My mom is big-time into sewing. She has a sewing business and sells her creations at gift shops on the island. She also loves to make quilts. I don’t have the sewing bug, mostly because it is so detail-oriented and requires so much concentration that I can’t do it for very long before feeling like… Continue reading Crafternoon!
The other day I went to Dollar General, which is pretty much the only chain store on the island, to buy conditioner for my hair. I needed a few toiletry items like chapstick and razors, but mostly I was excited to buy some new conditioner. I love getting some tropical scented hair products in the… Continue reading Finding Happiness through Contentment…
Every morning at 7:00 am, I go to the barn to feed the horses, and I go back around 6 pm to feed them dinner. To some people that might seem like a real drag, but it’s one of my favorite parts of the day, especially the mornings. Taking care of livestock is more rewarding… Continue reading Taking care of livestock keeps you grounded…
I think one of the chief temptations of the social media age is to get sucked in to social media (and media in general) and allow ourselves to feel that we are missing out. It’s easy to look at social media feeds and think that everyone else is living their ideal life. The phrase “living… Continue reading A good life…
When I lived in Atlanta, I was the queen of New Year’s resolutions. I would always have big projects I wanted to accomplish, trips I wanted to take, adventures I wanted to go on. I had two or three big goals, like hike 500 miles or do my first endurance ride on my horse, and… Continue reading A New Year of Contentment
I am especially thankful this Thanksgiving. We’ve been in our new home on Hatteras Island for almost 2 months. When I was trying to talk my husband into making this move, there was an unspoken fear inside of me that I would go through all the hassle and expense of moving, uprooting my life and… Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!
On Saturday morning my brother and I did an early morning paddle in the sound from my house to his house, about 3 miles. We could hear the surf pounding in the ocean, but the sound was slick calm and glassy. Even at the end of October, the temperature was in the 70’s and it… Continue reading Paddleboarding Hatteras
I’ve noticed that when you work really hard and go after something you want, when you finally get it, people will tell you that you’re lucky. What is luck, though, except hard work? I’m lucky to live at the beach, but that luck was made possible by showing up at work every day in Atlanta… Continue reading Luck or hard work?
When I lived in Atlanta and they were constantly throwing up new neighborhoods, it irked me to no end that they would come up with high falutin’ names for them that were basically a couple snotty sounding, unrelated words strung together, like Crestwood or Westhaven or Saddlebridge. I wondered if they had some website that… Continue reading It may not be perfect, but at least it’s real.
We’ve been in our new house exactly one week today. Moving into a fully furnished house has its benefits. Until the moving truck showed up with all our stuff, we felt like we were on vacation. Then the moving truck arrived and everything changed. We purged quite a bit before we moved, but we still… Continue reading What It’s Like to Downsize by Half