Weekly Wrap-Up: May 14, 2016

Hello. This weekend finds me celebrating my fabulous father’s birthday, and enjoying a little cooler, yet still sun-shiny weather in the South!

WHAT’S PLAYING OUT OF MY SPEAKERS

This week I’m all about my Sirius XM station #30, The Loft. It’s like I’m sitting in the hippest coffee shop in town, sipping on lattes (yes, plural), visiting with friends old and new, wearing my comfy stretchy pants, and enjoying picturesque views out of the large front windows. Oh yeah, it’s that good!

LOVING THIS QUOTE

“With integrity you have nothing to fear because you have nothing to hide.” (Zig Ziglar)

GREEN, GREEN EVERYWHERE!

Winters in Texas are generally pretty…brown. They’re wet, they’re muddy. They’re just kinda drab. But all of the rain-soaked weather we have had throughout the winter and spring this year has created a beautifully green landscape this time of year! The wildflowers that coat the highways across Texas each spring were bursting with color this year, the trees are full of bright green leaves, the flowers and gardens are popping! Everything is in hyper-growth mode and it is an absolutely blessing!

MARILYN’S BOOKSHELF

I just finished reading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. So good! I posted a video review of that earlier in the week if you want to check it out HERE.  Next up on my nightstand is Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win, by Jack Willink and Leif Babin. I was drawn to read this book after hearing Tim Ferriss interview Jacko for the Tim Ferriss Show podcast (which I LOVE). I am really looking forward to diving into this book, and all the content that moves even deeper into taking “extreme ownership” than the podcast was able to dive.

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Until next time, my friends…

I hope that YOU are making it a great day,

Mari!yn

NEW VIDEO UP: Texas Truisms Confirmed

Hi, Y’all!

Texas is such a fun state to be from, and it’s an even funner (yeah, I said funner…deal) state to return to after living in the Midwest. Since returning to the Lone Star State, I’ve seen things that used to be the “norm” and now stand out to me, and usually also make me laugh a little.Where else would I choose to share these insights, but right here with y’all?!?

Enjoy the hilarity that is this collection of hilarity: Texas Truisms Confirmed!

Until next time, folks…

Make it a great day,

Mari!yn

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Moving, Doors & Dreams

I like the saying, “When life closes a door, open it again. That’s how doors work.”20150714 MHC new space

It makes me giggle because even though I believe all of the “everything happens for a reason” clichés, I also believe that just because a door shuts in your life doesn’t mean you have to just sit there and take it. Sometimes that door needs to be reopened, sometimes the hinges need a little oil, sometimes patience and time open the door…and sometimes that door really just isn’t meant to be open.

As I’ve shared previously, my family has moved from Wisconsin to Texas. I actually feel sorry for any and all of the people I’m closest to because for the past three months I have done almost nothing but whine about leaving Wisco. The people, the job, the community, the region, the coffee, the cheese, the activities, the schools, the ___________…you name it. I just wasn’t ready yet and everyone knew it!

A door was shut for me, and instead of looking for an open window, I kept trying like crazy to get that dang door back open! I looked EVERYWHERE to find the magic key that would open that door back up. I explored every option. That door wasn’t coming back open, at least not right now.

So, here I am, standing outside of a locked door, but not really seeing any available windows, either. What else would I be doing??? Duh–I’m having an impromptu dance party outside!!! Instead of wearing my knuckles out banging on the door, I’m making the most of the move, the new location, the opportunity to spend time with family and reunite with friends I’ve known for years but not seen in a while. I’m laughing and dancing and playing outside the door while I patiently wait for it to reopen or for another door/window/swirly-fun-slide to appear to me!

One of the ways I’m celebrating my new chapter of life is by enjoying the time to focus on this community. For the past year, especially, I’ve felt so busy with my busyness that spending time doing this thing that I LOVE and am passionate about (this website, my YouTube channel, YOU) has been ignored. Now, I am able to refocus my attention and develop this MHC community into what I dreamed it would be years ago. This makes me smile and crank up the dance party tunes!!!

Expect changes that are still evolving to come to fruition over the coming weeks and months. I’m getting my dance groove back and I’m super excited to share my new moves 🙂

Thank YOU for tuning in, being there (here), and enjoying what I do here. Keep doing what you do, and I promise to keep working at getting better and better at what I do! I’m tired of knocking on that door…but I know it’ll open when the time is right. Until then, let’s party!!!

Make it a great day,

Mari!yn

Wiconsin To-Do List!

Words cannot express how much I have loved living in Wisconsin! The past two years have been wonderful and although I feel like I got out and explored my new state quite a bit, I know there’s still TONS to do before I leave Wisconsin and return to the Lone Star State! Help me with my Wisconsin To-Do List!!! Here’s what I have so far, and if you can think of another “can’t miss” spot on the map or activity, let me know in the comments!!

  • House on the Rock (although this one has gotten mixed reviews…)WelcomeToWisconsin
  • Blue Mounds State Park, Cave of the Mounds, Brigham County Park (Blue Mounds)
  • Big Falls (Eau Claire)
  • The UP
  • Apostle Islands & Madeline Island (La Pointe)
  • Door County
  • Overture Center
  • Betty Lou Cruise

…What else should I add to my list???

Make it a great day,

Mari!yn

Things I’m Learning from Snow

1) I’ve come to the conclusion that as a Southerner in the North, it’s safest to do all of my driving following the snow plow for the following reasons: they clear the roads for you, they sprinkle salt along your path, everyone can see and hear you coming, and it keeps your speed to a bare minimum on the slick roads.
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2) Once the snow stops falling I’ve learned that the wind picks up and starts blowing all the loose, powdery loveliness in all directions…not only flying in your face (usually the only exposed skin available), but also all over the sidewalks and driveways that you just spent an hour of muscle and back ache clearing.
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3) There are even the snow equivalent of “dirt devils” (mini tornado looking gusts of wind that pick up dirt in desert-like West Texas) here that swirl freshly fallen snow across yards and streets. I’m calling then “snownadoes.”

4) I’ve learned so far what -16 degrees Fahrenheit feels like…and it’s still early in the season.
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5) And, I’ve learned that weather that would have shut the world down in the South doesn’t even phase people in the North.

Stay warm, my friends &
Make it a great day,
Mari!yn

Talkin’ Suuuthrn in Wiscaaansin

Wisconsin photo gridWhen you move from the South to the North, you’re bound to get some funny looks. I’m a Texas girl through-and-through, but add my seven years in Arkansas to that and I can really get my Suuuthrn on! Give me boots and jeans, some Texas country music and a little two-step, and I’m a happy girl. So, when my family decided to move North (as in almost-to-the-Canadian-border-North) from Arkansas, we pulled ourselves up by our boot-straps and got goin’.

In Wiscaaansin (or Wisconsin, if you prefer), my family and I get a lot of versions of the question, “Where are yuu all fraaam?” And when we speak, there looks of complete confusion at our pronunciation and terms (like we’re speaking a totally different language…our own little version of English, I suppose), and usually lots of giggles.

Like a circus side-show, we get requests to say words like FLAG (rather than “flaegg”), JOB (instead of “jaaab”), WISCONSIN (not “Wiscaaansin”), and even re-learning city names that we thought we knew how to say, like Green BAY rather than GREEN Bay, or OreGON instead of ORegon.

Even when I try to sound more native to these northern states, I sound more like I’m just making fun of my new friends. It comes out sounding too nasaly or with the emphasis just a little off kilter.

So, I’ve decided that since I can’t seem to completely join them…I’ll just stick to my southern roots while living here in the northern Midwestern U.S. By golly, I’ll embrace being the only girl in the neighborhood coffee shop greeting people with “hey, y’all,” and showing my appreciation with a hearty “thaynks a laaat!” I’ll keep the southern twang that makes me sound more like a Georgia Peach at times than a Texan, but who knows and who cares up here! I’ll keep enjoying the grins and shared looks I get even when I think I’m keeping my Suuuthrn talk under wraps. And, I’ll continue to repeat myself (complete with hand motions, when necessary) when my new neighbors can’t seem to understand a single word I’m saying.

It’s all gooood, y’all!

Make it a great day,

Mari!yn