Adventure is Everywhere

Adventure is Everywhere

Think you live in a place where there is nothing to do? I hear that all the time regarding my state and I disagree. With the right mindset and a little creativity, you can find adventure wherever you live. You don’t need to travel out of the country or even out of your town. I’d be willing to bet you can find something fun and interesting to do wherever you are. Once you learn that adventure seeking skill you can use it wherever you go to create more excitement in your life. To prove my theory, I’m embarking on a really long (like probably a few years) experiment to find something enjoyable to do in every county in Indiana. Let’s face it, Indiana isn’t a vacation hotbed – most people head to a big city or the beach for their annual vacations, so I figured if I can prove that my middle of the country state has something interesting to do EVERYWHERE, my point will be made! There are 92 counties in Indiana, so it’s a pretty daunting task. You can expect to start seeing posts each month covering a county or two (or three). I’ll still continue to share other trips, travel info, ideas for things to do, etc., this will just be a fun little addition. Luckily for me, I’ve already covered a few so I have a bit of a headstart. I’ll come back to this post and add links as I complete each county. I’ve broken down the state into regions and to keep it simple, I just followed how Visit Indiana categorizes them. Ready...
Make the Journey as Fun as the Destination

Make the Journey as Fun as the Destination

At least a few times a year we embark on long road trips. As neither my husband or I particularly like to drive, we had to come up with a way to make them bearable. Getting in the car and driving all night was not something we could do – the few times we tried it, we wound up exhausted the next day and essentially missed the first day of our trip. Talk about stressful! Luckily, I’ve found a way to make the trip enjoyable. So much so that my kids would prefer to drive than fly! How did we do it? Attitude. This is the most important part – by simply reminding ourselves that the journey can be as fun as the destination, we hit the road with the right mindset. We’ve come to look at a road trip as a chance to relax (versus work), see something new, and have some great conversations. Try new restaurants. It’s a rare trip that we don’t break out Yelp when we start to get hungry and search up local restaurants. Once everyone starts getting hungry, I open the app, switch it to map view and start searching for places twenty minutes ahead or so of our current route. We’ve discovered awesome dive bars, amazing breweries, old-school drive-ins and everything in-between. The rule is it can’t be more than ten minutes off the road we are traveling, and it can’t be a chain. Other than that, anything goes. Yes, it adds time to our trip, but we’ve created a fun memory, enjoyed much better food and had some fun while getting...
2019 Travel Blogging Goals

2019 Travel Blogging Goals

Raise your hand if you love setting goals? I hate to admit that I kinda geek out about it – I’m really a pro at setting good ones too. My issues tend to be around completion. Seems like I run out of steam or time before the year ends. Through the years I’ve probably tried just about every method of goal setting – and I’ve learned plenty from all of them. I’ve discovered that I’m most successful when I don’t set too many goals and when the goals I set are very concrete. I need to know exactly what completing a goal looks like. To hold myself accountable – and give me a place to come back each month and review my progress, I thought I’d share my 2019 travel blogging goals right here on my site: Publish at least one new post every week. Wouldn’t be much of a blog without new content, right? Take at least one trip a month. A weekend trip totally counts as although I do have a lot of vacation time, it isn’t enough for a week every month! Plus school, sports, the dog, etc. Publish at least one article each month somewhere other than my blog. I really want to expand my experience and reach, so finding new outlets is important. At least one sponsored post each month. This is fairly new to me. I did a few sponsored posts in November and December of 2018 and really enjoyed the experience (and the income!). Attend a blogging and/or travel writing event. I’ve never attended an event before even though I’ve been blogging...
My Favorite Christmas Posts

My Favorite Christmas Posts

Merry Christmas! If are reading this on the day I post it, I’m sure Christmas is on your mind as it’s Christmas Eve! So, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite holiday or holiday related posts: Gift Guides:  From the Modern Mrs. Darcy:   The Minimalist’s Guide to Stocking Stuffers  My favorite gift ideas From MomAdvice.com 9 Great Gifts for Someone Living with Chronic Pain From Jessie on a Journey 28 Unique Gifts for Backpackers and Adventurers Helping Others/ Building Relationships: Spread some holiday cheer Random Acts of Kindness Website All-Fun No-Stress Holiday Connections Inexpensive Winter Activities – Get Fit for Less From Consistently Curious – 25 Date Night Ideas in Cincinnati – plan something for the new year now, some of these ideas could be done in places other than Cincinnati   Fun Projects: How about making something fun today as a family? The Perfect Hostess Gift – Flavored Butters Make Ice Cream from Hip2Save – Homemade Peppermint Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Rolled Paper Christmas Ornaments from Positively Splendid Make your own Sugar Scrub to share with everyone you know! From Make and Takes – Watercolor Bookmarks   Any other ideas to share? I’d love to hear about them in the comments! Want to remember these ideas? Pin for later:    ...
Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award

Thanks so much for this nomination from Junell at MissAdventures in Adulting!  I have seen this award around but have never been nominated before, so this is very exciting. I’ve been blogging for years on health and fitness but recently switched my focus to travel and lifestyle. It has been so much fun! I love sharing inspiration and ideas for other busy moms to create an adventurous life wherever they are. In case you are reading this and aren’t quite sure what this award is, the Sunshine Blogger Award is given to new bloggers striving to be a positive and inspiring part of the blogging community. Award Rules Thank the blogger who nominated you in the blog post and links back to their blog. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog. So here are my answers to the questions Junell asked me: If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? The beach – I’m in need of some sun and sand. What are your blogging goals for the rest of the year, and 5 years from now? I’d like to continue to inspire more busy families to create everyday adventures for their lives! In 5 years I’d love to be doing this full-time. When and where do you do your best work? Sitting outside a coffee shop. Preferably on a sunny day! What is one random talent you have? I’m a...
Do you have 5 minutes to increase your energy?

Do you have 5 minutes to increase your energy?

I want to have plenty of energy for any adventures we find. Just last week I was playing an energetic game of Archery Tag – I don’t want to have to miss out on fun experiences like that because I’m out of shape. Or how about enjoying a walk on the beach? Or a hike in the woods. If I don’t take care of myself, I either miss out or am miserable when given these opportunities. That’s why I make a conscious effort to exercise every day. Usually, I hit the treadmill and do a little pilates or yoga, but sometimes I’m really crunched for time or I want to mix things up. That’s when I pull out my Erin Stutland workouts. I love them, and she is about to begin her biggest FREE challenge of the year. I participate every time it’s available and it’s just the kickstart I need to get really motivated again. Best of all, it takes 5 minutes a day. Really. Do you have the best intentions about working out, but it never seems to happen? Maybe you say these things to yourself: I’m too busy. I’m too tired. I’m weak. I’m just not good at it. I don’t like it. Now just for a moment, imagine something different. Imagine you could do something really good for your body–and your mind–in just 5 minutes. You’ve got 5 minutes, don’t you? And what if you were done with that 5-minute workout, instead of feeling sad and tired, you actually felt empowered and excited and even a little giddy? THIS is what you experience when working...

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