• Travel

    California Central Coast Girls Trip

    A few months ago, I was able to spend an entire week with my sweet friend and sister/adventure buddies in San Luis Obispo, California. Unbeknownst to me at the time, I was about 4 weeks pregnant, and nauseous the entire trip. But despite this, we had a great time and saw a TON of the beautiful central coast. Our home base was Bethany’s apartment in San Luis Obispo. Her apartment was right smack dab next to the ocean. My first day there, I happily ate my less than picturesque fast food lunch while overlooking the ridiculously scenic beach. It was a wonderful thing. We were there for an entire week, so…

  • Books, Movies, and Music,  Personal

    All the Books I Read in 2018

    I have to admit, this was not my best year for reading...which has led me to make reading more of a priority in my goals for 2019. I had high aspirations for reading more since I had more free time this year than in the past 5+ years, but while it wasn't my best year for reading, I did manage to average about 1 book a month, so these are the books I read in 2018. Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus I read this book in the Spring along with a PWOC bible study group on base, and it was sooo good. The book helped me to understand…

  • Personal

    Word of the Year

    I’ve decided last minute to join the “word of the year” bandwagon and come up with a theme for my aspirations for the new year. The word I’ve chosen is the word “Cultivate.” Considering I have a degree in Agriculture, this theme word may not come as much of a surprise, but it’s the best word I could think of to explain my hopes for 2019. Cultivation has to do with more than just natural growth, it has to do with active participation in that growth. Weeds will grow with no attention from anyone at all. But in order to create something valuable, cultivation is required.

  • Freelance

    8 Podcasts for Female Entrepreneurs

    Over the past few months, I’ve been listening to a TON of podcasts. Mostly because I spend 75% of my life home alone, and it’s nice to have someone talking in the background of whatever I’m doing. But also because I really love learning. So I’ve discovered some great podcasts for female entrepreneurs and creatives that I think can be a great resource for you, no matter what specific industry you work in. I’m not going to claim myself as a “Female Entrepreneur” by a long shot – but I find these ladies podcasts to be so inspiring to me as I figure out this whole “freelancing” thing. Whether you…

  • Personal

    Fall Bucket List

    Happy September! I know Fall may still be a long way off for many of my readers, but to celebrate the beginning of a new month, I wanted to take some time to look ahead to all the lovely things that Fall brings. So today, I thought I would do something a little different, and share with you a fall bucket list, along with a free printable where you can print this list, or make your own, as you dream along with me about cooler weather and warmer lattes. So without further ado, here's my Fall Bucket List:

  • Freelance,  Personal

    Monthly Goals – September

    Last month, I shared my monthly goals for August so I wanted to review those and evaluate what worked for me and what didn't. I also want to go ahead and share my new goals for the month of September - some of them are repeats of August, but I really want to refine my goals each month to tailor them to what I need. I hope that through this goal setting exercise, I'll learn what helps me to be productive by outlining what I need to accomplish, what will help me to grow, and what is actually practical for me this month.

  • Military Life

    Acronyms New Army Spouses Actually Need to Know

    In military life, there are acronyms and abbreviations for literally everything. And while it seems that some spouses spend their days memorizing all of the gazillion acronyms, I'm not about that life. And I'm sure many of you aren't either, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this post. After more than a year as a military spouse I've figured out which acronyms are actually relevant to my life, and what actually would have been helpful for me to know in my first few months after marrying into the military. I thought I would make life easier for all of us and create this little guide of acronyms you'll actually need to know as…

  • Military Life,  Travel

    Best Food in El Paso, Texas

    Since living in El Paso, Ivan and I have made it a point to eat at locally owned restaurants as much as possible (and reasonable). We love getting to try food that is unique to the area, and that we can’t get just anywhere. So for a change of pace, I thought that today I would share our favorite El Paso restaurants. If you’re planning a trip to El Paso, moving to Fort Bliss, or just a local looking to try something new, I think there’s something for everyone on this list.   Breakfast:   Bonny’s Cafe I’ve recommended this restaurant before because it is soooo good, and definitely unique! I’ve only…