Photo archive

Friday, March 17, 2017

All these pictures I take just sitting in my phone. Here’s to posting them somewhere to look back on one day.

1. Cornelia Fort Airpark 2. Glasses 3. Sadie cuddles 4.trees from a hike  5. First ever Five Daughters donut 6. Grocery store donut and a book club book  7. Resist 8. Sunset that I stopped to take picture of like 3 times 9. Radnor 10. another picture from a hike 11. Cornelia Fort 12. Sunset from Love Circle 13. Sadie girl all cuddled and patriotic

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Corey Turns 31 Road Trip

Sunday, March 12, 2017

I turned 31 this week. There’s a lot to be said about that but then again, nothing at all. When I first moved to Nashville I had dreams of driving all over and going to so many different states but two and half years later I have only been into the southernmost part of Kentucky and as far south as Atlanta. I decided to do something about that this year and so I booked a night at an AirBnB in Louisville, TN and planned some stops along the way.

The trip was quick, one day out, one day back but I did manage to see a lot. A pink elephant, Hidden Hollow amusement park (unfortunately it was closed), Minister’s Treehouse (I did not trespass to get closer, maybe one day), and Cotton Eyed Joe’s all took up my first day. On the way back I went through Pigeon Forge (the love pancakes and old time photos), Gatlinburg (was a street away from the fire damage I guess) and into Knoxville (still getting hit by the drought pretty hard) then back home.

I hope to get a few more of these in over the year. Maybe Louisville, KY and Charlotte, NC. Gotta do what I came here to do.

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February/March

Friday, March 3, 2017

February has been unseasonably warm. It’s wonderful!

February Goals:
donate to one new organization: signed up to donate time – I signed up to be a volunteer at a Mud Run in May and this weekend I will be helping weed at a farm for The The Trust for Tennessee. Pretty excited about these.
one date – accomplished
at least one call to each of the designated family members – accomplished
plan my 31st birthday party and/or mini trip – done! I will be setting out to a horse farm by the Smoky Mountains this weekend!
read books I am excited to read (try to keep it at 4) – accomplished
exercise 4x a week – DID IT! This is two full months of vigorously moving at least 4x a week.
spend less than I make – ACCOMPLISHED! Clearly I am pretty excited about this. I have been working on my budgeting system and tracking each month, figuring out what I want to get out of it and this month I even took out the value of two extra days of pay in a short month and saved it for my birthday and STILL I spent less than I made. Praise hands and what not.
create something… seriously anything (paint a picture, work on the blanket, edit some old photos) – did not do well with this, I am going to add working on the blanket to March
take a walk/hike in a new park and visit a new part of Nashville every weekend: I did this a couple times but not every weekend
continue on with gratitude/daily pages – accomplished
file taxes – accomplished

*The lessons I learned and will carry on from February is/are: I get pulled into drama, not just with other people but in my mind, which means I also create some myself. The lesson I want to carry forward is to invest less, to notice when I’m getting pulled in to others issues as well as when I’m getting pulled under my own, I want to take the importance away from being in the know, to walk away from things that can admittedly be very entertaining and to react slower.

March Goals
– Get all travel plans locked in for trip home in June (plane, parking, rental car, possible mini trip)
– Order bridesmaid’s dress for wedding
– at least one call to five family members
– exercise 4x a week: This time focusing on 3 times in gym or hike and then one free exercise any way I want
– stay in food budget – don’t let overspending on food take from other categories
– work on the swiss cross blanket
– explore somewhere new every week

*Something I want to experiment with in March is: meditation

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*These questions are part of Nicole from Real Talk Radio’s monthly review. I highly recommend her podcast.

Books of February

Monday, February 27, 2017

I was successful in slowing down a bit in my reading for February! I started a few books and ditched them and the room to do so feels really good. If I wasn’t excited about a book and thinking about it, I let it go. I spent the free time doing other things like talking to people and investing deeper in some aspects of my life that I had checked out from.

This month I read:
Crooked Kingdom – Loved this book. Loved it more than I liked the first one, but Crooked Kingdom would not be the book I loved if the first hadn’t been written, so… I definitely recommend them both.
Replica – Read this for bookclub and felt whatever about it. Really enjoyed talking about it with the group though, so it was worth the time spent in that aspect.
Get Your Sh*t Together – Decent self improvement book. Funny, straightforward, pretty simple to follow.

Currently reading:
King’s Cage – Love this series

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January/February

Monday, February 6, 2017


(whoever made this, kudos… I hear ya Lemon)

January didn’t go as planned (it never really does).

January Goals:
Start a Low FODMAP Diet – absolutely crashed and burned on this one. Managed to: continued with a probiotic, start taking a multivitamin, and try out a lot of different recipes though
Work out 4 times a week – ACCOMPLISHED!!! Most of those times were in my apartment gym but a couple times they were out on trails and a few they were dancing in a bar  (preferred method of cardio)
– Family phone calls – Not so great, definitely need to get better at this.
Spend less than I make – this was a draw. Didn’t put anything on credit or dip into savings but did have extra money from Christmas AND spent way too much on food trying to figure out the Low FODMAP stuff.

Unintentional January Goals:
– Do more social things away from line dancing bar: Did this well. I did go a couple of times but I also stayed away for a couple of weekends and caught up with other friends. Success.
– Find causes to volunteer for and donate to: Started donating to Boot Campaign and have some others in mind for the next few months.

I looked at my list and didn’t really feel anything so I will be reworking my goals yet again. I’m looking for smaller changes over longer terms. I want to end 2017 feeling better than I ever have and while I would love it to be with huge things accomplished I may have to settle with gradual improvement. Here are some of the possibilities for this month:

February Goals:
– donate to one new organization: this month focusing on reproductive health/women’s rights and environment/land conservation
– one date
– at least one call to each of main family members
– plan my 31st birthday party and/or mini trip
– read books I am excited to read (try to keep it at 4)
– exericise 4x a week
– spend less than I make
– create something… seriously anything (paint a picture, work on the blanket, edit some old photos)
– take a walk/hike in a new park and visit a new part of Nashville every weekend
– continue on with gratitude/daily pages
– file taxes – done!

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