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25 Goals: Second Quarter Update + “Rock Your 2017 Goals” Workbook

I can't believe it's already time for my second quarter update! This year is flying by so fast! But when I went through all my goals this year, I've found I'm making pretty great progress! I think it helps to have the goals at the front of my bullet journal for easy reference. It's a fast reminder to keep pushing forward and make daily progress. How are your 2017 goals going? Ready for a revamp? I've created this awesome Rock Your 2017 Goals workbook to help you plan and accomplish your goals this coming year. Sign up below to get FREE access. 1. Become a regular at a local cafe or lunch spot in Marburg, Germany. At Paprika, I [...]

By | 2017-04-21T00:49:50+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Books, Education, Goals, My Journey, Travel|11 Comments

The Importance of Dreaming Big

Originally published as a guest post on Talk Less, Say More. “I want to be a doctor, a ballerina, and a house-builder.” At my kindergarten graduation, this was my answer to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As kids, we know how to dream big, don’t we? But it seems like somewhere along the way between high school and college and needing a job that will pay the rent, we seem to forget those big dream. Instead of setting our eyes on the horizon, we set our eyes on the weekend to the time when we can binge-watch our current Netflix obsession. Don’t get me wrong, we need time to relax and unwind. But [...]

Book Launch Breakdown

So before I launched my first novel, Sketchy Tacos, I had no idea what went into a book launch. For a long time, I harbored visions of the good old days when all an author had to do was write the book. Then the publishing machine would take the pretty book and get it out into the world. That vision is no longer reality. In addition to an author, a writer now much also be a publicist, marketer, and amateur web designer to name a few. So once the book is written, the work has only just begun. Three months of prep went into the book launch. To get my full launch plan enter your email below (or click here [...]

Sketchy Tacos Launch Day Celebration!

I can't believe launch day for Sketchy Tacos is finally here! I'm beyond excited!!! It's been a long and incredible journey, and I have so many people to thank for this day--which is a dream come true. Almost 4 years ago, I won the Hutton Honors College's Creative Activity Grant, which provided this poor little college girl with the funds I needed to travel Mexico to research this book. In the summer of 2013, I wrote the first draft of Sketchy Tacos. My aunt Sara Grant was writing a draft of her own at the time and we traded manuscripts every two weeks to get fresh eyes and feed back. For the next two years, I edited and rewrote Sketchy [...]

By | 2017-02-06T17:44:50+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Books, Encouragement, Goals, My Journey, Travel|7 Comments

Adventures and Victories Week 12

Hold on a second, how did it get to be February?!?! I had months to prepare for the Sketchy Tacos book launch and now it's in four days! Where did all my time go? Anyone else have a similar feeling? Tactile Adventure: This week has been a little nutty on the crocheting front. For a couple weeks now I have had the insatiable urge to MAKE ALL THE PROJECTS. So while 2/3 through one project and halfway through another, I started and finished a third random project. I think I currently have crocheting ADHD. I have now managed to wrap up 2 out of the 3 projects (kind of... there was a running out of yarn issue), and I've designed [...]

By | 2017-02-03T10:40:45+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Books, Everyday Adventures, Goals, Health & Beauty, My Journey|3 Comments

Adventures and Victories Week 10

It's been a fun week of breaks and travel. The Monday off for Martin Luther King's day was wonderful, but it threw my entire week off... Well, that and the 6-hour drive up to Detroit on Tuesday, which leads me to this week's adventures and victories! Fun Adventure: We drove up to Detroit to attend the North American International Auto Show. You should see the crazy displays these car companies set up, it's pretty incredible. We got to check out the new GMC Acadia, the Chevy Bolt, and of course all the Corvettes we could find :) Mini Victory: After finishing off one afghan, I plotted a new pattern for the next blanket and began. I'm basing this one off a [...]

By | 2017-01-19T14:50:27+00:00 January 20th, 2017|Books, Character Development, Goals, My Journey, Travel|8 Comments

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

So the 12-days in Europe backpacking extravaganza (check out my posts on Munich, Venice, Sienna, and Rome Part 1 or Part 2) is the thing daydreams are made of. What you may not know is that this was our vacation in the midst of a 10-week assignment in Europe for my husband's job. Being the writer/blogger/editor that I am, I stepped outside my Indiana comfort zone and tagged along for the entire trip. Now, I understand that 10 weeks in Europe sounds gloriously adventurous--and it is in many ways. But it's a whole other animal when you're there to work. There was one stretch of four days where I never left the hotel. Not kidding. Not even to eat. I had peanut [...]

Adventures and Victories Week 5

Hello! And welcome back to Adventures and Victories Week 5! I can't believe we're already five weeks into this little experiment on the adventurous mindset. And guess what? It's working! Looking for the little things in my day and realizing that they're adventures and victories instead of just little checks off my list has made a huge difference in my attitude and my mood. Have you tried it out yet? Adventure: I'm taking a new course: List Surge by Melissa Griffin. Man, this course is kicking my butt! It's taking a lot of time to implement the suggestions she makes in this course, but I can already see a difference! Victory: This week's post 25 Goals First Quarter Update and [...]

By | 2016-12-15T11:21:21+00:00 December 16th, 2016|Books, Education, Everyday Adventures, Goals, My Journey|2 Comments

25 Goals: First Quarter Update + “Rock Your 2017 Goals” Workbook

Three months since I set my 25 goals. How crazy is that? I've managed to cross off 7 of the 25 goals, and I've made a sizable dent in a few of the others. I'm starting to feel like the ones I have left are pretty difficult. But then again, what kind of goal would it be if it didn't push me out of my comfort zone? Have you begun working on your goals for 2017 yet? I've created this awesome Rock Your 2017 Goals workbook to help you plan and accomplish your goals this coming year. Sign up below to get FREE access. 1. Become a regular at a local cafe or lunch spot in Marburg, Germany. At Paprika, [...]

By | 2016-12-13T15:59:13+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Books, Education, Goals, My Journey, Travel|14 Comments

Who I Am: Adventurer (And What’s in It for You)

If you've been around the last couple weeks, you'll know that I've been working through some of Chris Guillebeau's awesome resources on his The Art of Non-Conformity website. Why, you might ask? Because I'm trying to create some of my own awesome resources for you. By nature, I am a Maven--a collector and distributor of information. (Just ask my friend, Melissa. I think I recommend a book or article to her about every other day.) So what does that mean for this site? I was ashamed to realize/admit, I've been doing a horrible job of giving you great information. Apart from offering blog posts I hope you'll like and find enriching, I've been keeping a lot of my knowledge to [...]

By | 2016-11-04T11:05:18+00:00 November 14th, 2016|Encouragement, Goals, Travel|13 Comments