Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

Hello, friends! Happy Monday!

I experienced a bit of blog writing block for awhile. In January I started to put a lot of pressure on myself about blogging and in February I said goodbye to a relative who became ill and passed away, so I felt pretty unsettled and wasn’t able to focus on much other than work during that time.

So finally last week I just told myself to stop putting pressure on myself and just have fun with blogging… so that’s what we’re doing. I wanted to share some photos from the last few months and look back at the little things. They’re the things that got me through February. There aren’t that many for two months. They were what they were.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

The year started with tummy rubs and a photo of Mina.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

And Tino. The look on his face. 😂

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

My family spent time at my sister’s and she made homemade peanut butter cups, that were really good.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

I had my first coaching session and had to take a photo of the mess that was beside me. I felt behind and unorganized for most of January and this is just a visual representation of that. The suitcase was actually closed until about five minutes before my coaching call when I realized that the notebook I wanted to use for it was in the suitcase. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

A friend and I spent an afternoon at the University of Minnesota to film a video… which you should be seeing soon.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com
Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com
Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

Any time cuddling with this pup is the best. And a good book to go with it.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com
Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

Took a moment to look up on an early morning.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

💙💙💙

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

A friend of mine was in a rodeo at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul (she’s a barrel racer), so I met up with her outside the city so that I could ride in with her. Here’s a view of St. Paul.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

I saw this quote backstage and loved it.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

It was so good to see my friend… and to see Lily again. Look at that face! 😍

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

It was also a really, really cold night.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

Spent a weekend with this sweet pup and those sweet little forehead creases.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

Had my second coaching call and felt much more with it this time. Instead of racing to find my notebook right before the call I had a chance to set up the diffuser with an uplifting oil blend.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

These brussels sprouts tacos were 👌🏼.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

A cozy pup on a bitterly cold night.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

She’s not a fan of boots, but I made her wear them on some of the coldest days we had this year.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

I always love hearing my niece play the piano.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

I had grand reading plans one week, but my uncle was put in ICU and I made a trip out to visit my family and see him instead. I took them with me, but wasn’t into reading that week.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

Wishin’ and hopin’ for tummy rubs.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

I thought of all the reminders on Instagram to look up while on my way to visit my uncle.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com
Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

While there I got to spend time with Charlie and Chip.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

And enjoyed seeing how this view changed each day.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

Squirrel watch.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

Grabbed a churro latte on my way out of town and it was delicious.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

I welcomed Morticia to the plant family. We’ll see if I can keep her alive. 🤞🏼

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

And I took my niece out for the Valentine’s Day date I had to reschedule (spent Valentine’s Day with my aunt instead). We went to see Happy Day 2U.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

And we had snow.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

So much that even the snow dog wasn’t sure what to do with it.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

There’s a lot of it.

So, that was the beginning of my year. I’d love love love to hear more about yours. What happened in your life? What were some of the highlights? What were some of the lows, if you’ve had some of those too? I’d love to hear more about what got you through.

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  • I wasn’t particularly close to my aunts and uncles growing up. I was born when my parents were a little older and I always felt like my aunts and uncles had done the aunt and uncle thing and didn’t need more of it by the time I was born.

But my Uncle H and Aunt J were different. When my uncle was dying I was asked what some of my biggest memories were. This question came up again over the weekend. And there were so many to choose from. The biggest was, of course, sticky buns on Sunday morning. (And usually going to the store with him to get them.) There was also ✨ “driving” the tractor through the fields on the farm
✨ fishing during the summer
✨ trips to the store and getting a candy bar that I didn’t have to tell my parents about (but always did)
✨ talking about his Spanish classes
✨ “scaring the fish away” by talking, but he was fine with me talking anyway
✨ driving the boat...and starting to fill the boat with water when I went too fast, but he wasn’t upset
✨driving the golf cart around the golf course
✨ listening to his stories about his time in the army

He wasn’t a perfect man and I saw that once I was an adult. But for someone who was only close to one uncle growing up, he’s part of some of my best childhood memories. 💙
  • ”I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.” [Anne Lamott]

The last time I was here it was cold and the ground was covered in snow. I said goodbye to my uncle. (That sentence still brings tears to my eyes.) Now it’s (slightly) warmer and the world is waking up after winter. This weekend I was thankful for 🌻 the chance to enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Michigan with my dog in my lap
🌻 a family brunch
🌻 followed by a family dinner the same day
🌻 fresh WI cheese curds
🌻 long talks with my cousin

What were you thankful for this weekend?
  • Lake Michigan was barely visible when we left this morning. It was fun to see how the view of lake changed each day—and throughout the day!—this weekend.
  • I guess I didn’t have to worry about whether or not the dogs would get along. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂
  • Hello, Lake Michigan. 👋🏼
  • When you think they finally placed an order for you...and then they make you get off the chair. 😒 Swipe to see other photos from my day: 🐾 Met my human’s aunt and I was cute.
🐾 Asked my grandhuman for tummy rubs.
🐾 Realized my tummy rubs weren’t his priority. 🙄
🐾 Met two Doodles and my human pet one of them... so if you’d like a human, I’m getting rid of mine. No time for that kind of betrayal.
  • We’re headed on an adventure! Mina’s handling the longest road trip she’s been on like a champ. While at a rest stop we met a man wearing a “Dogs are my favorite people” shirt (👏🏼👏🏼) and his German Shepherd, who fell in love with Miss Mina. Can you blame him? Who wouldn’t fall in love with her? #littleonesadventures
  • Goodnight moon. 🌙

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