Going with my gut feeling....

I have been doing a lot of internal reflection the past month or so. Okay, this is actually something I constantly do as an INFJ, but lately, I’ve been getting more serious with my intentions.
Internally I am very motivated and clear with what my body and mind need but externally I have had some difficulty applying those nuggets of truth. I KNOW I need to eat healthier and get more exercise. When I don’t I can tell, and not just in weight gain. Although at 40, it seems to creep higher much easier and faster. My joints ache more often, my brain seems foggier, my gut gets all out of whack, my skin isn’t what I want it to be, etc. I feel at times like my body I rebelling against me and I DO NOT like it.
At what point do you say enough is enough and get tough with yourself? I am sure that point is different for everyone but I know I have reached that point again in my life.
Yes, I said “again.” I have been there before. I am sure someone can relate to that. You get fed up. You change …

Blogging/Social Media Burnout

I can't be the only one who goes through spells where they don't want to share anything online?! It's not that I am against sharing, rather I think it is more the process of having to go in and type something. What do I type today? Should I type today? What should I share? Is this worth sharing? These are some of the things that go through my head on a daily basis and I don't like that. It feels forced and that's totally not cool with me. Perhaps it would be different if I knew the content was relevant and needed by the people reading it. I know it takes time to get followers/readers but I like interacting with others. If this is not a two-way street then it doesn't hold much worth for me. I want to get to know others. Tell me if you think something I say is crap or awesome. Either way, I'm good.

You may or may not hear from me for a while on here, as you have already been able to see. I just felt like I should say why, and I'm not even sure why I feel …


I wanted to share our GISHWHES album with everyone. I had such a fabulous time during that one week and am eager for whatever Misha has in store for us next year. I hope that you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed being a part of this crazy adventure.

Gishwhes Bear

Having a little fun with the bear costume today for Gishwhes. Oh, Betsy Devos, we should have listened to you and kept our schools safe from bears.  
Ugh, really?!?!


"What's your passion?"
I read this question last night in my book The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin and am curious as to what everyone's response would be.
If you aren't sure, the book references a way to find out as stated by a professor....
"What do you think about when you're sitting on the toilet? Because that's what you *want* to think about."
Now, I'm not sure how accurate that is BUT I guess it's a starting point

Chimney Rock, North Carolina

My boyfriend and I decided to take the boys to Chimney Rock State Park yesterday. Although this is somewhere we had been many years ago, the boys had never been, even though we drive through this area every couple of weeks. We had been hesitant about planning anything as we have had thunderstorms almost everyone afternoon as of late, but fortunately for us, the weather decided to cooperate. We were even blessed with a slight breeze. If you've been in Western North Carolina lately then you know that this is unusual. I've heard the terms "Satan's Taint" "Depths of Hell", and other expletives used to describe the temperatures we have had the past few weeks.

The elevator was out of commission but I hear this seems to be the norm. I didn't complain though. I actually enjoyed walking ALL of those stairs to get up to the lookout you see in the picture. Not only did I get to see the beautiful scenery but I got a great workout in, no gym needed.


Never "_______" Enough

"For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is "I didn't get enough sleep." The next one is "I don't have enough time." Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of the hours and the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don't have enough of. . . . Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the floor, we'r already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something. And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds are racing with a litany of what we didn't get, or didn't get done, that day. We go to sleep burdened by those thoughts and wake up to that reverie of lack. . . . This internal condition of scarcity, this mind-set of scarcity, lives at the very heart of our jelousies, our gree, our predjudice, and our arguments with life. . . ."     Lynne Tw…