Born to Wander.

I’m a born traveler. I used to annoy my parents to no end when I was a kid because I never wanted to stay home. I’m very fortunate to have had more opportunities than most young people. And as an adult I’ve tried to take advantage of any chances I’ve had to go anywhere new.

I don’t mind flying. Buses are fine. Trains are kinda cool. I’m down for a cross county road trip *whenever.* Boats? You *know* I love life on the high sea!

This was a busy summer for travel and me. I went to Nashville for Beachbody Summit, which is a new state and city for me! I went back to SF to see dear friends get married. And I spent 3 whole weeks back in Maine, with family, friends, new friends and lots of cats.

I’m incredibly fortunate to be able to do this travel, I don’t take it for granted for a second. My manager at Starbucks let me fly the coop for an extended period of time, and my job as a Team Beachbody Coach let’s me do the good work that I’m passionate about anywhere. I imagine a time when I can do even more travel, even more connecting in person, even more sweating with the people I care most about.

Wifi is my best friend. The world is a small place because we can keep in touch about the fun things we do and stay on track with our health and fitness goals. The world is also a BIG place. Flying over looking down below makes me want to see it all.

If I get the window seat, I'm happy!

If I get the window seat, I’m happy!

I’m Glad I’m a Grown-Up: February’s Last Thought

I loved college.  I grabbed a hold of that experience, held on and wrung out every bit of fun that was possible for years – including summer sessions.  Even better than college was AFTER college.  After a year of living for the weekend (and going back to college) on a small island, I spent 5 years living in Maine’s largest city, being a bar district regular, and reigning as the Princess of Portland.

I physically moved on.  I ended up living in a couple large cities, and I’ve had a fun time in my 30s. I didn’t rip it up like the 20s, but it was pretty great. Sure, my alcohol tolerance isn’t what it was, my feet couldn’t take a whole night of dancing, and I called a cab instead of walking home.  My husband has told me, repeatedly, that I’m living in the past, too obsessed with college and my 20s.

I admit, I still keep in touch with friends I’ve had from those times.  We have more than enough #tbt dirt on each other.  Unfortunately we’ve also bonded over the loss of some of our mutual friends – taken from us much too young.  I go home usually once a year to see my parents.  My trips end up including visits with friends and my favorite places.  I like to watch what some people think of as “teen” shows.  But, honestly, either I watch because I like the actors playing the parents, or it’s about vampires.

Not bad.

Not bad.

It doesn’t hurt that I still can pass for being in my 20s.  I love getting carded.  I feel better than I did when I was in my 20s.  I’ve mastered dressing better and I’ve rehabbed the mistakes I made in over plucking my eyebrows.  I have some really awesome jewelry now including 3 wedding rings.

After a conversation on Twitter with a friend from college I came to the realization that without seeing it happen – I grew up. Despite my husband’s protests, my love of 90s music, and the fact that I get off the airplane in Portland and go straight to Margaritas – I’m a grown up and I’m okay with it.

I don’t miss the craziness and uncertainty of that time in my life.  I’m glad I no longer am drawn to drama.  I’m happy with who I am.  I like things about myself, even when I’m striving to improve them.  I have advice to offer women younger than me, because there is a lot of thing I wish I had know when I was in that spot.  I don’t envy the young anymore, I just want to see them have an awesome life and enjoy themselves as much as I do.

It doesn’t bother me that my doctor, hair stylist and boss are younger than me.  I don’t view age as a peg of authority anymore, I now see it as expertise and accomplishment – and we aren’t all going to have the same at any age.

I looked up to women my current age when I was in my 20s as surrogate big sisters and I hope others do the same with me now.  But I dreaded getting older and growing up even if it made me like those women.  I didn’t want to get boring!

I’m not boring.  I love my life and every experience I’ve had.  I’m looking forward to the ones I’m going to have.  I might end up with gray hairs and some wrinkles, but it’s going to be okay when it happens.

Friend Makin’ Mondays: My Community

I’m dealing with some major exhaustion today! I’m considering getting another B-6/B-12 injection this week to see if it perks me up. What do you think about vitamin injections? I’m pretty much at the point right now where I’ll try anything!

Here we go.

FMM

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My Community

1. Where were you born? Did you grow up there? I was born in Bangor, Maine. I grew up in a very small town called Glenburn right outside of Bangor. When I say small, I mean it. We don’t have a stoplight. There is no proper name for my town on Google Maps. I went to high school in Bangor, so I always identify with the city more anyway.

2. Tell us about your favorite spot in your city. I live in San Diego now. It’s as fabulous as you’ve heard. I think my favorite spot is San Elijo State Beach. It was the first beach we went to play at. We live near there now and go there to run and walk. We go there to splash around and connect with the water. It also has KILLER stairs to get up and down.

Up and down the stairs gets tiring!

Up and down the stairs gets tiring!

3. Do you volunteer for any organizations? If so, will you tell us about it? I’m a very proud Alpha Phi, which is a international women’s fraternity. Yes, I’m a sorority girl. I’m the President of the alumnae group here and have been active for 4 years. I’ve also been a part of the San Diego Alumnae Panhellenic, which is a group made up of women from a bunch of different sororities. SDAP gives away merit scholarships to young women in the area and it’s a great way to give back, show the public what being in a sorority is all about.

Alpha Phis and friends at the SD Padres!

Alpha Phis and friends at the SD Padres!

4. Tell us about your favorite local restaurant. I love Rosanna’s Pasta Shop. I only allow myself to go there once a week, otherwise I’d eat every lunch there, get sick of it, or send myself in to a binge-a-thon. It’s a charming family-run restaurant owned by an Italian-American family who hails from Venice. They make the best sandwiches outside of Maine. Their homemade pasta is amazing – to eat there or to take home and cook yourself.

5. Has your city ever experienced tragedy? If so, how did it recover? San Diego has wild fires every few years. I haven’t seen one yet, and I’m thankful. There’s no getting away from the fire, you just have to get safe and rebuild.

6. Share at least one unique thing about your neighborhood. My little corner of the neighborhood used to be mobster territory! All the homes around my complex look kind of imposing, well, there’s a good reason for those big thick walls. In the 70’s this is where mobsters went to their vacation homes.

This is my condo complex.  With tennis courts on top of the parking garage!

This is my condo complex. With tennis courts on top of the parking garage!

7. If you could do one small thing to change your community, what would you do? I’d like to see more EV stations so that people with electric cars could better utilize them. There’s definitely a growing trend around here for electric cars!

8. The Powerball is currently up to 400 million dollars. Would you move to a different place if you won? No. I pretty much live in paradise. I’m lucky to live here. BEYOND lucky. Powerball would let me visit other places, but San Diego is where it’s at.

Friend Makin’ Mondays: 10 Things That Make Me Happy

Yes, it is Wednesday, not Monday. But I want to make sure I blog more, so I’m going to jump in! I’ve been off Paleo, and I think I see more of what it offered me off it than I did when I was on. I never felt that different as I was on it, but I think any changes were too gradual. Being off it has been different. I haven’t gotten back on the horse completely, but I’m getting there.

FMM

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Ten Things That Make Me Happy

1. Tiffany & Co. I love Tiffany blue so much I painted my bedroom that color. I love Tiffany jewelry. My husband bought my engagement ring there because I told him how the diamonds sparkled differently. Sure, it’s expensive, but not only are the styles timeless, they are just a little bit quirky. Enough to make them awesomely original. Every time I go to a new Tiffany store, I go get my rings cleaned. And they are really nice to me, even though my rings aren’t giant by any means.

Freshly painted room!

Freshly painted room!

2. My cat, Tess. She’s the best. She’s my constant companion. She’s a mini me. She’s a diva. She’s trouble. She’s my daughter. I can’t even begin to tell you how much she means to me.

The cutest kitty.

The cutest kitty.

3. Alpha Phi. I’m not only a proud member, I’m happy to be serving at San Diego’s Alumnae Chapter President. This organization has given me so much as a college student and as an alum.

My Alpha Phi sister Jen and I this year at our chapter's 50th anniversary celebration.

My Alpha Phi sister Jen and I this year at our chapter’s 50th anniversary celebration.

4. Lifting heavy weight. I get a special kick out of really killing the heavy lifting days. I’m not fast, I’m not coordinated, I’m not graceful, but I’m really, really strong.

5. Tennis. I’m so happy on the court. I have no idea why I don’t play more often.

6. Being home in Maine. I love California, truly. But I’m so happy when I’m at home in Maine. I miss my parents and I feel very connected with myself when I’m there.

Hanging out our lake house this year.

Hanging out our lake house this year.

7. The ocean. I’ve always loved it. It never fails to calm me down when I’m anxious. I don’t think I could ever live far away from it again.

8. Music. I’m not talented at all when it comes to music, but I love to listen to it, and I love that it makes me feel things.

9. Friends. I’m lucky to have great people in my life. I thought my college friends were the best, and they are. I learned how to keep surrounding myself with the best people. My San Diego friends are my urban family.

Here we are at Club 33!

Here we are at Club 33!

10. Last but not least, my husband! We’re currently living in a commuting situation at 2 different parts of the state, but we’re making it work. He’s my best friend, my partner in crime, the person I trust the most in the world, the guy that drives me crazy in every possible way. Going on 12 years together, it has yet to nearly get boring.

This is after our bachelor/bachelorette parties in Las Vegas.  We met back up and I harassed him just a little bit.

This is after our bachelor/bachelorette parties in Las Vegas. We met back up and I harassed him just a little bit.