New Series Preview: A Summer Away

Last summer I lived in North Carolina. I worked on leadership staff at a summer camp on the coast. I took day trips and week trips. I explored so much history. I took countless pictures. I met lovely people. I set travel goals for myself (and achieved them!). And while there are always going to be things you miss, as I look back, I couldn’t have asked for a better 3 months. It was a sweet summer away from life as I’d known it, and I was left with even more restlessness to roam than I had before, and I didn’t think that was possible.

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Memories As We Move Forward

I hope y’all have a feel for what I hope this blog will encompass. I hope you understand more my desire to share my love for writing, history, and travel with you on this small bit of internet.

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Travels with Charley: In Search of America

I recently finished the book Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck. It is not often that a book, TV show or movie requires me to stop for a moment to audibly laugh, but this book did so often. Steinbeck paints pictures with words like few writers can. Continue reading “Travels with Charley: In Search of America”

Why Am I Writing a Blog?

This is a question I have mulled over and audibly asked myself and wrestled with and laughed at and pushed to the back of my mind until the process repeats itself, more times than I can count. Do I just believe I have so much to offer readers? Certainly not. Is it because I need an outlet? Maybe. It will be a lot of work, but it is worth it, right? Yes. Yes. That answer has always been yes.

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Firmly resolved or determined; set in purpose or opinion.

Actions of 2015:

  1. Get a passport {take the next step}
  2. Birthday location {I have previously resolved to spend every birthday in my 20’s in a different state or country}
  3. Run a half marathon {see also number 7}
  4. Good things jar {remember and record}
  5. Be intentional about monthly goals {step by step we climb entire mountains}
  6. Go to a new country {this should be number 1, because it is forefront on my mind and in my heart}
  7. Run more {because I love it and do not make enough time for it}
  8. Do more yoga {because we need balance}
  9. Read 20 books {more reading time, less screen time}
  10. Blog {check}

Words of 2015:

  • Minimalist — After moving away from a fixed life for 3 months, I downsized a lot. I want to continue considering the value the things around me hold and not be tied down by them.
  • Driven — The opposite of passive. Don’t sit back and let life and opportunities pass by. This goes right along with setting monthly goals. Don’t lose site of what taking the next step looks like, and take time to evaluate.
  • Intentional — In relationships, in time, in life.
  • Spontaneity — Something that I believe characterizes my life already, and I do not want to lose site of it.
  • Balance — To not be driven to the point where of losing site of those around me. To not be spontaneous to the point where a sense of responsibility is lost. So all things must be done in balance.

Ultimately, these are areas where I hope to see growth.

I look forward to looking back.