Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Mackinaw City Vacation

One of the first things my counselor had me do after I started to see him was to make a list of things I wanted to do in my future as a newly single woman.  When you are married all of your future plans include your spouse in some way. So to make plans future plans without including someone else was... different.

I don’t remember everything I had planned originally. It would be interesting to see if I could find the list I had made. The big one for me was to plan a vacation alone. I love traveling, but to travel alone made me a little anxious. My ex-husband planned all of our vacations. He traveled frequently so booking the accommodations and whatever mode of transportation we needed was something he always did.
My cabin with a view! 

When I originally decided to go on vacation my thought was to go somewhere I could possibly drive and be a tourist for a week. My thought was Kentucky, Tennessee, or somewhere where there was a
lot for me to do and see. However, as time passed I kept envisioning a long weekend in a cabin near a lake. When I remember pictures my friend had shared on Facebook of a vacation she took with her family to Mackinaw City. After talking with her about the campground where they rented cabin with a view, I decided this would be my first vacation. Especially after talking with others who all loved the same campground!

The view! 

So I rented a cabin for the weekend with a view of Mackinaw Bridge. It was marvelous! There was a ton of reading, some journaling, picture taking, wine, and a lot of relaxation. I watched the sun set on Friday night and I had a great workout with a view on Saturday morning. After my workout I spent some time in the book of Matthew. I did go into Mackinaw City and do some shopping. I couldn’t leave without some fudge!

Tasting my wine while doing a wine tasting word search! 

The whole trip was marvelous! There was time for reflection on the past year and even more time dreaming of what lies ahead. My only complaint would be that it was not long enough! J At the same time for my first trip alone it was the perfect length of time. I look forward to planning my next vacation!

Where are/have you gone on vacation recently?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


I apologize that I have been Missing In Action (MIA) for the past couple months. As much as I do enjoy the "Favorites" posts, I couldn't think of any for April and May got away from me. To be honest, May was busy and a bit emotional for me. The beginning of May was the one year mark of when my ex walked out on me and decided to end our marriage. My Mom, oldest brother & sister-in-law, and youngest brother all moved. I had two graduations this month both a bit emotional for me in different ways. And on top of all of that, I decided to do a detox for 4 days. What was I thinking?!?!

The one year mark was... well, weird. I don't know... It was a whole lot of emotions rolled into a day. I thought I would be healed and moving on by this point. I believe for the most part I have healed. However, I still have some things to get over. Unfortunately with divorce there is a lot of loss. You have not only lost your spouse (and that title carries multiple titles within it), but you have lost family, friends, and so much more. I also think it ending the way it did has caused some hard feelings.

On the other hand... I have realized my strength, found my independence, learned the meaning of family and friendship, have God back in my life, and so much more. I am not sure what remains for 2016, but I look forward to more amazing adventures. I also hope to be better about posting and getting back on the band wagon as far as my health. More on that soon!

What have you been up to the past few months??