I have learned a lot about myself in the last 9 days.

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A freaking lot.

Over the years, I have shared my Type A tendencies with you. Some of the weird things I do are funny and to be honest, some of them annoy the crap outta myself. For example: I wake up every morning, eat a banana, toast, drink a glass of water, and make a cup of coffee all in that order. I feel so off if say, I ran out of bananas. It’s really ridiculous.

Then vacation and Em came along. We were up with the birds hiking, getting iced coffee…just doing stuff we love.

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I love my routines. At least I thought I did.

Here’s the deal, the whole time we were on vacation, I threw out all of my dumb life rules and LIVED.


I lived life in the moment. We were up and out of the hotel by 7:15 every morning, on our way to explore the world and take every single minute of it in. I didn’t expect this at all. At first I was a little anxious not having a plan, just getting into the car and driving but then it clicked. We don’t need a plan.

When someone offered to snap a picture of us, this germaphobe couldn’t hand over my camera fast enough. I still took a Lysol wipe to it and my phone every single night, ha!

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I went out every night, stayed up way past this grandmas bedtime, woke up early, had a Margarita at happy hour, didn’t run or take my vitamins and survived almost a full week without eating something green and healthy.

I know this may not seem like a big deal for most of you, but for me it is. And it was one of the most freeing, eye opening moments that I never want to go away.

When we got home some friends from the valley came to visit for the day. And I continued to purposely make no plans. They had a few things in mind, so we did those and again, it was so fun.

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Then Emily came for the weekend. She and I have SO much in common, I swear she is my long lost sister. Hanging with her was a blast and again I found myself living in the moment, enjoying life just the way it is.

We hiked trails I love, but always seem to find a reason not to go back, tried a new freshly pressed juice place, played tourist around Carmel, went to a friends house for pizza since we had to balance out all the good stuff, checked out shops I always drive by and want to go into, but again find a reason not to, found a new to us fantastic restaurant I can’t wait to take Mike to, but best of all, we made a point to be present and just LIVE.

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I think it comes down to time away from my safe bubble, *mostly* disconnecting from the blog world/internet and getting a call with not so great news while we were in line to check into the hotel.

Life can take so many twists and turns, ups and downs so I encourage you to hike that trail you always drive by and think, gosh I’d like to do that one day, or pop into a store you never seem to have time for, stop by a friend or family members just to say hi, whatever you’ve been putting off, DO IT!

You never know what life will throw at you, so live it.

What are some things you keep putting off or don’t seem to make time for?

What did you do over the weekend?


7 Comments on “Live.

  1. Hi! I eat the same thing everyday too! When I’m away I have to let it go! This weekend I ran my 1st 5K! I loved it!!

  2. From one Type A sister to another…I love this post and how you made such an important self-discovery! I found my routines were dictating my life a few months ago, and while it’s hard to break free from the comfort of autopilot, it’s worth it to make the most of each day! xoxo

  3. I’m so bad with my routines & ways of doing things that it even freaks me out the way my hubby piles the dishes on the rack after washing up! I need to take a chance & do something different, I just don’t think I’m quite ‘there’ yet xx

  4. Sounds like a great vacation in so many ways! Yay!

    We explored a new trail. And I just found a tick that came home with me on my thigh. I may have just about passed out upon its discovery.

  5. I’m quite the type A and routine person too. I love when I go on vacation and am able to cut that. I always try to keep it going upon my return but seem to fall back into it. Maybe, I can take a page from your journey and give it another try.

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