Other than retrospective posts about where Jonny and I have traveled, I want to share things about my day-to-day life with you. I keep thinking about the best way to do that — where do I start? — and settling on nothing. It’s a struggle for my voice and my footing, grounding myself at a certain point and just going. So, without a well-crafted transition…
I feel like I’ve spent the past two years trying to put all of the pieces of our lives together, and that stress resulted in me having an emotional breakdown in Walmart last week.
Day One Recap: Lots of rain, lots of crankiness, and the best cheeseburger I’ve ever had. (Read Part One for the whole story.)
Day Two, Friday, 14 July 2017: We got up bright and early to go to the park office, claimed a “first come, first served” spot that we could keep for the rest of our stay, and proceeded to move our stuff. It sounds like a huge hassle (taking down the damp tent, packing it all into the car, unpacking it, and reassembling the still-damp tent on a new site a mile away), but it really wasn’t that bad. We had it all figured out by 10 am (ish).
Jonny and I live in the southeast section of Michigan — driving distance to Detroit, Port Huron, 7+ malls, multiple beaches, 10+ supermarkets, and approximately 8,000 fast food establishments. We’re used to accessing everything (except for healthcare, immigration information, and Raising Cane’s) with relative ease. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is over 300 miles north, across a 5-mile bridge, and lacking easy access to everything. It’s beautiful, it’s bizarre, and it’s the closest to being Bear Grylls I’ve ever felt.
For my 25th birthday, I decided to take us camping in the U.P. for a change of pace, some quality time, and new sights. Though I was born and raised in Michigan, I’d never been to the U.P. Jonny, who has only lived in the States for 10 months, obviously hadn’t been either. (I should also point out here that Jonny does not like camping.)
A Facebook friend of mine posted about her new method for handling her anxiety levels, routines, and to-do lists. Through organizing my priorities and detailing my tasks, and sorting them into a simple task tracker, I hope to turn her idea into something that helps with my own anxiety (which has been at high levels for a few weeks). It’s too easy to get caught up in all of the things I didn’t accomplish in a day, and I think tracking my tasks will help me focus on the fact that I can and do get things done.
–Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
This Peace Talisman from Gypsy and The Hatter is gorgeous! It is one of three available from the mother and son shop based in Ohio. The other two, Love and Growth, are not yet part of my collection. The Peace Talisman is meant to bring calmness and serenity with its lavender, amethyst, and silver leaf. Its four even sides represent the elements, the seasons, and the cardinal directions, bringing wholeness and balance.