Back to the little things

Listening now…

 

You fall through the trees
And you pray with your knees on the ground
For the things that you need
With your lust and your greed weighing down
And you weaken your love
And you hold it above your head
Success is a song of the heart, not a song of your bed

 

 

When life gets hard, confusing, or mundane- it’s time to go back to the little things.

I tried really hard this week to notice more.  To realize what was happening around me and take note. Of what the universe was sending me or trying to tell me.

 

Like when I went Pokemon hunting and found puppies:

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They were up for adoption and I had to control myself.

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I wished I could put them in my Poke ball and take them home…

 

Or the other day, when I finally made Chia seed pudding. And it was like heaven in my mouth, and why did this take me so long?!!

The other thing I love about Chia seed pudding is that you can eat it for breakfast or desert. And who doesn’t love something like that!

I wish I could find the recipe we used, but it was very simple. Basically soaking chia seeds in almond milk until the seeds expand. We topped ours off with fruit and cinnamon, but there are so many variations!

I’m very excited to try all of these.

 

 

 

And going for a run and then a visit to the creek we loved near the house we lived at a few years ago…

 

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Someone was happy.

 

What little things have you noticed this week that made you happy?

Monday gratitude

 

 

 

 

OK. I was kinda cranky this morning. Mondays have been harder for me as of late- have you ever been in a funk? I feel a little funky lately.

But I know things I also have not been doing that need to be done. To maintain my  sanity, my happiness, and my gratitude for the everyday little simple things. Which is why I started this little blog right here in the first place.

These things that have been lacking include: noticing my daily gratitude, stopping and listening to myself slowly and quietly, focusing on the present instead of the future.

 

 

 

 

So, speaking of gratitude and stopping and listening to yourself…

Today I am grateful for…

 

Yoga class tonight, taught by my sissy – as this post says, I need some clarity, time to breathe, and meditation in my life today.

 

Stranger Things on Netflix:

You have heard about it by now, right? If not- go watch! It is a binger, so prepare yourself to want to or actually watch all episodes in 1 night.

 

Modern Family.

Lately, if I do feel funky, I put on this show and it makes me laugh and brightens my day.

 

Thunderstorms. I love the heat- but it’s been very humid and hot and the earth needed some water. As did I- I got caught in it today and felt great!

 

Loving someone so much that you get sad leaving them after every time.

Sunday nights after a whole weekend spent together are especially hard, but also, I’m grateful to even have that.

 

 

What are you grateful for today?

 

 

The adventures of camping

Listening now…

 

 

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We took a little adventure camping in Virginia Beach at First Landing state park.

This place is special to us because we road tripped to Savannah, Georgia a few years ago, driving down the coast and making stops along the way, and this was our first stop where we camped.

 

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This picture was from our first time here. This raccoon ate our sandwiches and carried the bags into the tree right above our tent- he watched us while he ate our food!

 

Going back brought back all sorts of nostalgia for those memories, but new ones were made too!

Not only that, but it has some cool history.

“The state park is near the site of the first landing on April 26, 1607 of Christopher Newport and the Virginia Company colonists before establishing themselves at Jamestown.”

 

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Something we really love about this campsite is the trees. Makes you feel like you are deep down in the south, in a fairy forest.

Just look at them! 

And every campsite has it’s own beauty and is different looking, as well as private.

 

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Our first night of arrival 🙂

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Not only that, but this campsite is minutes of a walk [depending on your campsite, it could be even closer] from the beach. 

Our first night there, we arrived later than expected.

By the time we set up camp, we wanted to take a walk down to the beach.

We were lucky enough to walk upon this stunning sunset.

Our last time here, also on our first night, we walked upon the most amazing lightning storm on the beach.

We learned to take on the unexpected and embrace whatever comes while camping.

 

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The state park is right on the Chesapeake Bay beach, [also called “Chick’s beach”] which is incredibly warm, much less wavy,  and more calm than the regular ocean. It is so relaxing. I also did not feel as many hard shells under my feet, the sand in the water was soft and you sank right in.

Ahhhhhhhhhh. 

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We needed to search for water type Pokemon while we were there, too. Anyone else playing?!!

 

 

We took some time to re-visit the Virginia Beach boardwalk too. #Virginiaisforlovers

 

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We ate at this lovely place on the boardwalk with live music that also had wild Magikarps flopping on the table while you eat!

I caught him, by the way.

Just thought this was too hilarious not to share.

 

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This poor guy either thought I was taking a picture of him or knew I was playing and was hoping I caught him! Guess we will never know…

 

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We packed up our camp and headed out of Virginia Beach onto our next stop, which was a new one for us.

Before we left, we hit up Citrus  for breakfast. I got the orange glaze pancakes, which were featured on the Food Network. As well as a mimosa. I also sampled Frankie’s Beach Benedict. Yum.

Don’t I look happy? I was!

 

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So, we have visited Ocean city, Maryland before [also on our road trip] but never Assateague Island National State Park. 

 

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I read about this place online, and it’s abundance of wild ponies on the beach, and knew we had to go while we were down here.

I was expecting to maybe see a few ponies….we got way more than we ever imagined from this trip.

 

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How amazing is this?! We literally watched the group of horses walk in front of us on the beach. It felt surreal and dream worthy.

 

Of course we wanted to go back to Ocean City’s boardwalk, too! This boardwalk has a lot more going on than  the VA Beach boardwalk in our opinion.

 

 

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I also wanted to report that on vacation, I finished 2 books! [This may seem like nothing, but coming from me- who is a very slow reader, and who spends a lot of her time gaming, it’s a big thing.]

 

I have loved Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series for awhile now.

I love books about small towns and characters I can relate to. I get so invested in them.

This vacation, I read Twisted Creek by Jodi Thomas, which had the same feelings as Virgin River series did for me. I just love when you can find authors that write in the same manner but also have a very different style.  I could not put this book down!

 

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I am also reading You are a badass book– which has really helped me come back from vacation feeling  some type of way and ready to take on the world. And myself.  I have new goals written down for the week and the book really emphasizes taking things day by day, being more present, and all the things I have been lacking.

 

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Yes, that is Spongebob on my shirt. He joined us for vacation!

 

It was hard to say goodbye to the beaches and the relaxation, but it’s back to reality now.

I hope you all enjoyed coming along for the journey, I certainly enjoyed sharing it. Let me know if you have visited these places before or plan to!

 

 

 

Back to the blogging world

Listening now…

Now I’m running late
And I’m not a coffee drinker,
But I lost sleep just thinking of you.
So pour me a cup,
I need to wake up,
I need me some love.
Now give it to me.”

Love this song.

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I want to be like this. Sittin’ with the fishies, relaxing, not stressing about the future.

She is not worried how she will get up and out, she just sits.

She enjoys the moment….

Letting the chaos wash around you. But not consume you.

 

So happy to be back to the blogging world and focusing on this again. I have realized that blogging helps me live in the present.

I can’t wait to share my summer adventures with you all and read about yours!

This weekend we have our favorite Farmer’s market that I featured in my first ever written post on here.

And here, too.

So I will be sure to blog about that with many pictures again.

 

And I finished my class off with an 85, even though I am pretty sure I am pursuing other things.

After the relief of that was over, we attended a family wedding, which was beautiful. I did not take too many pictures, but we did manage to hit up the photo booth. [Classic.]

 

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Next week we go on vacation on a camping extraordinaire trip to Virginia Beach and then to Ocean city, Maryland. While I will not be blogging while there, I can’t wait to share the adventure with you later!

 

What kind of adventures are you getting into this summer?

July thoughts…

Listening now…

 

[Amazing song, definitely worth the listen!]

 

Well all, I am so excited to get back into the blogging swing of things.

I have a bit of a deep post for you all, life talk, in the Life Talk blog section, appropriately. The blog has been a huge outlet of mine and I hope to maybe help someone going through the same things.

I mentioned in some of my last posts that I was going back to school full time for Vet Tech. I was taking an intense 7 week Medical Terminology class as my 2nd class of the major. It required studying every day, which I was prepared for.

I am doing well in the class and all is well.

I was prepared for giving up a lot of my free time and transitioning to school mode, which I did.

However, after a lot of second guessing, thinking of practicality, and my future, I have decided to put the Vet Tech on hold.

 

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I got into Vet Tech originally because I was looking to work in Animal welfare but was having trouble getting into it. I figured the animal experience would be great, knowing it would be difficult. I have been applying to a local animal sanctuary for years, with 1 interview right after college that was not the right job fit and 2 interviews recently, of which I did not get in the end- but I believe everything happens for a reason. The position was 16 hours and if I got it I would have had to give up my full time position with benefits.

This whole experience has made me realize that I love working for nonprofits[my current job], the flexibility is amazing, and very conducive to having a life outside of work and a family, which is a huge goal of mine. I aspire to get into the Animal welfare nonprofit field and I have plans for that too.

What I realized after this class, as time ticked closer and closer to going part time in my full time job with pretty good pay, great benefits, and amazing flexibility, was that I have it good. Not only that, but I love the aspects of nonprofits putting revenue back into their mission and that is and has been a passion of mine. I truly hope to combine the 2 passions into one some day.

 

 

The point of this post was to say- it is okay to be confused.  It’s fine to take it day by day.  I think the majority of society is handling life this way, I just did not realize until now.  It’s even better if you know in what direction you are going, and are going in that direction, and not exactly sure where it will lead you. That’s even more fun, right?

Not only that, but I have trouble living in the present. My mind gets stuck too far in the future, the anxieties of it, and i make rash decisions.

Why do we always feel like we need to figure ourselves out, asap?!

Let’s all breathe a little more, shall we?

 

To be continued…