Life Lately: Birthday Edition

If I had to choose one word to describe life the last month, I’d probably go with hectic. I feel like I haven’t had time to breathe over the last six weeks and while some of that is self-inflicted, a lot of it has been beyond my control. It’s definitely been a push/pull, love/hate vibe. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to make some amazing memories though, so I’d say that overall the good outweighs the bad. (smile)


The Morocco trip was amazing. Fabulous. Perspective-changing even. I learned a bit about photography, got to see and experience an amazing country, and (perhaps most importantly) remembered a few key things about myself. Namely, that I am always happiest when I’m out of my bubble. And really, isn’t that the best kind of trip?? I’ve been posting a few teaser photos here and there, but I will definitely be sharing more soon!

I had just enough time to re-adjust my time zones before my dad and grandma flew out for a long weekend. I was so excited that they were able to come out and explore! The Grand Canyon has been on Gran’s bucket list as long as I can remember, so to be able to take her there and see her face as she first walked up to the edge is a memory I will treasure forever. We had a busy few days, but I hope think know she had a great time. I will admit, though, that I was more tired after that adventure than Morocco. Keeping up manners around grandma is hard work! Just goes to show that I’ve become a total heathen I guess. (smile)

Marrakesh Morocco

Work has gotten so busy! I believe there was a time a few months ago when I was complaining about not being busy enough… I hope this is a good reminder to my future self to not jinx such things! It is nice to be busy again, but of course it comes right when I have other avenues I’d prefer to explore. That’s life I suppose… It just means I have less time with my Kindle and more time with the laptop!

Sedona, Arizona

Looking at my calendar the other day, I realized that it’s not reasonable to think about coming back to this space in any meaningful way this year (aka the next 6 weeks or so!!!). I think it’s better if I just continue on casually for a bit and come back with a fresh perspective in the new year. I’ve kind of enjoyed being a bit sporadic in my posting truthfully, but there’s also something to be said for a schedule! I am a land of contrasts. Ha.

Speaking of contrasts, the weather in Phoenix has finally reached perfection. This time of year is the reason I enjoy living here – it’s absolutely gorgeous! (Not to brag or anything…) I’ve been on a hiking kick lately and have really enjoyed marking a few peaks off my list. I recently discovered that Phoenix has an annual Summit Challenge and I’m hoping to participate next year (if I’m still here!). The idea is to climb a certain number of the local summits all in one day – so time to get training!

I’ve also been taking a lot of photos the past few months. I haven’t ever really considered a full time career in photography, but lately I feel it shaping into something more than recreational therapy. I started a shop of sorts, which has been fun, but I haven’t had as much time as I’d like to really make it more than a random page. I’m really excited to work with that space more as I try to figure out where all this is headed. No matter what, I want to keep it fun though – photography has been such a positive activity for me, I definitely want that to remain it’s priority.

In other news, today’s my birthday! It does not seem like it’s been a year already… People really weren’t kidding when they said time seems to speed up as you get older! I like to think I’ll get the hang of this adult-ing thing eventually. In the meantime, I’m breaking out the bike to pedal over to my birthday brunch and bottomless mimosas. Adult-ing can wait another day. 😉



9 thoughts on “Life Lately: Birthday Edition

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  2. Happy Happy Birthday 🙂 And OH YES time just keeps going faster!! Love the picture you posted of Morocco, I soo want to go with you next time you go 🙂 Ha! Can’t wait to see lots more pics! LOL about you being worn out with Grandma… cause of keeping your manners in check. That just cracked me up! Wishing the best for you as you think of a new career change! Eager to hear when you shout it from the rooftops! For now you go enjoy that wonderful bike nad YES plenty of time for adulting later, in fact do we really have to grow up 🙂

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    • I’m hoping the answer to that last question is “eh, not really,” or some variation thereof 😉 Thank you so much for the birthday wishes and all the positivity! It means so much and I definitely appreciate it 🙂 I think next year’s photo adventure *might* be India, but more on that later…even though I’m excited already! First trip photos first…lol.


  3. Happy Birthday!!
    You are right that time does seem to speed up the older we get. Sometimes that’s good when we’re counting down to an event, sometimes though I just wish it would slow down a little to savour it some more.
    My fingers are crossed here for you too that everything works out the way you’re hoping on the work front. More fingers crossed the better eh? 🙂
    I can’t wait to see more of your photos from Morocco but definitely understand about not getting into too hectic of a schedule for the rest of the year. I’ll be here for sure when you are ready to post them.
    Also SO glad to hear the weather in Phoenix is perfect now. We’ll be there in just over a week and I’m excited to get out exploring. We added the Tonto National Monument to our itinerary from your suggestion. Now we just need to get there and start seeing all this neat stuff!
    Hope your birthday weekend was absolutely wonderful!

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    • Thank you so much for the birthday wishes – and the crossed fingers! Definitely the more the better 🙂 It was a pretty great birthday and I’m excited to see what this year holds!
      I’m so looking forward to hearing about the Phoenix visit! Looks like the weather is all set to cooperate and I know you guys are going to have such a good time exploring!


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