If you usually celebrate Christmas with family, but find yourself alone for the holiday, you might be wondering what to do with your time. I visit my family during the summer because I choose not to travel North in the winter. The trade-off is that I spend Christmas alone. The upside is that it can be peaceful and freeing. It can be a tough adjustment, but it turns out you can actually have a merry and meaningful holiday on your own! My tradition has evolved from extreme family togetherness, to small and intimate gatherings, to each sibling hosting their own holiday with their grown children.
The year nearly got away from me without tending to my 5k in every state quest. Yikes! Most of 2016 was consumed with a crazy load at work, my move into an older home (read: I now exist solely to do home repair and yard work), and helping my Mom transition from independent living to assisted living. It’s been a blur…and I’m not talking about my running, because truth be told, I usually walk anyway. Now that the chaos has quieted, and realizing I hadn’t had a vacation yet this year, I took off to Myrtle Beach, SC for a long weekend
I’ve been in my new place since May, and here it is December already! Time. Is. Flying. And the plans, they are a piling up. Seriously, I have so many half-finished projects going on, I’ve lost count. As much as I adore the new place, there are a couple of rooms that need some serious TLC. I showed you the entryway closet conversion here. I know, that was 100% utilitarian and not a lot of pretty. Well, the master bath refresh has a bit of both. I’m calling it a refresh because it’s definitely not a remodel (maybe in a year or two–I hope!), nor is