Happy new year 2018

Last year, I made an ambitious list of resolutions. This year, I’m not even bothering. It’s not because I don’t believe in resolutions or even that I didn’t accomplish any of mine, which for the record, I did.
In 2017 I learned that planning your life out on a grand scale, say, over an entire year’s time, is not only intimidating, but really impractical. You never know where life will take you. This time last year I thought I’d be living in Paris.  I can only laugh about that as I pack my final bags for Somalia.
That doesn’t mean I’ll stop hoping, dreaming and planning, though. It just means that I’ll be adjusting how I do those things.

  1. Grab the cutest planner  you can find

Writing onto the crisp pages of a cute new planner gets me excited. Opening it makes planning feel like an event – a special daily ritual, even.  I keep one main planner and a few supplementary notebooks for life’s to-do lists, my blog and journaling. And yes, they are all adorable.

  1. Plan a little now, plan a little later 

Planning too far and too specific in the future gives me anxiety. I silently freak out. I plan in monthly or seasonal intervals. Plans that don’t seem so far away become less intimidating and more tangible.

  1. Break big goals down into smaller, specific ones

I’ll be honest: to me, big, vague goals like “save money” or “be healthy” don’t seem real. Last year, I wanted to “move more”. Then spring came, and I realized I hadn’t gotten any closer to making it happen. I needed to give it specifics. I wanted to take a yoga class. After I looked up dates, times, prices and locations, it became real and pushed me to finally get my shake, shimmy and body roll going.

So, how do you plan? Or are you just done and over with New Year’s Resolutions completely?  


Overall, I really just want to see growth within myself. I don’t want my life to be a passing of days. I want to have something to show for every day, month and year I’m out here in the world. I mean, if I’m going to have get older, I might as well be getting better, right?

I’m so incredibly grateful for another year! I hope I provide some inspiration for you all through this blog, this blog of mine. Thanks for following along and cheers to another year!


Love and light,




Where is my next travel destination? Can you guess – Hint hint (think cactus)

                                                                               Story of my life ^ lol





New year, new me



I think by now I’ve established that I’m no tough, kickass chick.
We all agree on that, right?
So, with 2018 around the corner, I’m making plans to add a little extra sumthin’ shake that up 2018.

 I’m writing this post at 12:30 am when I know full and well, I have to be up 4 hours.
I can’t turn my brain off.

This past couple months I’ve been making  a little lot of the big life decisions (of which you will be learning soon), and though I’m excited, I’m equally, if not more, nervous.
With change comes uncertainty, and though I’d like to believe otherwise, I’m not a fortune teller. I can’t look into a crystal ball and know what I’m doing will work out exactly how I want.

There are a lot of answers I don’t have, and that’s what’s literally keeping me up at night. Here’s what I do have, though: people who love me. People who are rooting for me and want me to do well. People who will give me whatever they can so that I accomplish whatever lofty goals I’ve set for myself.

I’m loved, and knowing this gives me the confidence to keep going even when I don’t have the answers and all I want to do is take a nap. Love is an absolutely powerful thing.

My mom, my sisters, my cousins, my aunts/ uncles, my friends—they have all supported me in ways I don’t think they even understand. I’m only here existing, not as a blogger, but as a human, because of all the people who have ever loved me. Please, please, please know that if you’re reading this, you have the power to love that much and change someone’s world. Don’t be afraid to.






Quick Soft Cinnamon Rolls – For A Cold Winter Day

It’s cold here in Minnesota. And I mean, it’s cold. Sub-freezing, negative double-digit weather, frost on the windows, see your breath, don’t slip on the driveway cold. But the house is still toasty and I know just what to bake to warm us up with the help of my nephews. Cinnamon Rolls, you know, the big, puffy, swirling rolls with the thick white glaze…. Yup, those. I’m pulling out treats like this when the weather gets nasty, and they are so good we almost (and we do mean almost) welcome the cold.



Quick Soft Cinnamon Rolls

Quick Soft Cinnamon Rolls with a light cream cheese glaze  and light with a simple homemade dough, and a quick method to get baking!

8 rolls



  • 1 cup milk, warmed to the touch
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons quick-rise yeast


  • 1 large egg , lightly whisked
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose (or plain) flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking oil spray


  • 1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted 



  • First, make the dough. If using active dry yeast, dissolve it with a pinch of sugar in 2 tablespoons of the lukewarm water. Let the yeast and water sit at room temperature for 15 minutes, until the mixture bubbles and expands. If using instant yeast, skip this step.
  • Combine the dissolved yeast (or instant yeast) with the rest of the dough ingredients. Mix and knead everything together—by hand, stand mixer or bread machine set on the dough cycle—till you’ve made a smooth dough. If you are kneading in a stand mixer, it should take about 7 minutes at second speed, and the dough should barely clean the sides of the bowl, maybe sticking just a bit. In a bread machine (or by hand), it should form a smooth ball.
  • Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover the bowl, and allow the dough to rise, at room temperature, until it is nearly doubled in bulk, about 1 to 2 hours. Rising may take longer, particularly if you’ve kneaded by hand. Give it enough time to become quite puffy.
  • While the dough is rising, lightly grease pans.
  • To make the filling, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, and flour.
  • Brush the dough lightly with the milk. Then sprinkle the filling evenly over the dough, covering the entire surface. Roll the dough into a log the long way; it’ll stretch to about 20″ long as you roll. Using a serrated knife, slice the log into slices. To cut down on friction and get a smooth cut, rinse the blade in hot water, and wipe it off, between slices.
  • Space eight rolls in the prepared pans. Flatten them gently. Cover the pans, and let the rolls rise till they’re noticeably puffy, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours; they should spread out and start to crowd one another.
  • While the rolls are rising, preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake the rolls till they’re brown around the edges and beginning to turn golden brown across the center, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove the rolls from the oven, and loosen their edges with a knife. Turn them out of the pan onto a rack. Coat with the glaze and serve.


Recipe Notes:

TOO HOT you’ll kill the yeast. If too hot, allow to cool slightly before proceeding with the yeast.

Bon Appetit



Fearless change

Hey Friends! It’s me! I’ve been in a war lately within myself. Everyday I want to get up and write a life-changing blogpost, and then by the time I get done with my nonprofit work is at 7:00 most days, I realize I’m exhausted, just want some food and to crawl into bed.

It has been a challenging year for me, but also new beginnings – with a growth mindset. I started the year with high expectations and goals like I always do each year.
I was intentional about blogging and pretty much everything else as it pertained to my personal life. You see, the end of summer 2017 I had quit my job to follow my dream of starting a nonprofit org, so I rolled into Fall not having a solid plan for a job because I really wanted to hold off for what I really wanted. Sure, it was a bit scary, but sometimes life is better daring, especially if you’re not in a particularly happy place, you know?

After I lost my Dad this fall (I don’t think I’ve talked about it much here on the blog much or at all, and maybe one day I will),
I can honestly say that I’ve been going through the motions, you know? I cared about everything and nothing at the same time. In the midst of such a loss, 2017 also had its share of highs, in which I’m beyond grateful for.

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you may have noticed the consistency of my blog post experience a decline. While I enjoy blogging, I prefer not to pressure myself into blogging. I think it’s healthy to take breaks and I never want to feel like my blog has me, rather than I have a blog, you know?  I do however plan and hope to be more consistent with my blog. I also plan to share more, more lifestyle content and more personable posts so you can get to know me better as a person.

I want to thank each and everyone one of you who has ever visited my blog, Facebook page, or instagram. I hope 2017 has been great for you, and cheers to the best life has to offer in 2018.  I hope you’ll stick around these parts for upcoming posts.