I Made An Investment In Me-Day 1,357 – Finding Joy in the Journey

Day 1,357 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Thursday – 7/22/2021

I made an investment in me this week.

I made an investment in me this week. Steve is grateful for this as well since I’ve been turning the AC down at night and freezing him out. First few nights of the Ooler have been good. Still trying to figure out exactly what temperature for the Ooler and for the house though, now I can be nice and cool while Steve can sleep at a normal temperature. Ha ha ha! Oh, the inventions they come up with!

I made an investment in me
https://www.chilisleep.com/

About “Finding Joy”

And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…

It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip.  Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core.  I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life.  And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents. 

I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life.  My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others. 

Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis.  It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.

I Love to Shop-Day 1,356 – Finding Joy in the Journey

Day 1,356 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Wednesday – 7/21/2021

I Love to Shop

I love to shop. Especially for fun and pretty things! It was a fun evening joining my friend Willie Diefenbach-jones on a shopping trip for the perfect purse! It was nice to catch up and I don’t think there was a full minute where we ever stopped talking. Ha ha ha!

I’ve found that over the past year, I am more into buying unique and special purchases then just buying a lot of stuff (unless you put me in an Athleta store or on their website!). I Love to Shop and I like to find an awesome pair of shoes, designer purse or something that I will treasure now and into the future.

I Love to Shop

About “Finding Joy”

And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…

It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip.  Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core.  I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life.  And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents. 

I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life.  My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others. 

Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis.  It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.

It Wasn’t Supposed to Rain-Day 1,355 – Finding Joy in the Journey

Day 1,355 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Tuesday – 7/20/2021

It Wasn’t Supposed to Rain

It wasn’t supposed to rain. I checked the weather before Steve, and I headed out on a morning walk. It wasn’t supposed to rain though half way through our walk, it started to sprinkle and then rain a little harder. I was yelling at the sky – “okay we’ve had enough!” Like that would really help.

It may sound odd, though it felt like the sky was crying. It felt a little from sadness and also tears of joy. Before we headed out on our walk, I was working on a chapter of my book titled Choices. There are some choices we make that are life-defining no matter which way we go. In those choices, there are times when we follow our inner voice though it’s not what the world, family or friends would choose for us.

The rain was cleansing as it felt like it was saying “It’s okay to be you. It’s okay to not do what everyone else thinks you should. Embrace and love you.”

I checked the weather before Steve, and I headed out on a morning walk. It wasn't supposed to rain

About “Finding Joy”

And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…

It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip.  Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core.  I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life.  And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents. 

I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life.  My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others. 

Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis.  It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.

I Love to Travel-Day 1,354 – Finding Joy in the Journey

Day 1,354 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Monday – 7/19/2021

I Love to Travel

I love to travel. I always have. It’s nice after so little travel in the last 20 months to be off traveling again. Though there is also a piece of me that loves the routine I have when I am home. I admire the people with the discipline to do all of the things on the road like they do at home. I could have that discipline though have chosen that when I go away, it’s a break from the routine. My days just look different when I’m gone. Though when I got back to my home office to start my week with personal development routine it brought a smile to my face.

I love both the travel and the routine. Though what I love more is the balance between them. Not all work, not all play though finding a balance of both in my life.

I Love to Travel

About “Finding Joy”

And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…

It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip.  Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core.  I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life.  And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents. 

I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life.  My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others. 

Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis.  It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.

A Fantastic Weekend in Chicago-Day 1,353 – Finding Joy in the Journey

Day 1,353 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Sunday – 7/18/2021

What a fantastic weekend in Chicago.

What a fantastic weekend in Chicago. It was our first family event since Steve moved to the US. I’m so happy we were both able to spend a wonderful time with my family this weekend. I feel blessed to have such an amazing family. I loved how my husband fit in and look forward to our next family get together. It was definitely a whirlwind of a weekend!

What a fantastic weekend in Chicago. It was our first family event since Steve moved to the US.

About “Finding Joy”

And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…

It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip.  Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core.  I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life.  And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents. 

I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life.  My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others. 

Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis.  It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.

What a Beautiful Day Day 1,352 – Finding Joy in the Journey

Day 1,352 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Saturday – 7/17/2021

Congrats and best wishes Sierra & Reed

What a beautiful day to see my nephew Reed marry the love of his life! We are excited to officially welcome Sierra into our family. They are a beautiful couple and I loved having them in Houston for a couple of years and really getting to know Sierra. The wedding was absolutely lovely and so glad they finally were able to have this special day. Congrats and best wishes Sierra & Reed!

What a beautiful day to see my nephew Reed marry the love of his life

About “Finding Joy”

And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…

It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip.  Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core.  I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life.  And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents. 

I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life.  My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others. 

Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis.  It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.

I Never Thought a Cab Ride-Day 1,351 – Finding Joy in the Journey

Day 1,351 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Friday – 7/16/2021

I never thought a cab ride could be so much fun

I never thought a cab ride could be so much fun! Lou has a unique take on his cab…it’s a karaoke cab. As he drives you back to your destination, you get to belt out the tunes. As Steve said our 6-block cab ride, turned into 12 miles driving around downtown Chicago while we sang some of our favorites…Jack & Diane, Sweet Caroline, Livin’ on a Prayer and five or six more. What a great way to end the night after a lovely rehearsal dinner.

I never thought a cab ride could be so much fun! Lou has a unique take on his cab

About “Finding Joy”

And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…

It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip.  Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core.  I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life.  And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents. 

I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life.  My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others. 

Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis.  It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.

Enjoying Chicago Day 1,350 – Finding Joy in the Journey

Day 1,350 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Thursday – 7/15/2021

Enjoying Chicago with Steve

Enjoying Chicago with Steve! Shopping the magnificent mile, walking and having drinks on the Chicago River walk and a great dinner with family and friends. We talked about how lucky we have been to visit so many great cities! And now Chicago is on that list too!

About “Finding Joy”

And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…

It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip.  Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core.  I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life.  And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents. 

I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life.  My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others. 

Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis.  It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.

Five Days in Chicago-Day 1,349 – Finding Joy in the Journey

Day 1,349 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Wednesday – 7/14/2021

Five Days in Chicago

It’s so wonderful to be spending five days in Chicago and showing it to Steve for the first time. This city holds wonderful memories for me.

It was the first big city I was ever introduced to growing up 3 hours away in Northeast Indiana. We would come for school trips to go to the museums. I was able to spend a few days here on a Gifted and Talented trip in Junior High. (On the way home from that trip was the first time I visited Notre Dame!)

I would come in December for many years with my parents. We would stay at the Hyatt and do Christmas shopping at Marshall Fields and on the Miracle Mile. So many great memories. We even spent one New Year’s Eve here!

The last time I really spent time downtown time was a mom and sisters trip several years ago. We shopped, went to a Cubs game, and ate and drank well. Such great memories!

It makes me miss my parents. I know they would have loved being at Reed and Sierra’s wedding this weekend.

Though time marches on and new memories are created. I am excited to be sharing this city of memories with Steve as we make new ones this weekend!

 Five Days in Chicago

About “Finding Joy”

And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…

It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip.  Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core.  I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life.  And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents. 

I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life.  My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others. 

Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis.  It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.

I Pass By-Day 1,348 – Finding Joy in the Journey

Day 1,348 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Tuesday – 7/13/2021

I Pass By This Construction Site

I pass by this construction site when I take my walks. The sunflowers and other flowers have recently appeared above the fence. Even though the project is not done, the beauty of the flowers caught my eye, so I took a couple of photos.

As I look back at the photos, the shadow of the fence caught my attention. It reminded me of the walls I had built in my life. There was beauty behind those walls, though for a long time I was scared to tear them down and let the real me shine through.

Embracing ourselves and showing our vulnerability is when the walls come down and our beauty is set free.

I pass by this construction site when I take my walks. The sunflowers and other flowers have recently appeared above the fence.

About “Finding Joy”

And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…

It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip.  Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core.  I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life.  And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents. 

I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life.  My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others. 

Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis.  It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.