We are officially 80% through Husband’s deployment! (Shoutout to the Deployment Tracker App for doing the math for me!)

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Now that we’re at the tail end of this deployment, it feels like the time has flown by. Everyone told me that the time would fly by, and I knew that they would be right, but it was hard to believe it in the moment. Though, I’m willing to bet that the last few weeks will feel eternal.

We’re in the home stretch!

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Re-evaluating Success

One of my very good friends is a holistic executive coach. She does a 30 day group coaching program about once a quarter called Stepping into Someday. I have attended some of her other retreats and events, but this one scared me. What am I even looking for? What do I want out of this? I decided to sign up and dive into the program after Husband left on his deployment. With the next half year being spent solo, it seemed like as good a time as any to do some soul searching, to grow, and to focus on me.

In one of our calls, we got to discussing success. Specifically, how I define success in various aspects of life. My [outdated] picture of success probably looks a lot like yours… basically, being superwoman (or superman). Doing everything “expected of me” flawlessly with grace and ease (and with perfectly coifed hair, of course).Read More »


Have you guys heard of the singer/songwriter, Khalid? He’s got a few hits that I’m totally digging right now: Young Dumb & Broke (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPfJnp1guPc) & Location (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by3yRdlQvzs). I first learned of him when someone on a morning radio show raved about having just discovered his music. I had to agree, I instantly loved him & his music. He’s got a really chill vibe and just seems so relatable (high school Gabi totally could have related to him; who isn’t young, dumb, & broke in high school, right?). Go check him out, hopefully you like him just as much as I do.

Anyway, I was just listening to an interview he did. The interviewer started out by mentioning that he moved around a lot as a kid, ‘cause it was something they had in common. When I hear that anyone “moves around a lot” I instantly think there must be some military association. Because who else in their right mind would move every 2-4 years, amirite?!Read More »

Sorry I’ve Been A Shitty Friend: A Multiple Choice Form Letter

In light of my recent thoughts on friendships, this was too good not to share! …and it doubles as a fun game of Mad Libs!

Wine and Cheese (Doodles)

Dear (fill in name of friend here),

How are you? It’s been way too long, I know. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought of you and then said to myself, I should really (call/write/at least click like on your vacation photos) but I’m sure you know how it goes. No matter how organized I am, it seems like (life/the news/a hangover) is always getting in the way. It’s so true what they say. Time sure does have a habit of flying when you’re (procrastinating/bemoaning the state of humanity/binge watching Better Call Saul), doesn’t it?

Funny thing is, your name came up just the other day. Someone asked me, “Hey, how’s (fill in name of friend here)? (He’s/She’s) got to be almost (ready to move/ready to have a baby/done with school), right? And it…

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