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Tea Time

Downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas has impressed me with its continuous growth and variety. Five years ago I would have never imagined it to be as it is now AND it’s still improving.

Savoy Tea is one of my favorite places to go downtown. The cool colors, cute décor, and amazing smells never fail to cheer me up and make me feel like I’m doing something special. And in my opinion, they have the best chai latte in town and their Ozark Sunset Sweet Tea is perfect on a hot summer day.  I’ll also be signing up for their Tea Toaster’s Club this month.



This weekend my best friend and I went to Savoy Tea to discuss nothing and everything over a cuppa (me) and coffee (her). There’s nothing better than having a friend you can be in tears with one minute and laughing the next. I’m not going to lie, this season in my life hasn’t been an easy one and I’ve needed my friend and thankfully, she’s been there.   With two unexpected grandchildren on the way, work, school, and just life, I’ve been unintentionally isolating myself and she’s the kind of friend who forces me to get out and do something with her and talk about things instead of letting me close off the outside world. She’s also the kind of friend that I can say, “Hey, can you go outside and take a photo of me through the glass?” and she says, “I hate you, but yes.” HA!

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One thing I’ve learned lately is life usually doesn’t go as planned. Things happen that are out of our control and in that moment you might feel like everything you’ve worked for is up in smoke, but life goes on. Take a yoga class, call a friend, have a cup of tea, make a new plan, and before you know it things don’t look as bad as they did before.

Dress : Brickyard Buffalo  (This dress is no longer available, but I always find something great on their site)
Chai Latte: Savoy Tea (Fort Smith, Arkansas)

2017 Bucket List

Every year, instead of resolutions, I like to write a yearly bucket list. This way I don’t end up feeling disappointed in myself by February 1st, when I don’t stick to whatever resolution I set and didn’t achieve.  With my bucket list, I don’t have that problem.  I can make a list of all the things I would like to do, see, and create then try to do as many of them as I can before the year is up.  Here are a few examples of my 2017 bucket list.

  • Have a weekend getaway with my gal pals.
  • Try a yoga class.
  • Bake a pie from scratch.
  • Take more nature walks.
  • Remodel the downstairs bathroom.

Some years my list has twenty things, some years it has fifty.

I love looking at my list throughout the year and checking off the things I was able to do AND, if I don’t get some of them checked off, I just add it to the next year. It’s a win/win situation.

My husband and I started 2017 out with a big bang. We decided to take one of the projects on our list and get it done over our four day holiday.  We ripped down on of the living room walls to the studs (which we plan to do to all of the living room walls), put up sheet rock, and did a faux-shiplap, accent wall.  We also planked a wall in our dining room and repainted the entire room.  We feel very accomplished already and we’re not even into our second week of the year!  We’re still working on the décor aspect of the dining room and looking for the perfect buffet to put against the planked wall (and build a kitchen table to replace the current one), but we’ll get there eventually! J

Stay tuned for before and after photos of the dining room! Can’t wait to show you how awesome it looks.

Happy New Year!



Recently, I watched a video of a man and woman who sold all of their possessions and moved to Costa Rica. Something they said resonated with me and my heart has begun a journey and I have no idea where the destination will be.  I don’t know if it’s geological or spiritually, I just know I need to go there.

The one thing I have learned in my almost forty years on earth is the more you have the more stress you have. I always wanted the awesome career, the money, the house, the cars.  I have all of those, granted, not the crème de la crème, but I have a large two-story house, two cars, five televisions, two computers, and debt to my eyeballs.  The more money my husband and I made, the more we spent, the more we spent, the more debt we had to the point now that if one of us were to lose our job, we would be screwed.  Since I work in the unstable oil and gas industry, the stress is slowly killing me.

Am I happy?

I am happy in my marriage. I am happy as a mother, but I am not happy with myself.  I spend so much time looking at our banking accounts, praying something doesn’t break in the house (and it often does) because I just about had that credit card paid down and don’t want to max it out again.

I do my best to be the best at everything, but at what cost? I don’t exercise because I work between nine and ten hours a day then I come home, cook, and then write until bedtime.  I rarely have time to get out of a desk chair, much less spend time with family and friends.

I go to work so stressed out that I’m going to be the next on the chopping block that I literally have chest pains and panic attacks. The last few years the ulcer I’ve had has been a volcano in my gut constantly erupting.

This is not the life I want.

I’ve been feeling it lately. That missing something screaming at me to take a step back and look at my life and myself and see what needed to change, because I don’t want to spend my life like this.  I don’t want to die from the stress of the life I created.

The one thing I know is I want to be a fulltime writer, experiencing the adventures I write.

So, here’s the start to my plan. Less is more.  Simple as that.  LESS IS MORE.

We’re going to get rid of our excessive expenses, sell what we can, move to a smaller place, and enjoy life. Travel.  Work less.  Eat better.  Have adventures.  Take that yoga class.  Spend time with family and friends.  Enjoy writing again.

What good is having all these nice things if we don’t enjoy them? I’m ready to enjoy my life.  I am ready to discover what my life can be like if I take the chance on letting go of some of the things making me unhappy.  Sure, this is going to take time to make happen, but my husband and I are committed to doing our best and trying.

So, let the journey begin!