Twelve Months’ Adventures

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Today marks exactly one year since the start of my first big excursion: road-tripping up the California and Oregon coastlines to Seattle, the oldest city on my bucket list. In the twelve months since then, I’ve found ways to achieve so many of my personal goals that it’s almost hard to really understand why anybody would let their dreams go unrealized.

Your only excuse for not achieving your goals or fulfilling your dreams is exactly that – an excuse. If you really want to do it, then make it happen, do whatever it takes, set a specific timeline for yourself and don’t let anything or anyone stand in your way.

July 2016: Road-tripped up the West Coast from California through Portland to Seattle

August 2016: Solo-camped Big Sur

September 2016: Road-tripped from California to Texas via Las Vegas run-ins, the Grand Canyon, and Route 66

January 2017: Saw musicals on Broadway via Grand Central Station before pie in Brooklyn

April 2017: Ran around New England for libraries in Boston and lobster rolls in South Maine

May 2017: Solo-backpacked the United Kingdom for sights across the North Sea, the English Channel, the British countryside, and, best yet, the Doctor’s tenth regeneration in the flesh (swoon!)

July 2017: Road-tripped from Texas to baseball in Florida via watermelon on an Alabama church lawn and beignets in the French Quarter

Twelve cheers to what the next twelve months have in store! Do something for yourself.

If we were having coffee…

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Yummies at Uncommon Ground Coffee Roastery, in Cardiff. Cappuccino on point, and best heart-shaped cookie I’d had in a long time!

If we were having coffee, we’d be at a locally-owned coffeehouse, likely Cherrywood Coffeehouse if it was evening, or Radio Coffee & Beer if it was during the day. I’m actually enjoying iced coffee from Radio as I write! You’d know about me that I’m a little obsessed with supporting local businesses, especially those that turn around and support local art and music. Long live the local.

If we were having coffee, I’d TOTALLY be paying attention to everything you were saying! I’d just also totally be paying too much attention to what music was playing overhead… It’s a curse. My brain is eternally in tune to music around me, even if it’s barely in the background (apologies in advance!).

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about my upcoming road trip to Mobile! “Mobile?!” you’d say, “Alabama??… Why?” I’d snicker to myself while preparing my defense, and then attempt to describe why I want to go to Mobile. I’d end up having no legitimate answer other than, “It’s an excuse for a road trip!” and you’d shrug it off and remind me to take pictures. I’d invite you to road trip with me to Colorado to see Garrison Keillor in August, and we’d go back and forth for a minute or two before leaving the topic with no real commitment… Then, take another sip of our coffee while telepathically agreeing that last minute, spontaneous trips are the best trips, anyway.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about this great new community of bloggers that use an “If we were having coffee…” prompt to freely write about what’s on their minds! Like a way to reflect on the last few days, or maybe to anticipate what’s coming up next, or maybe notice something new about their personalities. I’d tell you about my lifelong struggle to write about what’s on my mind, and then tell you about how I wrote the fastest blog of my life when I wrote my first IWWHC blog. I’d pause… and wonder if using the same prompt every weekend like every other IWWHC blogger was a trend that I wanted to succumb to… and then I’d drop the thought, because you’d likely already be talking about something else while I was wondering what song was playing!