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Inspiration, Nashville

Let’s Get Reacquainted

Nashville, it’s not you, it’s me. Really. I see myself slipping into a quiet, homebody comfort with you after seven short months, and it is completely unacceptable. You have so much to offer, and I need to be taking full advantage of everything.

Yes, I’m taking new classes, trying new restaurants, hiking new trails. It has been wonderful, but sometimes doesn’t feel like enough. I’ve got free time to fill and have started a springtime bucket list of adventures for us. (Some of them have already been checked off, but need to be revisited.) Continue reading…

Inspiration

Resolutions

new year resolutions

I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions. I’m terrible at keeping up with them, and the only one I’ve ever been successful with is keeping my wallet clean. (Seriously, if you ever saw it before, you’d know it needed to be done.)

This year, I’ve decided to put a couple of things on the 2017 To Do list.

  1. Write in my journal for at least 10 minutes each day
  2. Read at least one book per week

There are definitely other more, shall we say, existential resolutions to work on. Things like saying “yes” to pretty much every invitation, overcoming some of my more introverted tendencies, living with grace every day, and so on. (The list could really go on forever.) But for now, resolutions one and two are what I’m committing to.

Truth is, by attacking some of the more profound goals, I’ll have more to write about in my journal. More life experiences to relate to the books I read. Maybe realize a few more “full circle” moments. None of that sounds half bad.

2016 was a tough year for a lot of people. I know my coastal “liberal elite” friends and I have been looking to 2017 with some trepidation. Hopefully everything on my proverbial list will make this year everything I didn’t think it could be and more. I welcome the challenges, the changes, and the growth.

Hopefully this time next year I can say everything was as successful as my wallet.

 

Friendship

Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

thoreau-distance

Friendships at a distance

Now that I’m settling into my new life in Nashville, the move has officially stopped feeling like a vacation. Which means “homesickness” for my friends in LA is creeping in fast. This is not the first time I’ve moved away from my closest friends. Distance is something I’m used to – whether it was leaving IL for college in NY. Leaving NY for a new life in LA. Leaving LA for a year to work in London and then leaving my awesome friends there, I should be used to it by now. But it never gets easier. I will be the first to admit that I can be terrible about keeping in touch. Several of my relationships have suffered from this, but I chalk it up to life and growing apart. The people who have always meant the most to me are still in my life, and no matter how much time passes between visits, cards, or conversations, we can always pick up right where we left off. Continue reading…

Inspiration, My Jesus Year Challenge

Days 159-213: Changes & Challenge “Fails”

adventure begins

Wow. I haven’t written in a LONG time, and yes, I know had bad that looks for my Jesus Year Challenge. A lot has been happening over the past couple months that I couldn’t be super public about (not that there are tons of people looking at my lil’ ole blog). But, now that it’s out in the open at work, I can say on the internets for all to read, I’M MOVING TO NASHVILLE! Big changes ahead as I prepare for the next chapter. Continue reading…

Inspiration, My Jesus Year Challenge

Days 148-151: A Vision For The Future

Vision Board

Last week ended with me testing my bravery and having a very difficult conversation at work. In fact, I had two very difficult conversations in the past week. Both turned out to be very cathartic and ended well. I felt like a weight was lifted, issues were confronted, and I feel all the better for it. I hate conflict. I’m afraid of disappointing people, saying the wrong thing, getting myself into trouble, all sorts of things… By having these conversations, I chipped away at my fear. I opened myself up to being able to speak up more in the future and trust that it will be okay. I was proud of myself for the first time in a really long time.

Coming out of that week and into the weekend, I was definitely looking forward to Ree’s annual vision board party. It may sound super “LA” to you, but it’s always so nice to get together with some awesome ladies in a supportive environment to talk about what the past year held for us and what we’re hoping to work on in the year to come. There’s a lot of laughter and love. Continue reading…