Wife to my high school sweetheart, boy mama to sweet baby boy Macrae, and two fur babies Shiloh and Milo, a full time high school history teacher, and overall enthusiast for life. Avid podcast listener, iced coffee drinker, and organized chaos manager. My passion is to encourage and inspire. To cultivate an intentional life, a life full of joy and an abundance of grace.
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If I could assign one word as the mission and purpose behind my blog, I believe that word would be honesty, the ability to be completely real with my readers and completely real with myself. And as I think about what it looks like to be honest, I fall in love and am incredibly challenged at the exact same time. Social media can be so good, yet has the ability to allure people in to thinking false accusations, lies, and irreversible truths regarding themselves. Humans can look at pictures, posts, comments, the number of likes, the number of shares, pins, galleries, (the list truly goes on) and the human mind can immediately take this internally and turn it into a direct reflection of “I am not ____.” How wrong this can be. Why is it that so many times our brain/thoughts/mind turn life, events, moments and reverses them to a personal thing of how we are failing, a measure from how far we are at achieving our goals and our dreams. So in processing these thoughts, the reality is, the moments that I have where I am struggling, the moments that I have that are the most real moments a human can experience, my desire is in some way, shape, or form, to write it down, to try to embody these thoughts into a post so that someone out there can feel encouraged, more encouraged to be happy in there skin, in who they are.
And as we were traveling this week, from Vancouver, to Seattle, and through Portland, we experienced so many wonderful highs, yet some terrible lows. And I felt like I was being challenged to acknowledge these lows and to be incredibly vulnerable with all of you (the people who actually read these posts) and to hopefully bring encouragement along the way.
It can be so easy to get in your own head, caught in an argument, a moment of exhaustion and become a less than version of yourself. And this can definitely stand out more while traveling, because we almost expect vacations to be free from… well, reality. So much expectation, so many things desired to see and do. It’s almost like we as humans can put so much expectation and thrill on an experience that when it doesn’t happen the way that we desire or the exact way that we intended it to, or dreamed about in our mind, that we can struggle with the outcome or the experience, because we put way to much expectation on a moment. Hubs and I have traveled quite a bit in the last three years. We feel so incredibly blessed and fortunate to have had the opportunities that we do. We both work a ton, so when our schedules align and allow us the ability to go somewhere, you bet that is what we do. For us, traveling allows us to experience a different part of the world around us, the ability to enjoy ourselves away from a to-do list, criteria of a job, or responsibilities around a home. It allows us to be more in tune to ourselves individually, as well as refine and redefine ourselves as a couple. But traveling can definitely have its challenges, and through all the journeys we have been on we have certainly discovered these things. So I am putting together a different list, a list that hasn’t quite been done before, and I am pretty thrilled about it. So here ya go.
As always, vacationing and traveling is always a remarkable experience, so treasure it all up, store those moments in your heart, come home refreshed and eager, with the anticipation of where to go next. Because no matter where you are or where you are going, the adventure never really ends…