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    I just returned from a two week long trek out west with my little family. Just me, my husband, the littles, and I-40. It was a loooong drive, but we broke it up and made stops along the way to make it a little more interesting. It's definitely a rarity nowadays for families to travel long distances the old fashioned way and I'm proud of us for doing it. Planes are obviously more efficient and with gas and hotel rooms to pay for, maybe even cheaper in the end, but I digress. We did it by car, and it was the most. I'm so grateful my kids were able to experience the beauty America has to offer with their very own eyes and at such a young age. They marveled at the change of scenery and once we arrived at our destination, they spent a week beach hopping the SoCal coast. It was an adventure that I hope they will carry with them always, and certainly the first of many more to come.

    P.S. California has my soul.

    We traveled sans fancy cameras so all of the images were shot with an iphone and edited using the vsco cam app only.

    Oh, I also turned 30 on this trip. Happy birthday to me!


    I've decided to start this blog series for a couple of reasons. 1) People really hate on Monday; and 2) We could all use some inspiration.

    As my 8 year old friends and I used to say back in the day, "it's a free country." Life is what you make it. The Man may do many things you don't agree with, but no one but you can make the decision to stick with something you hate for the rest of your life. We have options. We make choices and our choices become our lives. At the ripe age of 18 we are given the freedom to compose our own lives. We blaze our own trails and build our own futures. If you hate Monday, or any day of the week for that matter, your hatred stems from a negative association. Monday is your punching bag. It's psychological. If you dread what lies before you, set a plan into action and CHOOSE to CHANGE IT. Don't let excuses rule your life. Stay positive, be patient, keep your goals on the front burner, and you will see your dreams into fruition... I promise. Now quit your whinin and get to steppin.

    That being said, my point isn't really to try and change your view of Monday. That's a come to jesus moment that you have to have with yourself. I'm simply doing this in the hopes that I may create a momentary diversion from the stress that Monday brings. There are so many influential people around us creating and doing. Whether it be a person, a place, an object, or something as abstract as a idea, I'm seeking out all things beautifying in the hopes that I, along with you, will remember that inspiration is all around us. We just have to open our eyes to see it.

    For more daily stimulation, please visit my dear friend Rea Frey's amazing blog: The Balanced Life. Rea is an extremely motivating writer and lives the life she advises. She is one of the most inspiring people I know and I'm incredibly grateful to have her in my life.

    WHAT INSPIRES YOU? If you have something important to say and would like to be featured on "Inspire Me Mondays", please contact me at I would LOVE to hear from you and so would everyone else!