My Epic Road Trip

In the past six weeks I’ve visited 12 cities (most of them for the first time) and driven over 4,600 miles all by myself. I’ve read 5 books, launched a website, booked two weddings, and created a new program for my business (launching later this fall!). I’ve eaten SO many mouth-watering meals (and SO many fried cheese curds).

In these 4,600 miles I’ve learned that not working leads to doing some really, extraordinarily good work. I’ve spent time in coffee shops, parks, beaches (the kind attached to lakes…not oceans), restaurants, friends apartments, and SO MUCH TIME in my car. I definitely gained weight (soooo many cheese curds, omg) and was surprised that many of my favorite meals were the cheap ones from trucks or dives across the country. On a more real level, I’ve reconnected to some things that fell by the wayside when I was going through my last round of big life struggles. I started journaling again (you know, pen to paper kind of shit), and started meal-planning and actually cooking the meals I planned for rather than grabbing to-go food at every chance I had. I also got back into the habit of reading purely for pleasure and I read a ton of books about women that are kicking serious ass. I set some new personal goals for myself and I’m walking back into my life in Phoenix feeling like a completely new person.

Travel is so good for the soul and every day I am so grateful for the opportunity to do work that feeds me creatively (and actually puts food on my table) and to be in a position where I can go on a 6 week long adventure. I’m still working through all the feels from my trip but wanted to share some pictures from the stops I made.

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Salsa night in Denver, CO at Little Man Ice Cream wilson lake
Wilson Lake
Air BnB in Lucas, Kansas – Creepiest Stop of the Trip eden statues
Garden of Eden
city park
City Museum
Coffee shop hangs with Zens in Milwaukee
The incredibly picture perfect Zens house believe in nash
I Believe…in Nashville
buckstaff bathaus
Experiencing the hot springs in a 103-year-old bath business

Today is one of those days.

Today is not a good day. Today is one of those days when you’re feeling overwhlemed. Today is the day when you don’t get enough sleep. When you’re feeling lonely. When it’s actually kind of shitty that you’re the single friend. When you and your guy decide to “go on a break” the week of Valentine’s day. When you’re a florist so the rest of your week will be spent making beautiful flower arrangements for the couples that aren’t on breaks.

Today is one of those days where you can’t take your new rescue dog with you to the meeting so you have to leave her at home. And your dog really freaks out when you leave her at home. So while you’re gone she pees and poops on your white rug and you get a note taped to your door asking you to handle your dogs “CONSTANT scratching, barking, and crying”. Today is the day that reinforces how shitty your neighbors are.

Today is the day with all of the anxiety. With the elephant on your chest and the tears in your eyes. Today is the day when you feel like curling up under a heap of blankets and watching sad movies so you can feel justified in your shitty mood. Today it’s not good to be a 20-something-business-owner. Today you just want to fly under the radar. Today you maybe just need a hug.

But tomorrow? That’s going to be a good one.

365 Project – Week 4

The end of my first 4 weeks of this challenge! It’s been fun and exactly the encouragement I need to use my DSLR over my iphone camera.

January 18
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January 21
January 22
January 23
January 24

January 18 – My sweet friend Sherry and her new baby boy
January 19 – My favorite flower crown to date
January 20 – The new Hoot & Holler space
January 21 – Late work night
January 22 – Ramen with Sean & Kristina
January 23 – So. Much. Traffic.
January 24 – Do You Want to Build a Snowman?!

365 Project – Week 3

Still playing a bit of catch-up with my project! I should be back to regularly scheduled programming soon. Here are my daily photos from my trip to Chicago!

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January 17

January 11 – A Walk in the Gold Coast
January 12 – A Trip to Miopic Bookstore
January 13 – Private Hoot & Holler Workshop for my sweet friend, Lauren
January 14 – Heritage Bicycles for Hot Tea and Girl Talk
January 15 – A Lounge Day
January 16 – Forgot!
January 17 – Goodbye to My Favorite City

My Day in D.C.

I visited a friend in Virginia in early January and took a tiny bit of time during my trip to check out some monuments in D.C. It was a BRISK day but having the chance to visit a few of these landmarks was really special (and totally worth the chill).

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First, we visited the United States Botanical Garden. I have such a big lady crush on plants. I can’t grow them for shit so maybe that impacts my opinion of those who can. A lot of the gardens were closed (presumably because of the cold) but it was lovely nonetheless.

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After the gardens, we took an official tour of the Capitol building. It was fascinating and I just about died over all the incredible light fixtures throughout the space. I totally have a thing for architecture so it was really interesting learning about the building and all the history that was made within its walls.

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Our last two stops of the day were quick but gorgeous. We made the obligatory stop at the White House. Due to an increase in the amount of morons in this fair country, you can’t get even remotely close to the White House for fear of a security breach. It’s been almost 15 years since my last visit to D.C. and it was pretty exciting to see the White House again. Even if it was from reeeeaaaalllllllyyyy far away.

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Our final stop was the Lincoln Memorial. That shit is awe-inspiring. I remember thinking it was HUGE when I was little and was pleasantly surprised to find that it seemed just as big this time around. The sun was setting over the Washington Memorial which made for some stunning photo-ops. The sky gave us a delightful end to an educational day.
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After my brief trip, I feel like I need to get back to D.C. to really explore the city. I’m itching to try the cool restaurants, see the rest of the sights, and soak in a new city. Washington DC. I liked you.


How hot is that coat? #sexy #ootd #ontrend