April 26, 2017

I’d Even Flip Burgers, If I Had To

It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything on this blog. Primarily that’s because I’ve been busting my tail, trying to get my feet back underneath me financially speaking. You see, I’m not always a good decision maker when it comes to money. And even though I have semi-steady work, it’s just barely been enough to pay the bills. As such, I spend a lot of time stressed out about those bills and where the money is going to come from to pay them. In fact, this very topic has figured very heavily in my prayer life lately. And while this next […]
April 10, 2017

Driving and Parking in Washington DC

I don’t want to jinx anything by talking about this – but when we were planning a trip to our nation’s capital for last summer, our number one concern was parking. Just take the train, that’s what we thought, until a week before we were slated to be there, the trains were down for three days. And then friends told us about the time they were in DC and got stuck for five hours with no way to get back to their camper, again, because the trains were not running. Now you need to understand that what they say about […]
March 21, 2017

Lafayette #1 – Adventures in NOLA

I never had any doubts that I was going to love New Orleans. There are few places that I’ve been that I don’t develop an affection for (ahem, looking at you Louisville…), but the way I feel about this place, well that’s something far beyond affection. My husband and I were in town with friends to embark on a cruise to Progreso and Cozumel, and we worked in both a day and a half before and a day and a half after to make sure we had time to enjoy the city. The day of the cruise, we didn’t have to […]
February 10, 2017

Driving on Bald Tires Or We All Stick With Things A Little Longer Than We Should

A couple months ago I started to notice that my car had a shake when I was driving at certain speeds. I’ve been driving long enough to know that means my tires need balanced. Around about the same time, my husband noted that one of my tires looked low. Who knows how long it’d been like that – because quite frankly, I never notice such things. He was right. It was low, like down to 18psi low. Clearly, something was wrong with that tire. So, for the last two months, I’ve been filling it up with air every two or three […]
November 19, 2016

The Last Place I Thought I Wanted To Go

When I first started this blog, the goal was just to have an outlet to talk about how much I love to travel. And maybe start selling trip planning services. I still want to do both of those things, but I’ve realized I need to focus in a little better. Travel is a really broad topic – and I want to be a little more specific. I’ve finally decided where I’d like to focus – and it’s on encouraging people not just to travel, but to travel to places they hadn’t really ever thought about going, because while going to […]
November 13, 2016

Money Shame or Once Again, I Can’t Handle Money

This seems like a topic I might be revisiting ad nauseum. It might feel like that for you too. You get money stuff under control, and then something happens. An absolutely necessary car repair…or a kid (who happens to be allergic) gets stung and you’ve got medical bills you weren’t prepared to pay. Now, the fact of the matter is – if we had really been budgeting properly (and for a long enough time) we would be ready for these things. Well, I don’t know about you – but I haven’t been. I haven’t been budgeting for long enough, that is. […]
November 12, 2016

I’m never going to be a “Closer”.

In baseball, you have three kinds of pitchers: Starters, Relievers and Closers. Technically, it’s only two, but the Closer is the best of the best when it comes to Relievers, so I think they deserve their own category. Now, honestly, when it comes to business and business-based analogies – this might be a stretch for you. Especially if you aren’t quite as into baseball as I am. But, I had a great big epiphany today, and for me, baseball is the best way to fully wrap my brain around the concept. So, the epiphany… I was talking to my husband this […]
November 8, 2016

Starting Fresh with New Year: Why That’s the Stupidest Thing I’ve Ever Done.

I’m inherently the kind of person who is always striving for something. I’m not happy if I don’t have a mountain to climb or some reason to push through. I’m ill contented if someone tries to force me to settle, and I find it impossible to be okay with average. This causes a lot of turmoil. (Thank goodness for the people who know this about me, and are still here). Every year as the new year approaches…and even though it’s only early November, you must recognize, as I have, that it’s approaching at break-neck speed. It will be here before […]
September 19, 2016

When The Universe Is Screaming, “You’re Doing It Wrong.”

For months now I’ve known all the way down to my marrow that I’m not doing something right. Make that years. Because it’s been more than one, but less than three. And that’s a vague blanket statement on purpose. It’s not just one thing I’m doing wrong. It’s many, many things. It’s letting clutter fill up my house and my head. It’s continuing down a path that is (barely) paying the bills because it’s paying some of them. It’s not making time for the thing that is pulling at my soul. It’s starting projects and not finishing them. So. Many. Things. […]
June 22, 2016

The Two Reasons I’m Not Getting Where I Want To Go

The other day my cousin posted on Facebook, “If you can’t achieve your goals, don’t change your goals, change your actions.” Man, that hit me like a ton of bricks. Because right now, in business and life I’m kind of not getting where I want to be. And to tell you the truth, I’ve been super unclear as to why that is. Until now. I realized today that there are exactly two things wrong with the way I’m doing things right now (and if my husband is reading this, I’m sure he’s nodding his head because he’s been telling me […]
June 14, 2016

The Story is the Point

Have you ever taken one of those online tests that attaches letters to your personality? They are pretty insightful and frighteningly accurate. I’ve taken them several times, and I always, always, always get the same answer…ENFP. (Extraversion, Intuition, Feeling, Perception) You can take one here, if you are interested (seriously, take it – you’ll realize all kinds of things about yourself that you never knew before). Anyway – ENFP is called the “Campaigner”, which basically means attention-whore. If you’ve been around me for more than 5 minutes, you will realize this is fairly accurate. I CAN be quiet – especially when I’m […]
June 14, 2016

How to Always Get What You Want

I’ll admit it – that title was just a ploy to get you to click on this blog. Because if I knew how to always get what I want, I sure wouldn’t be telling you…I’d be globe-trotting around the world with my ten favorite people. But I can help you get what you want more often. The number one way? Stop being a selfish jerk. Seriously – that’s it. I know, sometimes you don’t think you’re being a selfish jerk…you just want your way. I get it. I really do. I mean, come on – if everyone just did what I […]