Where We Are Now: De Pere, Wisconsin

We’re off! We left this morning, on the way to our new life. The car was packed by 8:45AM and we were ready to walk out the door by 9AM. Scratch that, I was ready, hubby was in the bathroom. **eyeroll** haha.

This post is a new weekly (or so) blog post so that you can stay current we me and my hubby as we travel, work, and begin our new remote life. So much has been happening and we are busier than ever, more blessed than ever, and it starts now!

First stop, De Pere WI. We are staying in De Pere and visiting with Nick’s best friend and family for about a week. Him and Nick are going to the first Green Bay Packer football game tonight. (They are there now and the Packers won. What a game!)

For this week, there will be lots of time to play with his BFF’s kiddos and sit and visit with Nate and Jackie, his best friend and wife. We can’t wait to grill out and have some drinks and some laughs.

But first, I know you wonder what we’ve been up to since we left Florida. Well, we fell in love with WI all IMG_20180822_134600.jpgover again=) The summer weather has been perfect. We got to hike a lot, bike a lot, Nick golfed a lot, and we ate a lot, of beans!

My MIL has a small garden but a small amount of beans it did not produce, there were soIMG_20180729_085919_164 many fresh green beans to eat! My parents in law live in Central Wisconsin and there is everything imaginable to do for fun. We spent time with his brother and girlfriend, too and had dinners, lots of talks, and a round of mini golf. Around the area there are other events, giveaways, golf scrambles, open houses, and more. *family time*

In fact, just last night, we attended a dueling piano show. There was a huge raffle, singers, piano players, and someone even got out a trumpet. What a gas! (As my Dad would say, LOL.) Speaking of my Dad, he just happened to be working about an hour away from us, in a town named Pittsville, and we were able to see him and have dinner with him twice in these last couple of weeks. I loved that time with him, and little as it was, and can be these days, I will always be so thankful for it.

Speaking of family, we also took about a week to go see Nick’s extended family in Fargo, ND, and in Bemidji, MN. Mom and Dad drove the whole way so that Nick and I could work while on the road. That was so helpful and I hope we didn’t take too much advantage of the transportation situation, but we did get a lot of work done. (Thanks again Mom and Dad!)

And about traveling and visiting with family, I know it sounds like we were taking vacations, going to events, chilling, and simply living it up while we’ve been in WI, but IMG_20180825_085408_830the truth is, we worked a lot, too! I finished my latest book, Everything’s Better with Soup and Salad: Part Two, while we were at my in-laws. I wrote a ton of freelance work and did more edits this month than I ever have before. Such a busy work month for me. And for hubby!

Nick’s workload was pretty typical, but he also got out into the world, made some moves, and got some on-site experiences so that he could talk and write about new and fun stories to his readers. Want to know what he did? Of course you do!

Nick did a presentation on bitcoin at a rotary club meeting. His dad is a part of the club IMG_20180827_114538_1and asked him (persistently) to do a presentation. Me and mom helped push Nick to do the presentation, too. And for good reason! Nick is smart, knowledgeable, and did an amazing job explaining a hard to understand and very new to people concept. Way to go, Nick!

Nick also toured a cranberry bog and a ginseng farm, and took me along for the ride! It was awesome to see these things, not only growing but thriving in Central WI, a IMG_20180828_095113place known for both cranberries and ginseng. He talked business, and I talked fun, LOL. We got to try a cranberry, not fully ripened and picked right from the field. It tasted like an apple, not sour at all, a little sweet actually and less firm than an apple consistency but not in a mushy sort of way. We also got our first taste of ginseng via candy. It was different and good, and that’s saying a lot coming from me because I am not a huge candy lover.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you for now. September is busier than ever and filled with more visits with friends and family, fun WI events, and lots of work during the days.

Thanks for reading and make sure to stay tuned for more from our adventures. Happy Sunday!

 

Inspiration: Finding Old ‘Blogs’ From Before I was a Blogger

“As I’m sitting down Saturday early evening to write up a new recipe I created, I turned on a documentary to listen to. All the sudden a flash of “Yan Can Cook” is shown along with Julia Child and Emeril Lagasse. I think to myself, huh, I was just remembering old school cooking shows last night and thinking of Yan Can Cook on PBS or some network channel as a child.
As I continue to listen, the narrator starts talking about this man who is about to be introduced as a speaker and how he wrote several books, one of which is entitled “The Botany Of Desire.” At this point, I have a bit of a chill. With a slight turn on my chair, I glance at my bookshelf to see that book, a book I read in college English, a book my husband pulled out and placed on the bookshelf when we moved in, staring back at me. It’s almost eerie, almost chilling, when you seem to find yourself exactly in the place where you were meant to be. And in that moment, there is nothing to feel other than inspired.
My point is, sometimes in life you sit down or stand up to do something, and it just seems to click. It feels right. The stars align. The door opens. The universe points in that direction. Your past returns. You are reminded of a thought you just had the night before. Your doubts are hushed. Your time is rewarded. You feel like, “Yes, this is what I am meant to be doing right now.” And lastly, a sense of calm comes over you.
Whatever that thing is, whatever you started to do, DO IT! I believe in things happening for a reason, I believe in following your dreams and chasing after every last goal. If you love something, it will always be enjoyable.
When everything around you is pushing you towards something, do it. When your thoughts and actions fall into place, do it. When you have a want or wish, don’t wait, do it! Take your extra minutes, your day off, your ‘you time’ and work. Work hard. Work more. Work consistently. Don’t ever stop.
Just my thoughts for the day, now back to my show! XOXO”
I love that I found this and even more, what it says. I still agree with every word. Since, I’ve become a self-published cookbook author and write my own lifestyle blog. Along with the many other endeavors I spoke of recently.

So go and make your dreams come true. I’m telling you. You can! Happy Tuesday All=)

 

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Don’t Forget To Follow Your Dreams

Remember when you were little and all around you, you were told you could be whatever you wanted to be? Well, let me tell you something. You still can.

I’m not saying it’s easy and I’m not saying to go spend every last dollar you have, but please, don’t forget to get out there and live!

About a year ago I found myself in the middle of jobs and feeling a little frustrated. I needed to feed my soul, not just my bank account. So (with the help and support of my hubby,) I did.

I had already been blogging a bit and it came easy to me. I like to talk so I have a lot to downloadsay and rather then blab to Nick all day, I started writing and sharing. It wasn’t easy and it didn’t come right away, but soon I had secured my very first, remote, freelance writing position! I still write for this 80s website in which I started and will write about the 90s too, come this fall.

I find myself working four (part-time) positions, and I couldn’t feel better about it. You see, I never wanted (nor excelled) in a 40 hour work week, at the same job. I always preferred multiple endeavors (and income streams) and it turns out, nothing has changed.

But all the sudden. I work from home, with a schedule that’s mine to make, and (almost) more work then I know what to do with. And well this may not be your dream, I just want to encourage you to remember YOUR dream. And make it happen.

imagesHow do you do this? Well, you have to figure out what it is you want. What do you love to do? What do you do everyday, “work day” or not? What makes you smile? Laugh? What do you loathe? Dig deep and make sure to be honest with yourself.

Find ways to indulge your soul. Do more of what you love. Want a new job but don’t know where to start? Do something on your own, at home or whenever you have time, unpaid, and dive in. If you start a blog, make sure to post more than once a week. Want to become a personal trainer? Talk to someone at your gym and see what they have to say. You can further your education with free online courses (some even taught by Harvard!) Whatever you do, remember this is your life. Don’t waste it.

The thing is, for me, I laugh at myself. Why? Well, everyday, I like to write, cook, and workout. The weekdays are filled with this (and tapings.) But then, so are the weekends. I find myself always wanting to do these things whether it is a workday or weekend day. A holiday or vacation. For instance, I’m on a train in Norway, right now, on vacation. And what do I do? Write.

As for my other jobs, because I know you’re wondering, here you go.

  1. I write for LT80s (liketotally80s.) Like I said, it’s remote (from anywhere I want) and freelance, making it fit into my life, my way. Also, starting in the fall, I will be writing for the same boss for another website he’s procured, noduh90s. As an 80s baby and a 90s kid, both of these writing gigs are nostalgic and fun.
  2. I work as a mystery shopper for A Closer Look. This job is too fun, fully reimbursed, sometimes includes a bonus, and includes write offs. The company has “shops” all over the US and even into Canada. Taking in a great meal, visiting the dentist, or even having a drink at the bar are all things that you can do with this company. Love it.
  3. I work for Trust Review Network. This job sends me products (again, fully reimbursed) to try out and write a review on. If you share it, you make more money. If you tape yourself doing a video, you make more money. In a couple of months, if they are happy with my work, I will make more money. Pretty awesome, huh?
  4. I test recipes for HelloFresh. As a part of their taste makers program, I am sent recipes to test and try (most of which I already have the ingredients for as I am an avid foodie and cook) and then I complete a short, concise survey, and I’m done.

Oh, and did I forget my blog? I guess that’s five jobs. Not to mention I have written four self-published (mostly cookbooks) in the past year as well.

So, that’s that I guess. And the thing is, since starting vacation (a little over a week ago,) I have received next to no work emails, stressed phone calls, or anything. It has been over IMG_20170821_125717two years since both Nick and I have taken a non-work vacation, and it’s a true and honest vacation this time. What a blessing.

But here we are, on the train, working. Haha. Happy Monday!

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