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Southport, N.C.

Oh my, where do I begin.  I love to travel. The excitement of finding new places, doing new things and meeting different people. I am fortunate that I have the flexibility and desire to see new places. For me, that is what life is all about.

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The past two years have been challenging in many ways but yet so rewarding.  I have learned SO much about myself and others.  I had tried living in North Myrtle Beach for a bit and realized many things while I was away.  It has given me an appreciation of all that I have in my life and all that I have to be grateful for.  I learned that there is no “Magical” place that will make me happy. I am the only one that can do that. The place only adds to it.  Changing states does not change YOU.

Yet, something about being back in the area really felt like home…….

The people.

I made some amazing friends during my short time there.  It was difficult for me to revisit the area because I was afraid of what feelings my pop up.

Sure enough, once I arrived those butterflies in my tummy quickly accompanied.  It was fear, sadness, excitement, joy, fun all mixed up into an unsettling feeling at first.

My first day I called my mama, practically in tears wanting to come home.  It had nothing to do with where I was physically, but more of who I was. That is what I feared.

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After a pep talk from my mom and myself, I ended up having the most amazing trip 🙂  I got to see a new place and even better had the chance to catch up with old friends

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I was finally able to enjoy Southport for the beautiful place it was.

Enjoy as I share some pretty incredible experiences.

The Stay

I booked the cutest little cottage in Southport through Airbnb. I will no longer stay at hotels. ALL of my Airbnb experiences have been phenomenal.

I arrived at the cottage right in the heart of quiet little Southport, to a lovely welcome

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My bedroom and private bath were absolutely perfect.  The bed was probably the best nights sleep I have had in the past 2 years!

The bathroom was FILLED with everything I needed and more. I will be honest, I spent a good half hour browsing, smelling and trying all the fun products! (I have some of my faves listed in this post)

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Each morning I awoke to fresh coffee AND had the option of Port City Java a quick walk or bike ride away. This comes close (if not equal) to my love of Wawa and La Colombe!

The location was perfect. Located in a quiet, residential area, within walking distance of bike/kayak rentals, downtown, and the waterfront.  The area was so lush and tropical and the back yard and patio was so enjoyable and relaxing!

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bedroom

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backyard

Also, I made a pretty awesome reading buddy 🙂

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To Do

Bike:

First, I rented the cutest mint beach cruiser bike for the week at Adventure Kayak.  It cost me $14 per day AND included bike lock, helmet, and basket!  They were super sweet, honest and so helpful!

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I biked EVERYWHERE

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Marina

Salt marsh walk

 

Kayak:

I also booked a kayak trip right away because I wanted to explore the area. Traveling alone, I felt it was probably not a great idea to go out on my own for my first time, so I joined a group.

I also booked a kayak trip right away because I wanted to explore the area. Traveling alone, I felt it was probably not a great idea to go out on my own for my first time, so I joined a group.

I also booked a kayak trip right away because I wanted to explore the area. Traveling alone, I felt it was probably not a great idea to go out on my own for my first time, so I joined a group.

I was limited with time and had an agenda ( I try to see and do as much as possible when I travel!) so I booked the first available early morning trip to Rice Creek.

I met the group and our two instructors about a mile from the creek.  We took care of some paperwork and were on our way.  Our guides took care of everything for us. They even gave a basic “how to” for those that were less experienced or had no experience. This kayak trip was definitely all levels for any age. Children and seniors would be fine!

Rice Creek is a blackwater marsh. It was absolutely STILL and quiet.  It was a 2.6-mile trip each way. Along the way our guides talked about the wildlife, history and the many trees were seeing (as well as cautioned us to beware of wasp nests!)  This trip was very relaxing and SLOW paced, very different from the adrenaline filled activities I usually seek. It was a MUCH needed break and pleasure.  Highly recommended for beginners, solo travelers or if you just want to relax

More pictures of rice creek here

Beach

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Caswell Beach at sunset

 

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Since I was already geared up to be on the water, I decided to grab lunch and check out the nearby beaches of Oak Island Beach and both were about a 10-minute drive from my “cottage”.  Even on a busy 4th of July week, the crowds were NOTHING compared to New Jersey beaches!  Oak Island was a bit more “Busy” and had some restaurants and shops, while Caswell Beach was very natural and quiet.  (I saw this guy while driving along the coast)

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Ferry

There are two ferries from Southport. The first is the Fort Fisher ferry. It leaves Southport and departs for a 35 minute trip to Fort Fisher (there is a pretty awesome aquarium here!)  Quite affordable at $1 for pedestrians, $2 for a bike or $8 for car load (Yes , 30 minuteyou park your car on it). It is a fun and affordable trip for the family!

The other ferry (my personal FAVORITE) is the Bald Head Island ferry.  This fe30-minuteride from Southport to Bald Head island. No cars on this ferry because……….No cars allowed on the island!  Yup. Bald Head Island is only 7 miles in diameter but with 14 miles of pristine beaches. The island is incredibly beautiful. I highly recommend visiting (or staying if you can afford it) and taking a bike ride or renting a golf cart to explore the island. The beaches are breathtaking, the lighthouse is beautiful (108 steps to an amazing view) and the middle of the island is SO fun to explore (felt like I was in a jungle!!)

This ferry was a bit more. $22 per person round trip BUT so worth it.  If you want to bring your bike, it’s an additional $23! (Ouch!)

Bald Head Island

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Lighthouse

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View from the top of the lighthouse in Bald Head

Ferry schedules

Lighthouses

Check out the history and the views from the lighthouses in Southport here
Porch Swings

Want to relax? Eat breakfast or lunch? Read?  Do it on one of the MANY swings overlookings breathtaking views in Southport.  One morning I decided to have my breakfast while watching the sunrise

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Yoga on the Dock:  Southport Yoga Dock

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You must check out an early morning or early evening class here. You can see and hear the waves below you while practicing! $10 for an hour class hatha style yoga.

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History

Take a self-guided historic walking tour of Southport (or bike it!)

 

SHOP

Every Wednesday in summer, Southport has a watefront farmers market!  I loved the setting (waterfront) and loved the vendors, food and fresh produce even more!

 

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Southport has many adorable shops and boutiques filled with such unique things! I wish I was not going the whole “minimalist” route so that I could have brought some treasures home with me 🙂img_4715-1

 

EAT

For as small as Southport is, the food is a BIG deal! There are so many wonderful places to eat! First and foremost you MUST visit the famous Provision Company.

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Serve yourself (this includes drinks, a.k.a. beer!) and seat yourself. You place your order (burgers, grouper sandwich, shrimp, etc) and they call your name when it is ready.  This place does get very crowded. If you are solo, you can grab a seat at the bar. If you have a larger group, you will have to put your name in for a table. The view and the food are pretty amazing! Well worth it!

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After my meal and my beer, I took my book and my bootie to the dock and plopped down for a bit to read 🙂

Other highly recommended restaurants (reservations recommended)

Mr. P’s Bistro

Loco Joe’s

Live Oak Cafe 

Southport was a wonderful little getaway. It was so peaceful and relaxing, something we all need more of in our lives. I will definitely be back for sure!

Other fun stuff

From left to right

  1.  How many miles is Southport from…..
  2. Found a Little Library 🙂
  3. Bird watching
  4. Where some great memories were made (Where I stayed, Memory Lane)
  5. Leapin’ Lizards on my nature walk
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Four Faves for the 4th

Happy 4th of July weekend! I Cannot believe it is finally here!  it felt like a long (but great) winter and now, believe it or not, fireworks!

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I want to share 4 things I am currently LOVING:

ONE:

Pamper

Mama’s secret products are SO indulgent. I tried for the first time this week and I am hooked (and oh so soft and smooth!) Mama’s secret Dry Skin Healing Treatment is amazing!  It was perfect for my after the sun (burnt) skin.  It was so soothing and made me glow. I felt like this was the perfect companion to a gentle tan.  I rubbed some on my arms and chest and was glowing. It lasted so long and really worked great on my dry spots (heels, elbows, etc)  I am super excited to try the other products!

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Love this beach survival kit idea. Perfect idea for summer birthday gift!

 

Another favorite I discovered this week (which also happens to be a favorite of my friend, Meghan) is The Naked Bee Hand & Body Lotion.

it has a very spa-like scent to it.  Made me feel so fresh, smooth and pampered! Not greasy and kept my skin hydrated while smelling so Ahhhhmazing.  I used the Nag Champa scent which I felt was very “organic, earthy and aromatic”.  I would love to try out the other scents to see which is my favorite. They offer this cool sampler pack on Amazon (Here)  The Orange Blossom Honey definitely piques my interest!

 

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Visit:  Southport, N.C. (travel blog will be up soon!)

This is the perfect and quaint little town for a romantic or single getaway. So much to see, do and ……relax!   I love exploring and finding beautiful hidden gems, like Southport (Southport is located between Wilmington N.C. and Myrtle Beach S.C)

 

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  1.  Yoga at the dock (highly recommend) & Bike rental at Adventure Kayak (Super honest, friendly and I received so many compliments on my “ride” Loved the color!)
  2. The street that my Airbnb was located on………indeed I have many amazing memories from “Memory Lane”
  3. Lee the Lizard (yup I named him) during my nature trek at Southport Marsh Walk . I learned so much about salt marshes and their importance!
  4. Southport Marina. Beautiful views, boats and nature trails
  5. The view at Oak Island Beach. Going?Check out Top Ten Things to do at Oak Island
  6. Best name ever for a pet store…..(Read Animal Farm) “Four legs good, two legs bad”Image result for four legs bad two legs good

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Create

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I have been trying to get inspired with some creativity in my life. I do not watch much T.V., listen to music, or create. Most of my creativity comes in the form of movement (and not in a graceful sort of way)  So I am trying to expand my creativity a bit and open up to some more things.  I have difficulty “feeling” passion for things (like music)  So I am so thrilled that during a recent bike ride with some old biker buddies, I heard this song (instrumental) that I cannot seem to get out of my head! I immediately “felt it :)Slow and small BUT….Progress

FOUR

Realization

This past week has taught me that I really need to allow myself to rest and relax.

When I transition into something new, I react, with FEAR.  I was terrified of the newness and change to my routine yet I pushed through it and ended up having the most amazing time with some wonderful friends I have made over the years.  I realized so many things this past week about myself and others.  The ones that stand out the most:

1.  I have the most amazing support group of friends and family

2.  Fear, doubt, anxiety, loneliness are only feelings. They will pass when you open yourself up to allow change to come in.  The things we fear are exactly the things we need to be challenging ourselves with. I had some great conversations this week that really allowed me to see myself and the good in others ❤

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Just another UN-Manic Monday

I had the most wonderful weekend. I am in love with this weather!  (knock on wood) I feel like we are finally having a spring! This weather is perfect weather to get outdoors.

Things are changing! I am as well. I used to dread rainy days and weather. I lived for days of sun and tanning on the beach. No longer. I would much rather spend a day in the mountains taking in the scenes, BUT that does not mean I no longer like the beach. I think I am just a bit “beached out”, possibly from SC? Not sure.

I am not going to give it much thought and just accept that I currently like the mountains and the cool weather…….tomorrow I may change my mind, but for today, I am happy

This weekend I hiked at Trexler Preserve in magical Lehigh County.

I describe it as a 1,108 acre “terrarium”   that was founded by General Harry Trexler as a way to protect endangered bison and elk at the turn of the 20th Century, pretty special!

I really was hoping to catch a bison or two (ok or 50) but no such luck. (Sorry Dad) NO worries, another trip, because I will be back!

Some highlights from my trip….I cannot take credit for most of these amazing photos, that goes to Bill and Dave. They are pretty professional with the iPhone!  I definitely need some iPhone pic taking classes!

 

One of the many beautiful flowers

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So many bridges

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The rain felt amazing….
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I felt like a miniature walking around in a terrarium 

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Breathtaking views…

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Apparently, this is always like this and cars enjoy riding through….

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Did you know groundhogs can climb trees and hide from predators? Yup, neither did I until I spotted this little guy……Way to go bud!600_461632154600_461632182600_461632295

stunning

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Ants

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Information about Trexler

This blog, puts mine to shame. I give credit where credit is due. Wonderful recap and photos!

What is your favorite place to hike?

 

Since I began this post with “Change” I want to end on that note. Let’s continue to promote change all around ….lovely post!

I LOVE this so muchI LOVE this so much.  Not only for mothers of boys but for everyone. 

 

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Friday Fave’s

Happy Friday and Happy (lllllloooonnnnggg) weekend!

A few of my favorite Friday feelings

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Make yourself uncomfortable!

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Gah, this has worked for me YET again!!  (Suprise)  I have been putting off a book for a while now because I just thought “I will totally  HATE that book because it is so out of my usual”.  My routine. My normalcy.  My comfort.

A small yet significant reminder that I need to do things I do not really want to….like read Kindred by Octavia Butler (first sci-fi written by a black woman!)

Woah.  I thought……. “Sci-fi MEH!” however I am 100 pages invested and am having difficulty putting it down. It is NOT the sci-fi I had envisioned. It is amazing and so, so good! Loving it, and loving stepping out of my comfort zone, even in this itty bitty way

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Infographics.

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What an awesome approach to teaching! (Interested? Click here!)  I love giving my students the option to create an infographic to express themselves! (sort of like a graphic novel!)

I love this (feminist) one I recently came across. YES!

 

THREE

Are you up for the challenge?

If you find yourself seeking approval constantly, it may not be a terrible day to do a little “detox” of your own. No judgment, I get it, Its hard!

Sometimes it is so hard to just be in the moment and feel those uncomfortable feelings. It is so easy to distract ourselves from our lives and our challenges, by turning to social media. It is an easy fix, but not doing much for your own personal growth

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Still not ready

From the ages of 16-33 I was pretty much in a relationship at all times. Most were unhealthy. I was not at a point in my life where I was able to be myself. I put all of my energy and focus into my partner, and completely ignored myself.

The past few years of my life have been SO freeing. I am finally focusing on myself. It is hard. It is uncomfortable. It is challenging. I have many of my own judgments and misconceptions that I am trying to work through. Many feelings I felt were “wrong” all these years, that I am finding out are NOT. Many areas I am finally starting to accept, whether I like it or not.  I am happy and content just being. Living. Learning. Meeting interesting people and finally allowing myself to be me.  I am also accepting that everyone will not like me and I will not like everyone, and that is OK!

FIVE

Happy!!!!!!!!!!!

Breakfast. Makes me so happy!  Seriously, it is my favorite meal of the day. In fact, I could eat breakfast foods every day for every meal. Some breakfasts from around the world…..

Russia:  Griddle Cakes

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Poland:  Breakfast spread (don’t forget the fresh bread and jam!)

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France:  MMmmm

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South Africa:  Porridge

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United States:  Pancakes!

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Sweden: Droooolllll

Welsh: Cheesy toast 🙂

Thailand:  Dim Sum

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Or check out this infographic!

 

20 Breakfasts From Around the World to show how cultures affects our food choices. Something to use for the provocation?:

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Saturday Saves

S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y!  This week FLEW by! I feel like things are really speeding and going/growing fast.  The weather (Winter to summer, where is SPRING?), the flowers and grass, my hair! 🙂

Here are five of my feelings, finds or fears from the week!

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Fear:  I still fear to being….me. Speaking up, being honest, being my TRUE self. What is it that I fear? Hurting others. I constantly put my own feelings and thoughts aside because I worry about hurting others.   Yet, I would be the first to tell others NOT to do this and to put themselves first.  It’s about time I start listening to that smart lady suggesting this….ME!

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My fear stems from anxiety.  Worry about hurting someone else’s feelings or coming off as a ……..b*tch.  Yet keeping my feelings to myself and not getting them out, is hurting more than helping.  I need to continue to be honest with myself and others, no matter what the outcome is!

Something I am currently fearing?  Letting go and allowing myself to be more of my “feminine” self. I have very masculine qualities. And no, by this I do not mean a mustache.  I am very strong and determined. Independent. Direction. Focus. Productivity. Go, go, go. Those are masculine qualities.  I want to be able to surrender more. Flow. Gentle. Affectionate.  Accepting. Emotional. Allow more femininity and softness into my life…….IT IS HARD!  I guess I can start by giving myself some ‘cred.  I have come a long way and really eased up on myself in many aspects of my life.  One example?  Being able to walk away from things at work. Not worrying about others opinions and following what I feel is right and true has really given me peace.

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Read about diffusing your own conflicts at work here .

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Wow. How powerful is this?

THREE

BOOKS!

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Loved it!

This and this

 

Hated it!

#annoyed

 

FOUR

This looks amazing!! Perfect summer dessert

FIVE

24.  The number of days until the last day of school

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4.  The number of weeks until my parents set off for Alaska

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0 – the number of wake up’s until Tina’s birthday (Happy Birthday!!!)

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5  the number of coffee’s I drank today…#stillnotawake

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2  days to relax

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8  the number of hours I plan to sleep…..

 

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7-Up Saturday

 

Happy Saturday Coffee Chalkers’!  This week has been long and draining, so the fact that I allowed (and listened) to my body and slept until 7 am this morning FELT SO GREAT!

 

Life is a struggle for us all. We all have our issues and anxieties to get through each day.  We ultimately need to worry and care about ourselves first, although we have been conditioned since birth to feel “wrong” about that.

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So I want to share 7 things I am passionate about this week. What are your 7?

 

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Society sucks.   The pressure we deal with on a daily basis is exhausting and overwhelming.  Every article we see and read tells us how to become the perfect mother, perfect friend, excellent employee. How to have the flattest abs, jiggle-free butt, cellulite free perfection.  Grow our hair, color it , dye it the latest style.  Purchase make up and concelear to hide our flaws.  Join gyms and purchase meal plans to CHANGE us….It is exhausting. Especially when you are in recovery (and who isnt?)  So it was refreshing and inspiring to see this article today, about why diets really do not work.  

 

Our bodies have a natural set point that they want to be and need to be at.  When we try to change and alter this, we do more damage than good, and end up being miserable!  As a teacher, I already see my students struggle with body image and it makes me sad and want to scream. I also realize that not everyone is ready to accept this and has to learn on their own, as I am and continue to do!  Anyway, check out this article!

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Oh man.  I have 2 or 3 exciting ideas about trips and treks for the next year.  The end of August already is devoted to a few days in nature. Hiking, biking, fishing, reading and relaxing on Lake Champlain in VT.  I found a quaint little water front cabin and I am super excited to relax before beginning the new school year!

 

Costa Rica

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– yes, thats right. I am looking into spending a few days helping to revitalize a school in Costa Rica,

as well as some adventure for me (surf, hike, yoga, oh MY)  Costa Rica has long called my name. And because monkeys……..

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Native to the forests of Costa Rica are the threatened Central American Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri oerstedii), the White-faced Capuchin (Cebus capucinus), the Mantled Howler Monkey (Alouatta palliata) and the endangered Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey(Ateles geoffroyi).

I feel like this opportunity was meant for me. All the things I love (helping others, yoga, adventures, great food) plus the timing is perfect…to be determined…

 

Trekking in Nepal.  

Image result for trekking in nepalHUGE shout out to my uncle for finding this!  I have been doing my research and an Everest trek in Nepal sounds like such an amazing, spiritual and cultural opportunity…..Definitely a tick on my bucket list!

Top 12 trekking trips in Nepal

 

Dirty Dancing festival

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 Thats to my cousin Jo for mentioning this, I may actually DO It ! Oh man…a lifting competition….in the lake……….

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“I carried a watermelon”

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Decisions, decsions!  

 

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Books.  I have been reading some really incredbile and different books lately! Not my usual picks but enjoying!  See I can handle change! (Change is SO difficult for me!)

A Walk in the Woods:  I am about ¾ through this book and am loving it!  The only downside is the fat shaming in the book. Several jabs at overweight people. That they are not equal, good enough, and many other nasty judgements.  I understand it is lighthearted and in good fun, but just not necessary.  No wonder our culture continues to bash fat.  We all have it and need it and its sad that we feel we need to put others down.

Anyway, the book has taught me SO much about the Appalacian trial, which I hope to backpack parts of in the near future.  Lions and tigers and ……….BEARS oh my!

Wrong Beach Island by Jane Kelly.  This book choice was for a book club I am in. One of the challenges was to find a book written within 100 miles of your location.  I wanted to read a book about the beach. A local beach. Long beach Island.  I happend to come across local author Jane kelly and since I like suspense and mystery AND LBI, I thought , why not!

Ok.  So I went in not expecting much.  Basically my expectations were met.  It was fluff. It was a beach read. It was light. It was ridiculous, yet it mentioned SO many familiar places (LBI, Loveladies, harvey Cedars, Cherry Hill Rt 38,, Joe Pops)  For those reasons alone it was worth it.

2 out of 5 stars.

FOUR

Just a few of the books on my current TO READ list:

Eight Bullets: The lesbian victim of a violent hate crime that left her seriously wounded and her partner dead is the story of family and community, the medical system, the police and courts, and the media–and of one woman’s incredible courage. Simultaneous. IP.

The Handmaid’s Tale:  Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now..

I Let You Go:  In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.

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Did you know that PA is considered the crappiest Appalachian Trail hiking area? Ha, figures! I can’t and won’t complain. I have never been disappointed.  So why the bad rap?

Due to the expansion and then retreat of glaciers thousands of years ago, much of the Appalachian Trial in PA consists of………rocks!  The rocks and boulders are crazy.  Some are sharp, jagged, slippery, loose.  Great, supportive hiking boots are needed as well as confidence and balance!  Last weekend I twisted my ankle a few times and caught myself in a near panic. Very easy to do with the massive boulders surrounding you!  Luckily I rested and my ankle is feeling much better!

However, I have only really ever hiked the AT trail in PA (so far) So I am setting myself up for some joyous trails ahead! I am going to be well prepared with some strong ankles!  Here are a few pictures from my last hike

 

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Movies.  Those who know me, know that I am not a big movie/television watcher. HOWEVER, if I read the book, I usually see the movie.  I think it’s fun and love comparing the two.

About a year ago I read “The Circle”. I like/hated the book.  It drove me nuts, and I felt myself wanting to strangle the main character, Mae, for most of the book. By the end, I wanted to (or actually may have) thrown the book against the wall.

Well. Some things never change. This is exactly how I felt during the movie. I wanted to jump out of my (comfy, reclining seat) and run as fast as I could. The relationships in the movie (and book) were very awkward and uncomfortable and did not feel authentic.

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So I barely made it through the movie. If it weren’t for those comfy seats, I would have darted much sooner

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I would like to take my mom to see “Snatched” for Mother’s Day weekend! 

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Seven

Two of my favorite things. Together ❤

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This Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cake recipe is a showstopper! Layers of homemade carrot cake, a cheesecake center and it's all topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting!

 

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Friday Five

Sunny day, warm AND Friday! Wow life is good!  Five great things from my week:

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This book is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Attached.

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I first heard it mentioned by blogger, Maddy Moon, Whether you are in a relationship or not, I highly recommend reading it!  It dives into the different attachment styles (anxious, avoidant or secure), how we interact and handle our relationships, as well as some great tips to make things better for yourself AND your relationships.  I love being able to look back at my relationships and pin point so many different things!  Definitely eye opening! It can help you if you are currently in a relationship (new or old) OR if you are searching for someone you can tolerate 🙂

Which one are you?

  • ANXIOUS people are often preoccupied with their relationships and tend to worry about their partner’s ability to love them back
  • AVOIDANT people equate intimacy with a loss of independence and constantly try to minimize closeness.
  • SECURE people feel comfortable with intimacy and are usually warm and loving

    Take the quiz to find out (and comment below!)

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Hiking

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I am super excited that I am going hiking tomorrow!! I am headed out for my longest hike yet, a bit nervous but also excited for the view!!  Supposedly one of the most scenic hikes in PA!

This hike from Lehigh Gap to Bake Oven Knob is one of the more scenic in the state, although the scenery varies considerably – from hawks floating on mountain updrafts to the stark and stunted landscape caused by a century of zinc mining and smelting at Lehigh Gap. At the top of the Blue Mountain ridge, where Bake Oven Knob Road intersects the AT, the trail passes through Pennsylvania Game Commission parking lots and onto a rocky mountain road impassable by any vehicle this side of a military Humvee. Sandstone and quartzite rocks are the obstacles, and the trail climbs through piles of them.

I really need some hiking gear!

Love this ** Trekkie Shortie | Athleta:

 

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Summer dresses

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Oh how I have missed these ! This week I wore dresses TWICE to work!! It was so comfy and amazing, although my white legs probably caused a scare.  I forgot how much I love the ease and comfort of dresses!

Dress

Sailing anyone?

cute and comfy

Another BLUE

love love love

so pretty

I would LOVE to have somewhere fancy to wear this to

ps- shoes, are another thing…..I have some major blisters from heels!! I think my feet have become SUPER sensitive over the years. Any slight change and I get blisters!

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Yoga. My practice. My leg. Me.  All of these things are getting SO much stronger!! I love it and I love that my leg (tore my hamstring a few years back) is finally starting to feel good and strong again!

 

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Social media “Diet” 

Yes!