Life… and a year in Kentucky!

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HELLO! It’s been awhile, I know. Nearly every day, I tell myself “I need to stop slacking and update my blog!” Yet…. you know what happens. Life. Life gets in the way. I get too caught up with things that when I think about posting a blog update, I tell myself, “it’s not really that important” and I go read a book instead. Or run away to Colorado.

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Yes, I did go to Colorado for a long, lovely weekend for the wedding of some dear friends. It was just what I needed to recharge a bit, too (love those mountains).

But anyway, I just…. haven’t had the motivation to blog much online these days. I have a love/hate relationship with blogging/social media/the internet. Currently? It’s leaning towards the ‘hate’ (or rather, the strong dislike of and desire to stay away from screens). Those of you’ve known me for awhile might have noticed this pattern over the years…. *ahem*

But, that aside, I owe y’all a short and sweet update of the last several months!

  • The RV. We sold our RV about a month ago. It was very bittersweet. So hard to see it go, knowing all the energy and love we (and others) put into it. But, after evaluating what to do next regarding a place to live, it was good to get it off our shoulders and into someone else’s hands. This journey isn’t over yet. We’ll get another one in the near future for weekend travels. Once you RV, you’re hooked!!!
  • Speaking of RVs, we finally met RV Wanderlust! Eric and Brittany Highland are the two wonderful and humble souls behind RV Wanderlust. After nearly a year of being connected through RV groups and getting to know each other online, Kyle and I spent a wonderful evening in Lexington with them. If you’re about to embark on an RV adventure (or you already are), do check out their blog.
  • Geocaching is my addiction….. all over again. Sun’s shining, we’re living in a windowless room, and there’s plenty of Kentucky to explore. What to do? Geocache! Kyle and I became hooked on this game nearly six years ago. We kind of let the hobby slide for a bit but got back into it again a couple months ago to beat the windowless room and see more Kentucky. Hooked. I’m looking for geocaches whenever I can… and it gets me out of the house.
  • Summer travels! Aside from a few days in colorful Colorado, we’ve been to Chicago a couple times with intention to return one more time before winter holidays. After that? I anticipate traveling less. Staying in Kentucky and using our weekends to relax at home or explore surrounding states and cities (St. Louis, Nashville,…..) We did manage to hike up Natural Bridge in Kentucky in June and loved it. Beautiful. Kayaking down the river in town has also been checked off our list.
  • Work. I want to mention that Kyle found a new job he loves, which freed up his weekends and allows us to spend more time together. I’m happy for him, and I’m happy for us. Whee!
  • We are back on our feet. We went through a rough patch within the last year as we started over a couple times, but these days we are feeling a bit more stable. It’s a good feeling. Kyle and I had a pretty easy life together in Chicagoland and we took a lot of things for granted. I have a greater appreciation now for basic, daily things that keep life calm.
  • Whole30? Oh yeah….. what happened with the Whole30? Well. It was off to a good start. And I did notice some improvements in my overall health and energy levels. But by the time the third week rolled around, I was tired of obsessing over my food and stopped Whole30. All these food lifestyles and diets (whether or not you want to call them that) take up brain energy that I’d rather distribute elsewhere. As long as I keep a varied diet of whole foods and eat with moderation, I’m fine.
  • Last but not least, Jesus. I am thinking more and more lately about what it means to follow Jesus, especially in the wake of all the controversial issues that have popped up lately. I’m digging deeper into scripture and reflecting on what kind of life I want to lead and how to lead it that way.

Also, a couple weeks ago marks a year since we’ve moved here to Kentucky. Whoa.

We’ve had two different experiences: six months in our RV on a lovely ranch and six months in a studio apartment on a main street in a small town. Both were enjoyable: I loved our sweet RV and the farm (with all the ducks and that crazy rooster) and have loved being in town, near the stores and events. I’m thankful for both the farm and the apartment, but looking ahead to the next living situation. We’ve also developed friendships with honest, humble people who have deeply blessed us. Our roots are growing with these people, with our church, and with this community. Every day I am in awe that we are here.

Nothing is forever, but plenty of things can be right now.

And right now? Kentucky is home.

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Two Year Dreadiversary!

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Today. my dreadlocks are two years old! Awww…. my hair is a toddler!

What I love the most about my hair now: it’s growing longer! Woo-hoo!

And they actually look like dreads…. more than they ever have. After so much shrinkage in the first year,(in addition to cutting off the wispy strands of my hair last year) my hair is finally long again! No more shrinkage, and the ends are now below my shoulders. The locks are also fuller and ‘cleaner’ looking — not as funky and bumpy. I LOVE it. Even more than before.

However…… my husband keeps asking me when I’ll cut my hair (he ‘tolerates’ it). I want to hold onto them as long as I can — I had actual nightmares about washing my hair only to have the dreads come out! Terrifying, indeed. 😛 Yet, the thought of cutting my hair off has been more appealing lately. I actually cut four dreads off in the past few months because they were growing out undreaded and the thin strands of hair was barely apply to support heavy locks. What I noticed when I cut them off? That area of my head got lighter. Yes indeed, this hair has some weight to it! Crazy awesome. But will I be chopping/combing out the rest any time soon? I don’t think so. Still waiting for that ‘magical’ three-year mark.

I’m kind of amazed I made it to two years. Glad I was able to stick with this. Happy with all the support, compliments, and acceptance I’ve recieved. And to those of you who say, “Oh I want to do that but I never could!” YES, you can!


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If you’re curious, here’s my post explaining my reasons for dreadlocks and  one year update.

Will I have a three-year update? We’ll see….

Much love to you. :)

Whole 30: Week Two!

So, I’ve made it through two weeks of Whole30! Woo-hoo!

And… uhm…. I failed. A lot. I did have plenty of Whole30 meals… and then some not so Whole30 bites to eat. Things like a slice of pie, a chocolate bunny, hot dogs (on buns), potato chips, a handful of Goldfish crackers, and pizza. Sigh. I feel like I have a good reason for some of these food choices (like those two days my emotions we were weird and I dealt with sadness & anger…. and that one night I had no other choice but to eat nothing), but yep… I failed the Whole30….. more on that at the end of those post.

Here’s what I ate last week:

Day Eight

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Breakfast: bacon/sweet potato/spinach scramble with iced chai tea.
Lunch: strawberries, Larabar, water.
Snacks: mixed nuts, LaCroix
Dinner: Italian beef (I skipped the bread) and various veggies (not pictured).
Today’s cheat: apple dipped in caramel sauce.

Day Nine

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Breakfast: bacon/sweet potato/spinach, banana, water.
Lunch: salad, Larabar, water.
Snacks: cashews, raisins, water.
Dinner: Chick-fil-a Whole30 option: grilled chicken nuggets, fruit cup, water, iced coffee
Today’s cheat: chocolate bunny split with my husband

Day Ten

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Breakfast: three egg veggie omelet, iced chai tea
Lunch: peas & carrots with peaches (not pictured), mixed nuts & dried fruits, Larabar, water.
Dinner: hard-boiled eggs (not all the eggs in the photo!), mixed nuts, water.

Day Eleven

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Breakfast: strawberries, hard-boiled eggs, iced coffe or chai tea (cannot remember)
Lunch [today’s cheat]: Chick-fil-a…. not a Whole30 meal, iced coffee.
Dinner: fruit-infused water, Italian beef (no bread), salad.
Another cheat: slice of apple pie from local restaurant in town.

Day Twelve

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Breakfast: hard-boiled eggs, iced coffee
Lunch: salad, NAKED juice (probably wasn’t Whole30, oops…)
Dinner [today’s cheat]: I actually did not have a proper dinner but between 6pm and 2am, I consumed a slice of pepperoni pizza, three hot dogs (two with buns), handful of potato chips, and an almond milk coffee energy drink. Definitely threw my Whole30 out the window there. However, I woke up the next morning feeling pretty fantastic…. Weird, right? Might be endorphins from all the running around I did.

Day Thirteen

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Breakfast: bacon/sweet potato/spinach scramble, iced coffee
Lunch: veggie salad, some nuts (not pictured), strawberry-infused water
Dinner [cheats]: two slices of sausage pizza

Day Fourteen

Ohh…. all I had to eat today were some slices of pizza, chocolates, and water. Ouch. Let’s leave it at that. At least I consumed a lot of water today, right!? Yeah…. But I don’t want to entirely give up just yet.

How did I feel this past week?

As I mentioned earlier, I went through a couple days of sadness and anger. It was so weird. I think it was due to some other things going on in my life, but someone pointed out that the Whole30 could be doing that to me as part of my withdrawl from certain foods. Perhaps? As for those times I consumed chocolate and pizza? The chocolate left me feeling really icky afterwards and the pizza made me bloat. But other than that, I was energized and happy.

So…. am I still doing this challenge?

According to the Whole30 rules/guideliness, if you ‘mess up’ and sneak or consume something that is not Whole30, you have to start all over again. With that in mind, I should have started over again. But I didn’t. I’m thinking that as long as I maintain a 80/20 Whole30/whatever eating lifestyle, that I’ll be OK (this is my personal experiment… let me do what I am comfortable with!). At least, a lot better than I have been for the last few months (which is the reason I took on the challenge). I have a feeling that once the challenge is ‘over’, I’ll be sticking with it. I’m still going through the next two weeks with Whole30 in mind. Taking it one day a time.