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  1. julie

    sounds like my cup of coffee! I would love to read this book

    1. giftpackagingbox

      We need to know that when a box of 10x10x15cm is folded, its inner diameter will be less than 10x10x15cm.

  2. Audrey

    I like that. I’m a real person too. Hooray for lacking perfection.

    1. Jen Violi

      Thanks so much Audrey! I’ve been traveling for a few weeks, taking my mess on tour, as it were, but it’s good to be back home and see your lovely comment. xoxo

  3. Aurelie K Jordan

    Hello Jordan,

    Thanks so much for this wonderful post! I will certainly be keeping my eye out for new posts here!

    xxoxx,
    Aurelie

  4. Aulii

    Thought I would struggle to write for 10 mins with the boys video game marathon going on in the background but I ended up going for almost 20! Thank you! Looking forward to more.

  5. Jeanine - the Baking Beauties

    Lyndsay, I absolutely LOVE you! Your writing is amazing, you have courage like no other, and that chicken – oh, I’d LOVE to have that chicken for dinner tonight! Fabulous!

    1. Lyndsay Wells

      Awww… thanks so much Jeanine – and thanks for popping by! We Canadian Cookies are a fierce bunch and I am proud of you right back πŸ˜‰ I love a lemon cream sauce over chicken. Mr. Kitchen Witch loved this one too.

  6. Debbi

    I need to hear more! I have Zumba that’s been out of the box a couple of times. I did better going to the class, but my significant other (Mr. Athlete himself) did Insanity and our little girl does it with him. I just HATE working out to a television. Please tell me it’s so much better than my expectations because after I pop out this last kid I’m going to need something so I can go surfing in Costa Rica one day. Yay goals, and yay cruises!

  7. Lyndsay Wells

    Ba ha ha ha ha!!! Richard this is why I love and adore you so much. Oh, and I own the complete “Hip Hop Abs” program for similar reasons πŸ˜‰

  8. Theresa Bollman

    Hi Lyndsay, I must first say that I agree totally with everything Jeanine said; your courage is inspiring. So many of us have felt as you have, but have missed the opportunity to share our experiences with those we might have helped or encouraged. I know I have, but I feel myself getting more brave, thanks to you.
    Now Lyndsay, I had a great belly laugh over your underwear epiphany in the “big box Store”. I too remember the day I turned in my “B52” card and liberated my poor abused bosoms. Now when I turn a corner, my breasts and I enter at the same time. Remarkable! πŸ™‚
    I’m so glad I found your site and blogs; it’s a bright spot I look very forward to.
    I’ll e doing your chicken soon…wish me luck. xo, Tess

    1. Lyndsay Wells

      Hi Tess πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for following me here to Sweatpants and Coffee! I always enjoy hearing from you. And thank you for a good laugh – you are a gem. Good luck with the chicken – I think you’ll really love it.

  9. Brenda

    I just started Focus T-25! It’s great, your workout is done in 25 minutes!

  10. Lyndsay Wells

    I have made so many of your cocktails Nanea but my absolute favourite is the Strawberry Shortcake. I’m catering a small pool party on Sunday and will be serving that as dessert πŸ™‚

    1. Nanea Hoffman

      Oh, that sounds like it’s going to be a delightful brunch!

  11. Amy

    The five second rule is thown out the window.

  12. Theresa Bollman

    LOL…I like that “Full-bodied” message πŸ™‚

  13. Theresa Bollman

    God Bless that wonderful young man! God is good. I’ll bet there were TWO very happy moms that day.

  14. Dawn Herring

    Jordan,
    Your post provides a most intimate view of how journal writing truly enabled you to reconnect with yourself so profoundly, enhancing your view of life and relationships with those you love. It is truly a testament of the empowering dimension journaling can provide. How uplifting and inspiring!

    I have chosen your post, Journal to the Center of Yourself, for the #JournalChat Pick of the Day on 7/15/13 for all things journaling on Twitter; a link will be posted on the social networks, on my blog and website Refresh with Dawn Herring, and in my weekly Refresh Journal: http://tinyurl.com/lnt5d5g.

    #JournalChat Live is every Thursday, 5 EST/2 PST, for all things journaling on Twitter.

    Thanks again for sharing this heartfelt testimony of the power of journaling.

    Be refreshed,
    Dawn Herring
    Your Refreshment Specialist
    Host of #JournalChat Live and Links Edition on Twitter
    Author of The Birthday Wall: Create a Collage to Celebrate Your Child

  15. Inez Stefanski

    I am so glad I found your site. I really found you by mistake, while I was browsing on Yahoo for something else. Anyways I am here now and would just like to say thank you for a useful post and an all round inspiring blog. (I also like the theme/design), I don’t have time to read through it all at the minute, but I have added your website to my favorites, so when I have time I will be back to read more. Please do keep up the awesome job!

  16. Karen

    Wendie, you always bring a smile to my face! Stealing time at Starbucks to be with your ink and paper lover is as good a place to write as any coffee shop or home office – at least you wouldn’t have to resort to locking a door to get some me time at ‘Bucks! Personally I prefer Dunkin to Starbucks, but any port in a storm! At home, I don’t have anyone competing for me-time (except for some pesky dust bunnies who insist on taking up residence but who are easily banished with my sock mops!!) so I rarely need to escape. But if I did need to escape I’d probably go to Panera cause I prefer food to coffee and Panera has some really delicious desserts!!

    1. Wendie Burbridge

      I’ll have to try Dunkin’s or Panera Bread. I think I just like someplace clean and comfy and that I don’t have to clean- and where food and coffee can be easily found. Ha ha!
      Whatever works for you is the best place to start:) Thanks so much for reading and commenting Karen:) Aloha, Wendie

  17. Linda Stein

    Seems odd to me that anyone would look down on anything that stirs the creative juices, even if that juice is Starbucks coffee. Seems to me you’re the one who’s on the right track. Maybe those folks screaming about writers block and the difficulty of looking at a blank piece of paper (or laptop screen these days) should find their closest Starbucks and get to work, eh? Maybe quite, solitude, nice decor and good, if over priced, coffee is their answer too.

    Besides… didn’t JK Rowling write the first Harry Potter in a coffee shop? Seems to have worked out pretty well for her, eh?

    Keep writing Wendie! ALWAYS a pleasure to read everything that Starbucks coffee hath wrought! {HUGS}

    1. Linda Stein

      That should be quiet….not quite! Damn fingers!

    2. Wendie Burbridge

      Hi Linda- thanks for reading! I think everything worked out pretty well for Jo Rowling so I’m never going to stop writing in coffee shops- and where ever else I can find some peace and quiet. πŸ˜€ Thanks for commenting! Aloha, Wendie

  18. Cian Taaffe

    I’ve never understood why people turn up their nose at writing in a coffee shop.
    I tend to be most productive when writing at Starbucks, less distracted than I would be at home.
    I also enjoy writing in bars every now and again. Sitting there with my notebook and sipping on an ice cold pint of lager tends to get the creative juices flowing.

    1. Wendie Burbridge

      Mmmm writing in a bar:) That would be great- and you’re right- if it’s not too busy and noisy, you could find some quiet time there as well. Thanks for the tip! Aloha, Wendie

  19. Maile Alau

    Hey thats me thats me!!! Thanks for the love!

    1. tomi

      Thank you so much, Lyndsay – it was very difficult to write, but I’d recommend the exercise to anyone.

  20. Lisa Lisa

    Who cares where you write as long as you get the work done! I don’t know if I could do it at Starbucks just cuz I’d probably get distracted people watching instead. Haha! But props to you!

    1. Wendie Burbridge

      Thanks Lisa! I try and get the work done:) You’re right though- there are times when it’s nice just to sip lattes and people watch. Thanks for reading and commenting:) Aloha, Wendie

  21. Jessica

    That was beautifully put Tomi. Such a firecracker.

  22. Jessica

    It’s like you’ve been in my brain. Love it.

  23. Wendie Burbridge

    I love Sugar Love! I have a Sugar Love cap and 2 of Khym’s hoodies, one black and one chocolate, and I get compliments on them all the time. They are so perfect for a casual dressy look- I’ve worn them to restaurants, and out shopping, as well as on my most recent cross-country plane trip. They look great and are super comfortable. Thanks for the review:)

  24. Wendie Burbridge

    I drink black tea by the gallons. Now- I can also get my happy hour on with my favorite beverage. Ah well, the move toward becoming a lush was inevitable:) Thanks Nanea!

  25. Dina

    WOW
    So different feeling “vibe” than other pieces I have read from you- LOVE It can’t wait to read more ;=)

    1. Wendie Burbridge

      Thanks Dina:) Appreciate you reading and commenting:) Glad you like the piece and the writing. Aloha, Wendie

  26. Lisa Lisa

    Awesome and inspiring to those that want to start their own line – like me! I just tweeted the link to try and win too. Looks comfy!

  27. Ana Parks

    Great clothing, so comfortable! The baby blankets and clothes are adorable!!!

  28. Jonathan

    Are there not different roads to the same destination? Why do so many feel the need to judge others for their journey? Leave them alone, Wendy! Now do steal some ‘me’ time and enjoy a skinny vanilla latte on me!

    1. Wendie Burbridge

      Thanks Jonathan for reading:) I have no idea why some people feel the need to judge anyone- ain’t nobody got time for that! πŸ˜€ But whatever, right? I’m moving on and looking forward when I steal some time and have that skinny vanilla latte:) Thanks for commenting! Aloha, Wendie

  29. Lynnette

    So, Wendie! Your Muse resides in a Starbucks! That’s actually pretty cool because you can travel all over the world now and find your muse waiting for you!

    There’s a little coffee house in Missoula, MT called Liquid Planet – very hip and chic, and filled with people sitting on couches and chairs with their lattes and laptops – all doing exactly what you love to do in Starbucks! Seems there are other writers out there that need a special place away from all the commitments in their busy lives to just be able to WRITE! You are not alone, Wendie!

    1. Wendie Burbridge

      Hi Lynnette! Thanks for reading and commenting! It’s nice to have a muse wherever you set your laptop:) And you’re right- it’s everywhere now! Liquid Planet sounds lovely! Will have to visit there one day- hopefully I can find the same somewhere like that to pitch my writing tent. Mahalo for reading and commenting! Aloha, Wendie

      1. IAN MILES CHEONG

        i sharted in my sweatpants because of the laxative laced coffee! not nice!!!!

        SIGNED,,, UNICEF
        NOT IAN MILES CHEONG

  30. Ashley

    I would tell myself to have follow your dreams don’t let insecurity hold you back cause now I regret it!

  31. MB

    Hi Wendie, of course your sentence “I know, I know, you’re probably thinking, β€œwhy would anyone want to leave beautiful Hawaii?” totally made me smile because Hawaii is one place I would love to visit.

    My “rock” is New York – another quite popular destination for many. I live thirty minutes north of New York City. Yet, this is a rock that I’ve often tried to get away from. After really traveling to a few places to get away (Scotland, England), I’ve changed gears and stayed “in State”.

    I stayed on my rock!!!! I just made it a bit larger. My most recent vacations have been way upstate New York more than 5 or 6 hours from where I live (by car) to visit the Finger Lakes Region.

    I laughed OUT LOUD when they called me a “Down Stater”. I had never heard that term – “they” were always upstate, but I didn’t know my type had a name. Those folks up there talk funny too — they say CAW-FEE. I say COFFEE. Though they would disagree because I talk just as funny to them.

    So it started with learning I was a “down Stater” – met with leery nods because I live so close to New York City (OMG – that can’t be good, right?). In reality, I consider myself a country kid because I don’t like the city really except for special events. I have horses, dogs, a barn and garden. But all of that took lots of explaining to my new “upstate friends”.

    There’s an amazing Menonite community — they all literally travel by horse and buggy on main highways. Where I see bike lanes, up there — the shoulder of the road is reserved for families and their horses. The farms are welcoming and stunningly maintained. Families join together for the most AMAZING farmside markets that are open to the public. Behind which, the horses are tethered with their wagons and buggies.

    To share just a bit more about the NY Finger Lakes Region — it is breathtakingly beautiful. The waters in the lakes are crystal clear and blue. Lake Keuka is my personal favorite lake; Seneca Lake is the deepest and was used by the Navy during WW2 to practice submarine maneuvers. YES, it is that deep and big! And yet, you can still see almost clear to its depths.

    The wineries are superb and are making a phenomenal impact internationally. New York State Finger Lakes wineries are rated extremely highly with an incredible history.

    So, before I talk “too much” – I found out something startling. Sometimes, you need to make your rock bigger and investigate all its special nooks and crannies. You might never know what you will find!!! πŸ™‚

    ~ Mary Beth

    1. Wendie Burbridge

      Mary Beth- I love how you “made your rock a bit larger” πŸ™‚ I’ve done the same! I love all your details about being a “down stater”- and where you live sounds wonderful. I am so looking forward to seeing more of our great country- and I definitely plan on getting near where you are. I have friends there and I’ve never been! πŸ™‚ So thank you for the ideas and a glimpse into your special place. Thanks so much for sharing:) Aloha, Wendie

  32. Kathy Lynn

    Hi Wendie! As you know I pretty much try any way I can to get back on your rock, but I totally understand you feelings. People always talk about how beautiful the desert is and how lucky we are to live where it’s warm (yup, it’s warm–113 degrees one day this summer ). Sometimes Tucson seems like a little island in the desert and I can’t wait to go somewhere. Looking forward to reading about your new adventures.

    1. Wendie Burbridge

      HI Kathy! I know you had a great time when you visited the Big Island- and I look forward to seeing your beautiful desert! I’ve been to Phoenix- but I Tucson seems like a different kind of paradise:) Thank you for enticing me with yummy goodies. Can’t wait:) Thanks for reading and supporting! Aloha, Wendie

  33. Stacey Herrera

    Painful and beautiful in the most brilliant way.

    Thank you so much for sharing.

  34. Karen

    Hi Wendie! As you already know, I’m a native NY’er, Brooklyn to to be exact! (Mary Beth welcome to the world of “downstaters” – first heard that expression when both my niece and nephew attended SUNY Albany!) NY offers a plethora of things to do and see from Broadway to Binghamton and everywhere in between. I work in the heart of Times Square and had a tourist tell me that he’d never, ever seen anyone eat and run the way we do! A businessman had just bought a “dirty water dog” – a hotdog to you non-natives, shovel it in his mouth and jump into a cab! Welcome to the City that Never Sleeps!

    I think it’s only natural to want to expand your horizons and travel and see and learn different things. The world is huge with lots of adventures and experiences calling! I’ve done some traveling, I’m far from a world-weary traveler but haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Hawaii. It is on my bucket list. The 1st time I heard the expression “off the rock” was when my career Navy nephew’s friend told me about her experiences about living on Hawaii at Hickham AFB and how she longed to get “off the rock” but couldn’t usually afford to. I would never have imagined anyone wanting to leave there! Then you came along and wow, I learned that there is life beyond Hawaii!! Whod’a thunk it! Every so often, I dream of retiring and moving to Hawaii (truthfully, the dream of moving to Hawaii is a probably a lot more realistic than my ever retiring, sigh.. :-)!)

    I love the idea of this page and am really looking forward to reading and sharing and learning about the travels of others!!

    1. Wendie Burbridge

      Well, Karen- I can’t wait until I get to experience NY through your eyes:) I’ve never been- and I’m sure you’ll show me the beauty that is Brooklyn! It’s true- getting off the rock has always been a goal of mine- to see things I never dreamed of- or only dreamed of- when I was on my island- but there are other islands I’m dying to see:) Thanks for reading and supporting me and my writing:) You rock! πŸ˜€ Aloha, Wendie

  35. Maddy Rico

    I know you’ve heard the phrase, “the grass is always greener in somebody else’s yard.” Being a Jersey Girl all of my life, I never thought traveling anywhere outside of the tri-state area, was possible. Never say never.

    Since graduating from high school, I’ve traveled across the pond to London, been to the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, traveled across America several times by car and been to O’ahu, Hawaii twice.

    Next on my bucket list of greener pastures, the National Parks of the U.S.
    Finding your green pasture doesn’t have to involve flying 10 hours on an airplane. It could be right in the next town or state. You just have to get out there and find it for yourself.

    1. Wendie Burbridge

      Oh Mads! The National Parks are on my list too! We’ll have to share our experiences for sure. And one day- I’ll get across the pond to London and Europe as I’ve never been. Thanks for your comment! Love hearing about your experiences- and so glad I got to meet you in Hawai’i:) Hope to see you soon! Aloha, Wendie

  36. Gina Fontillas

    Aloha Wendie! I love that – no matter where you are – you’re just a click away! Though I’m happy to be home in Hawai’i, I have wonderful memories of experiences that would not have happened if I’d never left. I’m looking forward to reading all about your adventures. Honi honi, Gina

    1. Wendie Burbridge

      Thanks so much Gina! Though I miss you and Benny and Kanoe- I’m getting to see a lot of new things, experience new places, and learn so much- I can only do all of this, of course, with the support of my friends- Like YOU!- and family. Thanks Gina for always being in my corner:) XO Aloha, Wendie

  37. Patricia

    I love to travel too! It is so great to get out of your comfort zone and explore.

    Travel also makes coming home so much sweeter πŸ™‚

    1. Wendie Burbridge

      Hi Patricia! I agree- coming home is always sweet. I basically say that home is where my husband and son are– but traveling is always a wonderful experience. Thanks for reading and commenting:) Aloha, Wendie

  38. Deb Young

    HI Wendie! I’m anxious to hear about your travels! We love a good roadtrip and try to stay off the interstates as much as possible. We’ve discovered a wonderful little town in Colorado called Ouray . It’s in a box canyon surrounded by towering peaks. It’s also known as the Jeep Capital of America. We rent a jeep there and hit the trails. There’s no road too steep or narrow for my husband to try driving on! Hair-Raising!

    1. Wendie Burbridge

      Deb- I saw your lovely pics- soooo cool! I told Chief about it (he was born in Manitou Springs at the base of Pike’s Peak) and he knew of it- but has never been. So now… we add that to the list! Thanks hon:) And thanks for sharing your adventure! Mahalo for reading and commenting! Aloha, Wendie

      1. Deb Young

        I love Manitou Springs too! Went there on our honeymoon and a few times since.

        1. Wendie Burbridge

          OH, it’s my dream place to live. We almost bought a house there- but there were no jobs:( we love it there- except Chief can’t do snow anymore. Maybe we could one day have a summer home there? LOL Chief grew up eating Patsy’s salt water taffy and playing games at the Penny Arcade. I should write about that place too! Thanks Deb:) XO

  39. Andrea

    I always enjoy reading your articles Wendy! I have been lucky enough to see a lot of the states (I’ve been to 38 out of the 50 and have been able to travel to Mexico and Bahamas). I have been lucky enough to be able to “get off my rock” and move a few times. Born and raised most of my life in different areas of Northern IL (I’ve experienced both the city life and country life there), I was lucky enough to be able to spend a few years living right outside our Nations capital and at a good age to be able to experience and appreciate D.C and surrounding area (my favorite is Annapolis). Through friends have been able to spend time in the Southern states, enough time to appreciate the southern lifestyle and how different things are from the Northern states and the Eastern states. I fell in love with AZ about 10 years ago and 3 years ago made the move across country. I absolutely love it here. I think we have the best of all areas here in AZ. Desert in the Phoenix area, forests full of trees and snow up in the Northern areas like Flagstaff. In between the desert and the mountains of forest we have clear mountain lakes. AZ is also home to one of the most beautiful cities (in my book), Sedona. The most breathtakingly beautiful red rocks around!
    Most of my life I dreamed of Hawaii, It took me 30 years to get your home of O’hau and it didn’t disappoint. Another trip this year to HI and next year I’m hoping to hit the Pacific Northwest and then the Northeast states, they are the only 2 areas of the country I haven’t been able to travel too.
    Looking forward to more of your travels Wendy!

    1. Wendie Burbridge

      HI Andrea- I’m so glad you got to Hawai’i and I have been to your home state once- just for a conference- but it was really cool- the heat was interesting- but everything was so beautiful. If you ever get a chance- visit Volcano on the Big Island- it reminds me a little of your desert. Thanks for reading and commenting and sharing! XO Aloha, Wendie

  40. Lynnette

    Hi, Wendie! “Home, home on the range”! That’s me, alright! But I never would have expected that, being a 5th generation Californian. Of course, i wanted to get off my personal rock that was called San Bruno Mountain in those days! I met my cowboy while on vacation in Montana and I’ve been living on the prairie ever since. It’s not exactly a rock, and it’s big! Really, really big!

    But I succumbed to the travel bug when I was just a girl – my parents loved road trips. We never went too far, mostly just up and down the Pacific coast. I did go to Mexico in high school with my Spanish class, and after college, toured the British Isles with my parents. After working a few years, I took a cruise to the Mediterranean, taking in Venice, Greece, Turkey and Israel.

    After marrying my cowboy and having three children, trips out of the prairie consisted only of vacations back to San Francisco to visit the grandparents. Now that the kids are all grown up, I can start scratching that travel bug again! I keeping swimming back to your rock, Wendie, because I absolutely love it there! But I also want to get back to Europe, and Egypt! I have a passion to ride a camel and visit the Great Pyramids.

    I actually live fairly close to Yellowstone Park -did a day trip through the Lamar Valley and saw some beautiful scenery and wildlife earlier this summer. Mt. Rushmore is only a couple hours from me — in the opposite direction.

    Have to add, my children all have the travel bug, too. Taking them to California every summer introduced them to the world beyond their prairie, and now they are constantly plotting new places to go and trying to figure out how to get “Mom” to take them! (I think I did my job of broadening their horizons a little too well!)

    Looking forward to more of your travel stories in the future, Wendie!

    1. Wendie Burbridge

      HI Lynnette:) Thanks for reminding me about Yellowstone- Chief is dying to get there. I am too- we’ve been close, but never quite made it. We love your hometown area esp San Francisco. You’ll have to help me when I write about my favorite California spots:) Thanks so much for reading and commenting and ALWAYS supporting! XO Aloha, Wendie

  41. Nadia (Fanmisa)

    Wow Wendie ! A lovely article ! It’s funny because my dream would be to move to Hawaii #justsaying lol

    I’d traveled a lot since I’m young, but living in France, I actually visited all the countries around, and almost never went out from Europe.

    I spend 9 months in the USA after my HS, and had the chance to visit a lot of cities and amazing places there during week-ends or holidays, and so far, it is the best year I spend of my entire life !
    Travelling opens your mind and makes you meet different people, and discover new horizons, new culture. You grow up and win in maturity during every single travel you can do during your life.

    Mahalo for this Wendie !

    1. Wendie Burbridge

      HI Nadia- well, my dream is to perhaps visit you in France! That would be amazing! πŸ˜€ I agree with you- Traveling completely opens your mind and makes you discover all kinds of new things. And it is endless… don’t you think? Love your thoughts! Thanks for reading and thanks for commenting and I hope one day you’ll get to see my home and I’ll get to see yours! Aloha, Wendie

      1. Nadia (Fanmisa)

        Aloha !
        Whenever you wanna come to France, you know where to find me πŸ˜‰
        I absolutely agree with you, when I came back to France after the 9 months I spend there, I was another person, much more mature, and I just had an amazing time with amazing people from all around the world and I’ll never forget this experience ! As soon as I can I’ll come to visit you, it’s a done deal trust me πŸ˜€
        Mahalo ! – Nadia

        1. Wendie Burbridge

          Well, I know I’ll need a guide in France! Can’t wait:) Mahalo Nardia:) XO Wendie

  42. Linda Stein

    Somehow Wendie, you are always able to cut right to the heart of a subject and you always get me thinking deeper about whatever your subject is. The hallmark of a great writer! It’s why I enjoy reading your work so much!

    There is that old saying about the grass being greener and I think we all, at one point or another want to make it to the other side of that fence. I was born, raised and still live in Philadelphia. All joking aside, it’s a wonderful city. Full of culture, entertainment, restaurants, sports, an entire new country full of history, and a diverse population to rival any city in the world. People make the decision to spend their vacation money here year after year and yet, like you, I crave to be somewhere else. I have traveled a bit, mostly cruises to the Caribbean but the furthest I’ve ever been from Philly is my one, extraordinarily wonderful trip to Hawaii. You’re right! I can’t imagine anyone wanting to ever leave there. I knew I wouldn’t want to leave before I even got there and being there only cemented the feeling. When (you’ll notice I refuse to say IF) I win the lottery I know where I’m going to move.

    But I do understand the feeling of wanting to be somewhere else when you have spent your entire life in one place, even if others consider that place paradise. Kind of like living in that guided cage. I am so happy you have been able to follow your dream. Keep dreaming, keep traveling and keep writing. Those are the things that make you happy and by extension makes us happy because through your writing we are able to share it with you. You’re making it to the other side of that fence and happily the grass is a lush wonderful green! Aloha sistah!

    1. Linda Stein

      Oh and I almost forgot! The USS New Jersey is still sitting across the river waiting for her Chief to come visit! <3

    2. Wendie Burbridge

      Oh Linda- you’re such a gem:) Thanks for your comment- you always “get” me- and then state it in such a lovely and sincere way- so love that about you:) Thanks for giving me the best compliment about my writing! Mahalo nui loa:) I’m SO looking forward to the roadtrip to Philly to visit you and the USS New Jersey! You know Chief will LOVE seeing his ship again! I know how much he loves the USS Missouri and that’s because they are sister ships. But to be on his first ship his first time at sea when he first joined the Navy? Wow. We’ll have to make that happen:) XO Mahalo sistah:) Aloha, Wendie

  43. amyjane

    Wendie…
    I traveled some in my youth. I’m from Alabama (where I met you!) but my family visited St. Louis every summer to visit relatives. When I was eight, we drove to Wisconsin for a cousin’s wedding. at nine we drove out to Yellowstone, at eleven we went to D.C. and at thirteen we drove to the Grand Canyon.

    I went to Italy with friends over Y2K (and we made it back!) Then France, Germany, Austria & Switzerland in 03 (right after the war started), Hawaii in 05, Israel & Jordan in 06, London and all over Scotland in 09 and then a tour of five national parks in 2011.

    But the funny thing about all of this is, I never would’ve done it had my parents not kicked me out of the house the day after I graduated from high school and had me move in with my Aunt in Tennessee. They could see I was too introverted and afraid to take risks. How right they were! I think the traveling I’ve done has taught me so much about myself and what I can handle, but more importantly, it has shown me there is so much more to life than the small little area of the globe that I inhabit.
    Looking forward to reading more from you!!

    1. Wendie Burbridge

      HI Amy:) I feel the same way as you do- like I there’s so much more to see and do if I just get out of my comfort zone:) Thanks for sharing your experiences! I hope to see a lot of what you have seen- many of those countries are on my dream travel list:)
      It was so nice to have met you! One thing great about traveling too is all the folks you can meet on your journey:) Aloha, Wendie

  44. Auli'i

    Great article! I also have been moving myself and my family to a paleo lifestyle. I look forward to reading about your journey as I navigate my own. Good luck!

  45. Robin Lyons

    I liked a pin on Pinterest that Nanea had recently pinned, I thought since we had similar taste in that pin I’d check out her boards. Then I wondered what Sweatpants & Coffee was all about so I checked out the website. You had me when I landed on the Lava Flow recipe, I knew we had similar taste then. From there I had to Like S&C on Facebook and let you know I love the site, look forward to the future.

    1. Nanea Hoffman

      Thanks, Robin! So glad you found your way here. Welcome. πŸ™‚

  46. Karen

    Great advice! Now, not to only listen to it but to heed it and use it!

  47. Rarita Vanesita

    You echo a lot of what I had felt in my early twenties, the insecurities and the disillusionment and not being able to create myself, or this idea that I had to create this persona, and inability to do so hindering my ability to live a life. Thank you for the read, I truly enjoyed this post.

  48. Lyndsay Wells

    I LOVE that you’re recapping this season. Like you, I had to check it out with men involved! Awesome!

  49. Linda Stein

    Wow…Guam sounds like an amazing place and I totally agree with you about vacations. My most favorite mainland place to vacation is the Outer Banks of North Carolina just for the types of reasons you state. There is plenty of things to do there if you want to go look for them but they’re not screaming in your face like so many vacation destinations. I remember the first time we took our daughter to Disney we felt like if we didn’t do EVERYTHING we were missing out on the experience and by the time we came home from vacation we needed a vacation!!! We were exhausted.

    That’s why I love the Outer Banks. If I want to do something there is no shortage of things to do but if I just want to VACATE on my vacation I can do that too without feeling like I’ve missed anything. I go there because it is relatively remote and not super crowded. When I go to the beach there is always a fairly wide distance between us and the next blanket over. I can sit back and enjoy the sounds of the water and the sea birds, lose myself in a trashy novel and vegetate.

    I kind of think about it in one of two ways. There is a TRIP and then there is VACATION. A trip is like Disney, tons of stuff to see and do and it’s exhilarating and exciting and a ton of fun and positively exhausting. Then there is vacation. I can take a vacation at home if I have to because as long as there is quite, rest, no schedule, good food, good company and peace…I have vacated my life and can relax.

    Although I’ll probably never get there Guam sounds like an amazing place to do just that. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you again! β™₯

    1. Wendie Burbridge

      ohhh Outer Banks, NC sounds like a place I need to get myself to soon! Thanks Linda:) I’m with you- sometimes we go on a Trip and sometimes it’s a Vacation! And I usually want a Vacation! πŸ˜€ Awesome distinction. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and your experiences. Love that you could relate to my time in Guam. It really is special that we can find these tucked away gems and find places to relax and just BE:)

      Thanks Linda- for reading and commenting and for your wonderful support! Aloha, Wendie

      1. Linda Stein

        The Outer Banks are really awesome. As soon as I cross over the bridge into Dare County and smell the sea I can feel my entire body de-stress. I’ve been begging Den to let us move there for decades! LOL

        Being down south now, it’s totally doable for you Wendie. If you DO go, head down to Hatteras Island in the Southern Outer Banks. It’s a bit more remote than Nags Head or Kill Devil Hills where there are more condos and actual hotels. Hatteras Island is mostly all individual houses with plenty of space between them. The beaches are never crowded and to the north of Rodanthe (yes, as in Nights in Rodanthe) there is a 26 miles National Wildlife Refuge called Pea Island Reserve where houses are not permitted. Walking on that beach is like going back in time. Not a soul in sight, nothing but sand, air, water, birds and peace. There is another almost 30 mile stretch to the south that’s the same. Ahhhhhhhhh I feel the calm as I type!

        If you ever want to go let me know and I’ll give you all the info for the realtor we use when we go. I use them every time.

        1. Wendie Burbridge

          Wow- that sounds amazing Linda! I will definitely think about that for a new place to go! Mahalo for the info:) XO Aloha, Wendie

  50. Dina

    OOOh I want to go now!!! never thought Guam in a million years but now I have to add it to my bucket list!!! thanks Wendie!!

    1. Wendie Burbridge

      Dina! I know it seems like a different kind of add to a Bucket List- but I really loved it there. I hope you get to one or more of your tropical dream destinations SOON:) XO Mahalo for commenting and supporting! Aloha, Wendie

  51. Kathy Lynn

    Ahh Guam, the place where my husband learned the difference between wasabi and guacamole (the hard way) while seated next to the Lt. Governor at a formal dinner. Good times. I didn’t get to go but I want to, even if it is just for the snorkeling. I think I would need to stay a while to recover from the 17 hour flight. Ugh. I am like you, I plan too much for vacations. I love the days where we just get up and not have any agenda. I am enjoying the “mini-vacations” that you are posting. Thanks for the great article and pictures.

    1. Wendie Burbridge

      Hi Kathy-
      Whoops! Wow! That must have been a tastebud shocker for your husband. Yikes- Wasabi would really shock you when you think you’re getting a dab of Guac. LOL I hope he recovered okay:)
      My hubs and son went snorkeling at Gab Gab Beach and they said it was amazing. I’m not that brave, but I’m sure you would enjoy it. The beaches really are lovely- and warm. I know 17 hours is long- but you could stop in HawaiΚ»i and catch a breather:) And don’t plan when you hit Guam- believe me, just drive with your swim stuff in the car and stop at a beach and then go find food- it’s not hard and not far- you can’t get lost! πŸ˜€ And then again- if you did get lost- no harm, there’s another beach, and another restaurant around the corner:) Lazy days make for perfect vacations:) Thanks for taking the time to comment Kathy! Aloha, Wendie

  52. Lynnette

    Guam, you say? Well, of course I have a story! The neighboring ranch was sold to a new family a few years ago. The older son was retiring from 18 years in the Navy (get this, stationed at Pearl!) he moved his wife and 3 daughters from Hawaii to Montana…and his wife, Helen, was Guamanian! What a delightful lady! The hardest thing in the world for her was learning to drive, and being so far away from the ocean! She loved to talk about her homeland and her family. She was always telling me to go visit Guam! It sounds like I should! The family moved on a few years back, but they’re still in Montana.

    Now, your idea of a vacation sounds wonderful to me, but this is where my husband and I differ in opinions. He HAS to be doing something all the time, all the time! He’ll happily drive all over an area to find things to see – he doesn’t golf, and he really doesn’t swim, but he loves to explore! He’s an “off the beaten path” kind of guy! But I like spa days, longggg lunches, a little shopping, and, of course, a good trashy novel, too! So, actually, Guam sounds like a perfect compromise for us! But it is kind of far away from Montana…