Dreaming and the Follow Through!

I will say it. I have and always will be a dreamer. I know sometimes people think I am out of mind, and it use to bother me, but as I get older, it doesn’t bother that much anymore. If we don’t have dreams and hopes, what do we have left?


Having dreams and following them are two different things. Recently, as shared in my book that I’m selling through, Amazon, Minimalism: My Journey To A Simpler Lifesometimes you don’t know how long following certain dreams will last.

However, I don’t feel there is anything wrong with dreaming, and following through on those dreams. I have played it safe most of my life. I have done what is expected of me. I have met many people’s expectations. Sometimes, I have to expect things of myself, and I have to do what I expect of myself. Sometimes, it works out and I get to experience things like this.


I believe that sometimes you have to be selfish and make yourself happy so that others around you can find their happy place. This kind of selfishness is really something I hope will benefit the people in my circle of influence, and begin to establish a great legacy for those that come behind me.


Susan Messing Ted Talk on Improv!


I love tunnels because they bring me back to my childhood. Every time we went through a tunnel, our family would honk the horn, or yell. Recently, I got my husband in on the fun as we passed several tunnels on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here is the tunnel around Little Switzerland, NC. There are 25 tunnels according to Wikipedia on the North Carolina side of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Institute this in your family, unless of course there is a sign posted that says no honking of the ole car horn.

Staunton, Va: Hidden Jewel in the Shenandoah Valley

Recently took a trip to Staunton, Virgina. It was not planned. On our trip around the country, we were headed back to the blue ridge parkway to our campsite and Eric saw a sign about the American Shakespeare Center. I had to go of course, and he agreed. So the next morning after cleaning up the camp, we visited this little city. This is a picture of the main street downtown. It’s very quaint and artsy.


Right around the corner, we found the theater.


We decided to stay overnight so that we could tour the theater the next day. For five days prior, we stayed at a campground in the rain, and finally the sun was shining. After driving up to a dispersed campground in the area, and hearing thunder, we drove back down to the city and after much consideration stayed in a hotel. This was the first time in 10 weeks that we stayed at a hotel. The Stonewall Jackson Hotel was beautiful, the staff was friendly, and we got some very good rest there.


I toured the theater the next day, and got to watch a part of a dress rehearsal of King Lear after the tour. The actors were great, This was an old school experience. Not sound system to project the actor’s voices. There are audience seats on the stage, and the actors play 4 different characters every week for a whole season. There were several pictures in the upstairs balcony that were phenomenal. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable as she was getting a Master’s degree in Shakespeare at the local University.

Staunton is also the birthplace of the Woodrow Wilson. His presidential library is not far from the hotel and theater.


We also ate some pretty reasonable priced food there. Pizza by the slice at Shenandoah Pizza.


Pho at the local Snapdraggon Pho restaurant and great coffee and bagels at By and By  Cafe.

The glimpse at the buildings in this town defined it’s rich history. It has been a highlight in our travels for me.

The Glorious Beauty of Nature


We saw plenty of these flowers on the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Shenandoah Skyline Drive Scenic Highway. It is the Rhododendron flower. Each bloom is just absolutely beautiful. The smell is glorious. This one of the many beautiful sights you can see on the blue ridge parkway. I have taken so many pictures, but decided to share a few of my favorites in this slideshow.

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If you ever get the chance to take a week to drive the parkway and the Highway. Make sure you schedule a trip to stay at some of the campgrounds on the trail. We stayed at Peaks of Otter, Otter Creek, and Linville Falls Campgrounds. There are no showers so you might pick one up or make one before you go. It will be well worth your time to see the glorious beauty of the nature.


The Smith Sisters- Peaks of Otter Visitors Center 

I have been pretty excited vistitng all the visitor centers on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I love the display at the Peaks of Otter. The Smith Sisters were highlighted. They devoted their lives to saving wildflowers along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Those sign tells all about them. 

That was neat and cool, but this was impressive. 

Artist are so inspiring! In the display her notebooks were there as well. 

I loved  this history lesson. 

I’m Published


I am overjoyed to announce that I have self published my first book on Amazon.com. I can’t believe the day is finally here.  I have documented the story of how Eric and I discovered minimalism.  We were inspired by others like The Minimalist, and Andrew Hyde to minimize our life so that we could  pursue a stress free life that allows us to follow our passions.

Purchase the Book:

Minimalism: My Journey to a Simpler Life

If you don’t have a kindle, you can still purchase the book by downloading the free kindle app on your smart phone, computer or tablet.

My Author Page:


I am so excited, and I can’t believe that I am now a published author.

Never Give Up because your dreams can become a reality!



Pianos, Olive Oil and a Tour! My trip to Dahlonega, Georgia

I just had to put a quarter into this puppy on a recent trip to Dahlonega, Ga. ​

I love novelties like this. We loved visiting this little town. It is nestled quaintly in the North Georgia mountains. We drive. Through here many times, but never had time to stop. I knew I would make it here one day. 

The above Piano was in the general store.

Also, we visited an Olive Oil tasting room, Alpine Olive Oil. Whoever knew such thing existed. Loved the expeirence and service. 

Download the app before you go and it gives a historical tour you can take as well. 

So many shops and things to see. A great day trip. Oh and there are truffles and fudge. 

The Ocoee River

Recently, my husband and I visited the Ocoee River.IMG_4857
We both had been to the are before for, but had never camped in the area. We decided that we would stay at Thunder Rock Campground.IMG_4866

The Campground was nice and clean. It was very quiet as we shared the campground with the host and one other couple.IMG_1317 (1)

While at the campground, we were able to relax.IMG_4795

Hike the trail from the campground to the visitor center,IMG_4856

and cool off in the freezing water.


We did not have any electricity or phone service while there, and that was a nice ad because we were able to take a small break from social media. Sometimes, you just need to unplug.




Shelby Bottom Nature Park!

IMG_4783[1]While visiting our daughter this week, my husband and I had some time alone together while she was in class. So we decided that we wanted to get outside and enjoy the nice warm weather. My husband found a beautiful spot for us to enjoy. It was at the Shelby Bottoms Nature Park

IMG_4780[1]As we drove into the park, right in front of us was a doe feeding in the grass. She paused a moment as if she was acknowledging our presence, then went back to minding her business. She was so beautiful that I didn’t dare get my phone out and disturb her. It was nice for a change just to keep something to myself.

As we drove in, the park has a train bridge running through it. It is quite impressive. After viewing the bridge, we headed to the trail that was just filled with beautiful birds and some flowers.NNBD0219[1]

It was serene place right in the middle of the city. What a nice getaway from a busy life.

Some other things at the park that are nice are its gazebo overlooking the park, the nice nature facility with some very nice people  working in there, and some bicycles you can rent. all in all this was a fabulous place.

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