Category Archive for "Love"

Daily Journal: Montana morning light

With temps dipping into the 20s at night and highs only in the 40s, we are becoming more engaged with our wood stove. One special perk is you get to see some really amazing sunrises and Montana morning light when restocking the wood stove for breakfast. This sunrise was captured from our yurt looking into Glacier National Park as another storm front moves in bringing more rain and snow to NW Montana.

Happiness is a choice worth making

I was back in my hometown in Wisconsin recently, and took some time to go through my old journals. I laughed when I realized I had literally recorded, in writing, every moment of my middle and high school experience. It was entries from my 5th- and 6th-grade self that particularly fascinated me; I read the words “I am so happy!” and “I am so excited!” over and over again, like a recurring theme. You don’t remember things like that unless you write it down. I must have been the happiest kid on the planet. That got me thinking about how…

Thoughts on love… and marriage

During our first few months in Montana, I struggled to adjust. You see, back in Central Utah, we had a limited number of things to do with a limited number of friends with limited accessibility. Montana is the opposite, with opportunities around every corner. And yet, my instinct was to work through the day and most of the night because that’s what I was used to. First off, yes: I am a slight workaholic. Being connected via iPhone is a blessing for productivity and a curse for having a life outdoors. It doesn’t help (but also helps a lot!) that…

Marriage, Year Two: An Ode to Continued Transformation

September 24, 2013

Well—here we are! Today, Sean and I celebrate our second wedding anniversary, and I’m so proud to say how far we’ve come, hand-in-hand. I am living proof that life can pull a complete 180 in a year… and then do it over and over (and over). Four years ago, today (2009), I was a single, successful 24-year-old woman named Mollie Shambeau. A few years out of college from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with two bachelors’ degrees, I had never met Sean Busby and had never ridden a road bike. I was living in Madison as a well-known style/associate editor of a…

Plaid: The Official Uniform of Outdoor-minded Folk

My first memory of my wife (Mollie) before we started dating was the outfit she wore on our first official meet up. We met at a funeral of a young boy named Jesse (full story here); I had flown out to Wisconsin mid-winter to give his eulogy. A day after the funeral, I had a run in with Mollie while I was still in Wisconsin. She was wearing a red plaid shirt that instantly caught my attention. (She tells me now that the pattern is called “gingham.”) I took keen interest to this shirt and of course to Mollie. A…

What some would call lies—and what I call “good stuff”

As a blogger, I’m naturally interested in stories. I tell stories all the time. Like yesterday’s story? Pretty revealing. If we’re being totally honest here, I actually feel super exposed after putting out the phrase, “tire around my midsection that haunts my reflection in the mirror” into the universe. But for me—no matter how naked I feel to the “outside” world, writing is therapeutic. And the method to my madness is words, or rather type. On the interweb. Recently, I got to thinking about another form of therapeutic storytelling: Podcasts. Specifically, a type 1 diabetes podcast that doesn’t focus on diabetes…

Think Thankful: ASweetLife.org’s Jessica Apple Writes on Life in Tel Aviv

November 20, 2012

I don’t have a long post for today, but what I do have is something that should make us all a little more thankful. A few times a month, I write for ASweetLife.org from the perspective of a wife of someone with diabetes. (Who thought my role could have such a strong point of view!). So while I’m sitting here writing about this, Jessica and Michael—the founders of the website are living in Tel Aviv, where they set up shop with their family 15 years ago. Air raid sirens constantly ring through the air in a city once considered a…

Goal Zero: Lighting up the devastation from Hurricane Sandy

November 4, 2012

If you’re a regular reader, you know that the majority of my posts center on the things in my life that I find inspirational. Today’s post is about a company Sean and I wholeheartedly believe in, doing something for the better good—for hurricane relief on the east coast. In light of the darkness many families are experiencing, Goal Zero is going the extra mile to help victims of Hurricane Sandy keep the lights on the same way we operate devices in the Travel Queen: With solar power. For starters, Goal Zero is just a cool company. When you walk through…

I get a niece today!

October 29, 2012

Today, my beautiful sister-in-law gives birth to her third baby, a girl—Hannah! I’m so excited to see her today, and I was honored to take photos of the happy mom yesterday. Congrats to Jen, Mike, and Connor and Cameron. More photos coming soon—just wanted to post a quick update. Isn’t she beautiful?

Often Wander Bracelet Giveaway WINNER: Sarah O!

I am so happy to say that Sarah O. (from Waupaca!) has won the Often Wander bracelet in the color of her choice! Sarah has been reading and commenting on my blog for a long time, and so I think it’s fitting that she’s rewarded for being one of my longest-time readers. To the rest of you who entered, THANK YOU for taking the time to comment! You all are wonderful, and I think you will look absolutely fabulous in an Often Wander bracelet—so you should treat yourself. I will be shooting you an email with the code for 10% off the Often…

We are the Outsiders

October 24, 2012

Today is your last chance to enter the Often Wander bracelet giveaway! Click here for more info. Enter by midnight! —- Sometimes, when you live a life on-the-go, people ask you how it’s even possible. How do Sean and I travel around the world, invest in a 1977 motor home, make a nonprofit viable, stay sane and financially fit—AND foster our relationship through it all? The answer is simple: We just do. That’s the life we want. We’re not your suburban sit-in-an-office-all-day type of couple. If that’s you, then that’s great! But the reality for us is that compared to the majority of…

Bloggy Bootcamp Las Vegas: So. Freaking. Awesome.

So many of you have probably considered blogging at some point in your life. Perhaps you have some opinions you think the world needs to hear. Or maybe your overbearing mom in Arizona is begging you to post pictures of her grandchildren. OR, maybe you just think you’re awesome and the world should know your opinons about life, love and the adventures you have with your husband and your Weimaraner. (Which is totally valid.) Well, little do you know—there is a tribe of women in this world who are really “working” the blogging sector and making their livlihood from this business….

Salt Lake Power Yoga—a new favorite studio!

October 11, 2012

So if you’ve ever done yoga before, you might agree that one of the hardest parts is keeping your thoughts, worries and inhibitions OUT of your head while you’re trying to focus. I find this task particularly difficult. I hear all the time how I should focus on my breathing if I’m get distracted, but lets be honest—that can last 30 seconds until a thought creeps in my head again. I go back and forth but sometimes my thoughts are too abundant, or I’m checking out my neighbor’s yoga outfit, or the flies in the studio are flocking to my sweaty body and…

Montana Music: Wolf Gang—Stay and Defend

October 9, 2012

What I love most about Wolf Gang’s “Stay and Defend” is the optimistic, upbeat feel. It makes me unconsciously smile and nod my head to the beat—isn’t that what every happy song should do?

Bike Prom

You know what? Theme parties never go out of style. As someone who spent the greater part of her childhood playing “dress up,” I still love costuming and being silly as much as I did back then—I just wish I’d kept all my costumes. You can’t imagine how many times I wish I had my cutoff denim vest, or those silver sequined bell-bottoms… Anyway. I’m so proud to say it’s that time of year again: The bi-annual theme party. First, there was a “Ninjas vs. Pirates” party… followed by a “Superheroes that Didn’t Make It” party. And, you may remember…

Stoked on life (and yams)

A few weeks ago, I had an intuitive reading with a dear friend of mine from Madison, named Laura. [A psychic? Really?] I prefer to call it an intuitive reading—but yes, really. There are no crystal balls, she doesn’t analyze coffee grounds … none of the hooplah you heard about in the cheesy movies. [Why would you do that? How do you know she’s for real?] How else do you expect me to find blogging material without doing something unexpected once and a while? And to the second question, I don’t know. I feel. Feelings are all you have to reference,…

Montana Music: Lumineers—Ho Hey

September 25, 2012

There were a number of songs Sean and I heard on the radio during our drive through Montana, and I’d like to share one that makes me smile. Maybe it’s all the anniversary talk and sifting through our wedding photos, but this song just fits my mood today. I feel like someone should make a movie of my life to this song. Grab your banjo, stomp your feet, and get that smile on… Presenting The Lumineers—Ho Hey

One year later…

One year ago, I put on the most gorgeous dress I’ve ever worn, gathered with 250 of my favorite people in the world, walked down the aisle with my Dad in the garden I grew up in, and married the love of my life. Whew! It’s funny how fast the time goes during that first year. Whenever we would tell people we got married a few months before, they would smile a knowing smile and say, “Oh! Newlyweds!” Yes… we were newlyweds. And sometimes their knowing smile was right—I won’t say these past 12 months have been easy. We’re just…

Your $26 Birthday Donation

The time has finally come. On Sunday, I will turn 26-years-old. It’s what I consider The Last Birthday Frontier. Age 26 bears the last milestone in my life that will deal with age, other than simply “getting old,” or the time-honored “turning 29” every year for the rest of my life once I actually turn 30. Soon, I am going to be responsible for getting off my parents health insurance. Yep—even after marriage, I have managed to work the system as long as I possibly can. But you know what? That’s the funny thing about health insurance for people like…

Green Tea Spotlight: Boulder Blues

September 5, 2012

As opposed to yesterday’s Organic Chemistry roast, I want to post about something today that makes me incredible happy: Boulder Blues Green Tea. Made and distrubuted by the Boulder, Colorado-based The Tea Spot, Boulder Blues is an amazing loose-leaf green tea that proves to keep my taste-buds happy and my spirits lifted throughout the day. (And no, they are not paying me to say this.) As The Tea Spot’s best selling green tea, Boulder Blues is a blend of fine Japanese Sencha and high grade Chinese Dragonwell, infused with wild strawberries and rhubarb flavors for a subtle twist. It’s the…