This Fourth.

It’s 11:11 a.m. on the Fourth of July. I’m still in bed, relaxing in my pajamas. I can’t remember the last time I was able to just sit in bed and mindlessly peruse through social media, watch TV and do nothing.

Usually on the Fourth my husband and I enjoy our city. We’ll walk around, check out fun things going on, and end the evening watching the fireworks. There’s a radio station you tune into here in our city that plays synchronized music to the show.

I’m sure you know the list. It’s your “Born in the USA,” “All Summer Long,” “Rockin’ in the Free World,” and of course, “Proud to be an American.” Continue reading

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Here’s to you, KP.

As I was turning 16 and preparing to get my driver’s license, I had to get a job to cover gas and car insurance. My parents didn’t care what I did, but I had to cover those two things before getting the keys to my 1992 blue Chevy Corsica.

I knew I didn’t want to work retail, so my mom drove me around to different businesses and I asked if they needed any clerical help. She stayed in the car while I went in to ask.

One of the places I went to was a Buick dealership on the east side of Indianapolis. I remember walking in to what I would later learn was called “The Tower.” Continue reading

Instant Pot: Should You Get One?

dinnerBackstory: Cooking and Me….

I’m not the biggest fan of cooking. I like the final product and definitely venture out (all while listening to a podcast or something because I can’t just do one thing at one time), but am not necessarily one to enjoy the process.

Anyway, I get home from the gym after work, between 7-7:30 p.m. many nights of the week. At that point I just want something fast, but I still try my best to eat somewhat healthy.

We’d recently purchased a copper skillet for $7 at Burlington and it was a game changer in terms of quick clean-up.

I am a fan of anything quick.  Continue reading

Happy 2017

Another year is about here. What do you plan to do to make 2017 great? While so much is out of our control, so much is also in our control.

In 2016 I set a lot of ambitious goals for myself. I accomplished one of them and learned quite a bit about the other goals. I definitely made some good progress. Tackling a lot at once really reminded me to take things a step at a time and not overwhelm myself to get things done.

I plan on taking that mindset into 2017. Whether you want to lose weight, get out of debt, find a new job, enhance a skill, go back to school…. just remember to take things a day at a time and be realistic. The more realistic you are, the more realistic achieving the goal will truly be.

2016 taught us a lot. It was good, bad and ugly. 2017 will bring its own set of challenges, here’s to getting through them.

Happy new year everyone!