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OH WHERE HAVE I BEEN

I have missed this space. I have missed writing and letting my feelings and thoughts flow onto the page. I cannot tell you how many times I have opened up this document and started to write a few sentences and then BOOM I am pulled in a different direction. It has been a long time AGAIN since I have taken the time to write here and just chit chat away. Work, life, and relationships take a priority these days and this space is last on the list. I want that to change...and it starts NOW!

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You would think that working from home I would have so much extra time to do all the things and that is exactly the exact opposite. But I am tired of making excuses, so I am holding myself accountable to commit to this space, because there is something inspiring, powerful, and releasing for me, when I write it down. It opens up more space for me emotionally, because sometimes I am just better at putting my thoughts into words. Let’s just get started and start the conversation…

I’m A Sucker For Quotes - I LOVE LOVE LOVE a good quote. I use them all the time for my Instagram posts, share them in my Instagram stories, I have quote books all over my desk. When I read a good quote and it resonates with me, I soak in all the goodness and let it sit and use it where I see fit.

Simple and straight to the point, this one spoke to me. At 40 years old, I can fully admit that I am still learning, growing, and changing. It can be scary AF, but embracing the changes physically, emotionally, and professionally is empowering. I can be VERY stubborn when it comes to change, but this year and new decade has already taught me so much already and I am just going with the flow, instead of fighting it.

My relationships and my career are bursting at the seams with positive energy and I believe this has happened because of my willingness to change, to ask for help, to communicate better, and most importantly to believe in my TRUTH and my GOALS.

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Giving Myself A Break - I am tired…I have been working my ASS OFF this Summer. It has been intense and it just is not slowing down. I am grateful for this workload and my clients, but goodness gracious the crazy world of social media just never ever STOPS. Between work, my own personal training, figuring out what the heck is going to happen with this brand and space, and travel, it has been just non-stop. We leave tomorrow for a getaway up to Wisconsin to see Shannon’s family and friends and I desperately need to give myself a break. I need to step away from the computer, the phone, and just REST. I am ready to be on the water without my phone and not to worry about posting. My brain and body need a break and I am going to gratefully give it just that.

I sometimes feel that in this space I repeat myself a lot and I probably do, because well sometimes we need to repeat ourselves to remind ourselves that we need to make changes to live better. RIGHT?! Oh hey there is that word CHANGE again…I will be the first to admit that some things I am willing to change and then others I have a hard time making a change…Work is one of them. But baby steps…I will eventually get there.

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Upcoming Blog Posts - Lately, I have had all these topics that I have wanted to discuss here and maybe that time away was necessary, so that they come naturally, when I am ready to write. There is nothing worse than trying to force something. The time away has allowed my ideas to come forward, so over the next few months or weeks we can chat about: 

  • How to get your gut and body back after a FUN Summer weekend! My good friend Lauren, who is a Holistic Nutritionist, published author, and recipe developer, will be doing a guest post to share her tricks of the trade. 

  • What is it like working from home?

  • Workouts - Because it has been WAY TOO LONG and it’s time to have some fun with these again!

  • What Keeps Me In My Power? What Takes Me Out of My Power? While listening to Sarah’spodcast at the gym, this was a topic that definitely spoke to me and I thought it would be a fun, educational, inspiring, and get to know me kind of post!

And FOOD Of Course - I love eating and talking about food, but I am no foodie stylist or recipe creator. My meals are easy, simple, and what works for me and my lifestyle. Do y’all have any interest in seeing what I eat? What kind of food posts do you want more of? Tell me in the comments, as I would love to hear from you.

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And that is it my friends! I am out of here…It is time to disconnect. It is time to enjoy the time away. It is time to rest. See y’all sooner than you think…Enjoy the Summer weekend! xoxo

DISCONNECTING WAS HARDER THAN I THOUGHT

OH HEYYYYY!!! I disappeared for a little bit, because well LIFE has been happening. Work has been insanely busy...We’ve been doing a lot of house stuff...I finally left the state of South Carolina...And my Mom actually came into town for a quick weekend. Plus it is SUMMER, so we should be busy and be outside and soaking up that sunshine and going on adventures. And honestly, blogging, just hasn’t been a top priority for me lately. If I am not feeling inspired or have anything to write in this space, I just don’t do it. No need for bull shit or to force something that isn’t REAL. I definitely get frustrated, when I don’t stick to my blogging schedule and I promise to write about ALL these topics, but then LIFE HAPPENS and I just can’t do it. There are other things that have to come first.

I don’t know why I have to explain myself, but I do, because I appreciate all of YOU who support me and read my posts, whenever the hell I am able to post. So now that I am done blabbing and I have had my “Thinking Out Loud” moment, why don’t we keep chatting...Okay? Great...Let’s do this…

A couple of weeks ago, we went to Wisconsin for a 4-day trip and we are heading back again on Friday. I had not been on a plane or a vacation in MONTHS. I was so so so READY for this. I felt like I was living Groundhog Day here in Charleston. It was the same thing every single flipping day. I was stuck in my routine. I was antsy. I was burnt out with work and training. It was time to escape. This was also the first trip that I was going on where I was going to have limited phone and Internet service...My first reaction was WTF...My second reaction was HALLELUJAH!!!

WISCONSIN LAKE LIFE

The weekend was AMAZING! We went to lots of parties. We ate all the food. We drank all the booze. We just lived in the moment and it was relaxing, refreshing, fun, and yes I was pretty exhausted by the end. I only posted a few times to Instagram stories and then by the last two days, I just stopped. I was able to text here and there, but mainly went off the grid. And the only time I opened my laptop was early Monday morning when we were leaving Wisconsin. I also “thought” I was going to take a full 4 days off from working out, but I didn’t. I did two 6 mile runs and one long walk. Why didn’t I take a break? I don’t know...I love to move my body...I am a better person when I sweat...And when I travel, I like to explore. Plus, the weather was amazing and when you are able to run on country roads surrounded by corn fields, with no music and no distractions...it was therapeutic. And after eating and drinking the food and booze, it felt good to sweat it out.

WISONCSIN LAKE LIFE

But let’s talk about DISCONNECTING for a hot minute...It was a lot harder than I thought! I love what I do and I do work 7 days a week. When I am home, on the weekends, I don’t work a full day, but I will typically work 2 - 3 hours total in the mornings and evenings, or whenever I get the urge to create and schedule posts. I like to be organized and have a clean inbox and schedule things, because, in the social media world, organization is KEY. At first, when I had no service I rejoiced...but by the end of the trip when I opened all my emails...FULL PANIC. The week after we got back I was playing catch up the whole entire week. I didn’t like that feeling.

As I prepare for another weekend away, I have already tried coming up with a plan of attack, so I don’t feel like I am drowning when I come back home on Tuesday. The goal is to go off the grid on Friday and Saturday and then reconnect on Sunday and Monday. I can spend hopefully at least two hours here and there to respond to emails; place orders; and take care of any fire drills. We’ll see if this actually happens, but for now, I have a plan. I know I sound like a control freak, but this is my business. 

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Do I wish I could fully go off the grid? HELL YEAH! But it just isn't in my nature...I like to work...I love my clients...My clients help me pay the bills. Since I control my schedule, I know that I have to set limits on how much I work, because just like everything else in life, it will lead to burn out and affect your life and lifestyle and relationships. I am also learning to let go of my control tendencies...Now that is definitely a work in progress...LOL!

Am I looking forward to going off the grid again? HELL YEAH! These quick weekend summer giveaways are so good for me, my body, my mind, and most importantly my relationship with Shannon. We both work so hard day in and day out and disconnecting is the best way for me to be present with him and us with each other. It is sad that our lives revolve around our phones and social media, but it is what is. Social Media is a business and it is my livelihood, so I just have to learn what works best for me, my life, my relationships, so that I can strive in BOTH. I am constantly learning, growing, and living and grateful for every moment of it. 

See y'all next week! 

Are you able to disconnect on a regular basis?

What's your longest "off the grid" moment?

#TryDry - A Product MUST When Traveling

*Disclosure: Post sponsored by Mirum Shopper but all opinions are my own.*

WAHOO! I got off the island for a jam-packed Halloween weekend in Boston! It was time to explore, shop, eat, drink, and enjoy the mainland for a few days. During the offseason, it is a MUST to get off the island as much as your schedule permits. It also helps to have friends who love to travel and can join the party! 

After taking the ferry and picking up the rental car, then taking the train into the city, there are always a couple of stops I like to make. Yes, that is the normal amount of travel required to get off Nantucket. That alone in itself is its own little adventure. My frequent stops when I make it to the mainland for quick weekend getaways are always: Dunkin Donuts, Trader Joes for snacks, and CVS for all my bathroom essentials. I love CVS and their selection has really improved over the past few years. I always stock up on: 

Besides being the perfect travel size, this Dove Dry Spray keeps me fresh, dry, and lasts 48 hours. When you travel by boat, car, and train on warm Fall days, I definitely need something that is going to hold up for long busy days of travel and adventures. It also helps that it smells good, goes on instantly dry, and there is no mess! No mess is KEY, because how annoying is it when you put on a deodorant and it sticks to your clothes, stains your clothes, and leaves you feeling just awkward. 

Make sure to click on the above and below images to learn more about these products and make sure to pick some up for you, your significant other, or anyone else in your family. The offer is good until November 5, 2016, so STOCK UP and take advantage of this deal. 

Even though it is definitely getting cooler and the days are getting shorter, there are still a few warm days left and you will be glad that you purchased these deodorants. I am glad that I was wearing my Dove Dry Spray on Sunday because it was warm in the city and we were walking around for hours, shopping, eating, drinking, and doing yoga poses in the middle of the historic streets because that is totally normal...Right? I smelled great, felt dry, and was comfortable all weekend long. Becuase the last thing I want to worry about is whether or not my deodorant is working when trying to enjoy a weekend away!

What is your favorite deodorant?

Do you have a list of places that you always stop by when traveling?

Currently This August...

How is it August already? And why do I start so many of my blog posts with how fast time disappears? But here we are...Halfway through the month and summer is rapidly coming to a close. Say it isn't so!!! Nothing major is happening here on Nantucket. I am just working away, training clients, teaching classes, and managing my social media accounts. But I am excited that I have a fun post to share with you and I have some good posts coming up. With this blog, I try not to force things. When I don't have things to share I don't, but when I do, it is going to be flipping good. So stay tuned...Because I can't wait. And on that note, here is what I'm "currently" all about this month...XOXO

Current Music: Country Music ALL summer long...But this one is definitely my favorite! 

Current Drink: Because coffee and water are boring to talk about. It is way more fun to talk about wine! #YesWayRose...My favorite summer wine this summer is rose! It is light, crisp, and with a little bit of sweetness, it just screams summer!

#yeswayrose

Current Food: Protein Pancakes with Peaches...I picked up 4 nectarines last week at the store and it was a good batch. So sweet, juicy, and delicious! I add half to the batter and top the pancake with the other half. 

Protein Pancakes with Nectarines

Current Obsession: I was recently sent a "Cruiser Tumbler" and a "Stein Water Bottle" thanks to Healthy Human and yes I am OBSESSED! I received these last week and have used both every day! The tumbler stays hot for 12 hours and the bottle for 24 hours. They are legit! I love the look, the feel, and they are perfect for #myACKtivelife! 

Current Craving: Summer LOVE! Even though summer is rapidly coming to a close, I would LOVE to fall head over heels smack on my face in LOVE! I think I am actually ready to finally share my relationship story because I am ready to move on. I need to put that beast to rest and it is time. It is going to be a hard piece, but I need to tell my story for myself and to inspire others.

Current Need: Nothing...I am pretty happy with everything that I have at this very moment!

Current Indulgence: The Fried Chicken Sandwich from the Wauwinet cured every craving I was having for a decadent and salty sandwich. It is so delicious and the view is just as good too! 

Current Confession: It is hard to keep up with blogging during the summer! It is almost like my brain is telling me GET OUTSIDE and ENJOY LIFE, it will be winter soon enough and you will have plenty of time to write! I have lots of great ideas for posts, but sitting down and writing them out has been a struggle. It is hard to do that when this is your backyard...

Nantucket Island

Current Quote: So much truth in this...When you learn to acknowledge your own personal bull shit and work through it, it is AMAZING how much you can grow both personally and professionally. It sucks to come to terms with the shit, but when you do, gosh darn it feels good to release it and move forward! 

Current Excitement: Seeing lots of friends and family who are coming to the island over the next couple of weeks, before the end of Summer! My childhood friend, her husband, and two kids will be here for 10 days and then Mom arrives the last weekend for 2 weeks! Slow down summer you are going to fast...

Current Mood: DETERMINED! The past week personally I have been dealing with some old demons. You know those pesky thoughts that come into your brain and then you realized you wasted too much time and energy on them. Those thoughts are freaking annoying! What did I do? I started writing in my journal again. I started taking a few extra moments to reflect, write, and put thoughts out on paper and move forward. 

What is currently going on in your life this month?