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

How are we midway through 2017? I swear there was snow on the ground just yesterday! But this is by far my favorite time of the year. I love the warm weather, afternoons spent our sides, Alan grilling (with the added bonus of me not having to cook!), and all the other wonderful things that go along with summer. I've actually made a lot of progress on my goals! There are only three that I haven't completed. That's a little early for this point in the year, so next year, I'll have to go harder on myself. It's such a hard task to find goals that are both accomplishable in one year, but also challenging enough. How about you? How [...]

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|12 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

Adventures and Victories: Week 3

I'd originally wanted to title this segment Everyday Adventures. My husband argued that wasn't the best title when my adventures consisted of visiting castles and wandering the streets of Europe, but now I'm back home and I see the appeal of the title once more. It's not as easy to identify adventures in my day-to-day life back in Indiana, but that's why it's even more important that I do so. Identifying the adventures both big and small in my life keeps my mind in a positive outlook. And it makes all the difference! Big Adventure: I'm beginning work on Book 2 in the International Adventures series! I've got a pretty good grasp on the main plot points. So now I'm [...]

By | 2016-12-02T08:18:57+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|Encouragement, Everyday Adventures, My Journey|0 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

Adventures & Victories: Week 1

I'm trying something new. For at least the next 10 weeks, every Friday, I'm going to post 5 everyday adventures and victories. It's my version of the Thankful Thursday or the 100 Happy Days challenge. I am striving to change my mindset and see what might once have been a drudgery as an everyday adventure or victories. I came. I saw. I conquered the tiny European shower. As funny as this sounds, I am most proud of my victory over the shower. The first week I was here, I flooded the bathroom. Every. Single. Day. And I seriously mean flooded, wading through water kind of flooded. Now I am able to shower without getting a single drop outside of the [...]

By | 2016-11-11T08:24:40+00:00 November 11th, 2016|Everyday Adventures|12 Comments

Who I Am: Writer

My site and my attitude have been undergoing some changes. Thanks to some lessons by Tim Grahl and Chris Guillebeau, I got a new perspective and new lease on life. That's right, on life. Not just on my blog. I've taken a serious look at who I am and what my goals are. And you know what? They haven't matching my actions. I'm changing that starting today by revealing something very dear to my heart that I've barely touched upon in this blog. Confession: I am 25, and I've been a novelist for 11 years. This is when people start to look at me funny at writer's conferences. I am too young to have so much experience tucked under my belt, [...]

By | 2017-04-06T11:46:46+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Books, Encouragement, Goals, My Journey|9 Comments

Big Announcement!

We interrupt the regularly scheduled programming to bring you a big announcement! I’m going to be a published author!!! The publishing house, Clean Reads, has contracted Sketchy Tacos, my first travel YA novel. Mila’s summer in Mexico is going to be perfect. She has a plan. If only life would stick to it. After facing everything from a flash flood to Moctezuma’s revenge, from a romantic date for two to a gaggle of snide girls, teenage artist Mila Gulick finds the biggest challenge comes from the war within herself. Her heart, her art, and even her safety are at risk as she struggles to find a balance between cultural differences, old assumptions, and strange romance. Will her trip end in [...]

By | 2017-04-06T11:47:13+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Books, Encouragement, My Journey|19 Comments

25 Goals for My 25th Year

I loved setting high goals for myself last year. Having those goals out there for everyone to see continually pushed me out of my comfort zone. At times, I felt a little vulnerable, but I grew so much and had a fantastic time doing it. I loved having a whole year because this allows me to make some bigger goals and strive to set habits instead of one-offs. So this year I'm back with new categories and new heights to stretch myself for another stellar year! 1. Become a regular at a local cafe or lunch spot in Marburg, Germany. 2. Be serenaded on the canals in Venice, Italy. 3. Visit the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. 4. Munch on a pretzel [...]

By | 2017-04-06T11:47:33+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|Books, Goals, My Journey, Travel|30 Comments

24 Goals: Final Update

I can't believe it! Another year is coming to a close. I'm going to be 25 on Sunday. While those of you who have already passed this point are going to laugh at me, I've still got to say it. Something seems different about 25. It seems older. I will officially be in my mid-twenties. I'm supposed to have my whole life figured out by now, right? (Ha!) And I can now rent a car. My hubby's happy cause our insurance costs should go down, lol. Looking back, it's been a great year. And I can say that with confidence, because I have this awesome record of all the things I've accomplished. I completed all but 5--3 of which have [...]

By | 2016-09-07T20:55:47+00:00 September 8th, 2016|Books, Crafts & DIY, Goals|13 Comments