Traditions Begin

Christmas is not my favorite. I struggle with the stress and obligations, fearing disappointing others and tend to get bogged down in the details of the season instead of taking time to enjoy the processes and experiences. I made a decision to focus on the experience and starting traditions this year as I feel this…

Livin’ on Tulsa Time (An Urban Adventure) — Semper Adventure

A long Thanksgiving weekend provided Ian and me the opportunity for a day trip to Tulsa. As a former Tulsa citizen and a University of Tulsa alum I have a super soft spot for this city. I adore the cozy feel of downtown, Cherry Street, and Brookside while having so many museums, shops, restaurants, and […]…

Bake a Pie from Scratch – 40×40 #3

Why is something as seemingly basic as baking a pie from scratch on my list? And why is making a pie so high on the list? I added this to the list on a whim really. The idea of using my grandmother’s pie crust recipe to make the pie intrigued me. Showing my feminism by…

Hardcore Parkour! (but not really) — Semper Adventure

With the holiday season upon us, Kaelin and I tend to settle in at our respective home bases and focus ourselves on some smaller and closer to home adventures. This gives us an opportunity to reset after a busy summer and to set aside a little money for gifts and travel for the holidays. This […]…

The Election

I understand being upset, hurt, confused, and even scared; however, he is the president. Be respectful. Do not sink to the level or being reactionary or hateful, or you are no worse than that which you do not like. Protest. Actively engage the political process. Run for office. Volunteer. Make a difference where you can…

Rainy Days and Mondays

I actually like rainy days, and Mondays are busy but usually in a good way. This Monday feels particularly good. Issues resolved, plans being made, there has even a little bit of chicken looking (Also, there are way more factors regarding chickens than I anticipate). I am learning about patience. I am learning about open…

Take A Minute

One symptom or trait does not a mental illness make any more than a cough means a person has pneumonia. Watching a TED talk does not make one a mental health professional.  When people minimize mental health condition or play pop psychologist they contribute to creating an environment where it is harder to get help. So much…

It’s My Birthday, Bitches!

Well, this been the quietest birthday I have had in quite some time. Adulting called, and I was happy to oblige as it is nice to be able to help others. I did take the day off from work as I even now I cannot stand to work on my birthday. Adulting allowed me to…

In A Place of Yes

I have spent some time outside of my comfort zone. I might be the least spontaneous person alive. I value my schedule and routine. My love for lists and plans and calendars and lists knows no bounds. Structure. Organization. Security. However, my desire to live a life of adventure has gotten the better of me….

Creating A Life I Love

I am constantly working to design a life I love. I recognize I am a work in progress and am learning that my strength comes from sharing my story – the good, the bad, the adventure, the heartbreak, the fear, the joy. Being vulnerable is oddly empowering. Sharing my trials and triumphs and owning my…

Victimized, not a Victim

I have struggled with whether or not to write this. Very few people know, but I feel more compelled to share the not so pretty parts of my life these days. So, without getting into all the details I have been a victim of sexual, physical, and emotional violence. These were separate events, and I…

A Brief Austin Excursion

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to take a whirlwind Austin trip. Sometimes life works out and you get to balance work and play in the absolute best ways possible. After 11 years in Austin and almost a year and a half away I must say I thoroughly enjoy Austin as a tourist,…