26 Things Learned In 26 Years

26 Things I’ve Learned In The Last 26 Years

26 Things I’ve Learned In The Last 26 Years Today, I’m the oldest that I’ve ever been, and well, you are too. Trying to come up with something to say about another year seems next to impossible because how can you sum up a year…but really? Life has not been what I expected. It hasn’t followed the map that I colored into being with crayons and backyard grass stews. Nope, not all. But, when I sit back, and truly take...
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LIVE OUT grace

LIVE OUT grace

In a conversation with a friend, we were discussing how to handle frustrating groups of people. You know the kind: People who can’t see past their own noses, who say ‘how are you’ but don’t wait for the answer, and who might be physically present but not emotionally. These soul-suckers and emotional drainers drag us down with their see-through-you-but-don’t-see-you gaze. Our conversation went something like this: Me: We need to hit them over the heads with bricks and then hip-wiggle...
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Recommended: Cozumel ATV Jungle Adventure by Wild Tours

I’m a Suburban girl. I was voted most likely not to be able to rough it. Honesty, that vote surprised me because as a kiddo I loved to play outside just like all the other kids. I had just as many scabby knees. As an adult, my sense of adventure needs constant stretching, and I have this mantra of doing the things that scare me. I have this mantra of doing the things that scare me. Click To Tweet That...
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Housekeeping: Things Are Changing

If you’ve been visiting this page for the last three years, then you know I’ve had this spiffy set-up for that long. Well, I still really like what’s happening on this website, but I’m feeling the desire to do a bit of tidying. And instead of doing a grand reveal, the changes will be made here and there. It can be a game of “I spy with my little eye…” if you want it to be. This past year, I’ve...
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An Unscheduled Break

Hiya, Friends. It’s one of those apology posts. I’ve had one of those insane weeks where everything off-roaded on me so my perfectly mapped-out plans suddenly became mud, grit, and spit. Hey, it happens. Here’s the short story. My weekend in Spain turned into a week in Spain (because of France’s air support strikes), and then my return flight had a 12-hour layover in London. Tough life, right? When we finally arrived in Bratislava, we missed our bus back to...
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February 2016 Inspiration

29 days closer to spring everyone! And we get a leap day! If those two things aren’t a cause for rejoicing, then you’d better make them so! And while we’re talking about cool numbers, have you ever considered calculating what day is your 10,000th day on earth? You haven’t. Well, get thee to this calculator. And, if you’ve already passed that auspicious date, I think you should just round to the next thousand. I still have about a year and...
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The Birthday Girl Writes a Post

I’m not sure how to feel about my birthday this year. I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out what to write, if I should write something, or if I should just pretend that my birthday didn’t happen. I mean, only some of you will know anyway. Should I write something funny? Or maybe take a more serious perspective? Or perhaps, write a letter to myself ten years ago? It’s been an adventurous year. I mean, heck, I’ve explored so...
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Thoughtful Thursday: Personal Bias

welcome sadness

“I have a personal bias towards myself because if I don’t, nobody else is going to.” I said this to a friend this evening. As per usual I was being ridiculous and acting overly confident (I joke that I have a healthy sense of vanity) about my opinions on beauty and fashion and such. My friend lightly teased me about it, but I came back with that above zinger. A personal bias towards myself. You have to because no one else...
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Searching for Sustainability

A sustainable life. This has been a key concept and thought to me recently. I want to live a life that is sustainable for me (that will help me be available to my community at my best self), emotionally, spiritually, physically, mentally….all the lys. As a 20-something woman, I’m still trying to figure out what that looks like. Naturally, I want to work hard for my dreams, but I want to play hard, too. What’s the balance? I want to...
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Barbara Accidentally Gets Strong in Austria

If you’ve sat with me for about 15 minutes recently, you’ll discover that all I want to talk about is fitness and nutrition. My GOSH. When. Did. I. Become. That. Girl? You see, I’ve never been the strong one. That’s my sister. Picture Audrey Hepburn and you have her; picture Marilyn Monroe and you have me. I’ve been the one most like to climb a tree and read. I’ve been round-ish. I’ve been curvy. But I’ve never been fit or...
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