Somewhere Under the Clouds

Instafam! It’s been awhile. I’ve taken a mini lacuna {word of the day:  1. a gap or missing part, as in a manuscript, series, or logical argument; hiatus} from Instagram. No reason other than to pull away from social media a bit, trying to focus on the here & now and not so much looking down on my phone or screens; maybe I over think it a bit but I feel my eyes, wrists & neck becoming sensitive. It’s also nice to be so very present with friends and family & life in general.

BUT in other not-so-picturesque news I finally made it into the Naturalpath Doctor! I’m soooo excited to be taking back control of my health and my body from the inside out. Blog post coming soon for more on this!

I’m trying to take time to reflect and decide what I really want to accomplish this year~ one thing finally getting my new lens V soon & by this spring a new laptop. I’m reallllly interested in getting more into my photography. (If you’re interested & around my home-town area or FM area & want to have some fun takin’ pictures please hit me up!) I’m looking forward to lifestyle, adventure, kids, maybe even pets…!

As always, I’d like to get more into blogging because it’s so fun looking back and reflecting on myself & seeing growth + accomplishing old goals, etc. I’ve always just treated my Insta as my “blog” because I know there are no rules. I’ve also taken a break from affiliating or being a brand ambassador~ If I’m going to post on behalf of another/company I want it to be something I truly love or am passionate about. I don’t want to just sell to ya’ll!

Other news in the last month:

~I turned 28!!

~John has LESS THAN A YEAR of school left!!! Oh my LANTA I am so excited for the next year! It’s a complete mystery & I am pumped for adventure, travels, finally being able to save some money & buy the things that have been on our wish list for years!

~I started serving very very part time & it’s so fun! Some $$ to pay off my car & for some extra saving!

~I’m booking weddings left & right and I can’ttttt waaaait to meet all my wonderful brides! I’m also making lists for hiking adventures; if you know of any good places all around Minnesota please reach out, I would love to chat/know your fave places!

From now til the negative degree weather gets back in the above-zero-double-digits I’m looking for good reads, warm recipes, inspiration & motivation! It’s hard to live where it’s so damn cold!! If you’re lucky enough to have good weather or are on a trip ~ go for a walk or a bike ride for me would ya??

Thanks for stopping by~ feel free to drop a comment & let me know what you’ve been up to during this season of cold (or warm to my warm-weather friends!)

xo

Lindsay

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Happy Fall Ya’ll!

Well this well-meaning post has been stewing in my brain for awhile it’s just taken awhile to get down on my keyboard (also I don’t want to email all my updated pictures from my phone to myself so I’m trying to be tricky using iPad and computer to do this.) If you’re as busy as I have been then you’re shocked that it’s already October out there. What happened to Summer??

When you’re busy making plans, traveling, working and hanging with friends and family summer just isn’t as long as we would like~ especially in the upper Midwest where it’s only prime sun-time for a few weeks & not enough time in the day! Fortunately I was able to get out and about this Summer for fun and for work!

In June I went down to Wisconsin for work and we just went with the flow and explored throughout the weekend. We hit up Red Wing, Hastings and Stillwater~ all in Minnesota. The wedding where I worked was a super adorable venue on the Wisconsin/Minnesota border so we even spent the night in Wisconsin and explored while we could (we as in John and I and my super fantastic friend and coworker Chaneil!)

In July we took it easy and stayed around home. We went hiking in Maplewood on a beautiful weekend off and just stayed home to recharge; which we needed. The last weekend of July we took our 3rd annual canoeing/camping trip in Huntersville State Forest with the family; and it was the first time that John was able to go! I was pumped to share the experience finally with him.

In early August we took a trip out to Colorado. We started out in Fort Collins~ visited friends in Denver, stayed at this wonderful AirBnb near downtown and was able to explore breweries, little retro shops, distilleries and of course coffee shops. We were blessed with time to go to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park not once but TWICE. John & I met an adorable family from back home that now lives in CO~ their hospitality was amazing & they took us all around. How thankful I am for the people that come into my life ♥  I already knew I loved the mountains but the feeling is now mutual~ the mountains love me (haha)!  We hiked 10,000 feet up to Deer Mountain (freaking breathtaking and a lot of work but totally worth it!) I keep telling John I’m ready for a fourteener the next time we go back, possibly even (gasp) four in one! He says we’re not ready, I say pishposh.

On the way back to Fargo we stopped at Mount Rushmore and I was shocked that it had been 17 years since I had visited with my family last. (I was 10!) We arrived back home tired of driving but so happy with the experiences and ready to plan our next trip out (August 2018!!) Also Frontier Airlines is BACK in town so who’s excited!? This girl!

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Finally the last weekend in September we were in the cities for a wedding (another freaking adorable venue WITH LLAMAS) and we were able to visit friends the night before, had the BEST beer ever at Spilled Grain Brewery in Annandale (that John left in our hotel fridge.. nooooo! guess it was someone elses’ lucky day), and even went to a surprise Vikings game that they actually won. It was amazing. And the US Bank Stadium wasn’t bad either 😉

My next few weeks are busy with wedding festivities~ then it will be the holidays! Is it next Spring yet?? Ha!

It was also my Grandma’s birthday last week~ and we are coming up on the anniversary of her death in November. I’ve always disliked the “Holiday” season (for a variety of reasons) but it’s just so so much harder now with her gone. When she was here I couldn’t wait to get home and see her.. Now it’s not quite complete. This will also be the first year since she’s passed I wasn’t able to go home on her birthday. SO enough with making myself sad HAPPY happy heavenly birthday to my Grandma in heaven~ I can’t wait to see you again someday; my guardian angel ♥

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Best part of Fargo weekends in the summer

Happy halfways-through summer! This past weekend was gorgeous and sunny and hot and perfect… to be at the lake. But you know what! My suntan needed a sun-break. So we stuck around the area this weekend, went to the Red River Farmers Market Saturday morning (and so did around 5,000 other people I’ve heard since!)

With a somewhat last minute plan we headed out to Maplewood State Park and went hiking for the afternoon and then stopped at THE raddest hole-in-the-wall burger place ever in between Lake Lida and Pelican Rapids. We waited an hour and a half for our burgers and it was 100% worth it. Here are some fun shots from the weekend:

Our “original” last minute plan was to go to Sibley State Park in southern Minnesota but we have a few more things on our camping checklist we need to get before we can plan to take a 5 hour trip + camp. Go explore!

Getting this lake-life, *green* tree lovin girl to the South

It’s about 8 months past due but for anyone following along to my all-over-the-place life you probably heard about or saw my adventures to the Wild West last May. (I still catch myself saying “Arizona? No I’ve never been there!” …. Ugh Linds, get it together!) I was blessed with the opportunity to go along with Johns’ family on an awesome road trip down through Colorado, Utah and Arizona. It was kind of the gateway to my obsession with wanting to go everywhere! His cousins did a similar trip the year before & with there being so much to see they started planning their second adventure down in the red, rocky desert.

I want to share a *few* of the pictures (between the 5 of us we got so. many. pictures you guys!), and of course give you a few tips and tricks from my experiences. So many things I would never have thought of or known. Hopefully by the end of this post I’ll have you wanting to start your own road trip plans. (A few disclaimers to start off, but the first being I take no credit at the lay out/path & destinations, bookings of hotels, tours, ect. Johns cousin was WONDERFUL enough to piece everything together for us as we had never been there. This is the one thing I need to work on; doing more research of the places I plan to visit & knowing my options so I can piece it successfully together on my own. Workin’ on it!!)


The Grand Canyon-South rim. I’m pretty positive these few pictures were taken by Johns cousin!



 Lady in the Wind- Antelope Canyon. Both tours were put on by a band of Navajo Indians (not even sure if I’m phrasing that right, they were expensive but so worth it after getting to the canyons. They were two separate tours & both our tour guides (younger girls, 100% Navajo–so cool!) were absolutely wonderful. Full of knowledge and so cool to talk to. Technically these two canyons aren’t property of the US Government so our park passes didn’t work; hence paying the park fees. These are right outside Page, Arizona.

In no particular order of the pictures, we left Minnesota in the early morning and drove all day to western Colorado. It was definitely a comfy pants kind of day. We were planning to stop earlier around supper time to stay but decided to push on a few more hours that way when we got up in the morning we would only be a couple hour drive from our first destination (Arches National Park!)

   


The three blondes in front of Blondies outside of Zion in a town called Springdale in Utah. My second favorite town just after Moab (which I don’t have any pictures of & we stayed in the cutest motel). This town was so cool because they had shuttles to bring you right to the entrance of Zion and then you hopped on another set that brought you to every trail-head for more hiking.

  Thors hammer …that I’m stealing obviously. Now it’s Lindsay’s hammer.


  Practicing head stands on the famous tree… I’ve gotten better since this I think haha!
  

  
  
  

The guy in the Texas hat helping me down because I thought gravity was up to no good and gonna shove me off the mountain. I think his name was James & we were BFF’s if you can’t tell 😉

The picture before this was literally the trail we hiked up & back down. The next few pictures are once we got to the top, absolutely breathtaking! At the time I was like what was I thinking doing this but it was 100% worth it, I’d like to try it in better shape next time.

  
  
  



Oh hey. Just casually waving ha!

Yoga on rocks is a thing.. I only made everyone take about a thousand pictures of me doing yoga on rocks. ha!


Bryces looking over the hoodoos (and being excited, clearly).

Actually nervous I might fly off with the wind. It was so windy, more than once people would stay close to the ground to avoid being pushed around by gusts of wind. So cool.

Ten heart-eyed emojis here! This was still very towards the beginning of our hike in Zion at Angels Landing with the three patriarchs in the background. Named after our biblical fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

I actually tried keeping a little travel-journal to write down and keep track of where we were. I failed at this because 10 hours of hiking around a day will put you down at night. Zion had to be my most favorite, I loved touring the canyons outside of Page with our tour guides and lastly we hiked down to Indian Gardens in the Grand Canyon Southern Rim. It was awful coming back up, I’m not gonna lie to ya. Worth it? Totally. At the time, no! Coming back up I almost called for a donkey or helicopter. Actually I literally did but nobody heard. Did you know they have actual volunteer park rangers that hike up and down during the day?! And I saw a pack of nuns. NUNS. In nun shoes. They were going down as we were coming up and all I could think was… Lord, help them.

Thanks for checking out all my exciting pictures if you’ve made it thus far! Again, so many pictures were taken and a few of these I do not claim as my own as we even had a professional photographer with us! Just a few of my faves I uploaded from my iPad (which took THREE DAYS.)

 

xx

womans’ march?

…So uh, was this the first year this has ever happened? Or does it happen every year and I just missed it? Was it about Trump? Or did some law against women just pass that I missed? I really want to read some of the articles showing up on my Facebook but it’s so hard to take them seriously (cough cough fake news). I mean I know which of my Facebook friends are pretty conservative and which are liberal and articles that both sides “share” mean nothing to me. It’s mostly someones ranting-opinion (example: “this is so dumb!” OR “well if you’re a woman and weren’t out marching then you don’t care about progressing as a gender”). Which is what this is essentially except I’m not ranting about anything specific and I truly want to know!

But other than that I wanted to share this link because (to me) it describes perfectly what we SHOULD be worried about and fighting for. And also I think everyone should just go hang out on her website for awhile & learn something new!

Living Whole Blog <<on Women’s March

Check it out! When I first started researching and learning about (well.. literally everything on her website!) I found it/her super user friendly, honest, educated, and now I literally hand this website out like candy to friends and family that ever ask for a good place to start.

 

Thanks for following along!

xx

Tuesdays with Morrie+Book Review

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetThere’s just something about book reviews from other people that I love to hear or read about. Whenever I have a new client or am able to make a conversation with someone new one of the first things I ask is if they like to read. If they like to read I know I’ve struck a golden conversation piece. I usually always take their advice if they’ve read a book that they insist I need in my life.

I forget who referred this one to me, but I picked it up during my last Barnes & Noble run. Tuesdays with Morrie was one that hit home to me because my grandma being sick. When you’re struck with an illness & are forced to live under the complete care of others you tend to have some time to think. If you can find someone like Mitch Albom in your life to take note and who writes a book about a mans last dying thoughts and wishes to people you almost have to read it. (Side note, if someone told me to read this even five or six years ago I probably wouldn’t have. It’s a timing thing to be able to really appreciate it; in my opinion.)

Morrie is diagnosed with ALS & spends the last of his months on earth reflecting the true meaning of life. He touches on religion and believing in God & a greater power, but mostly he talks about the importance of the moments you’re given & how much you can do before your time runs out. It’s deep guys. You’ll get emotional. The author is an old student of Morrie’s and he visits him every Tuesday for the last months of his life.

“Devote yourself to loving others, your community, and creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” Don’t walk around with a meaningless life. These are just some of Morrie’s thoughts before he passes; which he is aware of even though in this phase of life everyone is pretending everything is OK. Appreciate what you have and take heart in the little things. When it’s nice out don’t waste it.

This book taught me a lot and honestly helps to know that my grandma & my family aren’t the only ones to have gone through terrible sickness. Everything happens for a reason, good or bad, as it teaches you, helps you grow and you’ll always walk away having learned something. Have you read this book?? Will you read this book now that you’ve read this entire post 😉 Feel free to leave a comment, I’d love to hear from everyone!

RedRiverFarmersMarket+PrairieRoots Coop

Where do you guys get your fresh produce?? Fargo-Moorhead has erupted with Farmers Markets this past year, but my favorite one by far is the Red River Market downtown. I’ve had the chance to go a few times this summer… Only one weekend left! I am IN LOVE with the autumn harvests (SQUASH!) Oh man I’ll be sad when it’s too cold to wander around the farmers market with coffee in hand!

WELL people, if you’re from Fargo or the surrounding area, then you may know about the Prairie Roots co-op. Today I joined to become a MEMBER and I’m SO excited. From what I remember they’re opening Sprint 2017 but I am so stoked to be a part of something like this for our community! If anything gets my attention it’s natural, fresh, local and organic & this has it all. If you’re interested find more out here. (Most bigger cities have this already, well Fargo is finally with the times!) I encourage you to look into become a member if you’re from around the area, they have different payment options so it’s affordable for everyone to have healthy options.

I’m so excited! Here I am being excited:

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One more week of the market guys! October 29th. Be there!

Essential Oils

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All right. I’ll admit it. I’m sick. I haaate being sick. (Who likes it? I guess maybe some people who get to call in sick to work might like it.) I rarely have to worry about getting sick because I like to think I’m a healthy eater AND I have my oils [insert ten love-eyed emojis]! (My friends hate me ha). Anyways, I’ll keep this pretty simple because there are rules about talking about these oils and because I’m “technically” a consultant I don’t want to get anyone in trouble. But without further rambling let me tell you about my three (most recent) fave oils:

OnGaurd:

  • If everyone around you is sick/sniffling/coughing all over I diffuse this EVERY night as well as put it neat on the bottom of my feet (neat=straight oil to the skin, no dilution.) It’s a mix of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary.

DigestZen:

  • YOU GUYS THIS STUFF IS THE BEST. I literally went from sinus/headache, to stuffy nose to awkward cough since Wednesday. Rub this on the sides of your nose, under your nose and around your bellybutton and it’s like you’ve been taking Sudafed. (Warning, gross description, I was blowing my nose for like five minutes and it was SO RELIEVING. I wanted to tell the world! ..Now I did!) Also side note I’ve only taken Sudafed once so that’s how I know how it basically empty’s your brain. DigestZen is also a blend of a half a dozen or so oils.

Lemon:

  • Lemon here, there; for you, me… everywhere! Green tea, drop of lemon and some honey.

I am so grateful that essential oils came into my life. I’m happy knowing that I have a more natural option to help me. It’s an investment, friends! But you can throw out all the toxic cleaning supplies and medicines from your cabinets & make your own with a more natural option. Do you use essential oils?? If so, what kind? I’d love to answer any questions if you have!

X

My heart wants to be here, & there.

My heart wants to be here, and there. 

I want to do all the things, and I want to have a place to tell my story. To write and read again later. To tell tales to strangers on the internet who are looking to relate to another stranger because sometimes it’s easier that way. To show my life in pictures.

Does anyone have answers for me? My life is exactly the way I want it to be; but if only there was more time.

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