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Get Lost

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Fun fact about me: I am horrible at directions, y’all. Like, the absolute worst. My GPS is the end-all, be-all, and not a day goes by that I don’t end up spending eons searching for my car in the parking lot of Target, panic-sweating in the process.

My first ‘welcome to Colorado’ hiking experience–a hike that shouldn’t have been more more than 2 hours long–ended up being more like a 4 6 hour tour. Three wrong turns, two  loops around the same damn mountain and a few four-letter words thrown around and I finally did make it to the trail head. But not without a little a lot of that same panic-sweat.

Thank god for my weird habit of always having chocolate in nearly every pocket of everything I’m wearing at any given time. Except when that ‘given time’ happens to be a 90-degree day in the middle of July. The scar from having my fellow hikers be privy to the melted Snickers on my ass pocket still hasn’t quite worn off yet. 

Sorry.

Back to the point of this sweet, hot mess.

Getting lost. Not knowing the way. Trying, and falling flat on your chocolate-covered ass.

I used to think that it was bad thing.

But now? Now I think getting lost is necessary, needed, vital for each and everyone one of us to learn, to grow to experience new and incredible things. After all, some of the best moments I’ve had in my almost 30 years thus far have been a direct result of veering off course, taking the path less traveled so to speak.

It seems like we spend most of our lives trying to define ourselves. Every choice we make seems to say something about who we are and how we fit into the world. Then there’s this idea, that after you go on some life-changing trip or have some realization that you can truly “find yourself.” That you’ll just wake up one day and say, “Ohhhhhh, so this is who I am. Huh. Guess I don’t have to look anymore!”

Well kids, I’m here to say that idea is a load of bull funky.

My advice: Never, ever stop looking for yourself. Keep digging and discovering new things about who you are. Surprise yourself with things you didn’t know you were capable of. Push yourself to be better and try new things just for the hell of it. You might hate it, but you also might really, really love it.

Get lost.

Stop trying to fit yourself into some category or box just to make yourself more understandable to other people. You don’t have to explain who you are to anyone if you don’t want to. Live life on your terms.

And just because you haven’t “found yourself” yet (whatever that means) doesn’t mean you never will, or that you’re any less complete because of it. In fact, I will go as far to say as it’s almost better if you haven’t. Declining to define yourself for the convenience of others is freeing.

Keep discovering things you love and things you hate.

Figure out what you want and don’t want.

Keep pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.

You should never get comfortable in being stagnant, in the sameness, in the never-changing and familiar.

Always keep looking, and just remember that the day you find yourself is the day you stop growing as a person.

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Choose Yes!

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Happy Friday, guys! And happy first day of spring!!

So question for you all…

Have you ever not tried something because you were scared of failing, scared of what you would look like, or scared you might not fit in?

Sometimes we put so much stress on ourselves to fit certain perceived expectations that we don’t even give ourselves the opportunity to try something new and different and potentially amazing. We cap our possibility right from the very beginning and choose failure even before we are given the chance to succeed.

How many things do we steer away from in our lives because we are scared of what other people are going to think? How many opportunities do we say no to out of fear?

We discover our passions through proactively seeking out and trying things that we find intriguing. But where do you get if you never branch out, take the leap and try? Be mindful of what you say no to and understand the why behind your decision. Where are you rooted? In fear? Or in possibility to what the unknown can bring? By saying yes to what our hearts call to we open up to so much new territory to play around in.

You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? You should go do them. Grab fear by the hand and go dive in! You never know where it could lead you.

This weekend I invite you to choose yes.

Pick yes.

Go say yes to something new and different.

Live a **fuck yes life!

Right now!

**(pardon my French)

10 reasons why you should never ever move to Colorado

Happy Wednesday, guys! How’s everyone doing? Anyone feeling the effects of a little too much St. Patrick’s Day fun last night? The only thing I was fighting this morning was a sugar hangover…but that’s kind of an everyday thing for me. The good thing is that we’re almost over the hump. Friday is right around the corner and to the left!

So I have some really, really, REALLY exciting news to share with all of you. My baby sister/partner-in-crime/best friend Lindsay IS MOVING OUT TO COLORADO IN T-MINUS 11 DAYS (but who’s counting, really?)!!!! She has worked so incredibly hard to make her dream of beginning a life out here a reality for quite some time and I could NOT be more proud of her for getting to this point! I can’t tell you how excited I am to have her out here with me! Colorado…brace yourself. The Hansen sisters are officially back together again!

In honor of her big move, I decided to highlight just some of the reasons why she, and anyone else should never, ever, never ever make the big move to Colorado. 😉

1. If you’re looking for a unique, quirky and amazing bookstore, good luck!

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2. The people. Ugh. They are really just all of the worst.

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3. And don’t even get me started on the food.

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Succulent chicken enchiladas w_ spicy, smokey and sweet chili Colorado sauce_ Say what say what!_! It all sounds good_

4. Weather? What weather?

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5. You may find yourself sleeping outside.

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6. And waking up early…willingly…on weekends to sweat it out.

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7. You will get lost. A lot.

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8. The music venues are terrible.

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9. And so are the views.

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10. You will learn how small you actually are.

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If you move to Colorado, you will make incredible memories, meet some pretty awesome people, get to experience this beautiful country in a completely new and different way…

…and you will never want to leave.

I may be a bit biased, but I am so very lucky and blessed that I was given the opportunity to live in such an amazing place. They say home is where your heart is, and my heart is definitely in Colorado.

Now if only I could get the Milwaukee Brewers to move out here too… 😉

Fangirl Moment, Canoes and Nervous Nelly

Hey guys!

I hope you all had a splendiferous holiday weekend!

Mine began bright and early Saturday morning when I flew my way down and over to Georgia. Technically, I rode while the pilot flew, but you get the idea. My mom came and picked me up from the airport and we booked ourselves (pun intended) to the Decatur Book Festival.

And then this happened.

Oh my goodness gracious, this happened.

I attended the book talk/signing of Emily Giffin’s newest book, The One and Only and it was all of the awesome. Not only did she talk about her book and those previous, but she talked about what it really is like to be a writer, to become a writer. At moments, it felt like she was speaking directly to me, offering sage advice on how to not give up, to keep trying, writing and creating. One of the biggest reasons why I love Emily Giffin so much, besides her writing prowess, is because she is so honest, so humble, and so funny!

And then this happened.

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I. Die.

I had a total fangirl moment (I seriously thought I was going to start hyperventilating right then and there) when I got to meet her!!!! We got to chat a bit (we’re, like, total BFF’s now); I told her that I recently published my first book and how much of an inspiration she was for me before, during and after that long and sometimes frustrating (but very rewarding and amazing) process. She even plugged my book to the audience and told me how much I should be proud of myself. And then we hugged.

I hugged Emily Giffin!

And she smelled like daisies and freshly-baked chocolate-chip cookies and a Hawaiian sunrise.

I’m telling you.

Total fangirled out.

If that wasn’t enough to brag about this weekend, the next day the fam and I took a three-hour tour canoe trip on Lake Alatoona. I can’t remember the last time I was in a canoe (I’m more of a kayak fan (atic)) so I was bit rusty to say the least, especially when it came to steering the darn thing. But after a while, I got into a kind of groove and by the end of the trip, I was the master of disaster.

Which, thankfully we didn’t have any of (except for the fact that we didn’t pack nearly enough potato chips for the ride).

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My sister Lindsay and I post-canoeing doing our best Miley Cyrus impressions.

Monday I drove up to Layfeyette, GA to meet up with one of my best friends from college to do some epic rock climbing and adventuring. My friend Alex is part monkey so he naturally took to the rocks like stink on poo, but I surprised myself with how much monkeydom I had in me as well. It was an absolute blast and even though my arms are still feeling the effects of the past couple of days, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Great friends, great conversation, and great laughs. It really doesn’t get any better than that.

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Tornadoes? HA! We laugh in the face of tornadoes! Actually, we climb them.

So I’ve got some potentially big news.

Or at least I am hoping it will be potentially big news.

Yesterday I had a second interview for a library position at a private school here in the Denver area and it went really, really well. So well in fact, that they called me not an hour after I was done to invite me in for a final, four-hour in-person interview on the campus.

Tomorrow morning.

I KNOW!!!!

I get to tour the campus, meet with the rest of the library staff, speak with the school principal and they are even treating me to lunch.

I KNOW!!!!

I’m super nervous but super excited at the same time.

It sounds like such an incredible opportunity, something I have been dreaming about since, well, since I can remember actually. To be able to work with kids, to inspire them to become readers and life-long learners, doers and thinkers? To be surrounded by books everday? To be a part of something bigger than myself, to make a difference and to positively impact the lives of these students?

Well that, my dear friends, is what I call a dream come true.

And I am hoping that that dream starts tomorrow.

Wish me luck!!

 

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