Travel Inspiration for your Wednesday

My friend has a serious case of Wanderlust. She loves to travel, explore, embark on new adventures and invest in new experiences. Recently, she convinced her husband to pack up their life and travel through Southeast Asia for six months. Here’s a peek at their travel route. They covered so much ground!

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Even though she is now in Central America on another adventure, she took time to write an article for me on spgweekends.com, a site that inspires travel. The article (click here to read it) is about her six months trip. It includes the most commonly asked questions she was asked – How did you afford this? Why did you do it? Did you quit your job? It’s a must-read if you’re looking for a little travel inspiration (or if you have a case of Wanderlust yourself).

Enjoy!

Girlfriends at every age

Even when you’re four, you realize the value of good girlfriends. These girls have known each other all of their lives and it’s so much fun watching them grow up. I love how close they all are and I hope they remain friends forever. Or at least up until high school so I can bring out these photos and they can reminisce with me. Have a wonderful weekend.

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The Friendship Hat: Final Two!

Britany made it to the final two on Design Star. Holy cow. We are all singing her praises over here. Are you watching the HGTV show? More importantly are you online voting? Please. Pretty please! Britany is a dear friend and we would love your support.

The Friendship Hat: Holiday Hike

This morning Jen called and asked, “Why don’t we take the kiddos hiking?” So, unshowered (sometimes that’s the best) and sleepy-eyed, we took the kids for an impromptu hike. The mountain was beautiful and the kids loved seeing each other. The sun was bright as could be, which is why we love our “winters” over here. Thank you for inviting us Barkers – I needed the extra cardio after the weekend we had!

The Girlfriend Hat: Friendship Rocks

I had a fabulous lunch with an amazing friend today. Sometimes a mid-afternoon conversation break is just what the doctor ordered. We didn’t take photos – and frankly I wish I had a personal photographer on stand by so I could show you how ridiculously amazing Teri is. Here she is in her family holiday photo, complete with a handsome husband and a perfectly dressed pooch. Thanks for being such a wonderful friend, Teri. I appreciate your friendship more than you know. xo

Read her blog here.

The Friendship Hat: I’ll Never Forget

I have a story about friendship that I’ll never forget. A story that I will always tell friends of mine because it is a story that proves what love, friendship, humility and sisterhood is all about. This image brings me back to that place – which I revisit with such gratitude often – and if you haven’t heard, I wanted to quickly share it with you.

College was financially hard for me. I was living in a sorority house and was helping my parents pay for college by working nights as a server and a cocktail waitress. I was voted the Social Chairman of my sorority which meant I got to plan our monthly socials, or date dashes, as we called them.

My second year was particular tough for me financially – as I was struggling to pay my sorority bill and college tuition. I didn’t purchase books this year, instead I was sharing off of friends because even the $300 book bill was steep. I was 90% sure I was going to have to move home with my parents and transfer to a nearby college.

In this same year, I planned our yearly sorority formal. On the night of our formal, as I was getting ready to board our party bus, I saw our House Mom walking towards me. I knew what she was going to say: She was going to tell me that I couldn’t board the bus because I didn’t pay this semester’s bill.

I was preparing to tell my friends (and my date) that I couldn’t join them at the party. I was going to have to go home, take my hair down, wash off my makeup and make the decision to move back home. To my surprise, she walked up to me and said, “Stephanie, someone has paid your entire bill”. What? I asked her to repeat that. “Someone has paid your entire bill. I am not at liberty to say who it was.” I cried inside. Confused and extremely excited, I boarded the bus.

The next day, I called our accounting department to see if there was some kind of mistake. I asked the man on the end of the line if he could help me by explaining who paid my bill. He said, “An angel has paid your bill”. Huh? He then said, “I have been instructed to say that an angel paid your bill. The person or persons has asked to remain anonymous”

(I don’t know if I thanked God first or called my mom to scream with joy when I confirmed the news. Either way, I’m pretty sure my jaw dropped and I hit the floor in excitement.)

I wanted to share this story with you because it is a story of humility, friendship, love and gratitude. I hope everyone goes through their life and (just as the quote says) does something for someone who cannot repay them. Like caring for the elderly or helping children learn to read, write and say their prayers.

Heck, maybe my angel reads this blog so I can tell her how much her gesture meant to me. And how much I will never forget.

The Girlfriend Hat: Friends Night Out


I just got back from the Arizona Foothills “Best of” Event in celebration of Ashley! We were celebrating Ashley Gain Wedding & Events and all its success. Britany and I were there for support, wine and a guaranteed great time! What a night it was. We met some fun (and interesting) people and laughed so hard we cried. I love nights like these.