Listen to Your Engine

I’m in the middle of reading an advance copy of Jennifer Dukes Lee’s latest book “It’s All Under Control,” and I have to say it is wonderful. Just what I need at this busy time of life. Today I want to share an excerpt from the book along with some practical advice on how to incorporate more rest into your life, and make sure to scroll down to the bottom for a special giveaway!   Jennifer’s words: Let’s stop should-ing ourselves and start replenishing ourselves. We need to listen to our bodies instead of pushing them. What if, when we heard our bodies begging, Go into a lower gear, we actually paid attention? As an example, let me introduce you to my first car. It was a red Volkswagen Beetle with a clutch and stick shift. It always reeked of fuel, which meant that I smelled like a gas station. My Slug Bug died an untimely death in 1989 when it started on fire on an Iowa highway. I rescued my French horn from the backseat and walked down the deserted highway, crying under a half-moon sky, waiting for someone to let me hitch a ride. The car had been my first major purchase, bought with my lifeguarding paychecks. I didn’t know how to drive a stick shift at first but learned by listening to the sounds it made. In its own way, the car had a “voice.” When the car was in too low of a gear, it made a high revving sound. That was my cue to shift to a higher gear. As I continued to accelerate,...
Cat Cafe and Vintage Shopping

Cat Cafe and Vintage Shopping

Another rainy day, so time to explore another part of town … Today we headed South to visit Nine Lives Cat Cafe in Indianapolis. It’s a place we’ve been meaning to get to but just haven’t had time. With soccer canceled due to rain, it felt like the perfect day to finally check it out. Yep, that’s a big cat wheel (like a hamster wheel). If you are a cat lover (or even just an animal lover), Nine Lives is a place you need to check out. The store is divided into two parts – a coffee shop (with delicious coffee) and the cat lounge. To enter the cat lounge you’ll either need a reservation or maybe you’ll get lucky and there will be an opening. They only allow a set amount of people in the lounge at a time, so you might want to call ahead. We picked up our coffees and headed inside to enjoy some kitty time. In the lounge were about a dozen cats – some were roaming, some playing and some sleeping. You can purchase a half hour of time for $3 per person or a full hour for $5. We opted for the half hour and it was a nice amount to time to visit all the cats and enjoy our coffee. All of the cats in the lounge are up for adoption. The cafe has been open a little over a year and has adopted out 253 cats. Isn’t that wonderful? My son is a huge cat lover, so he was in heaven during this visit. The rest of us enjoyed petting...

Interview with Lisa from Well Grounded Life

Good morning! Last week I did an interview with Lisa Byrne from The Well-Grounded Life and shared a little bit about my experience in her program and what I’ve been up to since. Sound good? If you feel the need to work on your health and wellness, Lisa has a variety of excellent programs, so I recommend checking them out on her website. I use a lot of her principles and techniques in my daily life. If you are interested in the program I went through, you can use my code for a $300 discount! Check it out at The Well-Grounded Life and if you decide the program is right for you, be sure to use the code Pam300 to get your discount. In the meantime, take a look at our chat:  Graduate Spotlight Links to posts I mentioned in the interview: Clean Sweep Week 1; Clean Sweep Week 2; Clean Sweep Week 3 Chicago Visit – this one has the links to all the rest of the trip *this post contains affiliate...
Rainy Weekend Fun

Rainy Weekend Fun

Our weekend was very rainy and dreary – I can’t remember a time it rained so consistently! That meant we had to be a little more creative with our weekend plans. We decided to make it a Think Local weekend and see what adventures we could find. One would think with living in a city for almost twenty years we would run out of new things to do, but this weekend proved that theory wrong. We did a TON of new things and came up with many more ideas for later this year. Saturday morning we all jumped in the car with BIG umbrellas and started driving south. We had absolutely no idea what we were going to do, just began driving in a direction we weren’t very familiar with. Our first stop was Beasley’s Orchard – found on Yelp. In addition to a farm store stocked with Indiana made products and fresh veggies, we were able to peak at the apples being washed. Had it not been a downpour, we could have picked apples and enjoyed the outdoor areas. Next time. We asked at the orchard if there were any interesting towns to explore nearby and were guided to Danville, Indiana. So that’s where we went. Not only does Danville boast a cute little downtown with interesting shops and restaurants, it’s also home to the Mayberry Cafe – of Andy Griffith fame. We even encountered Barney Fife handing out tickets while we were wandering around the shops. He had his one bullet in his pocket … We also discovered that Danville has an excellent little museum, the Hendrick’s...
What to Wear – Fall 2018 Edition

What to Wear – Fall 2018 Edition

It’s that time of year again! Time for a new Style Challenge – wondering what I’m talking about? Check out this short video: GYPO Style Challenges has helped over 6 thousand women from all over the world make getting dressed in the morning the easiest thing you’ll do all day! The great news is the Fall 2018 GYPO Style Challenge just launched today. The Style Challenge takes all the headache and guesswork out of shopping and trying to stay on trend. You don’t need to worry about putting together outfits or if you’ll get enough wear to justify buying something. Every item on the seasonal shopping list is selected with intention and purpose. This means only buying pieces that you love and will wear over and over. And honestly, you likely have a lot of pieces in your closet you can use already, that’s a win for the budget! I know I’ve only purchased one top, one pair of jeans (that I’ve been looking for several seasons now), and some jewelry for this challenge. You can register for the Fall 2018 GYPO Style Challenge for just $39 HERE. You’ll get the following tools to help you on your style journey: A capsule wardrobe shopping list of on-trend items and classics basics (you’re free to shop where you want and spend as much or as little as you want!) Links to shop for recommended items online or in store (we’ve done the work for you by choosing items to suit every budget and body type!) A daily outfit idea created from pieces on the shopping list sent to your inbox...

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