I haven’t been so great at these monthly updates because lately not much has changed from month to month. I love my house. I read some books. I’m working on paying off my mortgage.
But here it is…
Fresh Thyme is my new favorite store! Tons of organic, fresh food (something I’m working on) and all of my favorite non-toxic brands! There is one in the next town over and more are popping up all the time. It gives me hope for the future.
I’m still working on my mortgage and still on track to get down to 5 figures by the end of the year; however I will have some big expenses over the next few months. I bought last minute plane tickets to see my sister off for Air Force training next week. She also wants me to come home for Christmas and there is no way I am going to miss her boot camp graduation in January. So I have lots of travel coming up. It’s well worth the money though. These are big moments in my sister’s life and I didn’t always have someone at my big moments in my military career, so there is no way I’d miss these.
I also hard a large purchase recently, but it was for a good cause. I’m always looking for ways to give back and I recently saw an article saying that the local high school was taking donations for some of their seniors to purchase their cap and gown and yearbook. These are students that are experiencing things such as homelessness or a medical emergency in the family, and many are food insecure too. I jumped at the opportunity and it is money well spent.
Max the dog attended his annual Halloween party at the vet. If you remember, last year he was a football. This year’s DIY was a Beanie Baby costume, complete with a poem! I was obsessed with those things when I was a kid!
I had the most beautiful fall drive through Minnesota a few weeks ago. I was heading to a college job fair for work and drove through the country for about an hour. It was beautiful. I’m really starting to see the appeal of living out away from the hustle. I’d love to have a little house in the country and maybe some chickens and goats. The only problem is that is a lot of yard work to keep up with!
A few months ago I never would have thought of living in the country. Years ago I was dating someone from a small town in the middle of nowhere and although we lived in the city, we went up north to see his family most weekends. I loved his family but didn’t always love the country life. I was always ready to get back to civilization. Part of this may just be that I had so much on my plate at that point in my life, that it was hard to be gone all the time. But now I look back at those weekends and that small town with a new sense of appreciation.
And something weird happened the other night. I was on my way home from school and stopped for a quick dinner in a densely filled shopping area. Consumerism everywhere. Stores and restaurants crammed into every possible space. Suddenly the city felt suffocating and I could not wait to get home to my little suburb.Slow down life and really enjoy and savor the moments. Click To Tweet
It’s interesting how we change as we get older and more deeply discover and understand our values and priorities. I used to feel this constant need to be busy. I live by the word “embrace” and used to embrace life by doing all the things! I always needed to be working on a goal and accomplishing something. And looking back, I did accomplish a bit in my twenties. However, now I just want to be. Not rushing from one goal to the next. Just slow down life and really enjoy and savor the moments. I still have ambitions; I’m just going about them in a different way these days.
Also check out the Intentionally Wandering podcast. 1. It’s a great podcast. 2. You can hear an interview with me on Episode 73!