Life lately…

Life has been a whirlwind this year. About three days in my coworkers and I decided we wanted a do over. Unfortunately, it is now June and I don’t think that do over will be happening. In light of the space time continuum not bending to my will I have decided to highlight some of the good things that have happened to me this year. I’m going to focus on the good and take some active efforts toward living that purposeful, balanced, motivated life that I keep wanting to try out.

Typically I hate (H-A-T-E) long recap posts of a jumble of things. Unfortunately, I can’t come up with a better way of getting the good stuff out there and turning over that new leaf so here we are…my year so far.

My beautiful miniature dachshund, Remington, has done nothing but grow, grow, grow. The little guy used to have ears bigger than his head and couldn’t get up onto the couch himself. Now he runs up and down stairs, jumps off of anything and every thing, and loves to explore.

He has been staying with my parents this summer while I focus on passing the Bar Exam. It’s been hard to be separated from him, but I know he is having a blast. He never has to be on a leash, and he is with his best friend. He spends his days chasing squirrels and lounging in the sun.

I have been reading a lot lately. I don’t mean I have a few books I’ve read. I mean I set a goal to read 52 books this year and I’m over halfway there. I joined the local library, which has really helped out my bank account. I’ve been reading a lot of Rick Riordan, some modern romance novels, and of course I finally read Me Before You (cue ugly sobbing). On top of those, I have a TBR (to be read) pile a mile high as seen above. These aren’t even all of the books! I have a couple at work, a few in my car, not to mention the others on my Kindle app. I’m ashamed.

Finally, a dear friend of mine got married this spring. Unfortunately the wedding was literally on the other side of the state. My co-worker/best Kentucky friend and I decided that since we had to drive 6 hours to the wedding, we may as well make the most of the journey and stop at some distilleries on the way. So we did a bourbon tasting at the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles (that’s Ver-SALEs to all of you non-Kentuckians), Kentucky.

After that delicious and intimate tasting, we went to Loretto, Kentucky to tour the Maker’s Mark Distillery. The panorama at the top of this post are the grounds of this gorgeous, peaceful distillery. The tour took about sixty minutes and we were taken through every step of the process.

To be honest, we had to RUN out to our cars, because we were going to be late to the wedding. I’m not talking two or three minutes late, I’m talking thirty to forty, miss the entire ceremony late. So we FLEW down the road, freaking out, but the world was on our side that day. What neither of us factored into the trip was the time change that happens in the Western Region of Kentucky. Suddenly thirty minutes late turned into thirty minutes early. I don’t know if I’ve ever been so happy to be half an hour early to anything in my life.

So that’s pretty much the past six months of my life in a nutshell. I’ll be honest, it has been pretty boring. I’m trying to change that though. I’ve decided to have another “say yes” year. I will say yes to things that put me outside of my comfort zone. I will say yes to new experiences and adventures. I will travel and I will live the life that I design.

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