlights of the summer. The timing of this vacation could not have been more perfect. I plan to enjoy every second of it, starting with sleeping in tomorrow and enjoying knowing Monday morning I have no place to be.

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


Steadfast & thankful week 9

I am glad I took the time to do this “Steadfast & thankful” challenge over the past two months. There were many days that were difficult, but thinking of something to be thankful for helped set me in a good direction. I am sure I will still post about being “Steadfast & thankful” every once and a while, after all, it is important to recognize when something good happens, or to take the time to see a light in the darkness. Even when the only light is from a firefly, it brings hope, and that is a very powerful thing.

img_3911-1Day 55:
I am thankful for
happy mail going out…
because it gives hope
of some coming back again.

img_3935Day 56:
I am thankful for days that
I come home to a letter in
my mailbox. Sometimes it
is the happiest part of the day.

img_3940Day 57:
Some days I wake up and can’t get back to sleep, thankful there is always a good book to read. Also, sleeping cats make great book stands.

img_3985Day 58:
Attempting to write a pen pal letter
on my lunch and ended up with an
adorable helper. I’m thankful for
friends to send letters, and cats
who like to cuddle.

Day 59:
No picture for today…
It was a crazy day at work, but I was overwhelmingly thankful for coworkers who stepped up to get things done to make my next week a little bit easier.

img_4085Day 60:
Days spent with friends is the best. I am thankful for people in my life that I can make a suggestion to months ago, and today finally have it become a reality! Trust me, it was well worth the wait.

Day 61:
Today was a good day. I was thankful to spend it with both family and friends. It was truly the best way to end the year.

Happy New Year!

Steadfast & thankful week 8

There is only one more week of 2017. When I started this steadfast & thankful project on November 1, nine weeks seemed so far away. Now tomorrow is Christmas, and there are only seven more days of the year.

img_3820Day 48:
I am thankful
for encouraging
words from a
friend far away.

img_3823Day 49:
Today was our final Secret Santa gift exchange. It was fun to see everyone figuring out who had been gifting them wonderful goodies all month. I got all kinds of fun journaling supplies, this Years was a lot of fun and I was thankful I participated.

img_3836Day 50:
I am thankful for friends
who understand that
all girls are princesses,
but some of us have
sweet hairdos.

img_3838Day 51:
I am thankful
for clean sheets
on this darkest
day of the year.

img_3853Day 52:
I’m thankful for being able to surround myself with little things that make me smile. This is a judgement free zone.

img_3858Day 53:
There is nothing like some Christmas journaling with the smell of cookies in the air. I am thankful for beautiful holiday moments like this.

img_3891Day 54:
Only one more
sleep till Christmas!
I’m so thankful
for slow cuddly days.


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Steadfast & thankful week 7

This week was a bit of a whirlwind. It was consumed by Star Wars excitement and I regret nothing!

img_3744Day 41:
I am so thankful to have Family and friends to send Christmas cards too. It was fun to sit down and write them. I need to get some more stamps before I can finish the last few.

img_3745Day 42:
This morning I woke up to a world of snow. Usually I am not a fan, but this morning I was thankful for the reminder of a clean slate. It was like seeing everything fresh and new.

img_3754Day 43:
I don’t get as many letters from Isaac as I do Rosa, but when I do they are full of little treasures. I was especially thankful for the stormtrooper!

img_3763Day 44:
Today is the day!! I am so excited, and thankful that I get to spend the evening with two friends as crazy as I am. I promise no spoilers from me, but if anyone wants to message me about Star Wars tomorrow I would love to chat with you.

img_3776Day 45:
My new Vellabox came today, and it smells AMAZING! The perfect sent for the holidays. I’m thankful I found this amazing subscription box!

img_3786Day 46:
This is today’s productive level. It is the perfect way to spend a snowy day. I’m thankful that having cats reminds me to stop and cuddle even when there are things to be done.

img_3804Day 47:
I am thankful for how Star Wars has connected me to so many people this week. I love sharing my excitement with them and wondering what will come next!

Steadfast & thankful week 6

This week was nice because I was on vacation for most of it! It was nice to have some down time and sleep in most of the week. Unfortunately, I was not as productive as I would have liked, but sometimes relaxing is the best solution.

Christi_Hiking post_journal page_3Day 34:
This summer was so full of hiking adventures and I am thankful that they recorded in my journal. It is so fun to look back at and remember beautiful summer days.

Want to read more about my hiking adventure?

img_3663Day 35:
Teaching swim lessons can be a challenge sometimes, but I am thankful for the excitement and enthusiasm of my students this year.

img_3664Day 36:
Although I had hoped
to do more than just 2 miles,
but I was thankful for not
running in the dark.

img_3691Day 37:
I am so thankful
that my Christmas
presents are
wrapped and
ready to go!

img_3695Day 38:
Being on vacation has its perks.
I was thankful to be a second
set of hands for my mom when
she needed me.

img_3719Day 39:
I am thankful for people who are equally as crazy as I am and wanted to do a Star Wars movie marathon with me. Just a few more days and we get to see the new one!

img_3730Day 40:
For once I am not
dreading Monday.
Thankfully I have
one more day of
vacation left!


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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.

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!