Small Town Charmed

When you have the opportunity to go on a trip or “get away” for a long weekend, where are your favorite places to visit? My first thought had always been to hop on a plane and travel to a place as far away as possible, thinking that distance would make me feel more relaxed and that I was taking a true vacation. While I still love traveling and exploring the world, I have also discovered the joy of “escaping” in my own backyard by discovering charming small towns to spend time in and explore!

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Friends Wherever: The Long-Distance Friendship

So first I need to disclose the fact that since starting this post on friendships, I’ve naturally rediscovered the song “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts. Yup, this song has been playing on repeat in my head, along with visions of our beloved characters from Friends falling onto that big comfy couch in the middle of the city.  While I have never blissfully danced around a big beautiful fountain with my friends (although this is totally a life goal), we have had some pretty amazing experiences together throughout the years. But what happens when you or one of those friends moves or no longer lives close by, and that convenience of just “popping over” or meeting at the coffee shop is no longer a possibility? While saying goodbye to a close friend can cause heartache and uncertainty, we do have some control over what happens with these friendships. Sometimes our long-distance friendships can even become some our closest relationships!

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The Piano Man

My life is composed of thousands of musical notes.  Each of these notes has been carefully placed in a particular rhythm and tune to make up the moments of my life.  There are musical notes that I have created on my own, and then there are certain musical notes that have been placed in my life’s song by certain influential people in my life. One of the most important people who has placed some this music in my life’s song is my dad.

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Firecracker Heart

The seasons arrive each year with their own unique puzzle pieces.  The music, the feel of the air, the holidays, the food, and the activities can be put together to create memories from these four distinct times of the year. Growing up I remember feeling so excited for the next one to begin! Summer was always extra special though. Summer has its own song, its own feeling, its own language. There is a certain sense of freedom that comes with summer, and an urge to create, experience, and reconnect with yourself and with others.

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Planning Your Next “Goal Trip”

No goal or thought is impossible, and the journey that you plan is how you spend the days of your life.  Your goal trips can become some of your favorite memories!  It’s all about, “getting there,” and learning about yourself in the present moment as you take the steps to reach your dreams.

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