Arizona: Photo Inspiration

The instructions for Day 25 of the 30-Day Writing Challenge: Think of any word. Search it on Google images. Write something inspired by the 11th image.

My word: Arizona

The 11th image:

Grand Canyon National Park, Toroweap Overlook, North Rim

Photo Credit: Michele Falzone/Getty Images

I’ve been to Arizona but I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon. I’m excited to share that I’ll get my chance in March! I’m looking forward to finally getting to see it in person. I have a feeling it’s one of those places where pictures just don’t do it justice.

Although we won’t get to visit the Toroweap Lookout I hope we’ll get some photos as breathtaking as this one. Thankfully Coen has a fancy camera and amazing photography skills. I may have to convince him to do a mini-photo shoot of me there…and everywhere else beautiful that we visit, haha.

If anyone has tips or recommendations for Arizona (within a few hours drive of Scottsdale and Sedona areas – we’re already planning to go to Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon) please let me know in the comments.❤


Learning the Hard Way

Today’s topic for the 30-Day Writing Challenge is to write about a lesson I’ve learned the hard way. This is a tricky one. I’ve learned a ton of lessons and some were definitely learned the hard way more than others. So here it goes…

Some people say, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” I won’t get into specifics because, well, I’m not really one to tell just anyone everything about me. But, there are a few times I wish I had trusted my gut.

Have you ever felt like things were ridiculously amazing but at the same time there was something that felt slightly off? I should have paid attention to that feeling. But, I pushed it aside, and for what? I mean I guess I learned that I should pay attention to my instincts, but still.

Now, I’m not saying that nothing good can ever be true…not at all. But if I ever get that specific feeling again, I’ll be more careful.❤

Dear Child…

It’s almost bed time and I’m just getting around to writing my Day 23 post…a letter to someone. I’ve got a cold and want to get to bed early so I’m taking the easy way out on this one and typing up a letter I wrote as a free write last semester. We were asked to write our view of the “child” and I chose to write mine as a letter.

Dear Child,

You are one. You are one of many but you are one. One body. One brain. One heart. One voice. You are one bright, shining star full of knowledge, curiosity and potential. You are smarter than you probably realize. You have your whole life ahead of you. Take the time to be a child – to play, to explore. Do the things you love to do. Enjoy every minute. Make friends, try new things, make mistakes. Most importantly, stay true to yourself. You are unique. You are special. You are one.

Love ME❤


Today I’m supposed to put my music on shuffle and post the top 10 songs that play. I use Spotify and my biggest playlist is from over two years ago. I guess I’ll use that anyway.

1. Withdrawals – Tyler Farr

2. Love Me Like You Mean It – Kelsea Ballerini

3. I Really Like You – Carly Rae Jepson

4. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) – OMI

5. Lost Stars – Adam Levine

6. This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf****r (Explicit) – Maroon 5

7. Like a Wrecking Ball – Eric Church

8.Young and Wild and Free – Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and Bruno Mars

9. I Don’t Believe You – P!nk

10. Lonely Tonight – Blake Shelton

One of these days I’ll have to update my playlist! ❤

Learn From Me

Three lessons I want my children to learn from me. I was going to take the easy way out and say “I don’t have any children” but my mom reminded me that Ben could learn from me. And who knows, maybe I’ll have kids one day.

1. Everyone Has a Story

I already wrote a post about this earlier during the challenge. Click here to have a look.

2. Love Yourself

I get it. It’s not easy but it’s oh so important. I honestly don’t think you can be truly happy unless you love yourself. And the sooner you figure it out, the better it is.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes and Fail

You learn from them. It’s as simple as that. If you’re afraid to make mistakes you run the risk of never trying anything new. Take chances. Don’t beat yourself up if you fail. Keep trying and never give up.

What lessons do you want your children to learn from you?❤

Celebrity Crushes…

This one is kinda fun. Day 20’s topic is to write about three of my celebrity crushes.

1. Trevor Linden

This guy has been my crush for as long as I can remember. I think I was 11 or 12 in this picture. Boy was I ever happy. I showed him this picture at an autograph signing many years later – he said he loved it and that it made him feel old. Oops. He also autographed my jersey that day. My parents got it for me for my 21st birthday. It’s all I wanted! Even though I had already been 21 for a few years he wrote it anyway!

2. Kevin James

I first started crushing on him when I watched King of Queens. His character’s sense of humour and sarcastic wit were right up my alley. A few years ago I had the chance to see him live (with Ray Romano) in Las Vegas. He was just as funny in person!

3. Blake Shelton

Back in 2001 I remember hearing “Austin” on the radio. I had no idea who this Blake Shelton guy was. Fast forward to 2013 and I started crushing big time. His voice. His smile. His sense of humour. I saw him in concert in 2014 and he put on a great show! Ridiculously funny and talented!

Who are your celebrity crushes!?!❤

My First Love

My first love…reading! I’m putting a bit of a spin on today’s topic. From what I’ve been told it appears I’ve loved books from a very young age. I think my mom even told me I read TOO MUCH!

I remember visiting the Lincoln Library to borrow a book about KoKo the gorilla…more than once!

When I was slightly older I remember going to Target at Bellis Fair. I would head straight to the book section and pick up the latest Sweet Valley Kids or Baby-Sitters Little Sister book. I would sit there on the cold, hard floor and read until my parents were done shopping!

I then moved on to Sweet Valley Twins, Sweet Valley High, and the Baby-Sitters Club. And who could forget R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike?

I’m not quite sure if I have a favourite genre. It really depends on what I’m feeling at the time. I’ve breezed through Danielle Steele romances and became completely enthralled with James Patterson thrillers. I’ve read Harry Potter books in one sitting and eagerly awaited the release of Catching Fire and Mockingjay. I love Ben Mezrich’s non-fiction and Brene Brown’s thought-provoking books. Jodi Picoult often leaves me thinking about controversial issues.

I’ll read pretty much anything although my friends from Book Club would probably disagree. I call myself the worst book club member ever. They assure me that I’m actually best because I make everyone else look good! They also laugh when I remind them that if a book has a family tree at the beginning I probably won’t read it!

I have my parents to thank for my love of reading. They both still read before bed every night, as do I. I suppose that means I can also thank them for me always being so tired. It’s really hard to put my books down to go to sleep!❤