Don’t blink! Because I feel like if you do, it will be Christmas.
Even though, I titled this post “Mid-Summer Thoughts,” I know that TECHNICALLY we’re much closer to the official beginning of summer than the official end. But, in all seriousness, these days and weeks are flying by. I know it sounds so cliche to say, but I don’t know any other way to put it right now. We leave on our trip this Sunday and will be gone until the first week in August. After that it will only be a few weeks until the world is consumed with pumpkin-flavored everything and then a couple weeks after that Cecilia has her first day of pre-school. And, I always feel like once September hits we’re moving on a fast highway toward the end of the year.
Lately, I’ve been busy with finishing up my Stroller Strides instructor training and prepping for our trip, so the new posts here have been few and far between. I don’t like when that happens and hope to change all of that once we get back from our travels. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram to keep up with our Italian adventure!
Until then, send safe travel thoughts our way and read on for a little bit more about our life lately.
Wishing – My house would clean itself and someone would come pack for me. Any takers????
Reading – From my summer reading list. I’m currently on Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.
Watching – My old Netflix standbys – The West Wing and Gilmore Girls. In Bravo world, I’m watching Real Housewives of New York (which has been totally boring, so far), Real Housewives of Orange County (it just started, but I think it’s going to be good this season) and I totally got sucked into to the last few episodes of Southern Charm, so now I’m hooked on their reunion episodes.
Deciding – What places to visit during the DC leg of our trip. Let me know if you have any suggestions!
Cooking – A ton! I’ve found a few new cookbooks and blogs I really love and promise to share more about them soon!
Hoping – For smooth travels.
Changing – Career directions. I never thought I’d be someone who had multiple careers in their lifetime. When I was in school, I was so set on what I wanted to do for a living, that I never thought about doing anything else. After grad school, I had a great job in healthcare public and community relations for five years. I quit that job to follow my passion for cooking and managed the cooking school and taught cooking classes full-time for over two years until I had Cecilia. After she was born, I decided not to return to work and have been working on this site as my full-time job since. Now, I just wrapped up my instructor training with Fit4Mom and I’m headed off in another direction again. While they all may seem so different, I think what the changes show is that I always follow my passion. Each of the three have been based in teaching others about something I love and providing them with tools to help better their lives and their health. Like I said, I never thought I’d be 35 and on another career path again, but each of my jobs has brought me a sense of happiness and has been what I’ve been destined to do in each stage of my life thus far.
Dreaming – Of Fall. I know this sounds ridiculous because at the beginning of this post I was complaining about how the year was going by so fast and here I am jumping the gun on dreaming about Fall. I can’t help it, though, it’s my favorite season and, when the time comes, I’m going to be so happy to open my decorations box, get a whiff of all my pumpkin candles and splatter my house with hues of orange, red and brown.
Struggling – With not procrastinating (see above where I asked for someone to come clean my house and pack for me).
Listening – To The West Wing Weekly podcast. I really love it and highly recommend it to any fans of the show.
Trying – Hand lettering. If you saw my Instagram stories last week, you know that I’ve been spending my time procrastinating by practicing hand lettering. I bought a couple of books and some pens on Amazon and I’ve been going to town. I’ve done a great job at making individual letters look nice, but OMG, writing out actual words and connecting those letters is TOUGH.
Loving – Cecilia’s constant dancing and singing. OMG, my girl is AHHHH-MAZING at both things. For real, I could watch and listen to her all day.
Wanting – To start going on solo runs again. I got some great solo runs in leading up to Bay to Breakers and started to miss that time to myself this week. Hoping to squeeze some in again soon!
Feeling – Anxious about our trip. Of course, I’m incredibly excited about it, too, but we have a long flight between San Francisco and Germany that is giving me major anxiety in terms of how Cecilia will do. Again, please send safe and smooth travel thoughts to us this weekend!